Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunshine Family Series 1 and Some History

A little backround history of The Sunshine Family. These dolls were created by Mattel and were sold starting in 1974 until 1982. They were wonderful dolls who represented a simpler more laid back time when people made crafts and sewed their own clothes in the 1970's.

These dolls fit in perfectly with my childhood because my parents really did those things and encouraged me to make things too. My mother didn't approve of many toys but she found a way to buy these for me. (I only had one Malibu Barbie, Ken & Skipper-why would you need more was my mom's thinking).

The original name of The Sunshine Family Dolls was "The Good Earth Family". Glad they changed it cause I think Sunshine Family is just so much better!

The Sunshine Family consisted of father Steve, mother Stephie and blond baby Sweets.

Sunshine Family Original Series 1
The very first series edition of The Sunshine Family are very hard to find as they were only made a short time. Changes were made to the clothing and baby and then released as another Series 1.
Above is the Original Series 1.
In the original release, Steve had a looser turtle neck sweater and his pants had pockets. Stephie had a long sleeved ankle length dress with a long apron with pockets.
The biggest and rarest difference in the original series 1 is that baby Sweets was made from soft rubber and you could sqeeze and bend her. Also her outfit was made to come off easy for diaper changes. (all further series had a hard rubber Sweets body and a very hard to get off and then on again one piece outfit).

Sweets' outfit opened up in back.

Sweets was soft and you could squeeze her.

After I talk about the different Series of The Sunshine Family and The Happy Family, I'll move on the the great playsets and will show photos of the "Family" living their little lives. I'll also have a section on The Star Spangled Dolls which used the SF bodies and also all the fun clone dolls of the SF I've collected.
Hope you enjoyed what I have so far and please comment so I know someone's reading this, o.k.?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Getting This Blog Going!

Sunshine Dolls were my most favorite toys when I was girl after
the Fisher Price Little People.

On this blog I'll show my really large collection and share
the history and memories of these great dolls.

To my 1 follower so far, hang in there more is coming!

Here's a link to a site that lets you share childhood
memories of the Sunshine Family.