Remco was a doll company founded by Sol Robbins in the 1940s and was short-lived after it was acquired by Azrak-Hamway International Inc. in 1964. Later, in 1997, the company was acquired by Jakks Pacific, which took over Remco operations. and Azrak-Hamway International Child Guidance. There isn’t much information about the company, but it had made quality collectible toys that even include The Beatles and other famous doll characters.
Remco dolls range in size from 5 inches to 20 inches tall. Her first doll collection was the Littlechap Family, which consisted of four fashion dolls wearing Hollywood-style outfits and slightly larger than Barbie. Remco also marketed the dolls through Sears catalogs.
They then introduced the 5-inch Heidi and Jan dolls that were marketed with purses made from plastic cases. The dolls also featured a voice box that says “Hello” when a button located on their tummy is pressed. The dolls also came with a set of clothes and accessories. He also released a version of Heidi and Jan that had the wink and grow features. The Pocketbook series also had other characters, namely Billy, Herby, Hildy, Pip, and Spunky.
Soon after, they launched a line of animal fashion dolls featuring the TV Jones and Pussy Meow characters. They came in plastic cases that looked like televisions. The animal characters also came with their own set of costumes. Other animal characters included Ellie Elephant, Hana Hippo, and Patsy Panda. Also introduced were 5.5-inch finger puppets called Finger Dings, which consisted of a vinyl head, torso, and arms. Since these are finger puppets, she does not come with her own legs as her two fingers will serve as legs once you insert them into her leotard costume.
In 1964, the company made the 5-inch-tall rubber or plastic doll with rubber heads and mohair wig for The Beatles. Each of the characters has an instrument in their hands that were painted black with gold edges and reflections. This doll set is not only sought after by doll collectors, but also by fans of The Beatles. However, Remco also came up with other famous dolls such as The Dave Clark Five, Jeannie from the hit TV show “I Dream of Jeannie” and Laurie Partridge from “The Partridge Family”.
There were also other popular toys and dolls created by Remco, including Tippy Tumbles, Li’l Winking Herby Hippy, the crying baby doll named Sweet April, and also the 20-inch singing doll named Mimi. Remco dolls are great for collecting as their vinyl dolls are primarily created in the likeness of entertainment personalities.