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Fleur doll variants - Part 2: 1983 and 1984

The boxes

As far as I could find out, the first 80s Fleur dolls were sold in a dark green box with a cardboard flap at the site that showed a promo picture of the doll inside. This box was probably used untill 1983 and lin later 1983 switched to a dark green box without the cardboard flap. 

Boxes with cardboard flap used for dolls from 1980 (and earlier) to 1983.
Boxes with cardboard flap used for dolls from 1980 (and earlier) to 1983.
Simple dark green boxes used for Fleur dolls from 1983-1986.
Simple dark green boxes used for Fleur dolls from 1983-1986.

The headmolds

If you want to see all headmolds used for Fleur dolls in the 80s, click here.

Headmolds which I refer to in this blog post are:

  • Ballerina facemold: First headmold of the 80s, small head, pointy chin, small eyes with usually long lashes, that are not strongly curled. Azure blue eyecolor. Ususally small, red lips. The very early dolls could have tiny lips. Usually flat back of head. The vinyl often tends to darken a bit and the early heads are mostly hart, especially the very early dolls. Blush placed on the lower side of the cheeks.
  • Aerobic facemold: Second headmold in the 80s, head still smaller than late Fleur dolls but wider than Ballerina face. Ususally flat back of head. Oval eyes with azure blue eyecolor untill 1984, in 1984 Otrto Simon changed Fleur's eyecolor into a more navy blue color. Early dolls with the Aerobic mold had usually long lashes like Ballerina mold and small red lips. Later dolls with this mold (from 84) had shorter lashes that were more curled upwards shaped like a fan and bigger lips. Vinyl could be hart or soft. Blush placed on the lower side of the cheeks.
  • Bighead facemold: Rare headmold, head is very big, comparable to the latest Fleur dolls from 1987, but made of very soft vinyl. Ususally azure blue eyes and subtle eyeshadow. Oval eyes with long lashes. Small lips that tend to fade.Flat back of head. Blush placed on the lower side of the cheeks.
  • Colourstar facemold: Hedmold used for dolls produced in 1986. Rounder and bigger head than Aerobic facemold, back of head round. Cheeks also rounder. Bigger oval eyes with dramatic long lashes shaped like a fan. Colourfull blushing, can have strong or subtle eyeshadow. Big red lips. Navy blue eyes. 
Ballerina facemold
Ballerina facemold
Aerobic facemold
Aerobic facemold
Bighead facemold
Bighead facemold

The difference in eyecolor is not always as obvious as it is on the photo above. Often the difference is more subtle and very hart to photograph. The azure blue eyes can be much more dark and navy blue eyes can be lighter. But you can tell them apart by the hue the color has: If the color has a more turquoise or aqua shade, it's the pre 84 azure blue, if it's more a cold blue or greyish blue without any turquoise hue, than it's 84 or later.

Left early (1983) Aerobic facemold with azure blue eyes and long, straight lashes, right later (1984) Aerobic facemold with navy blue eyes and shorter, more curled lashes.
Left early (1983) Aerobic facemold with azure blue eyes and long, straight lashes, right later (1984) Aerobic facemold with navy blue eyes and shorter, more curled lashes.
Colourstar facemold.
Colourstar facemold.

Fleur dolls ffirst released in 1983

In 1983, as written above, Otto Simon changed the boxes from with cardboard flap to simple. However this must have happened in the second half of the year, because some dolls first released in 1983 came in the box with flap.

Dolls first released in 1983 were: Secretary, Florida, Aerobic, Special Offer (Logo Tee), Miss World, Popstar, and Wedding.

Wedding Fleur

Wedding Fleur is one of the most beautiful Fleur dolls in my opinion. She was released in a big dark green box without cardboard flap. This doll is rather hart to find, so I am not entirely sure if there is more than one variant of her out there.

From the photos I could find, she was probably first released with the Ballerina facemold with long lashes and big red lips. One of the NRFB dolls looks like to have a wider mold, her gown looks more puffy and the mash fabric looks more delicate. Maybe she is a second variant.

