While almost certainly patterned after Uneeda's successful Dollikin, Twixie remains a favorite of collectors (when they can find her) in her own right. Her lovely girlish face, contrasted with her very sexy grown-up outfit, embodies the period in fashion doll history as few other dolls do. Her wonderful packaging makes her even more desirable as a collectible and as part of mid-twentieth century design history.
Twixie is 20" tall, with a hard plastic torso and legs, and soft vinyl head and arms. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, waist, hips, knees and ankles. Raised dots around the bottom half of her waist joint allow better control when posing her. She is a strung doll.
Her blue sleep eyes have brush lashes, and there are eight painted lashes below each eye. Her medium blonde hair is pulled into a bun, with a spit curl over her right eye. Twixie has red lips, finger- and toenails.
She is marked "P-8" on the back of her neck.
Twixie's fabulous lounging outfit consists of black pants with two brass buttons at each ankle; a sheer leopard-print blouse that ties around the waist; black lace strapless bra; black elastic-strap heels; and pearl drop earrings. A black velvet bow accents her hairdo, and a black vinyl purse may have been included with her as well.
While Twixie has been pictured in a bridal gown, it is doubtful whether Belle sold her in that outfit, as such an outfit would hardly showcase her posability, of which the company was justifiably proud. It is, however, possible that the leftover dolls were sold to another company who marketed them as brides.
Twixie's original box is pictured here. Pink, white and black graphics cover the outer box, the inner liner and the frame of the cover. She's described as "The new flexible wonder doll...she's almost human!...Thrilling! Educational! Exciting!" and the liner further describes the fun a child can have with Twixie: "I do acrobatic and dance poses...Artists use me for sketching...I'm a swell model for sewing...You'll love me! I'm loads of fun to play with!" The box most likely had some type of box or seat for her to sit on, which is missing from the photo.
Thanks to Laura Meisner for help with this page. Additional sources for this page include:
- "Hard Plastic Dolls" by Polly and Pam Judd.
Copyright 1997-1999 by Zendelle Bouchard.