Swingy from 1968 was another one of Mattel's mechanical dolls. She is 18" tall. She walks like Baby First Step and Baby Come Back, but she also dances in place and wiggles her hips. There was a "paper record" that was included in the original box that I'm sure she just "rocked out" to. There were a couple different outfits for Swingy. This is the most common I've seen. She is all original. Unfortunately her dress is dirty on the white pleated skirt from the original tape that holds the pleats in place. She still has her original hair ribbon too! The soles of her shoes have started to come unglued (probably from heat) and are not centered on her feet. I have noticed this happens a lot to these girls. She dances up a storm and sometimes looses her balance. She is so much fun to watch!
One of my visitors shared with me that they are pretty sure that the record provided with this doll was done by Paul Revere and the Raiders. Remember that rock band?
|Two more Swingy dolls. The doll on the left has the longer hair but has lost most of its curl and I cannot get her to dance but the motor seems to be running. Perhaps there is a belt that has come loose. I have since found another Mattel Swingy (on right) with a shorter bobbed hair style (not cut). Unfortunately she doesn't dance either so these little "wallflowers" will just have to sit on the sidelines unless I can figure out how to fix them. I haven't seen the short haired version in any of my reference books so I wanted to add her here to the site as another example. Her hair is rooted differently than the longer haired girl so I know that this wasn't a "re-do" by some little mommy.|
Here is Mattel's Tiny Swingy in her original outfit. She was released in 1970. She is a smaller version of the above dancing doll and also came with a record.
She is 11 1/2" like the Baby Small Walk I also have shown on my site.
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