Effanbee John Wayne dolls
Effanbee John Wayne dolls are vintage collector’s dolls based on the celebrated American actor John Wayne.
The dolls were produced by the American doll company Effanbee as part of their ‘Legend’ series. The range features dolls based on a number of famous and iconic American actors, starting in 1980 with W.C Fields and including Groucho Marx, Mae West, James Cagney, Judy Garland and others from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
The Effanbee John Wayne dolls
There were two different John Wayne dolls produced by Effanbee, one in 1981 and the other a year later in 1982. Each were only in production for a single year.
The first was the second doll in the company’s ‘Legend’ series, released in 1981. It wears a white shirt and mid brown waistcoat, with tan/beige trousers, brown shoes and a salmon neck scarf. It also came complete with a beige cowboy hat, a Winchester rifle and an original letter of authenticity from Wayne Enterprises signed by Michael Wayne. The doll’s tag reads “John Wayne – American Symbol of the West”.
The second doll was released in 1982, and is slightly taller than the first at approximately 18”. It is dressed in an authentic U.S Cavalry uniform, based on Wayne’s character in the 1949 film ‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon’. This consists of a dark blue shirt with gold buttons and red cuffs, yellow braces, a yellow neck scarf, light blue trousers, a black belt and holster and black boots.
The doll also comes complete with a beige cavalry hat and a metal 45 colt pistol. It features a tag which reads “John Wayne – Guardian of the West”, and was the third in the company’s ‘Legend’ series.
A portion of the profits made from the sale of both dolls was donated to the John Wayne memorial cancer Fund.
How much are Effanbee John Wayne dolls worth?
The value of mint-condition collector’s dolls is usually far lower than that of children’s dolls, which were designed to be played with and are far rarer in untouched condition.
Although the Effanbee dolls were produced in limited numbers, the fact they were created specifically as collector’s items means that a large number were kept sealed in their original boxes. It is relatively easy to find unopened examples, with prices on auction sites such as eBay around $20 - $40.
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