She was made with three haircolors, honey blonde, ginger and brunette. She has some glue residue on her hair, where the veil was glued on. Her eyebrows seem to fade often, but not always. She has long curly hair.

Blonde NRFB Wedding Fleur. Photo from Worthpoint.
Blonde NRFB Wedding Fleur. Photo from Worthpoint.
Ginger NRFB Wedding Fleur. Gown looks to be more puffy with a different mash fabric. Photo from Worthpoint.
Ginger NRFB Wedding Fleur. Gown looks to be more puffy with a different mash fabric. Photo from Worthpoint.
Brunette NRFB Wedding Fleur. Photo from Pinterest, owner unknown.
Brunette NRFB Wedding Fleur. Photo from Pinterest, owner unknown.

Close Up of Wedding Fleur with the Ballerina facemold. Photo from Worthpoint.
Close Up of Wedding Fleur with the Ballerina facemold. Photo from Worthpoint.
Close up of Wedding Fleur with Ballerina facemold. Photo by Angela Mombers.
Close up of Wedding Fleur with Ballerina facemold. Photo by Angela Mombers.
Advert for Wedding Fleur, facemold looks like Aerobic.
Advert for Wedding Fleur, facemold looks like Aerobic.

Secretary Fleur

Secretary Fleur was released in a big box without the cardboard flap, probably because many accessories were added with her. She has the Ballerina facemold, that often tends to get darker and her brows tend to be pale. As far I have not seen a Secretary Fleur with another facemold than Ballerina, so they might not had a second release, but that's just speculation. Maybe someone out there has a Secretary with the wider face, if you have one, please write me! She was released with different props, depending on the haircolor she had. Click here for a full review about this cute doll!

My Secretary Fleur NRFB with Ballerina facemold.
My Secretary Fleur NRFB with Ballerina facemold.
Secretary Fleur NRFB with Ballerina facemold. Picture from Worthpoint.
Secretary Fleur NRFB with Ballerina facemold. Picture from Worthpoint.
Secretary Fleur NRFB with Ballerina facemold. Picture from Worthpoint.
Secretary Fleur NRFB with Ballerina facemold. Picture from Worthpoint.

Redhead Secretary Fleur with Ballerina facemold. Doll and photo by Angela Mombers.
Redhead Secretary Fleur with Ballerina facemold. Doll and photo by Angela Mombers.
My Secretary Fleur close up with Ballerina facemold.
My Secretary Fleur close up with Ballerina facemold.
Blonde Secretary with Ballerina facemold. Picture from Worthpoint.
Blonde Secretary with Ballerina facemold. Picture from Worthpoint.

Florida Fleur

Florida is a doll that is hart to find but very easy to identify because of her tanned skin color. As far as I have seen, she was only made with the Ballerina facemold and came in a box with flap. I don't own a boxed Florida Fleur but Fleurdolls.com made a blog post dedicated to Florida Fleur. So please go to here (extern link), to see more photos of a NRFB one!

Florida Fleur was made with three haircolors, a pale blonde, a brunette and a ginger.

Photo by Angela Mombers
Photo by Angela Mombers
Brunette Florida Fleur with Ballerina facemold.
Brunette Florida Fleur with Ballerina facemold.
Ginger Florida Fleur with Ballerina facemold.
Ginger Florida Fleur with Ballerina facemold.

Aerobic Fleur

Aerobic doll was first released in 1983, however she was very popular and was made for quite some time. That's why there are many variants of this doll out there. The first variant of this doll had the Ballerina facemold (I know, it's confusing!) and was rooted sparely, so the braids were thin. Shortly after, probably due to it's popularity, a second run was issued and this time she had the Aerobic facemold. There are many more Aerobic dolls out there with the Aerobic mold than with the Ballerina face. The second issue also was sparely rooted with thin braids. After that even more variants were released, all with the Aerobic facemold, but with different kinds of rooting and with a big variety of haircolors, some with a full head of hair and very thick braids some with even less hair.  My Aerobic Fleurs all have the azure blue eyes, but I can imagine that there are also later variants with navy blue eyes.

