"I'll buy almost any black doll that is not nailed down."
In my black-doll-buying infancy, the above quote was my basic motto. My collection suffered severely as a result. I purchased black dolls of all types until the eventual elimination and exclusion of certain ones commenced in the early 2000s.
During my early 1990s, black-doll buying frenzy, I purchased a preloved (played-with) Zizi made by Mattel in 1986. Zizi, from the Hot Looks collection, was still in relatively good condition, but her clothing and shoes were missing. The original doll wears a "hot" pink and black, zebra-print jacket and pants, white blouse, and black shoes. Underneath the zebra-print fashion, Zizi wears a sewn-on yellow bra and panty.
|An original Mattel Hot Looks Zizi, source: Black Doll: An Identification and Value Guide, p. 204, M. Perkins (Collector Books, updated values 1995)|
|Preloved Hot Looks Zizi|
|Mint-in-box Hot Looks Zizi|
Zizi, the preloved doll, and I were reunited a couple of years ago when I inherited my daughter's childhood dolls. My immediate plan had been to find clothing and shoes for Zizi because the boxed doll is still boxed. Using a colorful scarf, copper bracelet, and copper wire, I finally accomplished this goal without sewing a stitch.
|Preloved Zizi wears scarf dress and headdress, copper belt, and copper bracelet|
Looking back, if I had it to do all over again, I probably would not have purchased the preloved Zizi or the boxed version. This type doll has long been eliminated from the types I currently desire. Still looking back, had the purchases occurred, I am not sure if I would have given my daughter the played with doll at the time she asked for it, or if the self-absorbed collector would have held on to it until upgrading to the boxed version. The latter is the most likely scenario.