Vintage Pebbles Flintstone dolls
Vintage Pebbles Flintstone dolls are toys created in the image of the character Pebbles in the animated television series The Flintstones in the 1960s by the Ideal Toy Company for Hanna-Barbera Productions.
Background and Description
The Flintstones is an animated comedy series developed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in the 1960s, featuring the comically modern lives of a working class Stone Age family and their friends. It was initially aimed at adults, typical of 1950s-60s American situation comedies, juxtaposing everyday 1960s modern concerns with the Stone Age setting. The show was broadcast between 1960 and 1966, and became one of the most popular and well-loved shows of all time.
Fred and Wilma Flintstone started out as a childless couple. Several early episodes feature the lead up to Pebbles’ birth, and then Fred and Wilma adjusting to being parents. There was even a ‘name the Flintstones baby’ competition during the pregnancy episodes. Pebbles was born, and along with their neighbour’s adopted son Bamm-Bamm, became an integral part of the show, and played a part in enticing a younger audience too, making this not just for the adult marker but a successful family show.
The Flintstones launched a multi-million dollar merchandising business. Hundreds of toys and novelties based on the characters were produced. When the Ideal Toy Company heard that Hanna-Barbera were adding a baby to the show, they approached the production company with a proposal to create a doll for the baby, and were granted the commission. Pebbles Flintstone dolls were therefore produced by the Ideal Toy Company.
There were a few versions of the Pebbles doll. All-vinyl 12” and 16” dolls, along with a Baby Pebbles with vinyl head and limbs but a soft cloth body. The large vinyl versions came with a plastic bone through Pebbles’ topknot hair, a beige shirt and black bloomers, and facial paint of blue eyes and pink lips, tongue and cheeks. The Baby Pebbles comes with a leopard print felt dress, similar facial paint and hair, and the plastic bone.
Collecting vintage Pebbles Flintstone dolls
There are various models of Pebbles Flintstone doll available, such as the six inch rag and felt Pebbles dolls made by the Knickerbocker Toy Company in 1972, and those made by Might Star ltd in 1980. However, the true vintage dolls are those commissioned during the time of production of the television series, and will state @Hanna-Barbera-Prods, Inc., IDEAL TOY CORP on the back of their necks and torsos.
They are often sold along with Bamm-Bamm dolls in original gift sets.
Vintage Flintstones dolls are much more valuable if they retain their original packaging, and original accoutrements such as the bone in Pebbles’ hair and her stone-age attire.
Original 1960s Pebbles Flintstone dolls generally sell on auction sites like eBay for $40 - $800 depending on condition, whether they retain their original packaging, and whether they are being sold together with the vintage Bamm-Bamm doll.
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