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This memory was added on: May 3, 2009
My twin sister and I played with Mandy and Jenny all the time as kids. We had many outfits. My mom visited me in December and brought our dolls with her for me to keep. (my sister has two boys, I have one 3 1/2 year old daughter). I found some original patterns on Ebay so I can make a wardrobe for them when my daughter is more interested. Brings back a lot of happy memories.
This memory was added on: June 5, 2007
I absolutley loved my Mandy...she was my favorite doll, the one that got played with over and over throughout my childhood. I still have her, and now my daughter (6 yrs old) loves her as much as I did. I love watching her play with Mandy...brings me back. I love that another generation can love her like I did. :) (And I confess, I still enjoy playing with Mandy, changing her into all those cute 70's and 80's outfits!)
This memory was added on: June 3, 2007
In 1977 I was looking for something for my daugbter for Christmas but not sure what to get since she really was not into dolls. more horses. I was just wondering around the store when I came onto a bin with miscelanious damaged toys, Half priced. it was here I found a Breyer horse box damaged and shoved in a corner box also damaged was what I thought would tempt my daughter. for $7.00 I could chance it. this was My Friend Mandy, with hat dress shoes and also in a separate bag tucked inside the box was a yellow sliker/hat and boots. well as you might guess Mandy and my daughter didn't take. so all these years Mandy has lain in a drawer. every so often I have taken her out and check the condition(the box didn't make it) Recenly I thought about seeing if my coming 4 year old G.Grand daughter might like it but since mer mother and father are heading for divorice I thought it might get lost in the shuffle so Mandy was taken out and set on a shelf. there have been times lately I have brought her out and sat her on the shelf by my computer, she didn't look so lonley there. we have a small branch of Goodwill in town and I often stop in when I'm in town. well on this day I was looking over the toys when I noticed this doll shoved back among two cabbage patch type dolls on the bottom shelf. I reached down and pulled her out and there stareing me in the face was a Mandy doll in her original party dress. no shoes. I smoothed her hair down and laid her gently in my shopping cart. she cost me $2.50 whatluck. the next day I stopped again and who did I find but Mikey. at that time I did't even know he existed but who could mistake that face. so thanks to someone cleaning out a towy box or whatever and donating them to Goodwill and many of this generation don't recognize them,I now have Mandy, Her friend/, and Mikey. maybe they will have to wait for a G.G.Granddaughter to find a home
This memory was added on: March 18, 2007
Wow! I really enjoyed reading everyone's comments here.I always loved dolls and Mandy was my favorite, although I was "too old" for dolls when I got her for my birthday.Then I wanted Jenny in the worst way.I spent a summer babysitting 4 kids and guess what I bought with the money?! I still remember going to Marshall Fields to buy her.What a great day!One day about 5 years ago, I spotted Mandy in the case in a thrift store! My shopping buddy bought her for me.Now I have Jenny,Becky,and Mikey from ebay. I love to look at their outfits on ebay, too. I made a whole lot of outfits including a white satin cape with a velvet hood many years ago. I think I need to go up to my attic and bring My Friends down here!!
This memory was added on: March 13, 2007
My sister and I recently found our box of Mandy and Jenny Dolls, Mickey and Becky! Along with them was a trash bag full of their classic 70's clothes. My sister's dolls were all in style, perfect hair and in good condition. Mine have odd hair cuts and mysterious stains. We loved playing with them. They were so much cooler then Cabbage Patch Kids.
This memory was added on: February 16, 2007
I loved my Mandy doll. I made the mistake of selling her in a garage sale in college. I wish so much that I still had her. My sister had the Jenny doll and we used to play for hours. I did get in trouble once for putting cotton balls in her dress so she would not be so flat chested. :) My daughter now has American Girl dolls, but I'll never forget the fun I had with My Friend Mandy!
This memory was added on: February 5, 2007
Yes, I have the projector! My parents didn't throw anyhing away! My brother (born in 1972) has all the original Star Wars, Weebles, Wooden FP Little People, and so many other toys. I have all my Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake dolls, Cabbage Patch Kids, and My Friend Dolls. Does anybody remember how toys were mini replicas of what we used on an everyday basis? Now they are "bubbled" versions. Whose tea set really looks like the modern day tea set made by Fisher Price? But then again, times have completely changed. We played Dodgeball for sportsmanship. Yeah, we picked on kids, but it toughened them up and today, they are running companies. But that's a whole different topic. We would play for hours with our toys. Fisher Price had a dollhouse that was blue. it evolved into a yellow "electric" house and then a pink house. I had the blue house and my brother's Star Wars figures were the same size so I would always steal Princess Leia to play with my dollhouse people. I had the stuffed animals, posable figures and the minis to everything. Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, and Cabbage Patch Kids. What about the Arby's People? Mr. Happy? Mr. Rush? Mr. Tickle? Mr. Greedy? Little Miss Magic? We had Smufs and Snorks toys. Oh, those were the days...
