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Lesney "Skinny" Ginny

In the mid 70s the Lesney Corporation bought the rights to produce the Ginny Doll.  They decided to completely restyle her in an attempt to spark new interest in her.  Today she is known as the "Skinny" Ginny.  Her body style was slimmed down and she no longer has the appearance of a toddler, but looks more like a young school age child.  She came with many outfits and accessories for play, but her popularily never caught on as much as the earlier dolls of the 50s.  Her appearance is very impish and, as a Ginny collector, I wouldn't think of not including her in my collection.

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Grouping of Lesney's
Skinny Ginnys

There were different variations of hair colors and styles among the skinny Ginnys so they are fun to collect as well.   All had long straight hair but some had bangs, some parted down the middle, and some had two decorative braids circling the crown of her head.

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Schoolgirl Dress

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Ginny has on a velvet pleated jumper with a gingham checked blouse.  With her matching book bag, she looks like she is ready for school.  Another typical skinny Ginny.

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Typical Skinny Ginny

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This skinny Ginny was typical of most.   She worn basic sporty jogging clothes.  She has brown sleep eyes.  Some of these older dolls feel a little sticky.  She was pretty dusty when I found her but she cleaned up pretty good..  I don't know any of the statistics of number of dolls produced with brown eyes, braids, etc., or if these statistics even exist.  I added her to my collection because I did not have a brown eyed skinny.

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Black Skinny Ginny
"Ginnette"

 

It is interesting that the black version of the skinny Ginny was labeled "Ginnette" on the box.  The earlier Ginnette of the 50s was a baby.  Ginnette was exactly the same as the skinny Ginny, came in various outfits, and could wear all of the separate outfits as well.

 

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Lesney's Sasoon Ginny

By the early 80s designer jeans were all the rage.  Little girls (and big girls too) no longer wanted to wear just "ordinary" jeans.  They had to have a "label".  Lesney picked up on this popular trend and designed the "OO La La!  Sasoon" Ginny.   A painted eyes "skinny" with a unique designer look.  Additional designer clothing packs could be purchased as well.

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Turkish Bride
International Brides Series

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The International Brides series was made using the painted eye "Sassoon" mold.  These dolls represented various bridal outfits throughout the world.  They are a far stretch from a traditional Ginny, thus, they aren't a very collectible doll.  This is the Turkish bride.   Of the series the most often sought after is the Chinese bride.  She has a very elaborate costume.  Many of these dolls have discolored over time.  Their plastic becomes blotchy as if it has been bleached.  Their overall quality is rather poor.

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Far Away Lands
"Skinny" Ginny Version

English Ginny

In keeping with the tradition of offering world costumed dolls, Lesney also offered the skinny as well as the chubbie version of the international dolls.   These dolls were of the same inferior quality as the International Brides, often discoloring.  Still, if you can find one that is in good condition it is worth having as another variation of the many decades of Ginny dolls.

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