Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Saucy the Doll that Makes Faces


Among other dolls, page 187 in Black Dolls A Comprehensive Guide... illustrates, describes and values Mattel's Saucy Makes Faces.

Saucy the doll that makes faces (wearing the pink dress in the above image) was manufactured by Mattel.  She has a copyright date of 1972. When the doll's left arm is moved in a full circle, she changes her facial expression approximately 18 times.

For a brief period yesterday I could not remember where my doll was located.  I found her among other dolls manufactured for the play market in the linen closet in a Rubbermaid bin.

After writing this post with my iPad using the speech recognition feature, I created a video that shows several of Saucy's expressions.
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The clunky sound her arm makes is a little annoying, but I still think Saucy's a fun, non-battery-operated doll.

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14 comments:

  1. Lil Saucy is adorable. Her little expressions are cute and funny. I love that your blog showcase dolls that I never knew exist. Very informative. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, GG. It took me a while to find this funny girl when I began my search during the 1990s. I eventually found her in a Collectors United ad, I think (pre-Internet doll buying).

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  2. This little gal is epic! I've been looking for one for myself, but I'd forgotten how her face mechanism worked. Thanks for the demo. :-)

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    1. Thanks RM1987 - I hope you are able to purchase your Saucy soon. Someone I know just posted another black version on eBay, mint in box.

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  3. I never knew this doll existed. Some of her faces are kind of scary. :) Thanks for the demo!

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    1. I knew some people would find her creepy, Roxanne! Now I am wondering if small children found her frightening.

      :-)

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    2. I had one and I loved her! My grandmother would say she made faces just like me. Maybe I was "creepy" or just very expeessive.

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    3. It's wonderful that you owned Saucy as a child, an expressive doll like you.
      :-)

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  4. Her facial expressions range from cuteness extreme to Bride of Chucky. Several of them made me laugh out loud at how adorable and equally scary they were. You have the most fantastic dolls.

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    1. Check out the one that is on eBay now that a doll friend is selling: Saucy Makes Faces. If it sells for the asking price, I might need to tell this little girl bye-bye. I don't have her original box, though.

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  5. This doll reminds me too much of Chucky. I have never seen a Chucky movie, and I found it difficult to watch the video. It also disturbed me seeing her poor arm turning like that. So unnatural.

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  6. I'm sorry Saucy's faces and arm movement disturbed you, Vanessa.

    The doll didn't get pulled from the market, so I don't think it was alarming or disturbing for the intended market (children) back in 1972/73.

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  7. I had her when I was a little girl! She was sooo cute! I also had a black My Child that I thought was adorable.

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    1. Hi Patricia - I am sure Saucy gave you lots of hours of doll-playing entertainment.

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