Dolly Pops

Dolly Pops

One must crawl before they can walk, walk before they can run – and snap before they can zip. Of course, that last part only makes sense to those who ever fumbled endlessly with their doll clothing before their little hands were quite up to the task of the plethora of buttons, hooks, eyes and zippers necessary for your average costume change. Thankfully, Dolly Pops offered a glimmer of hope to those with underdeveloped dexterity who just wanted to change their dolls dress like everyone else.

It was the fine folks at Knickerbocker who made dressing a snap for little doll owners everywhere when they introduced the line of Dolly Pop dolls in the late 70s. Standing at only 3” high, they had long flowing manes of hair, either blond or brunette, and a pair of white bloomers just aching to be covered with one of the two easy-to-snap-on outfits that were included. And for more wardrobe choices, there were four sets of outfits available, falling into the categories of Play Time, Party Time, School Time and Country Time. Whatever the occasion, Dolly Pops were ready for action.

But what’s a doll without a colorful environment in which to play? Wouldn’t it be nice if, say, there was a dress show she could attend, or a horseback riding adventure, or a nice home to come back to after one of these playful excursions? Well, never fear – all of this and more was available, thanks to various little plastic suitcases that when popped open, revealed the scenery necessary to put her right in the middle of the action. And then there was Pop Town, the grand daddy of accessories for the Dolly Pop. It was a virtual neighborhood of fun ready to be folded out and explored – complete with a dress shop and toy store. Throw in nine, count ‘em, nine fabulous outfits and a baby complete with snap in cradle, and the sky was the limit.

As the 80s wore on, Dolly Pops eventually faded from the store shelves, but not before giving a bunch of little girls the opportunity to play with their beloved dolls, without the same hassles that wardrobe changes presented in other, more sophisticated playthings. Dolly might not have offered all the possibilities of, say, a pretentious Barbie – but let it never be said that she wasn’t a snappy dresser in her own right.

If you ever owned a collection of Dolly Pops in your youth, we’d love to hear your recollections in our comments section, as we tip our hats to these memorable dolls from yesteryear.

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  1. Yolanda says:

    I wish I could by these on eBay for my kids. I had them and the spinning home. Loved them. They have been on my mind lately; hence why I ended up on this page :)

  2. Jennifer says:

    This was hands down my most favorite toy when I was around six. I wanted Poptown desperately for Christmas, but my mother warned me Santa would have trouble bringing it since there were no more in the store – would there be something else I wanted? No. Poptown!

    Holiday disaster averted; the fat man brought the goods. I played with that until it fell to pieces, and then played with it some more. I still had a few pieces as a teen.

    I never forgot the toy but only today re-discovered its name. Thank you for this article.

  3. Jamie says:

    I LOVED Dolly Pops! It is so cool to see images. I had the town and a few other outfits. I tried getting others to recall them, but no one else seems to remember them.

    Wish they would bring them back for the little ones!

  4. Keri says:

    I had the Poptown and LOVED that toy! It is one of the few that I wish I still had for my daughter now. Hands down the most played with dolls I ever owned!

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