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Transition Dolls are dolls manufactured between 1999 and 2002, the four years between the end of Pleasant Company and the homogenization of Mattel traits in the dolls.

Early Transition Dolls, 1999-2000

Some so-called "early transition" dolls are actually Pre-Mattel because they were manufactured before the complete takeover. True early transition dolls have certain traits:

  • Harder eyelashes (between pre-Mattel and Mattel levels of hardness)
  • Chubbier bodies
  • Shorter dolls
  • A mold of PLEASANT COMPANY on the back of the neck

Later Transition Dolls, 2001-2002

These dolls have much harder eyelashes. They are still shorter and a little plumper than Mattel dolls and thus have a small amount of difficulty into fitting into tight jeans, bodices, etc. Many dolls of this time, including Lindsey, also have some characteristic defects:

  • A grey cast to their vinyl, varying in severeness
  • Hair that frizzes easily due to mistreating of the Kanekolon-Denyl

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