She may have come second to Barbie in the eyes of some, but personally we loved Sindy the best. Introduced in 1963 by British toymakers Pedigree Dolls and Toys, she became a transatlantic rival to Mattel’s all-American doll, and proved popular enough to become a genuine threat to Barbie’s dominance for a while.
Below are some of the most popular Sindy toys from our childhood – and if you owned them all, then lucky you!
10. Party Time doll
We’re sure that you’ll all have your favourite Sindy doll, the one that immediately transports you back to your childhood. Maybe for some of you it was the Party Time doll, a fun party girl with pigtails launched in 1981.
Nothing underlines quite how long ago this Sindy doll was launched than the fact that it came with a vinyl record. Not too many youngsters have turntables these days!
9. Sindy’s wardrobe
We suspect there was only a handful of you that actually managed to acquire one, but please don’t tell us if it was you, as we’ll only be extremely jealous.
8. Show Jumper doll
Our parents were clearly never going to buy us the real-life pony or horse we so desperately wanted, so to be able to act out our equestrian fantasies with Sindy would have been an amazing substitute!
An earlier Sindy show jumper was introduced in 1979, followed by a flashier model released in 1991, by which time Sindy was being made by the mighty international toymakers Hasbro.
7. Town House
We don’t know about you, but Sindy’s mighty, multi-story Town House was one of the most sought-after items of our entire childhood, even if owning one meant sacrificing a large amount of bedroom space.
With four floors sporting three full rooms and an attractive roof terrace, the playset took up as much room as a chest of drawers.
6. Beauty Salon
Coming with a host of delightful items including her own chair, mirror, sink, towel and hairdryer, Sindy’s Beauty Salon allowed every youngster to live out their hairdresser/beautician day dreams.
About as stereotypically feminine a play set as you could ever have, it even came with a classic pink colour scheme.
5. Shaping Up doll
The 80s was the decade that the likes of Jane Fonda and Olivia Newton-John popularised working out in lycra bodysuits and headbands, so it was only fitting that Sindy followed suit.
Looking like she’d stepped straight out of Flashdance, Sindy’s pigtailed Shaping Up doll, released in 1985, also came with a towel and gym bag.
4. Sindy’s Home
We bet that many of you really wanted Sindy’s 1979 Home play set, although sadly not everyone could afford it, even if it was simpler and more space-efficient than the Town House.
A simple frame separated into quarters, the Home gave Sindy a little bungalow with a kitchen, dining room, living room and bedroom.
3. Colour Magic doll
One of the funnest things to do with any doll has always been giving it a makeover – and the launch of the Colour Magic Sindy in 1986 made this simpler and more exciting than ever.
Dressed in a swimming costume, this particular Sindy was custom-made for playing with in the bath, as her hair and outfit changed colour when wet.
2. Starlight doll
Sindy’s Starlight doll, released in 1985, came ready for the disco, complete with a jumpsuit and long crimped blonde or brunette hair.
Now she may look like something from a dodgy 80s sci-fi movie, but as kids we thought she looked absolutely wonderful!
1. Glow Disco
Coming with lights, speakers and a dance floor, Sindy’s Glow Disco was specifically designed to appeal to youngsters back in the days of Saturday Night Fever (even if we far too young to see that film at the time).
This fun set let our Sindy take to the town and stay up until the early hours of the morning – although our parents would not be happy if we stayed up playing that long!