Over the weekend, I read (with some interest) that an Angelina Jolie doll sold for $4,300 on eBay. The doll’s creator, artist Noel Cruz, has also made replica dolls of Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman, but the tiny Angelina is so accurate it’s freaky. Check it out:
Why does this interest me? It might surprise you to learn that I played with dolls when I was a kid. However, back in my day, the celebrity clone doll was a fairly new concept reserved for icons like Cher and, uh, Donny and Marie Osmond.
My Cher doll was top-of-the-line, the kind whose hair you could change from black to blonde by delicately twisting her scalp in circles. I think my parents could only afford one top tier doll for me because, instead of getting a Donny and Marie doll, I got a doll of their lesser known little brother, Jimmy Osmond. The fact that I can’t even find a picture of the Jimmy doll anywhere on the internet says something about its popularity.
I also liked to play with my neighbors’ Star Wars action figures. This was back when Star Wars was all about Luke, Leia and Han, so the most popular figures were replicas of actors Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. I never owned the dolls myself, but at some point, I talked my parents into buying me a bottle of shampoo in Princess Leia’s likeness. (You unscrewed her head and poured out the shampoo.) I’m still fond of Carrie Fisher, I’m going to see her one-woman show this week. If only I still had that shampoo bottle — and a Sharpie.
As the years went on, celebrity dolls and action figures became plentiful. I’ve seen Britney Spears dolls, Christina Aguilera dolls, Spice Girls dolls — having your own action figure is now just a part of being famous.
Oh, but it was all so much simpler when I was a kid. My Cher doll and my Jimmy Osmond doll were happy together. I know this because they were constantly making out. Still, I can’t help but wonder: If my Cher doll had to compete with an Angelina Jolie doll and a Britney Spears doll, would she have been able to hold on to Jimmy?
What about you? Did you play with celebrity dolls? Do you own any now as an adult?