The box is big without a flap in a dark green color for all variants as far as I know.

Aerobic Fleur NRFB with Ballerina facemold and thin braids.
Aerobic Fleur NRFB with Ballerina facemold and thin braids.
Aerobic Fleur NRFB with Aerobic facemold and thin braids.
Aerobic Fleur NRFB with Aerobic facemold and thin braids.
Aerobic Fleur NRFB with Aerobic facemold and thick braids. Picture from Worthpoint.
Aerobic Fleur NRFB with Aerobic facemold and thick braids. Picture from Worthpoint.

Aerobic Fleur with Ballerina facemold.
Aerobic Fleur with Ballerina facemold.
Aerobic Fleur with Aerobic facemold and grey hair. Photo from Worthpoint.
Aerobic Fleur with Aerobic facemold and grey hair. Photo from Worthpoint.
Aerobic Fleur with Aerobic facemold and pink hair.
Aerobic Fleur with Aerobic facemold and pink hair.

Special Offer Fleur

Special Offer (Logo Tee) was released in a narrow simple box without the flap and she only exists with the Ballerina facemold as far as I have seen. She can be identified easily by her rooting pattern and her unique body. She has a full fringe and a short curly ponytail, her hair is only rooted at the outer cirle with no plugs in the middle. Click here for a full review about Special Offer Fleur. 

The only variants I have seen is the bodice of the blonde dolls, it can be either light green or dark green.


Miss World Fleur

Miss World was a Speelboom exclusive doll (Speelboom is a dutch toy store) and she is very hart to find. I don't know if there are any variants of her at all due to her rarity. She might have had the Ballerina facemold. Please go here to Fleurdolls.com blog post about Miss World Fleur (extern link).

Popstar Fleur

The first edition of Popstar Fleur was released in a dark green box with cardboard flap, these are much harder to find these days, so they were probably just a small edition. These dolls could have had the Ballerina facemold, but I am not entirely sure, because the picture I have is very small. It is also possible, that they were sold with the Ballerina mold and with the Aerobic facemold, which was introduced in this year.

The second edition of these dolls was sold in a simple dark green box. These dolls have usually the Aerobic facemold with azure blue eyes and long lashes. These dolls could have been sold in 1983 and maybe also 1984.

Popsrtar Fleur was available in a silver or a gold costume, each in threee haircolors: blonde, brunette and ginger.

Early Popstar Fleur NRFB with probably the Ballerina facemold.  Picture from Worthpoint.
Early Popstar Fleur NRFB with probably the Ballerina facemold. Picture from Worthpoint.
Later Popstar doll with Aerobic facemold, maybe late 1983 or 1984 NRFB. Picture from Worthpoint.
Later Popstar doll with Aerobic facemold, maybe late 1983 or 1984 NRFB. Picture from Worthpoint.
My Popstar Fleur NRFB with Aerobic facemold.
My Popstar Fleur NRFB with Aerobic facemold.

Close Up of a Popstar Fleur with Ballerina facemold. Picture from Worthpoint.
Close Up of a Popstar Fleur with Ballerina facemold. Picture from Worthpoint.
Close Up of a Popstar Fleur with Aerobic facemold. Photo by Angela Mombers.
Close Up of a Popstar Fleur with Aerobic facemold. Photo by Angela Mombers.
Close Up of Popstar Fleur with Aerobic facemold.
Close Up of Popstar Fleur with Aerobic facemold.

I have also found an odd doll on Worthpoint. It is a Popstar Fleur sold in a light green box without any name written on it. As far as I know, Otto Simon (or BT Toys) used these boxes at the end of the Fleur era, to sell out old stock, because they have changed Feur's appearance and boxes completely in 1988 into the New Look Fleur. It is hart to tell from this angle, which facemold the doll in light green box has.

