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'''Pre-Mattel''' is a [[Fandom Terms|fandom term]] to describe accessories, clothing, and dolls made before the transition of Pleasant Company to ownership of [[Mattel]].
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'''Pre-Mattel''' is a [[Fandom Terms|fandom term]] to describe accessories, clothing, and dolls made before the transition of [[Pleasant Company]] to ownership of [[Mattel]].
   
 
==Differences==
 
==Differences==
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===Clothing===
 
===Clothing===
   
With the slimming of the dolls, clothing also became slimmer overall to fit the new body structure. This results in many Pre-Mattel dolls being unable to fit into newer clothes or shoes, and newer dolls being "swamped" when wearing older clothing.
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With the slimming of the dolls, clothing also became slimmer overall to fit the new body structure. This results in many Pre-Mattel dolls being unable to fit into newer clothes or shoes, and newer dolls appearing "swamped" when wearing older clothing that is a little too large.
   
 
===Accessories and Furniture===
 
===Accessories and Furniture===
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Lately, Mattel has been taking food items and "clumping" them, making items that originally came in smaller pieces into one or two big chunks of "food". This is true with both Mattel and Pre-Mattel articles.
 
Lately, Mattel has been taking food items and "clumping" them, making items that originally came in smaller pieces into one or two big chunks of "food". This is true with both Mattel and Pre-Mattel articles.
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==How to Identify==
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Most Pre-Mattel items are tagged "Made for Pleasant Company" on clothing and stickers. Also, some items were only released by Pleasant Company.
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Dolls are known by their features.
   
 
==Fandom Views==
 
==Fandom Views==
   
Several collectors prefer pre-Mattel over Mattel, citing quality standards and more realistic features (such as being made of more high-quality materials such as wood, glass, copper, etc).
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Several collectors prefer Pre-Mattel items over Mattel ones, citing quality standards and more realistic features (such as being made of more high-quality materials such as wood, glass, copper, etc). This is
   
However, some pre-Mattel items were made too fragile or of a poor quality to stand up to play. For example, the windmill that comes with [[Felicity's Town Fair Outfit]] was fragile when put together and frequently breaks.
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Some Pre-Mattel items were made too fragile or of a poor quality to stand up to play. For example, the windmill that comes with [[Felicity's Town Fair Outfit]] was fragile when put together and frequently breaks. Also, some accessories and items are highly unattractive and seem very shoddy; this is seen most often with pets such as [[Bennett (dog)|Bennett]].
 
[[Category:Fandom Terms]]
 
[[Category:Fandom Terms]]

Revision as of 21:19, 10 May 2009

Pre-Mattel is a fandom term to describe accessories, clothing, and dolls made before the transition of Pleasant Company to ownership of Mattel.

Differences

Dolls

See Pre-Mattel Dolls

Dolls are overall slimmer, with brighter features and more distinct facial paints.

Clothing

With the slimming of the dolls, clothing also became slimmer overall to fit the new body structure. This results in many Pre-Mattel dolls being unable to fit into newer clothes or shoes, and newer dolls appearing "swamped" when wearing older clothing that is a little too large.

Accessories and Furniture

With the rising costs of raw materials, several items have either been modified into plastic where other, more fragile articles were once used (such as wood, metals, or glass/porcelain). Others have been discontinued altogether and replaced with modified sets.

Lately, Mattel has been taking food items and "clumping" them, making items that originally came in smaller pieces into one or two big chunks of "food". This is true with both Mattel and Pre-Mattel articles.

How to Identify

Most Pre-Mattel items are tagged "Made for Pleasant Company" on clothing and stickers. Also, some items were only released by Pleasant Company.

Dolls are known by their features.

Fandom Views

Several collectors prefer Pre-Mattel items over Mattel ones, citing quality standards and more realistic features (such as being made of more high-quality materials such as wood, glass, copper, etc). This is

Some Pre-Mattel items were made too fragile or of a poor quality to stand up to play. For example, the windmill that comes with Felicity's Town Fair Outfit was fragile when put together and frequently breaks. Also, some accessories and items are highly unattractive and seem very shoddy; this is seen most often with pets such as Bennett.