monzo12782:

In the 1990s, Hasbro tried to challenge Barbie’s dominance of the European doll market by licensing and redesigning Sindy, a pre-existing doll property. It didn’t go very well for them, but some… interesting specimens of the line showed up in German Toy Fair catalogs I bought off eBay, and I felt compelled to share.
Here, for instance, is “Rasta-Hair Sindy” - Sindy with blond dreadlocks - wearing a sweater that would cause seizures if she were capable of locomotion.

monzo12782:

In the 1990s, Hasbro tried to challenge Barbie’s dominance of the European doll market by licensing and redesigning Sindy, a pre-existing doll property. It didn’t go very well for them, but some… interesting specimens of the line showed up in German Toy Fair catalogs I bought off eBay, and I felt compelled to share.

Here, for instance, is “Rasta-Hair Sindy” - Sindy with blond dreadlocks - wearing a sweater that would cause seizures if she were capable of locomotion.

An impressive angle of “Westendstrasse 1,” the DG Bank (now DZ Bank) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Don’t remember what I scanned it from.

The Bachem BA 349 Natter. Not sure why the book says “natter” means “hummingbird” when Wikipedia says it’s a type of snake.

Scans from The World’s Worst Aircraft.

Page briefly describing the Bauhaus style and a close-up of the Bauhaus school building designed by Walter Gropius. Don’t remember what I scanned it from, unfortunately.

The last scan I made from my collection of German Toy Fair catalogs showing Hasbro’s attempt to market Sindy, a pre-existing European doll property. Included here are beachwear for Sindy and her boyfriend Paul, a set of jewelry, and… a collection of lacy lingerie. That’s… uh, that’s kind of weird, Europe. On the other hand, “French knickers” is a pretty amusing term.

The last scan I made from my collection of German Toy Fair catalogs showing Hasbro’s attempt to market Sindy, a pre-existing European doll property. Included here are beachwear for Sindy and her boyfriend Paul, a set of jewelry, and… a collection of lacy lingerie. That’s… uh, that’s kind of weird, Europe. On the other hand, “French knickers” is a pretty amusing term.

Poster for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Scan from The Arts of the Twenties.

Poster for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Scan from The Arts of the Twenties.

The 1920s were kind of weird.
Sketch by renown German poster artist Ernest Deutsch-Dryden. Forgot what I scanned this from, unfortunately.

The 1920s were kind of weird.

Sketch by renown German poster artist Ernest Deutsch-Dryden. Forgot what I scanned this from, unfortunately.

Here’s another “Sindy” scan from my collection of German Toy Fair catalogs, which features Sindy, her friend Imani, and Sindy’s “Ken” equivalent, Paul.
Spotlighted on this page is “Pop Star” Paul, which appears to depict him moments after a horrific accident in a glitter factory. Alternately, Paul and his friends all about to appear on EuroVision. Could go either way, really.

Here’s another “Sindy” scan from my collection of German Toy Fair catalogs, which features Sindy, her friend Imani, and Sindy’s “Ken” equivalent, Paul.

Spotlighted on this page is “Pop Star” Paul, which appears to depict him moments after a horrific accident in a glitter factory. Alternately, Paul and his friends all about to appear on EuroVision. Could go either way, really.

Poster for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. From The Arts of the Twenties.

Poster for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. From The Arts of the Twenties.

In the 1990s, Hasbro tried to challenge Barbie’s dominance of the European doll market by licensing and redesigning Sindy, a pre-existing doll property. It didn’t go very well for them, but some… interesting specimens of the line showed up in German Toy Fair catalogs I bought off eBay, and I felt compelled to share.
Here, for instance, is “Rasta-Hair Sindy” - Sindy with blond dreadlocks - wearing a sweater that would cause seizures if she were capable of locomotion.

In the 1990s, Hasbro tried to challenge Barbie’s dominance of the European doll market by licensing and redesigning Sindy, a pre-existing doll property. It didn’t go very well for them, but some… interesting specimens of the line showed up in German Toy Fair catalogs I bought off eBay, and I felt compelled to share.

Here, for instance, is “Rasta-Hair Sindy” - Sindy with blond dreadlocks - wearing a sweater that would cause seizures if she were capable of locomotion.