body shape and pose

Hard Plastic Body - Regular pose

The first hard plastic (Styrene) doll bodies produced by Nisbet were the "Historical" range.   This body shape was made to stand up on its own, and had the straight legged, facing forward, arms at the sides pose that Nisbet collectors will immediately recognise.

This body shape was also used by the "National Costume" range, and, (with different faces), the "Portrait" range.

Hard Plastic Body - Animated pose

The Belly Dancer above shows the move to a more naturalistic and animated pose.   This body shape was used to great effect for a limited range of dolls, namely the Can-Can dancers, and, (of course), the Belly dancer shown here.   These dolls were part of the "National Costume" range, but this body shape was also used for a very few of the "Portrait" dolls, including P/643 - Margaret of Anjou, and P/647 - Anne Neville

The "Happy Doll" range were intended to represent children in adult occupations, and so were only 7 inches tall, compared to the 8inch adult doll bodies shown above.   They also had a more animated pose, and were able to stand unaided, despite the toe pointing ballet pose.   The arms were crooked, which meant that the dolls, (meant to be dancers), could be posed with their arms above their heads.

Thanks to correspondent Keith P for supplying this picture


21st September 2023


Important Announcement


My dear wife, Christine, passed away on the 8th December, 2021after 8 weeks in hospital. I was by her side, when she slipped away from me peacefully, with no pain or suffering.


Chris had been struggling with a slow decline in health, associated with a progressive, untreatable, and ultimately terminal lung disease, and finally succumbed to her old adversary, Pneumonia.


We had been friends for 55 years, together as a couple for 50 years, and married just a month short of 48 years, when she died.   


This website was Chris's idea, and I did all the technical stuff, to make it work.   After news of Chris's passing reached her close friends in the doll collecting world, I was deeply touched and gratified to hear their tributes to my dear wife, and I must thank them all for their kindness and support.   Ultimately, it was her doll friends that gave me the courage to continue with the website.


In the months before her eventual hospitalisation, Chris had outlined a number of additions and changes she wanted to make to the website, and it is my intention to honour those wishes, and to implement the changes we had considered, over the coming weeks and months.


I must apologise to all those who have written to us via the website, only to have your emails go unanswered.   Unfortunately, the email system had been hacked aroung the time Chris was going into hospital, and many emails must have been lost, as a result.


As you might imagine, I felt completely broken by Chris's loss, and it is only now, almost 22 months after her passing, that I have felt strong enough to even look at the website again.   


My aim is to continue with the website, and to implement Chris's aims for her many new ideas as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I have hopefully got the email system sorted out, and I will attempt to answer any enquiries as soon as I can, and to send replies with the same high degree of accuracy that a reply from Chris would have had.


From now on, I will be flying solo, whilst my co-pilot and guide will be soaring much higher, (though she is always in my heart, and in my thoughts).


My thanks to all our website visitors for your continued support


Dave (also known as Arthur), and Chris, (my lost love, Guinevere)


Christine Poulten

25th December 1949 - 8th December 2021