1965 Scenesetters

Pedigree also introduced the first of Sindy’s accessories in 1965. A range of items which was to prove just as popular as Sindy and her outfits. Sindy’s accessories are called “Scenesetters”. However, this term wasn’t actually used until 1969.

Sindy's Car (Ref SA1)

Based on the popular MGB Roadster, Sindy’s car was a bright red two-seater sports car. It was very detailed with chrome fenders, hub caps and headlamps. It had a moulded interior in cream and had a radio aerial bearing a Sindy banner. This is a very difficult item to find today in pristine condition, the wide plastic windscreen has a tendency to warp and buckle (this is a problem with some 60s plastic).

On the boot of Sindy’s new MGB is a raised hexangonal box. On the real car there was the MG badge (shown right). On Sindy’s was placed a printed sticker bearing the word “Pedigree” on a silver background (shown left). We have speculated if every car did indeed come with sticker because so many are missing. Definitely some are just missing because a little bit of sticker glue remains, but others have no glue at all.

In the early 1960s, British sports cars were the height of cool and were very popular, particularly in the USA. So what do you give a girl who’s got to have all? Yep, a British sports car!

Barbie was first over the finishing line in 1962 with her Austin Healey Roadster by Irwin for Mattel. Ideal’s Tammy followed a year later with her MGB Roadster. Tammy was very hip indeed because the real MGB was only launched in the UK at the Earls Court Motor Show in Winter 1962.

In 1965, Sindy also got her own sports car and given the relationship between Ideal and Pedigree she got the MGB also. Her’s however was bright red; a very fitting colour for our ambitious, energetic, fun lovin gal.

We are not the only ones who have taken a keen interest in Sindy’s 1960s car. In April 2021, MGE published an article on Sindy’s MGB Roadster. MG Enthusiast is the world’s best-selling MG magazine, covering all examples of MG cars, so a most prestigious publication.

Andrew Ralston, the author of the article, and MGE have kindly granted us permission to show the article here in Museum to enable easy access for Sindy fans. So lets get our motors runnin’ and head out on the highway for a good read Sindy and her MGB

Sindy's Wardrobe (Ref SA2)

Sindy’s first wardrobe also made an appearance this year. An ultra modern design in sugar pink with white doors, drawers and top shelf. On the inside left door was a full length mirror and shoe rack. On the right a belt rack and little boxed in shelf for small items.

It should be noted that the very first Wardrobe did not have the Sindy “S”s on the doors (and was perhaps bought in or or re-used from something else). On later issues (shown above) the outside of the doors were both badged with a pink Sindy “S” which was affixed with tiny pins.