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1972 Scenesetters

Interestingly, as with Sindy's outfits and separates, the Sindy style booklet contains more scenesetters that the Pedigree trade catalogue and we will point these out as we describe them. Most of Sindy's previous scenesetters were still available and some had been updated.

Also of interest is that the scenesetters provide us with another glimpse of Pedigree history. In 1972, following the collapse of Lines Bros., the Rovex Tri-ang Ltd subsidiary which included Pedigree Dolls was sold to Dunbee Combex, but without the Tri-ang name. Dunbee Combex had previously acquired the Louis Marx & Co UK subsidiary in 1967 and they continued to produce Marx toys under the name of Louis Marx and Company Limited. One of its product lines was the “Little Hostess” range of doll furniture. Shrewdly, they identified a new marketing opportunity for some of their existing products. The 'Dining Table and Four Chairs' and 'Sideboard' originally patented in 1964 by Marx were now rebranded as Sindy Scenesetters, giving a toy range that was now eight years old a new lease of life and Sindy some new furniture with very little effort. 

The bedroom furniture was much the same with a few tweaks:

  • the white wardrobe and dressing table were still available and appeared unchanged
  • the bed shown was the later version with the three frill bedspread (see 1966 Scenesetters)
  • Paul's photo no longer appeared to be included with the bedside table & breakfast tray set
  • the chest of drawers was still available but it was now shown with Sindy's armchair (see 1971 Scenesetters) and a new settee, cleverly suggesting a new purpose for this scenesetter particularly with the booklet description which said “Sindy's chest of draws (sic) looks great in the lounge but Sindy can also use it in the bedroom”.

Sindy's washday set, working sink unit, working bath and her hair dryer (now shown as the version that was actually sold) were still available. As was Sindy's horse called Peanuts and Patch's pony Pixie.

Missing from this year were the bell chime piano and the folding leaf table & two chairs, as was the Cooker & Working Food Mixer shown in 1971 which we have never seen (suggesting perhaps that it was not widely distributed or available for sale).

Releases shown for 1972 were:

Settee (Ref 12SA22)

A moulded white vinyl settee which matched her soft upholstered armchair released in 1971. We do think this scenesetter was available earlier than the 1972 Pedigree literature suggests and was perhaps available alongside the armchair.

Sindy's Super Show (Ref 12SA26)

A wonderful scenesetter consisting of a backdrop of decorated board and a catwalk with a revolving turntable. You could play with the Sindy Super Show from behind the scenery or in front of the catwalk by using a white operating handle which could be fitted through the front or back of the catwalk. Under the catwalk platform there was a turntable with a clockwork mechanism which could be wound up with a key. You fitted Sindy's legs onto a transparent stand which plugged onto a peg in the centre of the catwalk slot and using the white operating handle you could then move your posed Sindy up and down the catwalk presenting your own shows as she twirled around.

This scenesetter came with a beautiful ballet outfit, please see 1972 Sindy for a detailed description.

This scenesetter was only shown in the Sindy style booklet and was not shown in the Pedigree trade catalogue in 1972.

Dining Table and Four Chairs (Ref 12SA27)

An intricate scenesetter which consisted of a white table with a faux wood veneer table top and four matching chairs with red velveteen soft upholstered seats. The table and chairs were made of moulded white plastic decorated with gold paint to match the ornate style of the rest of Sindy's furniture.

This scenesetter came with detailed plastic accessories. A four place setting 'china' service of a  dinner plate, side plate, cup and saucer in turquoise, four glasses, four sundae dishes, a 'silver' four place, seven piece cutlery service consisting of a large knife and fork, soup spoon, dessert spoon, dessert fork,  butter knife and teaspoon, a sliver two-piece cruet set, matching butter dish with butter, an ice bucket (which would have originally contained plastic 'ice' but now sadly missing), a silver three-piece coffee service, and two candelabra. Just beautiful!

This item is actually embossed with the Louis Marx logo and appears to be the “Little Hostess Dining Table and Chairs” now manufactured with white chairs (they were originally brown) and repackaged as a Sindy Scenesetter.

This scenesetter was only shown in the Sindy style booklet and was not shown in the Pedigree trade catalogue in 1972. 

Sideboard (Ref 12SA28)

A matching sideboard to go with the new 'Dining Table and Chairs'. This serpentine shaped Regency inspired sideboard was white plastic decorated with a gold paint trim. It had one front double-door and two side cupboards which opened. It also had a double-width drawer and two side draws. All the cupboard doors and drawers had gold handle knobs. It also had an enormous range of china, glassware and cutlery, enough for eight place settings. The 'china' service again consisted of a dinner plate, side plate, cup and saucer in turquoise plastic. In addition there were two oblong trays and four large oval serving plates. There were eight plastic glasses and sundae dishes and a 'silver' eight place, seven piece cutlery service consisting of a large knife and fork, soup spoon, dessert spoon, dessert fork,  butter knife and teaspoon. It also came with two candelabra.

Again this item is actually embossed with the Louis Marx logo and we know that it was in fact the Marx “Little Hostess Sideboard” (which was also marketed in the US by Louis Marx & Co Inc. as the “Little Hostess Buffet” where it was sold with additional silverware) repackaged as a Sindy Scenesetter. With apologies for the box which has obviously suffered from the curse of June (Sindy hearts collecting).

This scenesetter was only shown in the Sindy style booklet and was not shown in the Pedigree trade catalogue in 1972.