1976 was still the era of the hard headed, colour dolls although this year saw the introduction of a new 'Funtime Sindy' with short, layered and curled hair. She was available with a variety of hair colours. Please see 'Funtime Sindy' (Ref 44618) below. Apart from Sindy's friend June, the first short-haired Sindy since 1967.
Whilst 1975 had been a huge year in terms of the number of new outfits produced for Sindy, 1976 wasn't far behind with eighteen outfits released for sale in addition to the six that were carried forward.
What is of note is that in 1976 the shoes changed. Although the trade catalogue and style leaflet showed Trendy shoes and daisy sandals accompanying the outfits, we have a number of 1976 NFRB (Never Removed From Box) and MIP (Mint In Packet) items which actually include new style shoes. The old style Trendy shoes are quite big on the new style dolls who have quite dainty feet and they do have a tendency to fall off.
Her new footwear included:
- A new type of court shoe with rounded toes and for ease of reference we will call them ?round-toed court shoes? ? in 1976 we can only find one definite sighting of this shoes and that is with the 'Dress in Style' accessory pack (see below). We think these may have also been used with the boxed short-haired Funtime Sindy, but as yet we cannot prove that with certainty.
- A new type of enclosed shoe with quite square toes, a moulded tassel or crown decoration, and chunky square heels which for ease of reference we shall call ?tassel shoes?.
- A flat slip-on shoe with an enclosed square-shaped toe covering ? for ease of reference we will call these ?slip-on mules?.
- A new flat sandal with one strap ? often know as ?one-strap sandals?.
- Restyled black calf-length riding boots with rounded toes, a heel and faux stitching around the foot.
- New knee-high boots with square toes and heels. These boots were moulded with lines and creases giving the impression of the creases that you get with pull-on boots. These boots were quite tight fitting and so they came with a small printed advice slip advising the owner to spread talc on Sindy's legs to make it easier to take them on and off.
The trade catalogue and style leaflet only showed three Sindys for 1976:
- Sindy Lovely Lively (Ref 44608) in her white fluffy top and yellow check skirt with her brush, comb and mirror set. Although she was shown wearing white Trendy shoes we know she has been found MIB (Mint In Box) with white one-strap sandals and we also understand she has been found MIB with white slip-on mules. Early product management or production line problems with the new shoes perhaps? See also 1975 Sindy.
- Sindy Funtime (Ref 44618) was updated, she still had a basic body but now she had a short layered bob. This doll was shown as a blonde but she has been found with a number of different hair shades ranging from white blonde through to a very dark brown.
- Active Sindy (Ref 44654), the ballerina, was still available.
We also start to see a change in the labels on some of the new garments. Whilst some outfits still bore Mego labels, other labels still made of paper were now printed with a black Pedigree ?Sindy®? logo. Poppers were mostly sewn-on metal snap faster which do not appear to suffer from the corrosion found on earlier snap fasteners. In addition, this year we see quite a few outfits with the distinctive chrome coloured metal popper with the back facing which was first seen on Sindy's 1970 'Winter Coat'.
As noted above, six outfits were carried forward from 1975, the Pedigree literature still showed the outfits with the old style shoes, but we know that they had now been updated.
- Shorty Nighty ? the pattern changed to the tiny sprig pattern and were now sold with the one-strap sandals covered in pale pink faux fur ? and one variation of this nighty also had the distinctive chrome coloured metal popper with the back facing
- Mix n Match ? now with a cotton blouson jacket, slightly different beads and white slip-on mules
- Sunflower ? with a slightly different pattern and with yellow one-strap sandals
- Happy Days ? now shown with the lacy shawl and we think it must have had different shoes. (If you know which shoes came with the 1976 version of this pretty dress, please do contact us and we'll update this description.)
- Jumper n Jeans ? with red slip-on mules
- Quick Change ? with red slip-on mules.
For detailed description of these outfits please see 1975 Sindy.
New for 1976 was this short-haired Sindy. She wore a very simple but pretty cotton shift dress made of cotton. This dress was coffee colour with little black spots and it was decorated with a dainty pattern of little two-tone brown flowers each with a black centre and stem and a brown and black leaf. The dress was knee-high with a round neckline and each armhole was trimmed with coffee coloured lace giving the impression of cap-sleeves. The dress fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. Although this outfit was shown with white Trendy shoes, we are not sure about this. We think this doll may have come with the new style shoes and so we have opted to show her in the new white round-toes court shoes. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who can confirm which shoes she came with.
We do know of variations to this outfits. Most relate to the shade of the coffee coloured cotton but we don't know if these differences could merely be as a result of washing or fading over the years. But we have found two dresses with a completely different lace trim.
