|Baby Heather, an interactive doll by Mattel ©1987|
Ninti Bower has left a new comment on your post "GabbigaleMute but Cute":
Have any one heard of the baby heather doll?.. I am looking for some information on this doll ..I recently purchase this doll on eBay, it is an 1987 Mattel interactive doll..I have a beautiful African American Heather doll that works very well.. Thank you...
In response to the the above comment requesting information about Baby Heather by Mattel 1987, I promised to write a blog post about the doll I own.
|Photo of Baby Heather's entry in Black Dolls an Identification and Value Guide 1820-1991 by Myla Perkins|
Baby Heather is featured, described, and value assessed on page 201 in Black Dolls an Identification and Value Guide 1820-1991 by Myla Perkins. The image above illustrates her full description, which I will not retype here. The doll was given a 1993 value of $95.
|Full view of my Baby Heather; missing are her bonnet, skirt, socks, and shoes.|
I purchased my doll on the secondary market in preloved condition about 15 years ago. She was fully operational upon arrival but either arrived with one leg broken, which is a common occurrence for these dolls, or the leg broke after arrival. It has since been repaired using epoxy. I did not take the time to add the multiple batteries the doll requires to work, eight size C and four AA, which are inserted in the back compartment that has a pink fabric cover, shown next.
Not shown, Baby Heather has a sensor on her lower abdomen, underneath her pink fabric body, that activates her functions when the power button is switched on.
In some unknown location, I have a copy of the complete, multiple-page Baby Heather instructions booklet that I purchased on eBay. I was unable to locate the instruction booklet to share the pertinent information that Ninti Bower might need. An Internet search found the following details regarding some of the doll’s functions (they are copied below as they were written by “Russell” in answer to another Baby Heather owner's question regarding the doll’s function:
Hi i have a baby heather and she works fine ,
hope this is some help ,
look at the back of heather
you will see two battery compartments the large1.5v box and above that a button stating grow up
press this once [to] stage baby
press again goes to 1 year old
press again goes to final stage two year old
directly below the large battery compartment
two rubber buttons
one grey one red
red means enter the programme mode
the time she first says is the time set to work on
push the grey button to change hour keep doing this till you get the desired hour to match [your] time
press red enter button
[do] this quite quickly or she will say exiting program mode
heather then instructs you
on to morning wake up time
press the grey button to enter wake up time keep doing this untill you get desired wake up time
press red enter button
heather now knows her wake up time
press red button again for night time sleeping mode ,and follow the same steps as above till you want her sleeping time press red enter her sleep time is stored
if you press the red button again she tells you her development status, baby 1year old or two years old…
below her AA battery box the small thin batteries there is a switch
to the left it says off eyes closed
when switched to this the doll will switch off with her eyes closed
when switch is in the middle she is on and ready to play
when switched to off eyes open heather is switched off but her eyes remain open
still haven’t understood the clear round button…
under her left arm if she is facing away from you is her ticklish spot she likes that sometimes if she doesn’t she will soon let you know,
below her tummy is another sensor this is her hug sensor so if she asks for a hug gently push her tummy and she will know, heather can hear you and she will look around to hear your voice her eyes move left and right and her head turns as she working out where you are
also peek-a-boo if you’d like to play, gently place your hand over her eyes she will respond,
also horsey if she wants to play gently bounce her up and down and be careful these dolls can suffer from loose or detached legs.
other tips if she doesn’t have an original outfit pick one that won’t restrict head movements, as for feeding or hair brushing I’m working out if she does need original items or another doll item will do
Additionally, Baby Heather's body tag provides the following toll-free number to call for problems or questions: 1-800-421-2887. Whether or not this number remains valid or the folks at Mattel still have access to Baby Heather's instructions is unknown. It is worth a try to call and ask.
My Internet "Baby Heather" search located another site where a lengthy Baby Heather discussion has taken place among current and previous owners. Some referred to the poor doll as being possessed due to their inability to power the doll down. Many reported the same leg issue my doll has while several others reported their dolls' necks broke. A link to their discussions is included below under Additional Links.
See Baby Heather operate in a Baby Heather commercial here.
Working or not, flaws aside, I think Baby Heather is a cute baby doll. It's unfortunate that Mattel did not work out the malfunctions preproduction.
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