four happy guys are
Denny & Charlie reproductions!
So Daring Denny and So Cheerful Charlie were prototype
dolls that were never mass produced. To find out more
about the prototype dolls, and to see some of the wax
heads that the molds were created from, you can visit the
other Baby Face sites on my links page. These Baby Face
sites show photos of the original prototypes. Two Denny
dolls were sold by Kiscom to unidentified buyers in 1997.
Apparently no one knows what became of the Charlie
prototype although someone suggested that Kiscom still
has it, because they kept one of every doll and every
It has been a challenge to reproduce these two Baby Face
boy dolls. It took six months to find the fabrics,
notions, shoes, socks and props that were necessary. It
has also taken considerable time to design the custom
patterns: pants, shorts, tops, sailor hat and baseball
hat. And, testing the patterns. I threw many outfits in
the trash can before each one finally fit right, looked
right. As for expense... I have several BF projects in
the works and I decided I had better stop tracking
expenses and simply consider the entertainment value.
A closeup of the logo on Denny's shirt shows that it may
have been a handmade prototype and it appears to be
finished with fabric paint applied around the edges. I
doubt the final product would have looked like this. I
think it would have resembled the plastic emblems that
are on many of the girls dresses: Cynthia, Sheila, Penny,
etc. I am a graphic designer and desktop publisher, so it
finally seemed sensible to do it my way: on the computer.
This, too, took time, materials and experimentation. I am
pleased with the finished applique because it has a
plastic finish, just like the appliques on the girls
outfits, and I think it is more like the finished product
would have been.
needed to be careful of copyright infringement, so I
altered the logo and colors of the applique while being
careful to retain the original style and color scheme.
Instead of "BF Boy" my applique says
"Boy-O-Boy" which I think is a cheerful
adaptation. This adaptation is also intended to prevent
fraud. My dolls should not be passed on as the real
thing, because they aren't. But, they are very close!!
In one prototype
photo (above,) Denny is shown wearing wearing white
plastic boots that are probably from the first issue of
Suzie dolls, before Galoob added the embossed heart
emblem. His socks are white. In the second photo at left,
he is wearing high top vinyl tennis shoes and his socks
are blue instead of white. My Denny wears white vinyl
tennis shoes and blue socks.
wears white plastic boots with the BF heart emblem on
them, such as Suzie and Sarah wear. I have scrounged as
many white boots as I could, but this is not easy to do
because the only way to get them is to steal the boots
off the feet of orphan dolls. The original Charlie wears
red & white striped socks, but my socks are a solid
red because this is what I could find, and they look
really great on him.
I used #8 DeeDee for the Denny doll of course. The real
Denny has blue eyes that look off to the side like
Cynthia and his hair has a side part that is rooted
differently than DeeDee's. I have seen DeeDee's come with
any of three eye colors: violet, light blue and medium
blue. The medium blue is most appropriate for Denny. I
have not given the dolls a haircut: DeeDee's ponytail
tucks nicely under the hat.
I used #10 Penny for the Charlie
doll. The Charlie prototype had dark skin tone but was
not as dark as the black Penny. I used black Penny for my
own Charlie in the top photo. Black Penny's original
pigtails are held up with bobbie pins and the sailor hat
hides them just fine.
works well as a boy doll, but Penny is absolutely
terrific as Cheerful Charlie. I think Penny is the homely
one of the BF girls, and so she makes a completely
charming and believeable boy!!
The prototype Charlie had a stocking cap. Right from the
start I saw problems with it and never seriously tried to
duplicate the cap. I thought the fabric would be hard to
find, hard to work with, and I thought the stripes on the
original looked crooked (possibly just painted on with
fabric paint.) Instead, I created a very traditional
sailor hat made of white canvas. The brim of my hat is
lined with the same star fabric that is on the right
sleeve of the shirt. And, with the sailor hat I can hide
Penny's pigtails which was also a concern.