Synopsis of Toy
Since they’re a girl institution, the manufacture of dolls for boys—dolls that actually sell, that is—has always been a slippery business. But Playskool navigated those gender lines quite successfully in the early 80’s, and their My Buddy doll was a hit. The doll did so well, in fact, that Buddy’s younger sibling, Kid Sister, soon followed.
In the same way that Buddy wasn’t stereotypically little-boy rambunctious, Kid Sister wasn’t especially frilly. These were just two good kids who would be your loyal friends and companions for as long as you wanted them around, and they were marketed as just that. They were imminently huggable, very easy to carry around, and in a rare move for the time, they were relatively gimmick-free. If you grew up in the 80’s, or you’re a student of that decade’s fruits, you remember this brother and sister pair. They were a staple of the decade. They were also, incidentally, the dolls that Chucky from the Child’s Play movies were modeled after.
The Kid Sister dolls had different hair colors, a slightly pug nose, dimples and freckles. Though their heads were vinyl, their bodies were cloth, and supposedly machine washable. There were plastic shoes and a few different outfit choices, but fashion was not the priority here—companionship was. And on that level, Kid Sister delivered with bright eyes and a big smile