Roddy dolls

The Roddy Doll Company started in 1934 in Southport as Toy Time Toys LTD.

The first Roddy dolls were made from composition and later also with cloth. Most were unmarked, which make them quite hard to identify today, unless they come with their original boxes. Production was ceased at the beginning of WW2 and later resumed again in 1945.

From 1948 Roddy Dolls used 'hard plastic' and injection moulding. The moulds were lent to them by the US (as part of the Marshall Plan). These moulds were quite detailed, with some having open mouths with teeth, tongues and dimples. The early Roddy dolls were shiny and became pale when exposed to sunlight. The eyes were made from metal and decals. Later, the dolls were made from a flesh coloured matt plastic, and the eyes had a blue iris with the eyelash moulded onto it.

By the mid 1960's the firm was sold. The dolls became 'Bluebell' dolls, but they still often had the name 'Roddy' on them, because some were cast from the old moulds. Manufacturing of these Bluebell dolls ceased in 1974 and Denys Fisher became the new owner of the company.

Marks

Usually marked on the back as: Roddy, Made in England by Roddy Dolls.

Updated: 9 April 2020

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Roddy value and price guide

What's your Roddy worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
1950 s roddy hard plastic baby doll walking rare 1950 S Roddy Hard Plastic Baby Doll Walking Rare 08/2021 $122.43
roddy hard plastic doll walker girl england cardboard Roddy Hard Plastic Doll Walker Girl England Cardboard 09/2021 $87.28
adorable hard plastic roddy walker boy doll 12 great Adorable Hard Plastic Roddy Walker Boy Doll 12 Great 09/2021 $60.00
roddy hard plastic doll bent knee walker girl england Roddy Hard Plastic Doll Bent Knee Walker Girl England 10/2021 $51.98
roddy walker doll w teeth scottish outfit 15 hard Roddy Walker Doll W Teeth Scottish Outfit 15 Hard 10/2021 $39.99
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Roddy forum

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Comments (7)
Mary - March 11, 2021
Hi from the UK, I have a 11inch black baby Roddy Doll who is sadly missing her left arm, I have been searching for a long time to find a replacement, is there anyone out there who may be able to help. Thanks
Also try Facebook, there are a lot of doll collector groups on there.
Jane - August 31, 2020
This was my doll, I have just found her rather disheveled in a bag - the elastic had rotted - I have just followed a you tube video and refurbished her, made her this dress, she measured 10” - could anyone tell me about her ?
What a cuty! I suggest posting a picture in this excellent Facebook group and have the experts have a look: Let's ID our dolls.
Stuart - April 3, 2020
The Roddy doll factory in Southport opened in 1934...!!!
Great, thanks for the info!
Anette - October 12, 2019
Received 4 Roddy dolls today, for FREE. So super excited!! I am from South Africa
Wow, nice! Good luck with them!
Lydia - June 4, 2019
I inherited a Roddy doll and I don't know what it's worth or anything. It came from a great aunt that I wasn't really close with and I had never even heard of Roddy dolls so I'm looking for any info. Thanks
Hi, have a look on my page under 'sold items'. You can find more if you click on the link under them.
Julie - April 6, 2012
How much is a roddy doll worth
Depends on age, wear and tear, and demand. Check ebay to find what your doll can fetch.
William - April 3, 2012
when was the first roddy dolls made in england
Can't find the exact year I'm afraid, 1950s for sure.