“ Manufacturer: Danbury Mint / Type: Doll „
For those of you who have been following my reviews, you'll be aware that I'm a huge fan of Betty Boop. Whilst this review discusses the simply stunning Winter Starlet doll manufactured by Danbury Mint, I'd like to tell you a little about Betty Boop. She was initially an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer and her first appearance was in the cartoon "Dizzy Dishes" aired on 9 August 1930. Several voices have been used for Betty's high pitch tones, with the first being that of Margie Hines. However, most people will remember the most famous voice of them all belonging to Mae Questel from 1931 until her death in 1998. You may be aware, that a couple of days ago, I reviewed another Betty Boop figurine from the Danbury Mint collection and whilst I do not believe in copying and pasting chunks of previous reviews, it is necessary that I repeat a small amount of the text to inform you of Danbury Mint. Danbury Mint is one of the world's most successful distributors of fine collectables and was first established in 1969 by Ted Stanley in Connecticut, with offices in London opening in 1976. Danbury Mint produce exclusive and simply stunning items that you will not find in any of the high street or on-line shops. You will find all available items on their UK website, which are listed under categories such as animals, buildings, cars, cats, Disney, football, Steiff teddy bears and of course, Betty Boop. I had been admiring the Winter Starlet figurine for a very long time and due to its' hefty price tag, I would never have dreamed of purchasing it for myself. However, I was delighted when on Christmas morning two years ago, I found that Santa had left her under my tree! This figurine is the largest of the whole Danbury Mint Betty Boop collection and proudly stands at 2½ foot high. She is manufactured from a superior plastic and wears a beautiful red satin dress and a white winter coat, which is beautifully decorated with dozens of sparkling diamantes. Her stunning coat is edged with black fur and white pearls and her hood can be lifted to cover her gorgeous black curls. All Betty Boop figurines are extremely sexy and this one is no exception, as she shows off her long slender right leg, which displays her white laced garter with a red heart ruby diamante and black stiletto shoes. The neckline of Betty's dress is edged with a white feather boa and to complete the look, Betty wears a pretty red and pearl necklace. The attention to detail is simply superb as Betty also wears a pair of beautiful red heart and pearl droplet earrings, which match the gorgeous brooch pinned to her hood. What's so special about this figurine is that she speaks to you by way of a recording device, which is hidden in her tummy and is operated by AA batteries. You simply need to lift her dress to reveal her sexy red knickers and press her tummy where she will speak many phrases, such as "oop, oop, Betty Boop", "hi, I'm Betty Boop" and blow you a huge kiss and then giggle like mad! As with all the figurines I have purchased from Danbury Mint, they are despatched to you by courier in the most stunning packaging and are extremely well wrapped. Each figurine has sculptured polystyrene surrounding it to ensure she is not damaged in transit. You will also find a collector's card inside your box, giving you details of your figurine, together with a leaflet on how to care for it. As Betty is too large to fit inside any of my display cabinets, she stands extremely proudly on the wooden floor in my living room on her circular plastic stand and I occasionally dust her to remove any fluff. This figurine will cost you £175 plus £10 postage and handling and can be spread over five interest free monthly instalments if you so wish. You have several options on how to pay, which can be by cheque, debit or credit card. Unfortunately, Danbury Mint only despatch their items on a weekly basis, so it can sometimes take up to a fortnight for you to receive your figurine, but in my opinion, it is well worth the wait. You can place your order either on-line where you will find the security padlock on the lower right hand side of your screen or you can telephone their very friendly customer services. In my opinion, this is a stunning piece and I was so lucky that Santa brought her for me! I'd clearly been a very good girl that year!! The Danbury Mint Betty Boop Winter Starlet receives 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me as she is simply beautiful. I hope you found my review useful and I would thank you for reading.