Made of scarlet cotton, this pretty short-sleeved dress had a fitted bodice at the front with a V-neck decorated on each side with a white cotton guipure lace flower with a red centre. The skirt had curved hip pockets on each side of the front of the dress. The dress fastened at the back with two chrome coloured metal poppers with the backs facing. This outfit was shown with white Trendy shoes but we know it came with white tassel shoes.
A pretty outfit which is very much liked by collectors. This outfit consisted of a pair light blue chambray cotton shorts with a high sewn-on waistband made of the same fabric. It fastened at the back a chrome coloured metal popper with the back facing. There was a co-ordinating red and white gingham cotton tie-waist shortie shirt with short sleeves, and a matching headscarf. Although shown with white daisy sandals we know this outfit came with white one-strap sandals.
This is a very strange dress but somehow the design and pattern work. Made of a white knitted cotton, a bit like T-shirt fabric, this maxi-dress had a round neck and short sleeves. It was printed with a dramatic bold design of large angel fish and bubbles picked out in aquamarine blue and black. It fastened at the back of the neck with one chrome coloured metal popper with the back facing. This outfit came with white tassel shoes.
A very short cocoa brown cotton towelling wrap with long sleeves which went very nicely with Sindy's new bathroom furniture. All the edges of this robe were bound with a white polyester cotton trim and it fastened with a tie-belt made of the same fabric which was stitched to the garment at the back of the waist. Although shown with white daisy sandals we know this outfit came with white one-strap sandals.
This outfit was called 'High & Dry' in the trade catalogue and 'High and Dry' in the style leaflet and on the packet itself.
A red cotton skirt teamed with sleeveless striped top. The skirt was a simple A-line, knee-length design with a sewn-on waistband which fastened at the back of the waist a chrome coloured metal popper with the back facing. The top was not as shown in the Pedigree literature. It had a round neck and was made of knitted stretch nylon with stripes of olive green, orange, red and white. It opened down the back and fastened at the back of the neck. We have found two types of fastening, either a chrome coloured metal popper with the back facing or a sewn-on metal snap fastener. Although shown with white trendy shoes it came with yellow tassel shoes.
Sindy's blue 'Gingham Gear' 1975 undies was updated in 1976 to a pretty pink and white set. As before the set consisted of a bra, pants and slip and had been slightly remodelled. They were now made of a pink and white cotton gingham with a white cotton lace trim. Only the top of the bra was trimmed with the white lace and it was also used to make the shoulder straps. It fastened at the back with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. The slip and pants had elasticated waists and were trimmed with white lace around the hem and leg holes respectively. The slip had a pretty double-curved hem at the front. Although this outfit was shown in the Pedigree literature with white daisy sandals (as shown above) we have seen this MIP (Mint In Packet) and it came with a pair of white one-strap sandals.
A tailored knee-length coat made of light blue and white checked crimplene. This coat was very dainty, it was designed with four panels, one each side at the front and two panels at the back forming a centre seam. It had long straight sleeves which gathered and slightly puffed at the top of each shoulder. It had a sewn-on collar and reverse lapels which were held with a stitch to each side of the front of the coat. There was a matching belt with a gold coloured metal oval buckle and the belt itself was stitched to the back of the coat along the centre seam. It fastened with two square-shaped metal snap fasteners. This outfit came with white tassel shoes.
This outfit consisted of a halter neck top and wide-legged jeans. The halter neck top was roughly triangular in shape but it was made from a rectangular piece of fabric which was sewn to two white cotton bias ties. The top of the fabric was gathered and stitched to the tie which tied at the back of the neck. The bottom of the fabric was not gathered and was simply stitched to the tie which tied behind the back. The jeans were what we would have called “bags” back in 1976. With high sewn-on waistband and wide legs these jeans were very fashionable. They fastened at the back of the waist with one chrome coloured metal popper with the back facing. We have this outfit MIP (Mint IN Packet) and it came with white tassel shoes.
We have not seen the version shown in the Pedigree literature, but we do know of two variations to the halter neck top. The most common is shown in the main photo above and is made of thick nylon and is decorated with a diamond print made up of solid shapes and stripes in aqua, coral and navy blue on a white background. There is also a patchwork print version made of cotton decorated with flowers in black, orange, pink, red and white hues, shown above right.
The first thing to note is that the dress that came with this outfit is not the same as shown in the pedigree literature. The dress shown in the literature is shown as a yellow dress with long sleeves, but we have never seen this. Instead the dress we have is patterned and as we have both the 1976 and 1977 versions MIP (Mint In Packet) we know this is the right one.
