Tuesday, 13 October 2015

1965 Bewitched - Samantha Stephens doll by Ideal.

I'm sure you'll be amazed to discover that I've always been a fan of the 1960s TV Series Bewitched, what with this blog having the word kitsch in it's title and all!

There are just so many things to love about the show, Elizabeth Montgomery is beautiful, glamorous and sassy as Samantha Stephens, Agnes Moorhead is as amazing as ever in her role as the glamorous 1000+ something year old Endora and the ever funny Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur and then there's all those sets, beautifully and  sumptuously decorated in all the latest mod cons the 1960s had to offer.

Add to that, Witches, Warlocks, and back-firing spells and for me you're onto a winner!

One thing I always wanted growing up, apart from being Tabitha Stephens, was a Samantha Stephens Witch doll. But I didn't think they existed so I was pretty surprised to discover recently that in fact they do!

They were produced a decade before I was born, and as I obviously grew up on re-runs, the Bewitched merchandise had already run it's course years before, not that there was much of it.

The Samantha Stephens doll was made by the Ideal Toy Company in 1965, with a baby version of Tabitha being released in 1966, both are now sadly quite rare.


The Samantha Stephens doll as a 12" version of everybody's favourite Witch, dressed in a long red velvet cocktail style dress, covered in glittery sparkles, complete with red Witch's hat, shoes and straw broom. She had movable arms and bendable legs, 

A boxed doll will set you back between $499.99 and $625.99, nude dolls are much cheaper but you're still looking at around $56.00 for her.

The above image is taken from an auction which ends in 8 days, the seller is asking for $625.99, for the doll in a reproduction box, but generously offers the option of paying for her in 6 instalments of $105.00, if you are interested you can find the auction page here: 1965 IDEAL BEWITCHED SAMANTHA DOLL

Oh and before I go, Endora wants to say "Hi"!