Popstar Fleur NRFB sold in much later produced light green box from 1987/1988. Picture from Worthpoint.
Popstar Fleur NRFB sold in much later produced light green box from 1987/1988. Picture from Worthpoint.
Close Up of Popstar Fleur sold in light green box. I cannot tell for sure what facemold this dolls has. From that angle it could be any mold. Maybe she has the big soft head, that some early dolls  got when reissued later (see picture far right).
Close Up of Popstar Fleur sold in light green box. I cannot tell for sure what facemold this dolls has. From that angle it could be any mold. Maybe she has the big soft head, that some early dolls got when reissued later (see picture far right).
Big soft headmold Fleur doll, year unknown. Probably a reissue of early Fleur dolls.
Big soft headmold Fleur doll, year unknown. Probably a reissue of early Fleur dolls.

Fleur dolls ffirst released in 1984

In 1984 Otto Simon changed the boxes completely to a simple design without the cardboard flap at the side. In 1984 the eyecolor of Fleur also changed from azure blue( a turquioise/aqua color) to navy blue (a darker and colder blue). The lashes were usually curled more upwards and shaped like a fan.

Dolls first released in 1984 were: Jeans, Baby Nurse, Famous Fashion and Travel.

Travel Fleur

According to the webpage Fleurdolls.com (click here to be forwarded, extern link), which is THE source for Fleur dolls, there is no official release date of this unusual doll, she has no cataloque number and no promotional pictures. Fleurdolls.com guessed, that she was released in 1985. I however think, that she weas released at latest in 1984 (maybe even 1983?)  because of the headmold and the fading eyebrows, that seem to be typical for her. All dolls I have seen photos of have the Ballerina facemold. I am not entirely sure if the eyecolor is navy blue or azure blue, but they look azure blue to me. She can be identified by fading eyebrows and rather short, curly hair.

She was not releaesed in a box, but in a dark green travel case. I don't know if any variants exist of this rare doll.

Travel Fleur with Aerobic facemold and fading eyebrows. Photo from Worthpoint.
Travel Fleur with Aerobic facemold and fading eyebrows. Photo from Worthpoint.
Travel Fleur with Aerobic facemold and fading eyebrows. Photo from Worthpoint
Travel Fleur with Aerobic facemold and fading eyebrows. Photo from Worthpoint
Close Up Travel Fleur. Photo by Angela Mombers.
Close Up Travel Fleur. Photo by Angela Mombers.

Travel Fleur in her case. Photo from Worthpoint.
Travel Fleur in her case. Photo from Worthpoint.
Travel Fleur in her case. Photo by Angela Mombers.
Travel Fleur in her case. Photo by Angela Mombers.

Baby Nurse Fleur

Baby Nurse NRFB with Aerobic facemold. Photo by Angela Mombers.
Baby Nurse NRFB with Aerobic facemold. Photo by Angela Mombers.
NRFB Baby Nurse with Aerobic facemold. Photo from Worthpoint.
NRFB Baby Nurse with Aerobic facemold. Photo from Worthpoint.
NRFB Baby Nurse with Ballerina facemold. Photo from Worthpoint.
NRFB Baby Nurse with Ballerina facemold. Photo from Worthpoint.

Baby Nurse Fleur was released in a simple, dark green box without a cardboard flap. She can be found either with the small Ballerina facemold as well as with the Aerobic facemold. The doll with Ballerina facemold could have azure blue eyes, like the eaerly dolls, or navy blue eyes. The lashes are curled upwards and shaped like a fan. She has bigger, red lips. Dolls with the Aerobic facemold have navy blue eyes, long lashes that are curled upwards and shaped like a fan and also bigger, red lips. She can be easily identified by her unique hairstyle. She has short hair without a parting and a fringe.

Close up of Baby Nurse with Ballerina facemold and azure blue eyes. Photo from Worthpoint.
Close up of Baby Nurse with Ballerina facemold and azure blue eyes. Photo from Worthpoint.
Close Up of Baby Nurse with Ballerina facemold and navy blue eyes.
Close Up of Baby Nurse with Ballerina facemold and navy blue eyes.
Baby Nurse with Aerobic facemold. Photo by Angela Mombers.
Baby Nurse with Aerobic facemold. Photo by Angela Mombers.

