Post by PleasantMemories on Jan 23, 2012 11:26:19 GMT -5
We have two Ida Bean dolls here. I received the first one on 2/14/94 and purchased the second one for my daughter on 7/19/11.
1994 Doll on the Left and 2011 Doll on the Right
As you can tell from the pictures, Ida Bean has changed a bit over the years. Most noticeably, she had a run in with a shrinking ray somewhere along the line. The newer Ida Bean is considerably smaller and lighter than the older one. Although the newer doll is smaller, its insides are the same. The head and thoracic area have a soft filling and the limbs and abdominal area have plastic pellets (at least, that’s what they feel like).
Another noticeable difference is that the older Ida Bean has rounder “hands” and “feet” than the newer one. The 2011 doll has a more angular look.
You’ll also notice a change in the dress material. In addition to the difference in the print, the newer dress is significantly stiffer than the older one ever was. Neither of the dresses nor the pantalettes are intended to be removed.
My Mattel (2005) Ida Bean has metal earrings. My 2011 Ida Bean has plastic ones. So it's not a PC-to-Mattel change, but probably a post-CPSIA one.
As can be expected, the 1994 doll has metal earrings whereas my daughter’s 2011 Ida Bean has plastic ones.