This outfit consisted of a simple knee-length long-sleeved shift dress made of cotton which looked a bit like an overall. It was made of three panels of material with two at the front stitched together creating a centre seam with a front opening which fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener at the neck. It had a sewn-on pointed collar and sewn-on wide cuffs. The pattern of this dress was a white background printed with black spots and overlapping yellow & orange chevrons topped with a brown diamond. It came with a bib apron made of brown drill cotton decorated with two parallel white stripes. The apron had patch pocket on the front with a brown polyester neck strap and ties which fastened at the back of the waist. There was a matching pair of oven gloves and it came with yellow slip-on mules. The Pedigree literature showed Sindy holding a blue plate but our MIP versions do not contain this accessory.
There is a variation to this outfit, but this is because this outfit was updated in 1977. It was re-released with a new number 44293 and we will show that version in 1977.
This outfit has a Mego label and it reminds us a bit of something Purdey from the TV show “The New Avengers” might have worn. Mego did in fact make a Purdey doll, but this was not one of her outfits. Perhaps the design was “picked up” by Pedigree instead?
The outfit is styled like a martial arts Gi (pronounced Gee) with a loose fitting jacket, trousers and belt. Sindy's was a bit more stylish. The jacket had long wide sleeves and it crossed over at the front and fastened with a white taffeta ribbon belt, which was stitched to the jacket at the back of the waist. This shiny crimplene jacket had a glorious pattern of brightly coloured oriental style flowers, buildings, wheels and dragons in aqua, black, green, yellow & white on a bright red background. The edges of the sleeves and the neck and front opening of the jacket were bound in a white satin trim. The same white satin was used for a pair of straight-legged, wide-cut trousers with an elasticated waist. Some of these outfits have been found MIP (Mint In Packet) with a length of red ribbon to make a martial arts style headband as was shown in the Pedigree literature. Although shown with white Trendy style shoes we believe this outfit came with red slip-on mules.
We understand that there is a variation to this outfit with a slightly different trim and belt but unfortunately we don't have this to show you. In addition, a version of this outfit has been found with red satin trousers instead of white - we cannot say for certain whether this is a true Pedigree variation because it was found loose, but as you can see below, the trousers are very similar but in red. Also, the jacket is the same, it is just cut from a different section of the fabric so it shows a slightly different pattern.
After two years as a combined scenesetter with additional riding outfit, in 1976 Sindy's horse and her riding outfit were reissued separately.
The riding outfit consisted of the long-sleeved buttercup yellow ribbed cotton turtle-neck jumper which fastened at the back of the neck with a sewn-on metal snap fastener and a pair of camel coloured jodhpurs made of a light cotton with smart turn-ups. These jodhpurs have a fly opening which fastened with a sewn-on metal snap fastener. We have decided to show these jodhpurs with the fly opening at the front, because they do get mixed up with 1963 'Pony Club' which has a side fastening, and we wanted you to see the difference. For her feet Sindy was given a new pair of black calf-length riding boots and although not shown in the Pedigree literature, this outfit came with a riding crop.
Sindy's riding hat now came as part of the Horse accessories.
A beautifully style raincoat and hat made of a beige cotton-backed soft vinyl. The macintosh styled coat was midi-length, with long straight sleeves and it had a sewn-on rounded collar and reverse lapels which were held with a stitch to each side of the front of the coat. The coat fastened with a tie belt made of the same vinyl which was attached to the coat at the back of the waist. All the edges of the coat were detailed with a row of beige stitching. For Sindy's head there was a large brimmed sou'wester style hat made of the same soft vinyl. The brim was lined with the vinyl and decorated with three rows of beige stitching detail. The outfit came with a triangular scarf made of crimplene (see inset photo above right). It was not hemmed and it was decorated with a bright pattern of printed diamond shapes in blue, green, yellow, orange, red and purple on a white background. For her feet Sindy was given a pair of her new knee-high boots in white.
This outfit is a real favourite with many collectors and this style of trouser suit was the height of fashion.
