The "First of the Firsts"
The Original Hair to Floor Crissy
Ideal initially released Crissy in 1969. Her face was, at first, broader and with slightly more harsh make-up than subsequent releases (top photo). The second picture shows a side-by-side comparisson of the two first release dolls with the "First of the Firsts" on the right.
The First Release dolls had base hair that was more woolen in texture and styled in a Page-Boy cut. Because of the texture of the base hair in the first release dolls, it is difficult to find a doll with a good base that is not matted or cut. Later release dolls had hair that was more saran and shiny in nature and cut into a long shag. The ponytails were often slightly different in color from the base as depicted in the doll on the left.
Crissy's crisp lace orange mini-dress, adorned with an orange velveteen bow, has matching panties trimmed in white lace. There are two distinct patterns to the lace overlay which often fade with age, sunlight, or wear. It is difficult to find dresses in such immaculate conditions as these two girls are wearing. It is also difficult to find a pair of panties where the elastic has not stretched. Many dolls have panties on them, unfortunately the legs and waistbands are often in poor condition and the panties tend to slip off the doll.
Each of these dolls are in excellent condition and come to us with their original paperwork, "Dear Mother" letter, orange tissue paper, blue brush, and in their designer box.
These dolls are not handled and they are stored in a dust-free cabinet in a humidity controlled home.