This memory was added on: January 31, 2007
I remember receiving a My Friend Becky doll from my Grandmother sometime in the mid 1980s. I still have her and her original dress. I love Becky! She is gorgeous with her red hair. About 10 years after I got Becky, a cousin of mine that collected dolls gave me a Mandy. Mandy also has her original dress. And I recently picked up a Jenny at the antique shop. I want Mikey next. These dolls are so much better than the ones today.
This memory was added on: January 9, 2007
Im a guy and my neighbour had one of these. It seemed like it was really durable and a cool toy. My friends mom would say....ooooo and theres mandy there playin with mandy.... funny! not much for dolls but then again i did have the blueberry guy...huckleberry something? Fisher price made some great stuff for us seventies kids...anyone have the projector?
This memory was added on: January 9, 2007
I just thought about my friend Mandy while talking to a co-worker about my niece and her American girl dolls. My sister had Jenny and we played with those dolls every day! We even used straight pins for sewing to pierce their ears! I remember fighting with my sister over who was better...Mandy or Jenny and we would always brag about them to each other as if they were our daughters! I am not sure where those dolls are but I will be making a trip to my parents to check out the attic in hopes of finding my Mandy. She was the coolest doll! I have many fond memories of her and of my sister with Jenny. Reading some of these comments has made me laugh and remember my own love for this doll as a kid.
This memory was added on: December 30, 2006
Oh,wow.I feel so sentimental right now.I never write on websites like this or chatrooms, but I LOVED my Mandy doll!!! It was my favorite doll by far. I was never very girlie, or into Barbie dolls,but Mandy truly was my friend! I haven't seen a picture of her in years, but got all soft, seeing her in her pretty pink eyelet dress, and hat! I also made other outfits for her. I'll have to try & find mine, although I know her hair is pretty mangled. I'd "fix" it alot & liked putting in tiny little braids. I have a little girl now & boy, I sure want to buy her a nice one on E-bay someday. She isn't into dolls yet now either (1 1/2 yrs),but I am positive she'll love Mandy!I agree with others & Hope someday they will bring this very sweet & friendly doll back for everyone to buy!
This memory was added on: December 30, 2006
I recieved the Mandy doll on my 8th birthday in 1979- I was excited about getting that doll. I STILL have it after all these years. I recieved the Jenny doll along with that as well.
This memory was added on: December 22, 2006
I remember going to the store to get my Mandy doll. I was getting too old for baby dolls (I think I was 8 or 9) but I really wanted a doll that could be my friend. I have kept her all these years and now my 7 year-old daughter keeps her for me. She loves her very much and even prefers her to her American Girl doll. I'm going to have to get another one because my youngest daughter is beginning to ask when she is going to get one of mommy's dolls. I don't know why they don't make them anymore...they brought back everything else. I feel so sad for the people who posted that they lost theirs to fire or bad times. I hope they get another one. Sometimes you just have to have something from childhood...just to remember...
This memory was added on: December 10, 2006
Mandy has held up surprisingly well... 30 years after I got her as a Christmas present, I'm giving her to my 4 year old. She still looks fantastic.
This memory was added on: December 5, 2006
I wanted a Mandy Doll soooooo much because then Sarah, my best friend acrss the street, and I could play "Mandies" together. We played obsessively; Mandy and Mandy even got the chicken pox with us! Our mothers had such a time removing pink and red fingernail polish dots from those sweet faces! LOL. My 3-year-old wants a "dolly to dress and brush her hair" from Santa -- what better gift than a "My Friend..." Thank God for ebay... Contemporary dolls are either so unplayable, grotesque, or oddly provocative. Give me a Jenny with a hippie shawl anyday!
This memory was added on: November 30, 2006
My mother has just informed me that she has found Mandy and Jenny in her attic. I can't wait for the reunion. I hope my daughter enjoys them too. Jenny was my favorite. It was so nice to have a brunette doll with brown almond eyes that looked like me. They are classics!
This memory was added on: November 6, 2006
I still have both Mandy and Jenny. They are in pretty good shape (their faces are just a little dirty). I also have tons of their clothes (like the overalls and raincoat outfit). My oldest sister even made some clothes with the patterns the company put out. I'm a little sad when I see the clothes because my sister passed away several years ago. I'm also a little annoyed with my nieces because they don't want to play with Mandy and Jenny. Well, it's their loss!
