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I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that I'm Betty Boop mad, but for those of you who are not familiar with my reviews I would advise that I'm crazy about this cute little female and own an extremely large collection of beautiful figurines where she appears in an array of different outfits. Whilst my parents would previously add to my collection at birthdays and Christmas they've now given up, as they're afraid they will purchase duplicates. Consequently, they gave me some cash for Christmas with an instruction to purchase some new ones of my choice. As I am sure you will appreciate I was thrilled to be in a position to trawl the internet for some new additions to my Betty Boop family and this review discusses Betty Boop Fairy.
WHY DO I COLLECT BETTY BOOP?
Good question! I had been admiring Betty Boop for quite some time and it was on my 40th birthday, just over three years ago that I decided to buy just two figurines with my birthday money, as I had no intention of obtaining a large collection. Famous last words though, as within only a short space of time my home was overrun with a huge selection of brightly coloured figurines; all of which mean so very much to me.
My sister recently asked me to pick out my favourites, which is an impossible task, as each has a different meaning, such as the nurse that my husband presented to me after caring for him following a major operation and the graduation Betty that my husband presented to me when I successfully graduated from University two years ago. There are so many more, which are impossible to list, but if you're a regular reader of my reviews, I am sure you are aware of what I own and yes, I am most definitely insured! Another excuse I use for my rapidly growing collection is that the figurines are an investment, particularly as I own quite a few limited edition pieces, so my husband has been instructed to sell them all if anything happens to me!
WHO IS BETTY BOOP?
Whilst I would like to answer this question in each and every one of my Betty Boop reviews I do not feel it appropriate, as I would be constantly repeating myself. I've only briefly explained Betty in previous reviews, but this time, I've decided to provide a little more detail. Betty initially started her life on 9 August 1930 in the cartoon "Dizzy Dishes" where she was a canine cabaret singer and was the creation of Max Fleischer with his surname appearing on the majority of the figurines that I own. It was only in 1932 that Betty became human when her poodle ears became her famous hoop earrings and her doggie nose became girl like and button in shape.
If you not familiar with Betty you will be unaware of her high-pitched voice with the first belonging to Margie Hines and the most famous belonging to Mae Questel from 1931 until her death in 1998. A company named The Hearst Holdings Inc owns the Betty Boop trademark and it is their name that can be found on the underside of all the figurines together with a small image of Betty.
This gorgeous resin figurine stands at 12 inches in height, which seems to be the general size of Betty and she weighs around 1 kg. She is securely fixed to a black glossy circular base where we see her proudly wearing her gorgeous fairy attire. The figurine belongs to the 2010 collection and I cannot wait to see what delights are in store for 2011! Betty is an extremely slim lady and on the end of her long slender legs we are able to see her modest height bright pink ankle strap platform sandals, which allow us to witness her tiny and perfectly designed toes. She wears a pretty matching pink low cut sleeveless dress that fits neatly around her tiny waist and gathers into a full skirt that has been decorated with white dots of paint to create a swirling pattern. On the reverse of the figurine Betty wears huge white butterfly wings that sit around her shoulder area and look so very cute!
Her left hand is outstretched and in her right we see her holding a silver wand with a small star perched on its' end. I was initially a little nervous when unpacking this figurine, particularly as one of Betty's extremely delicate fingers is pointing upwards. I am so afraid this will snap, as normally her tiny fingers are created to touch one another, so there are not normally narrow pieces of breakable resin on any of the figurines that I own. Her gorgeous black glossy curls are depicted by eight points, which run along the top of her head and a further eight swirls of resin run around the edge of her face. Her beautiful huge green eyes look to the one side, she has long black eyelashes and puckered ruby red lips.
CARING FOR YOUR FIGURINE
I have to say that I normally enjoy cleaning my home as I find it so therapeutic - yes, I'm mad, I know! However, the cleaning of my Bettys is a different thing, as it is so time-consuming, so it is a task that is undertaken only a few times each year, particularly as my collection is safely stored behind five IKEA glass cabinets, so the gathering of dust is somewhat minimised. Thanks to an extremely helpful Dooyoo member leaving a comment against one of my earlier Betty Boop reviews I now clean my delicate collectables with a small clean paintbrush as opposed to a normal yellow household duster, which was regularly leaving its' cotton fibres on the figurines. However, extra care needs to be taken with this figurine, particularly with Betty's pointing finger, which in my opinion could easily snap.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
You should be able to purchase Betty Boop Fairy from all good Betty Boop stockists and I have checked Amazon for an up-to-date price. At the time of writing (19 January 2011) I would advise that this cute little figurine will cost you £48 plus £4.95 P+P.
This gorgeous figurine deserves nothing less than 5 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.