The trousers suit was made of white drill cotton. The jacket had long sleeves, a sewn-on collar, reverse lapels and vent at the back. The edges of the jacket were decorated with brown stitching detail and sewn onto the left lapel was a large flower made from plastic covered in yellow felting with a tiny pearl for the centre. The jacket fastened at the front with two sewn-on square-shaped metal snap fasteners, and sewn on top of each of them was quite a large black plastic button. The matching trousers were wide-legged bags with a sewn-on waistband and real turn-ups. The trousers had a front fly opening and fastened with one sewn-on round metal snap-fastener. To complement this ultra-fashionable suit was a stylish shirt. It was made of white cotton with printed with a vertical design of black dots and dashes with grey, orange and yellow leaf shapes. It had long sleeves with sewn-on turned back cuffs and a pointed collar. It fastened at the front with one sewn-on round metal snap-fastener. We believe this outfit actually came with white tassel shoes. This outfit was shown with a pair of the sunglasses with big round rose-tinted lenses in a white plastic frame, but some collectors who had this outfit as children are adamant that their outfit did not have them. Similarly to other outfits which contained these sunglasses, we think some of these outfits were packaged without them.
Sindy's nightie and negligee set for 1976 was very pretty. Again it included a floor-length negligee made of a white nylon lace netting with the flower petals and centres picked out in yellow stitching. The edges of the long sleeves and the edge of the neck and front opening of the garment (but not the hem) were trimmed with white nylon lace. It fastened at the front with a yellow ribbon tie which was stitched to the back of the gown. There was a co-ordinating sheer nightie and there were two versions of this (shown below). The first was calf-length, it had a high bodice with a V-neck, and it was a white sheer nylon overstitched with a diamond trellis pattern in an old-gold coloured threat. It fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. The other version is made from a sheer yellow nylon with a textured weave giving it a vertical striped pattern. This nightie is longer, it has a fuller bodice, still with a V-neck but material is gathered between the breasts. It also fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. This outfit came with white one-strap sandals trimmed with bright yellow faux fur.
Here was Sindy's very own beautifully detailed highland dress. It even had its own kilt jacket made of a black felt-like material (see above left and below). This collarless jacket was short-cut with long sleeves. Under the jacket Sindy wore a pretty finely ribbed, long-sleeved, white nylon blouse (see above right). The blouse had elasticated cuffs trimmed with white cotton lace. The same lace was used to trim the neck and to create a jabot ruffle on the front of the blouse. The blouse opened down the back and it fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. The skirt was a stylised tartan highland kilt made from cotton. It was a wraparound skirt, pleated at the back with flat front skirt panels. It had a sewn-on waistband and fastened to one side of the waist with a sewn-on metal snap fastener. This outfit came with black tassel shoes.
Although the Pedigree literature showed this outfit with a kilt pin on Sindy's skirt (as shown in the main photo above left) we have seen many NRFB (Never Removed From Box) versions which do not have one.
- a yellow and black tartan (this one is made of slightly thicker cotton and has a square-shaped sewn-on metal snap fastener - see NFRB photo left above);
- an orange and navy tartan with navy blue and white stripes (see main photo above right and the middle NFRB photo above); and,
- a blue and black tartan with red, white and yellow stripes (see main photo above left & NFRB photo right above).
Sindy's new winter coat was beautiful. A collarless, midi-length coat in chocolate brown with long sleeves. This coat had a very distinctive white faux fur yoke and half sleeves made of the same material. The coat fastened at the front with a matching belt with a gold colour metal oval buckle (the same buckle was used for 'About Town') which was stitched to the coat at the back of the waist. For her head Sindy had a big white faux fur cossack hat. She carried a matching shoulder bag with a shoulder strap made of one strip of the same material. The bag had a large flap which fastened with black velcro. For her feet she had a pair of her new knee-high boots in dark brown.
There are two variations to this outfit. The first is made of chocolate brown cotton-backed soft vinyl giving the coat a faux leather look. There is also a version made in a chocolate brown suedette material giving the coat a faux suede appearance, it had matching shoulder bag also made of the same suedette fabric (see photo above right).
This outfit has been found with a factory-made muff, as you can see from the photos above, it is made from exactly the same material as the white faux fur. This outfit, which was the suedette version, does not have a hat. Unfortunately because the outfit was bought loose, the owner does not know if the muff was instead of the hat or was an additional extra. Does anyone know?
A blue and white cotton gingham bridesmaid dress and matching mob hat. This was a very simple maxi-dress, it did not have a waist but instead there were two gathered tiers of the same gingham fabric attached to the dress just below the thigh and again at knee height. The seam of each tier and the hem were trimmed with a white cotton lace. This dress had a square neckline and half-length double-elasticated puff-sleeves. The top of the puff sleeves were also double-elasticated and formed the shoulders of the dress. Both the front and the back of the dress neckline, and also the cuffs of the sleeves were trimmed with the same white lace. The dress fastened at the back with one sewn-on square-shaped popper. The matching mob hat was made of a circle of the same cotton gingham, it was elasticated and trimmed with the white cotton lace. This outfit came with white tassel shoes. Unusually for a Sindy bridesmaid outfit, Sindy did not carry a posy.
