Well it's the half term break and I'm enjoying my first Monday morning at home in my pyjamas since Christmas!
On my third coffee whilst busily doing nothing I thought I'd have a random browse online. Looking for fairylite figures I was amazed to find two other dolls I've never seen before.
I've been a fan of secret agent toys for years so it was doubly amazing. Both dolls are secret agents!
First up is Copperhead by Marx seen on the visibleinnards forum in 2011. Like someone says on the thread there it looks like an April Fool but it seems genuine.
The chequered dress suit reminds me of Fairylite's Lady Penelope. All in all I'm flabbergasted. What's the story behind this doll, anyone know?
Anyone own a Copperhead?
The second doll is a Kissy Suzuki figure from the James Bond film You Only Live Twice. The first pic I saw today, my first ever, was very grainy monochrome on the Mego Museum thread.
A little digging revealed that it's by Cecil Coleman. There's much more info here on the informative ajb007. I've certainly never seen one till this morning but then again she is a secret agent!
Anyone own a Kissy Suzuki?
Anyone collect secret agent toys in general?
Fans of 007 dolls and figures would obviously love to own a Kissy Suzuki doll. Here's a collector, 2arttoyguys on You Tube, who's made a custom version including cereal packet box! I love it! Just the sort of thing I'd do!
I've just come across these pictures from Ebay in 2015 of a Marx JANE BLONDE doll.
Now I am not an expert on Marx secret agent dolls or even an experienced collector but I cannot help noticing a lot of similarities between Jane Blonde and Copperhead.
First up is the name of the spy organisation. Jane works for G.O.O.D and Copperhead works for E.V.I.L as you can see on the box lids.
This may just be clever Marx marketing but then again.....
......there is the inner packaging. Its the same in both!
.... as are the two suitcases!
Other similarities include the bundle of masks in each box and of course the dolls themselves.
The final connection is the fact that I can find only one set of pictures if either of these online, what was once called a Googlewhack.
So readers, are these real Marx toys or like me are you swayed by the evidence that these are DIY customs?
Imitations and customs have a long history in vintage dolls as explained in this cool site about TV -related dolls.
What do you think?