Until January 25, 2017, I didn’t know about the existence of little Liddle Kiddles dolls. At that time, I was not familiar with many dolls. And so in January 2017, I received a letter asking me to dress small dolls about 2.5 inches.
Two weeks later I received the package and was surprised, at first I thought it was an order that had not been received. But when I opened the box, I found three doll bodies without heads! And a note in which V, that was my client’s name, wrote that she wanted to give me a gift and sent these doll bodies so that I could knit new dresses with confidence. That’s how the 5-year-long story began.
That’s how I met V and her dolls.
After the first letter, I started looking for information to understand what kind of Liddly Kiddly they are, what they look like and which company produces them.
Liddle Kiddles were produced from 1966 to 1971 andd Mattel (genuine Liddle Kiddles are marked with ‘MATTEL’ and Japan or Hong Kong and a copyright date either under the clothing on the back or right under the hairline) was the first to create Liddle Kiddle miniature dolls in the 1960s. However, many companies including Hasbro made Liddle Kiddle clones (dolls which copied the concept) to cash in on the tiny doll craze which Liddle Kiddles caused in the late 1960s. They were 2.75 to 4 inch tall, although certain Kiddles as small as 1 inch were made. Girls & boys share the same vinyl covered wired body styles, so you can ‘bend and pose’ the dolls. They came in a 2.5 inch shorter stocky body (like the 3501 Bunson), or a skinnier body (like the 3503 Liddle) and the taller thin 3.5 inch body (like the 3502 Howard). They have rooted hair which can be combed or brushed and their heads can turn.
- The Liddle Kiddle came on a card board hanger, with a clear plastic bubble. Each Kiddle has their own theme or accessories of work or play; a comb and brush set made of plastic -usually in yellow- and a Kiddle funny book which tells a little story and describes the other dolls in the series.
- The dolls were made of vinyl. Despite their tiny size, they had rooted hair and most had jointed limbs and tiny, separate shoes. Most ‘cloned’ Liddle Kiddles did not have separate shoes. It’s believed that there were 24 original Liddle Kiddles.
In 2018, thanks to V, I dressed the dolls of another lady. She made an order for several dresses and costumes for dolls. It turns out she had already bought doll dresses from me, but I didn’t know then for which dolls she bought these dresses. I asked her to show me the dolls. In the photo I saw Liddly Kiddly babies. She sent me a photo of her dolls in dresses tied by my hands.
In 2020, we continued to dress her Liddly Kiddly mini dolls with V again. That year, the dolls received new crocheted and knitted dresses and sweaters.
After another 2 years, in 2022, we again pleased the dolls with new dresses.
If you are a collector of small dolls Liddly Kiddly, welcome to the “Creativhook store”. For a personal order, it is enough to write me a message. Your dolls are worthy of beautiful dresses!