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Pari Roller and new 1982 Skaters

Posted on September 10, 2021 at 7:45 PM

Did you know every Friday night in Paris is roller skating night? Pari Roller has been going since 1994 and is held every Friday from 9:30 pm to Midnight. It normally starts near Montparnasse Railway Station and is a circular skating route through Paris at night. It is only cancelled in bad weather. And best of all, it's free to participate.

For example tonight (10th September 2021) the journey starts at Montparnasse Railway Station, has a break at Louvre Museum, finishing back at Montparnasse Railway Station covering a distance of 20.62 km.

Since 2019 the 'hike' has been open to other forms of mobility, be it human or electric powered, but these forms of travel are requested to stay behind the skaters. The French Police and Pari Roller volunteers supervise the procession with the police forming a safety bubble to the front and rear of the skaters. It is manadatory now to wear a face mask in these Covid times, but it is wonderful to see the event is still being held.

It looks like a lot of fun and now I really wish I could roller skate!

http://www.pari-roller.com/

So to celebrate the wonderful Pari Roller we've added four lovely photos from Starla of her Skater Sindys. As you can see there is some nice variations here with both 2nd Gens and Sad Faces. If you have a different girl, please do send us a photo. Thank you again to Starla for your generosity in sharing!

https://www.oursindymuseum.com/1982-sindy

1981 Sindy Outfits and Separates

Posted on September 2, 2021 at 9:25 AM

Sometimes in updating the Museum you come across something which means you need to rewrite whole sections. Half of me thinks... pretend you didn't notice that, the other half thinks... nope you have to record that! 

So Ball Gown (Ref 44375) which was so straightforward now shows three variations and discusses the conundrum of what was the right choker for this outfit. Thank you Martina of The Little Sindy Museum in Sweden for the Green Ribbon variation of Ball Gown and for your attention to detail when considering the fabric.

Changes in this update are as follows:

  1. Addition of the beautiful black Sindy boxed doll (Ref 44642U)
  2. Inclusion of a newly discovered Sweetlife (Ref 44348) variation
  3. A rewrite of Ball Gown (Ref 44375)

1982 Sindy Outfits and Separates

Posted on August 19, 2021 at 8:15 PM

The 1982 Sindy Outfits and Separates are now online!

Finally we have completed this quite difficult year. A lot of our issues surrounded dolls that we knew of which were not shown in Trade Catalogues and issues regarding their details.


There are still dolls and outfits which we haven't included yet because we still cannot verify the year for certain:

  • We still can't prove if the bunches Sindy in the T-shirt and shorts sold in a bubble pack shown on page 163 of Colette Mansell's History of Sindy is 1981 or 1982 or some other year entirely.
  • We still cant be sure of what year the Funtime Sindy wearing the yellow shirt and red skirt that came with the Camping Buggy was, but we do now know the reference. To recap, there are three sets which came with a dressed Sindy doll. Funtime Sindy with Dining Table and Chairs (Ref 44891), Funtime Sindy with Camping Buggy and Tent Set (Ref 44892) and Funtime Sindy and her Country Garden (Ref 44893).  If you have any thoughts, please let us know.


There are bound to be typos or errors which we will put right asap. As always if you spot anything or don't agree with what we have said, no matter how trivial it may seem, please do let us know!


Also, any Sindy variations or anything else you have noted about this year are always welcome.


You will see there is a shout out for Skaters for 1982, it would be so cool if we could show all the different Skaters because they are lovely and a lot of fun and they make us smile.


From the acknowledgments you will see this was a bit of a worldwide effort, and we are very grateful to everyone who helped.


Special thanks to Donna from the US, Patricia from the Netherlands, and Starla from the UK, who patiently considered our questions and generously provided their knowledge, observations and opinions, and generally kept the author sane! Thank you ladies.


https://www.oursindymuseum.com/1982-sindy


1981 Sindy Outfits and Separates

Posted on May 2, 2020 at 10:15 AM

The 1981 Sindy Outfits and Separates has now been added to the Museum.


It's as complete as we can get it for now. You will see that we are missing the Blue Party Time doll and we still don't know the answer to the Baby Blue lingerie set, so we have gone for the 1980 version for now. Sadly, nor can we shown the black Sindy which we believe was issued this year?


There are some possible dolls and or outfits which we haven't included yet because we cannot verify the year for certain:

  • The first is the bunches Sindy in the T-shirt and shorts sold in a bubble pack shown on page 163 of Colette Mansell's History of Sindy because we can't find another reference as to its year.
  • The second is the Funtime Sindy that was wearing the yellow shirt and red skirt that came with the Funtime Buggy.  We know of 3 of these sets Funtime Sindy with Dining Table and Chairs (Ref 44891), Funtime Sindy and her Country Garden  (Ref 44893) and Funtime Sindy with Camping Buggy and Tent Set (Ref unknown). There may be others.
If you can help to verify or add to any of these please do get in touch.


There are bound to be typos or errors which we will put right asap, after a while you get a bit boggled-eyed checking and proofing everything! If you spot anything no matter how small please let us know!


Also, any Sindy variations or anything else you have noted about this year are always welcome.


We sincerely hope you like the new page, it's been a long time coming but we got there in the end.




The Baby Blue half-slips puzzle

Posted on April 29, 2020 at 7:25 PM

In 1980 Pedigree issued the pretty Baby Blue lingerie set with the reference 44073.



In 1981 Pedigree issued what looked to be exactly the same outfit but with a new reference 44082.


The allocation of a new reference keeps troubling me and I keeping coming back to the possiblility that it is related to the variation in the half slips.



When writing about 1980, we didn't know whether these differences could be explained by one being Pedigree and the other Schuco as we know this outfit was packaged under both brands, or by one being the 1980 and the other being the 1981 version. Or, were we looking at cost cutting? Or perhaps simple manufacturing differences given that the different snap-fasteners might indicate different production runs or production at two different factories. To be honest we still don't know!


But I am beginning to wonder if 1980 Ref 44073 is the longer slip and 1981 Ref 44082 is the shorter one? This is based very tentatively on the few Mint in Packets I could find on the internet. Unfortunately none of the photos are mine so I can't show them. Also, looking at photos, it's difficult to measure them accurately and some don't provide a reference.


So returning to the Pedigree catalogues, I do think there might be a difference. But, as always one can't rely wholly on the catalogue pictures because sometimes the finished garments were quite different. Looking further at this, possible different slips may be reflected in the packaging. See below 1980 packaging followed by 1981 packaging.



 



I am cautious to say this is correct i.e. longer slip in 1980 and shorter slip in 1981 because Sindy is wearing the wrong slippers in the 1981 picture and she is sitting down so it's not wholly reliable. So here's a shout out to anyone who have these outfits in or from MIP. Please could we kindly ask you to measure the length of your slip and tell us what reference is on the package?

Very interested in your opinions on this one.


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