This outfit was called 'Beautiful Bridesmaid' in the trade catalogue but our style leaflet calls this outfit 'Beamful Bridesmaid'.
Sindy's new beachwear was a rich turquoise cotton towelling robe and co-ordinating bikini. The hooded robe hung to just below the knee, and it had long sleeves and two patch pockets at the front. The edge of the hood and the front of the robe was trimmed with a brightly coloured stretch nylon. It had black, yellow, royal blue, red and green stripes. The robe fastened at the front with a tie belt made of the same stretch nylon which was sewn to the waist at the back of the robe.
This outfit has been found with two different bikinis. The first, which unfortunately we cannot show you, was made of triangles of the turquoise towelling edged with the striped stretch nylon. This striped stretch nylon was also used for the ties. The second version, see inset photo above right, was made entirely from the striped stretch nylon and was similar in style to what we would recognise as an “athletic bikini”. The bra was a halter neck, it had a piece of elastic behind the back and it fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener at the back of the neck. This version had larger high-legged pants. We know that this variation came with yellow slip-on mules but we do not know if the same footwear was used for the towelling bikini (white daisy sandals have been suggested). This outfit came with a pair of the sunglasses with big round rose-tinted lenses in a white plastic frame.
Sindy's new wedding dress was again very simple but very elegant. In floor-length ivory white satin, this dress had long wide sleeves and it did not have a waist. Instead, sewn into each side seam at waist height was a length of white taffeta ribbon which could be tied at the back of the dress giving it a shape. The dress was trimmed with two white nylon ruffles topped with white nylon lace, one around the knee and one around the bottom of the dress in line with the hem. The white nylon ruffle was used around the edges of the sleeves and the neckline. This dress fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. In keeping with current fashion, instead of a veil Sindy was given a wide brimmed floppy hat. It was made of four triangular sections of the white satin backed with stiff white webbing to help keep its shape. The wide brim was also made of satin and was backed with satin on the underside. Around the crown there was a swathe of white nylon floral netting and attached to this were pink stiff fabric flowers with two layers of petals with a pearl bud centre. Sindy's bouquet was made up of four of the same pink fabric flowers attached to green paper covered wires twisted together and decorated with a white silk ribbon bow. For her feet Sindy had a pair of white tassel shoes.
We have found two variations of this outfit, one with deep pink flowers and the other with pale pink flowers. Please see the detailed photos above.
1976 saw the introduction of a new range of products, the accessory sets. These were the first accessory packs since the 12S86 A & B packs (see 1968 Sindy).
The trade catalogue described these sets as follows:
“New Play Situations
Around the home appeal
High play value at low prices
Instant collector appeal
More realism in Sindy's world”
These sets can be categorised as being either accessories for Sindy to wear, or accessories to complement her scenesetters. Using this distinction, we will show “outfit” accessories with Sindy's outfits and separates. Any that related to Sindy's home or scenesetters we will show with the scenesetters.
There were three outfit related accessory sets for 1976.
A selection of necklaces, pendants chokers & bangles together with a black plastic jewellery box lined with blue fabric and decorated with a gold “S” on the lid to keep all of Sindy's jewellery safe. We are missing some of the plastic chokers and bangles (there should be three chokers and five bangles). There was also a black and silver brocade cloth evening bag. It had a faux pearl bead clasp on the flap of the bag and it had a silver chain handle (the bag we have is different to the one shown in the Pedigree literature).
This set was called 'Finishing Touches' in the trade catalogue and 'Jewellery Accessories' in the style leaflet.
Sindy's travel kit included a big red plastic suitcase with a moulded Sindy logo in the bottom right hand corner, extra destination stickers, a blue cotton shoulder bag with a flap which fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener (it is different to the vinyl one shown in the Pedigree literature), a black and silver camera on a silver strap, and a pair of her sunglasses with big round rose-tinted lenses in a white plastic frame. There was a choice of passports with stamped pages and extra covers for France, Germany and the USA (to allow for customisation of Sindy's passport). The set also included traveller's cheques, foreign currency and airline tickets.
This set was called 'Globe Trotter' in the trade catalogue and 'Travel Accessories' in the style leaflet.
An opportunity to buy additional newly style shoes and boots. This set included two pairs of boots in white and brown, a pair of brown tassel shoes, yellow slip-on mules, blue one-strap sandals, and red round-toe court shoes. For Sindy's head there were two plastic Alice bands in brown and white, and a red triangular headscarf.
This set was called 'Dress in Style' in the trade catalogue and 'Dress Accessories' in the style leaflet.