HOW BABY FACE WAS BORN...
Here's an interesting Tidbit! The pink or blue paint, sprayed
on the Magic Diaper Babies diapers, was actually
transparent, applied over diapers that were already painted
white. Because the, temperature activated, Tints, were only
Visible when dipped in Ice Water, but became Invisible at
Room Temperature, the Diapers had to be painted inside a
large walk-in Refrigerator, which the factory in China, had
built to order, for the job! That was the only way the paint
could be Seen!
Now Kiscom was getting to be a more familiar face around Galoob, and we were able to get a little better "peek" at what was going on, inside. We not only had Magic Diaper Babies, with Gary, and Baby Face, with Saul, but now, we managed to sell Saul another item, as well.
This one was the result of trying to turn the water soluble Gimmick that Mattel used in Magic Nursery, around, and "flip it" for boys! I "comped up" a "fake"counter display with a header that showed a Garbage worker in a bull dozer, pushing Garbage around in a "dump".
The "Dump" area, was a box that I filled with small black Trash Bags, which were stuffed with rolled up paper. These were intended to represent Little garbage bags that would dissolve in water to reveal a plastic collectable monster inside! The header "art" portrayed representative monsters, running in terror from the oncoming bull dozer!
It turned out that Galoob already had a bunch of figures of monsters and robots and aliens that they had made up, but couldn't figure out how to merchandise, so they put them in the bags and added an alka-seltzer like tablet to make them fizz when they dissolved, and called them, the "Trash Bag Bunch" We had originally called them the "Garbage Bag Gang" , but Galoob felt that sounded too much like Cabbage Patch!
Now, to backtrack a little, Just before I began to work on the "Baby", Judy Albert
announced that she had an idea she "wanted to show" for Baby Face. A meeting
was set up at the NY showroom, and Kiscom and I were asked to attend. We had
ALL been discussing the "baby" project, for months, as if it was a "fait accompli".
It was only a question of "when", not "If". So I was a little surprised, when Judy
showed the gathering, a Baby she had mocked up, and presented it, as though, the
very Idea of even, doing a baby, was something, that She, had just thought up! What she put on the table was an
ordinary Baby Face, With a hair cut! In place of the Miami Beach "Yenta" Cut, she had trimmed the hair to exactly
the length, I had imagined Baby Face's hair should have been from the start! And, By God, the doll did look like a
"baby", after all!
So I was truly surprised to learn that the Alberts were proposing that
in return for this contribution to Baby Face, Galoob should contribute
an additional 1% royalty to them! But I was even more surprised,
when the Alberts left the office, to witness the level of resentment
that the management team of Galoob felt towards them! If they had
their way, The Alberts wouldn't be getting any royalty at all, let alone
an additional 1%!
If "Masterpiece Theater was ever to do a TV series on toy
manufacturers and Inventors, they could call it; "Inside, Outside"! I
could only imagine, how unpopular Judy must have been, with the Boys
inside! She probably had to fight for every detail of the project, every
step of the way! The guys at Galoob, surely, must have realized, that
they didn't have the know-how to produce a decent doll, all by
themselves. That's why they sought out and included Judy, in the first place! Now that she had given them the doll,
they never could have done without her, the Gratitude they should have felt, was tinged with resentment.
Needless to say, I couldn't wait to get started and sculpting the baby ...
Without a Posable Waist! Galoob "took over" the "Baby" project,
with a vengeance! And what they Produced, till this day, makes me
wonder, if Judy was, indeed, "cut out of the loop"! If not, surely her
enthusiasm and involvement was visibly, diminished.
I had heard that, Saul had come up with a bathtub idea, But until I saw
her in person at Toy Fair, I had no idea all that that entailed. The
body had gone back through the "Sausage Mill" and "Michelangelo"
had Fused the Knee and Elbow Joints! I'm not sure what they did to
the hip and shoulders, I don't know if they replaced the elastic with
plug-ins or not, For, would you believe I was so turned off by the doll
that I could never,
The original doll was never intended to be put in water. Now I can
recall imagining her floating, until the water must have seeped in and
eventually sunk her, Then weeks of water seeping out of the tiny drain
holes, they added to her hollow limbs.
For any collectors who have Galoob's 1992 catalogue, just go to the last page of the Baby Face section, and turn it! You'll see a doll called "Luv'n Handfull", and You'll See what Galoob could "do", on their own, without that gallant little face and Judy Albert's magic touch!
Now turn the page again, and you'll see one of Saul's "pet" projects, "Starlight", an amazing horse that walked by itself, and lit up too! But it was way too Expensive and had production problems that made it ship late. On the following page is a line of ballerina dolls that shows how even a product with a feature, if you can call, small dolls, rotating on a large base, a feature, can be destroyed by generic looking sculpting and design.