In 1974, Kenner debuted two sports action dolls, suntanned Dusty and her African American gal pal Skye. Dusty wears a navy one-piece swimsuit and Skye's is pink. The dolls encouraged kids to participate in outdoor activities like tennis, golf, softball, volleyball, fishing and horseback riding. Watch their commercial here.
The dolls are 11 1/2” tall, around the height of Barbie, but their waists are thicker, chests smaller and feet flatter. No high heels for these girls! She did have cool platform sandals though in addition to her cute tennis shoes and cowboy boots. Dusty wears her platinum blonde hair in a shag, a popular trend in the 70s, while Skye has a beautiful afro of curls. Dusty has a sprinkling of freckles and white’ish light pink lips.
Dusty is an action doll that comes in four sports versions; golf, tennis, softball and volleyball. The sports equipment and outfit were also sold separately as accessory packs. Dusty and Skye’s hands are in a gripping position so they can hold on to sports equipment like a tennis racket, fishing pole and golf club. They have jointed wrists and elbows, vinyl “skin,” a spring action arm, clickable, bendable legs and a twistable waist. Their stance is a little wide, but it’s perfect for standing on their sports stand. When the doll’s waist is twisted back and let go, she can swing at her golf, tennis or soft balls. When pushed down, the right arm springs back up which lets her punch a volleyball. There’s a base for the doll to stand on and either a hanging apparatus or stand for the ball.
When it came to fashions, in addition to the sport sets, there is an Awards Night Set, with either a tennis or golf outfit, evening gown and accessories. There were stylish outfits too, like crop tops, bell bottomed jeans and funky platforms. Dusty and Skye could wear each other's clothes.
There was a trade-in Dusty that you could buy for just $1.99. Compared to the original Dusty, the trade-in version is easy to identify. She has longer hair, wears a light blue one-piece swim suit, doesn’t have freckles, is unjointed so her arms and legs are straight, and she has pinker lips and a peachier skin tone.
Dusty has a golden palomino horse named Nugget who has a fuzzy coat with a beautiful mane and tail to brush. Nugget's head moves up and down. You can watch Nugget's commercial here.
Dusty didn’t have many extra items but she does have a 1975 Bubblin’ Bath and Shower with accessories - which is kind of random. I guess being so sporty and sweaty, she needs a lot of baths, lol. Dusty and Skye also have a gymnastic set. Dusty has a boyfriend named Cliff but I’ve never seen him. He may have just been a prototype that never went to market.
There’s a British Airways Dusty who’s a flight attendant. There's a Dusty's play-jet, her take on Barbie’s United Airlines Friendship plane. The British Airways jet-setting girl has four international outfits including a kimono, an island look with a hulu skirt and surfboard, a ski jacket and pants with skis, and a safari jumpsuit.
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