|Recently acquired R&B Music Calendar Girl Jenny represents the month of October.|
Made by Takara, Jenny dolls were initially created as Japan's version of Barbie to better appeal to the Japanese market. The dolls have a shorter height, ranging from 9- to 10-1/2 inches and were initially named Takara-Barbie. After Takara ended their licensing agreement with Mattel in 1986, the dolls were renamed Jenny [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_(doll)]. Like Barbie, Jenny has had several different themes and has kept up with the latest fashion trends.
Representing R&B music, the tan-complexioned, 10-1/2-inch all-vinyl October Music Calendar Girl Jenny wears a silver lamé blouse with ruffled bodice and silver-bead buttons. Her pants are a shimmery royal blue. Black knee-high boots remain in a plastic bag attached to the box liner.
Jenny's natural textured black hair is styled in an Afro with silver fabric headband. She wears silver stud earrings. One eye winks while the other is open. A red faux CD player with gray earphones is her only accessory.
|Seven of the 12 Music Calendar Girl Jenny dolls are illustrated on the back of R&B Jenny's box. All 12 dolls can be seen here.|
Released from April 2000 through March 2001, there are 12 Music Calendar Girl Jennys. The other themes are Country, Hip Hop, Reggae (July), World Music, Classic, Argentine-tango, Religious, Jazz, Punk Rock, Folk, and Latin. See larger images of all Music dolls here.
Not a serial collector (one who must own all items in a series), I have no plans to collect all 12 dolls, but I would like to eventually add the Reggae Music Calendar Girl Jenny to my collection.
According to barbiegirl dot com:
The Calendar Girls series began in 1996 with the Sweet Seventeen LifeCalendar girls and ran from April to March. This time frame was confusing to North American collectors. Then with the Birthday Cocktails series the timeframe changed from May to April. In 2001 there was no series and there was a shift of time again and the 2002 series started up in January and went to December. In 2004 there was some sort of controversy over the December doll and it was never produced. In 2005, no Calendar Girl series was announced…
Each year a Premium Doll was available and if you collected all 12 dolls, you could purchase this special edition doll that was only available with the 12 coupons that were packaged with the monthly dolls. [http://www.barbigirl.com/calendar.htm#2000]
Other Takara Jenny Dolls
|Neo Licca Black Licca Jenny (2000), PhotoGenic Jenny (2000), and Neo Licca Georgeous Gold Jenny (2001)|
Other Jenny dolls with tan complexions from different series that I have owned for several years are shown above and below with a brief description.
|Neo Licca Black Licca Jenny|
9-1/2-inch Neo Licca Black Licca Jenny by Takara Toys was made in the year 2000. Other dolls in this series were Gal Licca (a brunette) and Retro Girl (a blonde) as shown on the back of the box:
|Black Licca is illustrated on the back of the box along with Gal Licca and Retro Girl|
10-inch PhotoGenic Jenny with posable vinyl limbs by Takara Toys is also from the year 2000. While photographing this doll for this post, I noticed she has developed some white splotches on her vinyl, which, unfortunately, might be due to a breakdown in the materials. She remains inside her sealed blister card. The back of the box shows a blonde version in different poses.
|PhotoGenic Jenny has soft rubber legs and arms which are bendable, as the back of the box illustrates.|
|Neo Licca Georgeous Gold Jenny|
9-1/2-inch Neo Licca Georgeous Gold Jenny by Takara Toys was released in 2001. Other dolls in this series, as illustrated on the back of the box below, include Gal Punk (a redhead), and a Rockin [sic] Girl (a brunette with long straight hair).
|In what appears to be a Japanese-to-English translation, Neo Licca Gorgeous Gold Jenny is described in the lower left corner of the back of the box as follows: "She is different from usual Licca. She grown up a little bit and leads the fashion."|
|Internet-captured photo of Jenny's first African American boyfriend, Tom.|
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