Jeans Fleur

Jeans Fleur was released in a simple dark green box. The most Jeans Fleur that can be found have the Aerobic facemold with navy blue eyes and long lashes. However, there are also variants of Jeans Fleur made with the small Ballerina facemold. The eyecolor is more of a navy blue, mostly dark. Otto Simon probably used old stock of heads they had left.

NRFB ginger Jeans Fleur with Aerobic facemold.
NRFB ginger Jeans Fleur with Aerobic facemold.
Blonde Jeans Fleur NRFB with Aerobic facemold. Photo from Worthpoint.
Blonde Jeans Fleur NRFB with Aerobic facemold. Photo from Worthpoint.
Jeans Fleur NRFB with Aerobic facemold. Photo from Worthpoint.
Jeans Fleur NRFB with Aerobic facemold. Photo from Worthpoint.

Jeans Fleur with Ballerina facemold. She can be told apart fro Special Offer Fleur by extra rows of hairplugs in the middle of her head.
Jeans Fleur with Ballerina facemold. She can be told apart fro Special Offer Fleur by extra rows of hairplugs in the middle of her head.
Jeans Fleur with Aerobic facemold.
Jeans Fleur with Aerobic facemold.
Jeans Fleur with Aerobic facemold with unusual big, oval eyes. Probably a later production.
Jeans Fleur with Aerobic facemold with unusual big, oval eyes. Probably a later production.

Famous Fashion Fleur

Famous Fashion Fleur was one of the most popular dolls and she was produced in large quantities. The first version was released in a dark green box and cellophane on two sides of the box, which makes it very delicate. The doll was sitting in the box. The first variant rleased in 1984 has the Aerobic facemold with navy blue exes and rather short, strongly curled lashes shaped like a fan and bigger red lips. She was rooted sparely with very long hair that was rolled into a Fleur flip with a side parting.

The later variant must have been produced in 1985 or even 1986, because she has the much bigger and rounder facemold I call Clourstar facemold. The eyes are much bigger and oval, the lashes more dramatic. She is rooted with much more hair than the first variant and the hair is also noticable shorter. Some collectors think, that these dolls are a later version of In Concert Fleur, the only other doll made with a sidepart. I however doubt it, because these dolls are always found on standart Fleur bodies (not Ballerina bodies like original In Concert has) and it is unlikely that In Concert was produced so many years after it's first release. The outfit of Famous Fashion Fleur is also very common and easy to be found, unlike the In Concert gown, which is rare. I don't know in what kind of box these dolls were sold in.

NRFB Famous Fashion doll.
NRFB Famous Fashion doll.
NRFB Famous Fashion Fleur owned by Angela Mombers.
NRFB Famous Fashion Fleur owned by Angela Mombers.
NRFB Famous Fashion Fleur.
NRFB Famous Fashion Fleur.

Close up of Famous Fashion Fleur. She has the Aerobic facemold with navy blue eyes. The hat is attached to the head with a double sided adhesive tape.
Close up of Famous Fashion Fleur. She has the Aerobic facemold with navy blue eyes. The hat is attached to the head with a double sided adhesive tape.
Close Up of a ginger Famous Fashion Fleur, first variant with Aerobic facemold.
Close Up of a ginger Famous Fashion Fleur, first variant with Aerobic facemold.
Later edition of Famous Fashion Fleur with the Colourstar facemold with big oval eyes, dramatic lashes and shorter, fuller hair.
Later edition of Famous Fashion Fleur with the Colourstar facemold with big oval eyes, dramatic lashes and shorter, fuller hair.


The next blog post will be Part 3 of this series about Fleur dolls released in 1985, 1986 and 1987. Click on "previous" to see Part 1 about Fleurdolls made 1981 and 1982.


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