Remco was a doll company founded by Sol Robbins in the 1940s and short-lived after being acquired by Azrak-Hamway International Inc. in 1964. Subsequently, in 1997, the company was acquired by Jakks Pacific who took over the operations of Remco and Child Guidance of Azrak-Hamway International. There isn’t much information about the company, but they have made quality collectible toys that even include the Beatles and other celebrity doll characters.
Remco doll sizes range from 5 inches to 20 inches tall. Her first doll collection was the Littlechap family, which consisted of four stylish dolls who wore Hollywood-style clothing and were slightly larger in size than Barbie. Remco has also marketed the dolls through Sears catalogs.
Then they introduced the 5 inch Heidi and Jan dolls which were marketed with a wallet made out of plastic cases. The dolls also featured a voice mail that says “Hello” when a button located in her belly is pressed. The dolls also came with a set of wardrobe and accessories. She also launched a version of Heidi and Jan that had the winking and growing characteristics. The Pocketbook series also had other characters: Billy, Herby, Hildy, Pip, and Spunky.
Soon after, they launched a line of stylish dolls featuring TV characters Jones and Pussy Meow. They came in plastic cases that looked like televisions. The animal characters also came with their own costume set. Other animal characters were Ellie Elephant, Hana Hippo, and Patsy Panda. 5.5-inch finger puppets called Finger Dings were also introduced consisting of a vinyl head, torso and arms. As these are finger puppets, it did not come with its legs as your two fingers will act as legs once you have them in their leotard costume.
In 1964, the company produced the 5-inch tall plastic or rubber doll with rubber heads and mohair wig for the Beatles. Each character holds an instrument painted black with gold edges and reflections. This doll set is not only sought after by doll collectors, but also by Beatles fanatics. However, Remco also invented other celebrity 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 which include Tippy Tumbles, Li’l Winking Herby Hippy, the crying doll named Sweet April and also the singing 20 inch doll named Mimi. Remco dolls are great to collect as their vinyl dolls were created primarily with the entertainment personality image.