Name: Birthday Joy Wendy
Made by and When: Madame Alexander, introduced in 2019
Material: Hard plastic
Marks: ALEXANDER (on the back); has the Madame Alexander hang tag; the front of the hang tag reads, MADAME/ALEXANDER Birthday Joy/D/BR/BRU. The inside of the hang tag reads, Birthday Joy/D/BR/BRU/75120/Introduced 2019/Introduit 2019. The back of the hang tag contains the company’s name, copyright, NY location, and web address.
Height: 8 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Brunette hair styled in two short curly ponytails adorned with a purple ribbon, brown sleep eyes with sculpted eyelashes attached to the eyelids and painted lower eyelashes, closed mouth
Clothes: Wears a pink sleeveless dress with a pink sheer iridescent bubble skirt lined with white satin. Between the two layers of the skirt fabrics are several pieces of multicolored confetti flowers. The dress has a purple sash at the waist. Tan shimmery tights and pink patent-leather ankle-strap shoes complete her outfit.
Other: Madame Alexander released birthday Wendy dolls over the past several decades. Style #75120 Birthday Joy Wendy is one of several. This doll has jointed elbows and jointed knees and uses the original Wendy head sculpt that is shared with the White doll.
See the fourth gallery photo for a group picture of the following happy birthday dolls by Madame Alexander: Birthday Boy and Girl (1992), Happy Birthday Wendy (1999) and Happy Birthday Wendy 2005 — these dolls also use the original Wendy face shared between Black and White dolls. Wendy’s appearance changed for the Black doll in 2004 with a dedicated African American head sculpt. Balloons for Your Birthday Wendy #64492 (2012) uses the dedicated sculpt. The Alexander Doll Company no longer uses the dedicated Black Wendy sculpt. Its use was discontinued between 2015 and 2016.
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