This memory was added on: October 13, 2006
I still hgave my Mandy and Jenny dolls. My 3 yr old niece now plays with them. My mom bought the pattern book way back when and made every single outfit in there! I am so glad I saved everything.
This memory was added on: October 12, 2006
I loved my Mandy doll. My grandma sewed clothes for her and she was such a sweet friend to a little girl growing up in the 70's and 80's. Why do girls have to grow up so fast these days? There is no time for sweet dolls and being a little girl. My husband found a Mandy doll for me on e-bay that has never been out of the box. I am so happy to have her back. I know I should keep her in the box but I so want to take her out and "play" with her! So glad to know others love her as much as I do!
This memory was added on: September 20, 2006
OMG TOO FUNNY!!! I loved Mandy and Jenny... My mom even gave Mandy a perm... lol She was going through so cosmotology school... I had tons of outfits for both of them! I remember playing with the neighborhood girls with them. They still rock, if my house that I grew up in hadn't of caught fire and burned up the attic stuff I would still have them...
Jessica from VA
This memory was added on: September 17, 2006
When I was growing up in the late 70's/early 80's I used to play with my best friend Kaycee and our My Friend dolls. Kaycee had Mandy, and I had Jenny. I also had several of the outfits like the ballet outfit, the jogging suit, the roller skating outfit, the knickers outfit and more. I always wished I had kept my Jenny and her clothing. Until today when I found my very own Jenny at a local antiques market. I collect and restore American girl dolls, so fixing Jenny up was easy. I even scored an original jogging suit outfit, just like the one I used to have. It's great having my childhood buddy back. :)
This memory was added on: September 16, 2006
I am 70 years old and love dolls, especially "My Friend Dolls". I have been in love with the "My Friend Dolls" since a neighbor gave me a "Jenny" doll in 1985 which was found in her attic. It was the first doll I ever dressed and was so proud of my accomplishment. I began looking for these dolls at Toy Stores and found several until they were discontinued and then I shopped at Flea Markets and garage sales. I now have several of each and extra clothes, and patterns, etc. After reading requests I am thinking about those who would like to find a lost treasure of their childhood.
This memory was added on: September 6, 2006
My sister and I spent so many hours playing with our Mandy and Jenny dolls. We played with them for many years. My grandmother would sew us matching dresses so we could dress like our dolls. I still have my Mandy, Jenny and Mike doll, and many of the clothes. My daughter is enjoying them now and it warms my heart so watch her tuck Mandy into bed at night the way I used to.
This memory was added on: August 14, 2006
My older sister Lisa just gave my 5 year old daughter her Mandy doll. When I saw her it brought back wonderful memories of playing with her. Her hair still looks great. She has such a sweet look to her. I'm so happy my daughter can play with her like I use to. Does anyone want to sell clothes or patterns?
This memory was added on: August 8, 2006
My sister and I both got My Friend Mandy Dolls and My Friend Jenny dolls for Christmas. I got My Friend Becky too! My mom found them this past weekend and we had such enjoyment watching my 3 yr old daughter and my sister's 5 year old daughter playing with them! They were the cutest dolls I have had! They really were like "My Friends" back then! I am not going to get rid of them and I do not mind if my daughter plays with them. watching my daughter play with them brings back memories that are worth far more than any dollar amount!
This memory was added on: August 7, 2006
I had a mandy doll when I was 6-7. I just adored her! I took her everywhere with me. I was an only child as well, so she was a great little friend to me. I accidentaly left her at Mc Donalds when we were driving to Colorado from Nebraska in 1977. We went 20 miles back to get her and she was gone...I never got over it. In 2000 I found her in a box on Ebay and paid $100.00 to have my little friend back.
This memory was added on: July 27, 2006
I had a my friend Jenny doll. My mother bought it b/c my best friend was named Jenny. We are best friends to this day...30 years! I still have her in excellent condition. She has a straw hat, brown flowered dress, brown tights and brown shoes. She also has a yellow rain coat, hat and boots. Funny how I feel I could never part with it, the same way I feel about my real friend Jenny.
