Sindy the doll we love to dress

1969 Scenesetters

This was the first year that Pedigree actually used the term “Scenesetters” to describe all the extra accessories that you could now buy for Sindy. The accessories proved to be almost as popular and successful as Sindy herself and all her outfits.

Sindy's bedroom furniture was unchanged but they all appeared to be packaged with extra clothes for Sindy and Vicki. There was no mention of Mitzi but she was included in some of the photos shown on the boxes. We would be keen to know which extra clothes came with each piece of furniture although it is entirely possible that Pedigree simply used up whatever they had to hand, because whilst some 1968 accessories had originally named the extra clothing in that year's brochure, in the 1969 brochure they are merely described as “extra clothes” or “a Separate for Sindy”.

In 1969 the boxes that the scenesetters packaging was revised, and now they showed photographs of a Sindy using the item. For an example, please see Table & 2 Chairs below.

Table & 2 Chairs (Ref 12SA16)

The first new addition for Sindy's kitchen a double folding leaf table and two kitchen chairs. Wonderfully authentic, this furniture had a blue plastic table top which matched the back rest and seat of the chair which co-ordinated well with the cream plastic table and chair frames. It came with two place settings of a white plastic plate & plate cover, cup & saucer, and silver plastic knife, fork & spoon. The was also a “plated” coffee set which comprised a coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl made of silver painted plastic. This item did not come with any extra clothing.

Bell Chime Piano (Ref 12SA17)

A white plastic stylised baby grand piano which had a chime which really worked and played music when the plastic arrow pointer was moved across the keyboard. The piano had black & white 'keys' and a 'fretwork' music stand decorated in gold. The piano was operated by one battery which was fitted in the body of the piano. There was a piano stool (Sindy's dressing table stool re-purposed) and a music book called “Sindy's book of favourite songs” (shown above right). The piano came with an extra dress which we think was 'Cocktail Time'.

The songs in the music book were:


Sink Unit (Ref 12SA18)

Like the bath, Sindy's sink really worked. The sink unit was made of blue plastic with two yellow drawers and cupboard doors at the front and a towel rail at the side. On the top of the unit was a sink and drainer stylised to look as though it was made of stainless steel (the latest in 'must have' kitchen design). It had a tap and a plug and you could fill the sink with water which would run into a tank hidden in the cupboard. By pushing the towel rail up and down, you could pump the water back through the tap to fill the sink. See above right for a photo of the pump which was concealed in the cupboard on the right hand side under the sink. In the left hand side of the cupboard was a shelf.

There was a blue plastic plate rack to go on the drainer and also included was a set of white plastic plates, cups & saucers, and silver plastic knives, forks & spoons. By way of extra clothes this set included the 'Cordon Bleu' apron and oven gloves.

We would be very interested to learn if any other items of crockery, cutlery, and pots & pans collectors have found with this item.

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