Great Shape Clones & Clothing

Sears continued to sell their own boy doll called Craig during the mid-1980s. Craig (and his clothing) was also sold by Shillman as Our Boy/Sport Club (see also section Superstar Clones & Clothing). Totsy seems to have had a similar relationship with JCPenney, as outfits and dolls appear both in the JCPenney Christmas catalogues and packaged separately by Totsy.

1983 Active Craig set for Sears
1983 Active Craig set for Sears
From 1983 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1983 Sears Christmas Wish Book
1983 Sears Bride & Groom set
1983 Sears Bride & Groom set
From 1983 Sears Wish Book
From 1983 Sears Wish Book
From 1983 Sears Wish Book
From 1983 Sears Wish Book
From 1983 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1983 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1983 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1983 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1983 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1983 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue

The Wrangler doll is not a pure fashion doll as such – his extra clothing sets were more practical and cowboy themed, presumably to give him cross-over appeal.

1980s 'The Wrangler' doll by Ertl
1983 ‘The Wrangler’ doll by Ertl
From 1983 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1983 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
1983 Wrangler outfits
1983 Wrangler outfits by Ertl in original packaging

From 1984 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1984 Spiegel Christmas catalogue
From 1984 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1984 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1984 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1984 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1984 Canadian Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1984 Canadian Sears Christmas Wish Book
1984 Sporty Craig Set for Sears
1984 Sporty Craig Set for Sears
From 1984 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1984 Sears Christmas Wish Book
From 1984 Sears Wish Book
From 1984 Sears Wish Book
From 1984 Sears Wish Book
From 1984 Sears Wish Book
From 1985 Sears Wish Book
From 1985 Sears Wish Book
From 1985 Sears Wish Book
From 1985 Sears Wish Book
From 1985 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1985 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalogue
From 1985 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1985 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1986 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1986 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1986 Sears Wish Book
From 1986 Sears Wish Book
From 1986 Sears Wish Book
From 1986 Sears Wish Book

The doll offered by Sears as Craig seems to have been sold by Shillman for several years, variously packaged (see also section Superstar Clones & Clothing).

1984 Sport Club outfit by Shillman
1984 Sport Club outfit by Shillman
1985 Sport Club boy doll by Shillman
1985 Sport Club boy doll by Shillman
1986 Sport Club boy doll by Shillman
1986 Sport Club boy doll by Shillman
1986 Sport Club outfit by Shillman
1986 Sport Club outfit by Shillman
From 1986 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1986 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1987 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1987 Canadian Sears Wish Book
From 1987 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1987 JCPenney Christmas catalogue
From 1987 Sears Wish Book For Kids
From 1987 Sears Wish Book For Kids

The blonde boy doll pictured in the photo on the packaging below left is shown as model in the 1987 JCPenney Christmas catalogue. This catalogue also features the red and white beach outfit with towel by Totsy below right.

1987 Flair Formal Fashion Doll by Totsy
c.1987 Flair Formal Fashion Doll by Totsy
1987 Flair Boy Doll Fashions by Totsy
c. 1987 Flair Boy Doll Fashions by Totsy

FRED BY PLASTY/LUNDBY (GERMANY)

1984 Fred by Plasty in original packaging
1984 Fred by Plasty in original packaging
1984 German Steiner toy catalogue
1984 German Steiner toy catalogue

Without any contemporary catalogues as reference, I can only guess that these Freds are from the mid-to-late 1980s, as Plasty’s Heart Family clone dolls are similarly packaged – which would date them to between 1985 and 1990. These Freds certainly resemble the boy doll sold by Totsy during this period (see above). Below are just three examples, but I’ve seen a vast amount of differently dressed/themed Fred dolls in similar packaging. Some also came with blonde hair.

Mid-1980s Starlight and Party Fred by Plasty
Mid-1980s Starlight and Party Fred (Germany)
Mid-to-late 1980s Jeans Fred (Germany)
Mid-to-late 1980s Jeans Fred (Germany)