Australian Girl

has exciting news

We have some BIG news to share from the Australian Girl headquarters.

We are welcoming a new friend very soon! Her name is Bronte

Australian Girl® dolls are 50cm tall, made from firm, lovely to touch, phthalate free vinyl. They have two thirds soft torso for hugging with vinyl breastplate that enhances the look of swimwear and sunfrocks etc. They have strong fully rotational ball joints with durable elastic cord, can stand alone and be posed in different positions. The hair is finest quality kankelon (used in human wigs) and can be washed and styled. The body is surface washable. Clothing is washable.

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Bild Lilli

Bild-Lilli, the inspiration for the Barbie doll, began as a sexy cartoon character, created by Reinhard Beuthien in the early 50's. Bild-Lilli first appeared as a cartoon character in the German Bild newpaper on June 24, 1952. Bild-Lilli's adventures found immediate appeal with readers, especially the male readers.  The cartoon always consisted of a picture of Lilli talking to her friends or boss (“As you were angry when I was late this morning I will leave the office at five pm sharp!").. She was classy, sassy, fashionable much like Marlene Dietrich of the 1930’s movies.

It was decided to create a doll in Lilli's likeness On August 12 1955. Lilli was first sold in Germany and usually found in smoke shops.

Lilli’s original stand is round and the doll’s foot has holes that fit on to a prong of metal.  She has a miniature copy of the newspaper Bild-Zeitung.

The doll came in two sizes, 30cm and 19cm, the hair wasn’t rooted but a cut-out scalp that was attached by a hidden metal screw, usually blonde with a ponytail and one curl kissing the forehead.  Head and limbs attached with coated rubber bands.  Fingernails painted red, shoes and earrings molded on.  The doll cost around 12 Marks, by no means a cheap toy when the average monthly salary was 200 to 300 Marks.

Lilli came as a dressed doll, her wardrobe consisted mainly of “Dirndl” dresses but had outfits for parties, beach and business suits.

Production ceased in 1964.

Lilli was the inspiration for the American Barbie doll, which has celebrated more than 60 years continuous production.

Babs: "Hong Kong Lilli"

In the 1950's the Marx Toy Company of Hong-Kong licenced the Bild-Lilli design to produce a similar 11.5 inch doll that also had a range of separate outfits, This doll was produced from the 50's into the 1960's.and is quite similar to Bild-Lilli, but of cheaper plastic. This  doll is popularly referred to as "Hong Kong Lilly" or "Hong Kong Lilli". The construction is very similar to Bild-Lilli. Later,Fab-Lu Ltd., (Luften Ltd.-also known as Farber-Luft, Ltd) marketed a plastic fashion doll called Babs based on Bild-Lilli.  Babs is marked on the back with an "F" in a square above "Made in HongKong".  The Babs mold and wig construction are similar to Bild-Lilli, making her more of a Bild Lilli clone, rather than a Barbie clone.

If you search for Bild-Lilli on eBay you may find some of the Hong Kong Lilly's or Babs dolls, listed as "Bild Lilli", these "Bild-Lilli type" dolls typically sell for under $200 dollars. An original Bild-Lilli in good condition is rare and rivals the No 1 Barbie in price range, so instead of splashing out on an original, some avid Bild-Lilli fans are known to repaint the cheaper Hong Kong Lilli doll, (or even Barbie dolls), to resemble an original Bild-Lilli. However, an original Marx Lilli doll, or Babs, is highly collectible in her own right and her place in doll history is recognised by collectors of fashion dolls.


Rice Paddy Babies

Rice Paddy dolls restored by Denise

Read the story from 1984


  • 29 December 1984
  • Story ref: Reuters

Visitors to Hong Kong this Christmas will have seen the colony's answer to the Cabbage Patch doll -- the Rice Paddy baby. The moon-faced handmade dolls each come with a British passport. The document gives the doll's name, occupation as immigrant and the date the passport expires - 1997. Critics say the manufactures are deliberately playing on the insecurity of the colony's residents over the cession of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and there has been a storm of controversy. The dolls are the creation of United States entrepreneur John Damron who said he had the idea to make tham after failing to secure the "adoption" of two Cabbage Patch Kids for his nieces. Tourists who buy the dolls are invited to help Rice Paddy babies 'escape' from the colony and the "immigration fee" for each doll is 199.70 US dollars. One week after arriving home the new owner receives a letter asking whether anyone else in the neighbourhood would like to sponsor one of the doll's friends. Rice Paddy Babies have helped invigorate the colony's toy industry which this year will see exports reaching nearly 1.6 billion US dollars -- an increase of almost thirty-five per cent over 1983 sales.


Good Luck dolls

of Thailand

These lifelike toys are all the rage in Thailand.

Known in Thai as “luuk thep” (child angels), the dolls, which can cost up to US$600 (Dh2,200), were first popularised about a year ago by celebrities who claimed that dressing up and feeding the dolls had brought them success.

Believers say that the dolls – many of which are blessed and have sacred scripts drawn on them by a monk – have the spirit of a real child and must be treated as a living being.

According to the theory, those who look after their dolls like members of the family will experience good fortune.

Jewellery and clothing are lavished on these little toddlers.

Restaurants reserve special menus for these dolls and airline passengers refuse to allow them in the luggage compartments or overhead lockers of aircraft, insisting on and paying for extra seats.

Read more about Good Luck Dolls













Matilda and Bronte in their bathing outfits with accessories.

Amy, Bronte, Matilda, Emily, Jasmine.





Original Bild-Lilli doll

Bild-Lilli outfits


Hong Kong Lilli outfits

Pages from the Bilk-Zietung newspaper


Monster High

is a fashion doll created by Mattel and launched in July 2010. The characters are inspired by monster movies, sci-fi horror, thriller fiction, and various other creatures. Monster High was created by Garrett Sander, with illustrations by Kellee Riley and illustrator Glen Hanson.

Lisi Harrison is the author of the Monster High books. The characters are related to, or the offspring of, famous monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy, Medusa, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Phantom of the Opera, zombies and more.

The whole look was changed in 2016, starting with "Welcome to Monster High", using new face molds, movie animation, a slogan ("How Do You Boo?"), and the song "This Is How We Boo", performed by Jordin Sparks.

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