Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day: Playscale Pappas Including Darth Vader

3 male fashion dolls by Mattel; 1 action figure representing fathers
left to right Ned Syphon Sr., "Noah," Allan Happy, Rev. Isiah Ezekiel Hadley


These four characters were the first fathers I came across today. They are from left to right: Edward "Ned" Syphon, Sr. (originally Happy Family Grandpa Hadley), Noah, Happy Family Alan, and Reverend Isaiah Ezekiel Hadley (originally AA Happy Family Grandpa Hadley). All but Noah are Mattel dolls. Noah is from One2Believe. They represent some of the father figures here, and they present our wish for happiness for all fathers.



My Fathers Doll/Action Figure Collection



My first father doll was probably Steve Sunshine followed by Hal Happy. My next "official" father doll would have been Manuel. Later I drafted my Hasbro "The Defender" figure to be father to two toddler dolls I had. Steve, Hal, and Manuel were the groovy, hip fathers: the Defender was the heavy, solemn, rigid father. A "do as I say father." However, most of my dolls and action figures were single because - to my child and teenaged thinking, the single dolls were free to have more adventures. Shrug.

Today, I appreciate that fathers can have adventures, too. They have roles beyond the "cool" dad and the "stern" dad. Someday, I would like to add some of the traditional dads like Dr. John Littlechap and maybe Tammy's father as well as dolls and action figures who embrace the dad role offscreen.


Other Playscale Fathers

Here I list other playscale father dolls. I include grandfather dolls as well because they are fathers first. I *know* that there are gaps in this list, so please feel free to share your list of playscale fathers in the comments.


Hasbro

Darth Vader



Ideal

Tammy's Dad, 1963



Majestic Studios

Commander Adama, 2008(?)



Mattel

Desi Arnaz, 2000 
Frank Sinatra, 2000
Happy Family Alan, 2002
Happy Family Alan, 2002 (Black/ethnic)
Happy Family Grandpa, 1976 (Original, ethnic)
Happy Family Grandpa, 2003
Happy Family Grandpa, 2003 (Black/ethnic)
Happy Family Hal, 1975
Heart Family Dad, 1985
Heart Family Grandpa, 1987  
Sunshine Family Grandpa, 1976
Sunshine Family Steve, 1974





Remco

Dr. John Littlechap, 1964



Woolworth

Manuel, 1970? - any information on Manuel who came with a blond wife and child, would be appreciated.



Reference


Man Behind the Doll on Alan and the Happy Family, 2003 

Blogger on Happy and Sunshine Family Grandparents, 2011

Happy Family and the Sunshine Family on Flickr, current

Heart Family discussed on Play Stuff blog, 

Heart Family at Toyzdollz, 1999-2014

Mattel Barbie Friends

Vintage Toy Encyclopedia on the Littlechap Family, 1996 - 2014

3 comments:

Muff said...

Happy Father's Day!

It's great to see some older folks in the midst of all the "teen" fashion that goes on in the Barbie world.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: Happy Father's Day. In my country we celebrate that day on March 19. Nice pictures. Keep in touch

D7ana said...

Hi Muff and Marta! The East Philly pappas are pleased as popcorn to hear your wishes.

@Muff - yeah, good to have some older folks here.

@Marta - glad you liked the photo. Will keep in touch ;-)