Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dana Cover Girl's Time to Shine


Dana Cover Girl by Kenner ©1979
With a box date of 1979, Dana Cover Girl entered the market at the height of the disco era.  She is a 12-1/2-inch fully poseable doll with jointed wrists.  She uses a similar, if not the same body, as Hasbro's original Jem and the Holograms.

Dana has brown painted eyes and brown rooted hair styled in a side-swept wavy ponytail.

As illustrated on the side panels of her box, Dana wears a white body suit and removable skirt that can also be worn as a stylish cape (according to the text on the back of the box).  Her silver shoes are as shiny as a disco ball.


A portfolio and magazine cover are included in Dana's box. The back of the box illustrates the many ways Dana can pose with or without her posing stand, which is also included in her package.  Illustrations of several fashions, designed for Darci (the blonde counterpart) that Dana can also wear, are shown on the back of Dana's box.

Dana's poses and extra fashions made for Darci that Dana can wear are illustrated on the back of box.

Dana Cover Girl, not a new-to-me doll, has been dying to receive blog exposure.  Her desire has now been fulfilled.

The Totally Jem page offers additional information and comparisons of Jem, Dana, and Darci. 


Click the play arrow to view a circa 1980 Darci commercial, which does not feature Dana.


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8 comments:

  1. I am digging the fashion and the side swept hair. Even though this doll is AA she really reminds me of Lindsay Wagner who I was a huge fan of in the 70's.

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    1. Dana reminds me of someone, too, but I have not been able to figure out who. If I look at her picture long enough maybe it will come to me.

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  2. Congratulations on having the Dana doll; she's on my "someday" list ;-)

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    1. Thanks, D7ana! Hope you're able to add her someday, sooner than later.

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  3. I want this so much! Darci was my favorite fashion doll as a child. I loved that her arms as well as her legs could bend. I had no idea that she had a Black friend until I was an adult. I was bidding on one on eBay, but was outbid this morning. I'll keep trying! Thanks for sharing this information and these photos!

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    1. If they were never seen in stores, the Darci commercials were certainly no help in informing consumers and girls that Dana existed. Kenner made her but pushed Darci instead.

      I am glad you finally learned about her existence and hope you are able to find your Dana soon, Roxanne.

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  4. When I first read the title, I thought it was referring to D7ana and a post she did, covering a little girl's time to shine. LOL. I'm not familiar with this doll. She is quite nice!

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa. Dolls like this make me wish I had two. One to debox and one to keep, like Dana, NRFB. I want to enjoy her but also want to preserve her in her manufactured state. This is a dilemma I face with vintage dolls found in the NRFB state, which is why I open newly marketed dolls immediately and discard the boxes.

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