This memory was added on: July 23, 2006
I received my Mandy doll from Santa when I was either 7 or 8...my sister got Dancerella. She was, and still is my favorite doll. My best friend in school at the time also received a Mandy doll, so we would take our Mandy dolls to school with us. She is in pretty good condition considering she was much loved and went just about everywhere with me. I also received a couple of her outfits (the camping outfit with a plaid shirt, tan pants, backpack and shoes and also an outfit with jean overalls, peach shirt, bandana and shoes) in addition to her nightgown and original outfit with straw hat. My grandmother had all the patterns that came with Mandy, but none ever got made. The only "issue" that my Mandy has is that I washed and "styled" her hair too many times trying to make a Farrah Fawcett "do" for her, that the ends are frizzy and the elastic in her stockings is worn out. However, Mandy and I have been through many "life happenings" together, and it makes me feel good to see her simply smiling so sweetly. My eight year old daughter has a 18" My Generation doll that is getting the same attention My Mandy did. When we play dolls together, Mandy steps back into action. When not in play, Mandy sits on my bed, and it is such a comfort to come home and see her there waiting.
This memory was added on: July 22, 2006
I found a Mandy doll today at a garage sale today in Spring, TX. She is in an (I think) original white wooden box with pink trim, with metal corners, latches and a white plastic handle. I think the box is original (although I can't find a picture of one on ebay), because there is a fabric tie attached inside that secures the doll in the case. There is a rose painted on top. Mandy is in unplayed with condition, so are all the accessories. I bought it from the original owner who said she had been a tomboy and had had no interest in the doll. Her blonde hair is in beautiful shape. markings on back of neck: k34 20111 c1970 Fisher Price. She has a pink dress, a blue dress and a nightgown. straw hat, overnight case filled with boots, 3 pair shoes, brush and backpack. also two pair tights. Drawer in box has sweater, hat, another nightgown and a few hangers. There are about ten other assorted pieces of clothing in a little cardboard Joske's box. There are also six patterns to make sleeping bag, blouse, sundress. etc. Everything is in new condition. Was this all sold as a set?
This memory was added on: July 13, 2006
Back in 1977, I saw Mandy in an ad in Family Circle magazine and showed my mom and told her how badly I wanted to have a Mandy doll. The next Christmas I got a Mandy doll from Santa and I was so excited! I'm 37 yrs old and I still have my Mandy - she sits on the bed in the guest room. Although her hat and tights and shoes are missing - she still has her pretty dress and sits there with her little smile, even through my bad times. When I'm feeling down, Mandy has always been my "happy place". I picture her pretty little face and sweet little smile and I feel better!
This memory was added on: July 10, 2006
I got my Mandy doll when I was about 7 or 8. My favorite memory is climbing up high in our Magnolia tree in the front yard and playing with her and all her clothes. Sadly, the doll is mysteriously gone but I still have her clothes. I am watching about 10 different auctions on Ebay right now so my three year old little girl can carry on!
This memory was added on: June 20, 2006
I had a My Friend Jenny doll but I called her "Ellen" (my middle name) My mom got her for me because she thought she looked like me. I thought I lost her at one point so I went on Ebay and bought another Jenny doll, later I found my original doll in my parents attic. When my daughter was born, I went on ebay and bought every "My Friend" doll and patterns and I am going to make clothes for them and give them to her when she is a little older.
This memory was added on: June 14, 2006
I got my My Friend Mandy doll when I was 5. I loved the doll because her name was Mandy and I fancied she looked a little like me. One day I went to a friends house with my doll. My friend stuck her head our of her window and said she couldn't come outside, but I should throw my doll up. Like a naive kid I did. She wouldn't give it back to me and she convinced her mom the doll was hers so my mom couldn't get it back for me either. I was crushed. I have been looking for an intact My Friend Mandy doll ever since.
This memory was added on: June 14, 2006
I had a Jenny doll (got her when I was 2) My fondest memory of her is sitting on the floor brushing her hair as my dad brushed mine! My parents were thrilled to find a doll that looked like me (and shared my name.) I look asian (though I am not...to my knowledge,) and I loved that Jenny was my little "twin". My mother, the ADVID crafter was constantly making us matching outfits, nightgowns, dresses, you name it. Years later I remembered that Jenny had her own set of "friends" so I went on an ebay craze, and now have a collection of Jennys, Mandys, Mikeys, Beckys, and Nickys (yes the coveted Nicky...) In total I have a collection of 35 now...no I am not kidding. My fiance is getting concerned I think, as he is fearing we might need a room for them all. Also maybe someone out there can help me out. In the early 1990s fisher price marketed a doll series called the "my best friend dolls" in Europe. I have three of them...one was in her box, so I know her name is Sophie. There are two others in the collection (pictured on Sophie's box). They all have the "new Mandy" face, but with open/close eyes. I am desperate to find out more about these dolls, but can't find ANY info on them. If anyone knows anything please contact me at email@example.com I LOVE THESE DOLLS!!! :-)
This memory was added on: May 10, 2006
I was (supposedly) getting a bit "old" for dolls when I got my Mandy doll, (13) but I didn't care. There was a cool shop in our neighborhood that sold dolls and clothes and accessories --mostly for Sasha dolls, which I always wanted but couldn't afford. I would save up my allowance and babysitting money to buy stuff for her, but mostly I made stuff myself. For some stupid unknown reason, I cut her hair off into a bob... (WHY???) I still have her, though, packed up with the rest of my doll collection.
