Rub-A-Dub Dolly :: Dolls

"The dolly who takes a bath with you!"

Rub-A-Dub Dolly was produced by Ideal from 1973, then Tyco from 1989 (after they acquired Ideal). She was a 17 inch vinyl doll made for bath-time fun. Rub-A-Dub Doggie was introduced in 1981 and proved just as popular as the dolls.

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There were two dolls produced by Ideal from 1973, one white and one black. The dolls were either dated 1973 or 1978 on the back.

The first dolls came with a wearable towl and nappie.

In 1979 the dolls came wearing a bathing suit.

In 1989 Ideal was aquired by Tyco and Rub-A-Dub Dolly was redesigned and re-released. Her pose was slightly different and she now has open-close eyes. These dolls are all dated 1989 on the back. She came with a dress, shoes, sun visor, shampoo bottle sponge on a handle she could hold, and a duck tag.

Tropical Rub-A-Dub Dolly was released in 1991. She came with a bathing suit, snorkle, goggles, enflatable ring and flippers.

There were two dolls released in 1995 by Tyco as part of the Classic Doll Collection / Collector's Edition line, which also included various other well know Ideal dolls of the 1970's-1980's (see packaging lower down).




Tyco/Ideal Nursery [1989]

Classic Doll Collection [1995]

Collector's Edition [1996]





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