Free Moving Curtis

Name: Free Moving Curtis

Made by and When: Mattel, 1974 (probably released to the market in 1975)

Material: Vinyl with articulated waist, bendable knees, and a “Free Mover” lever on the back

Marks: ©1968 MATTEL, INC. (on the head); ©1968 MATTEL, INC./TAIWAN/U.S. PATENT/PENDING

Height: 12 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Painted black molded hair/brown painted eyes/closed mouth

Clothes: Orange and white striped top with white pointed collar buttons in the back, has attached white shorts; white knit socks have blue and yellow stitching at the top hem; vinyl low-top tennis shoes; accessories include gray a vinyl tennis racket and a golf club. The accessories have attached strap(s) and snap(s) to create a handle for each.

Other: Style No. 7282, Free Moving Curtis uses the Brad head sculpt. The doll was released with Free Moving Cara, Free Moving Ken, Free Moving Barbie, and Free Moving PJ. With the twist and turn waist, the Free Mover mechanism, and the bendable knees, Free Moving Curtis can be positioned several ways as illustrated on the front of this doll’s distressed box.

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