Cricket and Corky

Name: Cricket and Corky

Made by and When: Playmates, ©1985 (Cricket) and ©1986 (Corky)

Material: Vinyl heads, lower arms, and lower legs; cloth upper arms and legs and body that surrounds the tape recorder in their backs

Marks: (Cricket’s head) 9250 / PLAYMATES / ©1985; (cloth body tag) Cricket / ©1986 / 1600 South Trojan Way, La Mirada, Ca 90638 [followed by the Reg. No.  / Made in Hong Kong. All rights reserved / and care instructions].

(Corky’s head)  9251 / PLAYMATES / ©1986; (cloth body tag) ©1986 Playmates Toys, Inc. / 1600 South Trojan Way, La Mirada, Ca 90638 [followed by the Reg. No. / Made in Hong Kong. All rights reserved / care instructions].

Height: 25 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Dark brown rooted hair, brown painted eyes, open mouths with molded upper teeth; the eyes and mouths move as the dolls talk. Cricket was released with two different hairstyles, two side curly pigtails with bangs and short curly hair. The pigtails are now braided on the doll in this installation.

Clothes: Corky wears his debut clothes. The Cricket dolls wear outfits that were sold separately for the dolls. The pink socks and tights worn by the doll with short curly hair were added by the curator. Each doll’s costume has a horizontal slit in the back near the neck for accessing the buttons on the built-in tape recorder.

Other: Each doll came with a 30-minute tape that controls the talking and the eye and mouth movements when the tape is inserted into the tape recorder in their backs. (View a 1987 Cricket commercial below the gallery.) Requires four C batteries and one 9-volt battery. Extra outfits, personalized chairs, cassette tapes and books, and other accessories were sold for Cricket and her brother, Corky.


1987 Cricket Commercial

The White doll is featured in this 1987 Cricket commercial.


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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