This memory was added on: April 23, 2006
My older sister got her Mandy doll and I got my Jenny doll the christmas of 1979. My grandfather handmade the coolest doll cases I have ever seen, walk in closets for dollies. My mom sewed entire wardrobes for our dolls. Fur coats, blazers, jeans, princess dresses, sundresses, pinafores, everything you could imagine and more, 40-50 items each. We both still have these cases and the clothes. A few years later my younger sister got a Becky doll with a case and a ward robe. A few years after that my little brother got a MIkey doll. We all still have these treasured dolls. My sister and I have passed ours down to our own daughters. I wish that Fisher-Price would bring these wonderful dolls back!
This memory was added on: April 17, 2006
My best friend, Beth and I, each had a Mandy doll. I had a Mikey doll and she had a Becky doll, too. We played with our dolls all the time, dressing them in their leotards and making gymnastics bars for them to swing on. We've been best friends for more than 25 years. She is home for a visit and last night she found her Mandy and clothes at her grandma's house. It prompted to me search for mine. We've had such fun remembering and looking at the clothes that our mom and grandma made for us. These dolls were a wonderful part of our childhood!!!!
This memory was added on: March 10, 2006
I waited patiently all year in 1979 for my Mandy doll to arrive at Christmas. I also thought that Barry Manilow wrote the song "Mandy" for she and I and have been relentlessy tortured by my sisters to this day. I'm tickled at this message board as I was just explaining to my much younger colleagues about the virtues of Mandy and Jenny.
This memory was added on: March 9, 2006
I am looking for My Friend Mandy Doll roller skates. I have the roller skate outfit minus one skate. Skates are yellow with 4 red wheels. Anyone interested in selling me their roller skates let me know.
This memory was added on: March 5, 2006
My Friend Mandy and My friend Becky were my best pals growing up. Now that I ahve a daughter of my own I am grateful for ebay for being able to give her her own. I wish Fisher Price would re-release these wonderful dolls in the original form.
This memory was added on: March 1, 2006
I forgot about Mandy--we have the best picture of our Bassett Hound in Mandy's hat.
This memory was added on: March 1, 2006
I never had a my friend doll, but I fondly remeber my neighbors beautiful Mandy doll. Now at almost 30 years old, I am looking to get myself one of these beautiful dollies (silly I know but some things in life just give you such good memories and these dollies do that for me). They are so sweet and the kind of doll I would give my daughter if I had a girl (alas I have boys). I am going to get my niece a Mandy, these are timeless and wonderful toys, that you just don't see anymore.
I have so enjoyed reading everyones memories they have brought tears of rememberance, and joy to my heart. Thank you so much for sharing.
This memory was added on: February 25, 2006
I had Mandy, Jenny, Becky & Mikey in thr early 80s. I never had any outifts for them but used to switch the dresses around. I also remember pretending that they were the Boxcar Children (even though the Boxcar Children were two boys and two girls). They are still at my parents' house- they never throw anything away!
This memory was added on: February 17, 2006
oh, my! i didn't know how many people loved and kept their my friend dolls. i got my first my friend jenny when i was 2, being hispanic my mom was thrilled to find a doll that looked like me. i took it everywhere and played with it to the point of destruction. i have been told this is when jenney #2 came into the picture, and a beatiful becky doll and a mikey too. but, unfortunetly i loved jenney to death again and her and becky had a body/transplant. becky and mikey eventually disapeared but jenny has stayed with me for 27 years, currently living on my 2yr. old daughters bed and being loved to death again!
This memory was added on: January 9, 2006
Anyone interested in selling me Jenny and Mandy (1978/79), email me!
This memory was added on: January 7, 2006
omigosh!!! i got ne still!!! my aunt got it for me when i was 12-13 and i paid her for it. alot of babysitting there!!!! man, i loved that doll. i gave it to my niece amanda and when she passed away 10 years ago her mom gave it back to me!!! i love that doll still!!! my daughter is 2 now but if she is good one of these days i will bring mandy out for her!!!! i had the box for about 20 years then i fell apart and she was out in the open on a doll stand at my sister's house for awhile and then my mom's too!!! now she's in a plastic bag that zips and it has ventilation so she doesn't spoil any worse!!! she is a little discolored on the tights but she's still my mandy!!!!