Well, here it is; my third installment to the Forgotten Mermaids series of articles! It's been so very very long since the last one, but I had forgotten my password and was having trouble changing it the last time I tried; but now I'm back! :D So yeah, here I am to do another mermaid article, this one about Ariel. Now I know that she's not a forgotten mermaid in any way shape or form, but I'm not here to talk about her well-known movies and the TV series; I'm here to talk about the dolls that were released throughout the '90s by a company called Tyco!

Now I'm just throwing this out there right now, there's no way I'm gonna cover all of them. I mean...LOOK AT 'EM!!!
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Somethings I would like to point out now to keep from repeating myself is that all the Ariel dolls are, according to the commercials, safe to fully submerge in water. Each Ariel doll seems to use the same mold as Barbie's little sister Skipper. All of them also, with the exception of maybe 2, have removable fins and can be dressed in seperately purchased "fashion fins" such as this:
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Another thing I loved about these dolls aside from how unique each one was, was the commericals themselves. With the exception of the first few, each commercial featured Jodi Benson, the voice actress behind the undersea beauty. Each one started with her singing like so, "Ah ah a~h Arie~l!" Loved it so much! <3
'Kay, moving on. These dolls pictured here were some of the first to be released.
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The one pictured to the far left is obviously the very first, you can tell from the fact that the makers made the doll KINDA look like our dear Ariel, but not quite. Her hair is brown instead of the intense red of the character, and her face is more "mature", kinda reminds me of the American Girl line of dolls. *shudders* Creepy... As you can see from the picture, she also comes with the dress she wears during her outing with Eric for adventure time fun. Now the one in the picture of 3 is a far improvement. Her hair is now red, and the bikini she wears has the seashell design. The Eric doll is the first of only 2 produced at the time, one came with a plastic Max the dog. And the girl to the far right is an interesting creation; she's advertised as "Ariel's Sister, Arista". Arista? ARISTA?! Oh~ ho ho no, no, no, no, no, no. Y'all don't understand! Arista, dears, has a RED fin and binkini top!! Er, I mean...lovely! *cough*

Next up is a real lovely set I saw quite a few times in Wal*Mart and recently in flea markets, would love to get my hands on it too; it's the blushing bride herself, with her handsome husband being sold separately. So says the box. :3
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What I always found interesting is that Ariel also comes with a "Wedding" theme fin and bikini for an undersea wedding type of situation. Her white tail is absolutely lovely! <3

So, remember earlier I mentioned that there were 2 dolls whose fins could not be removed? Yeah, here they are.
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Instead of a tail with legs underneath, these two beauties have, how do I put this...posable tails? They appear to be so anyway, able to move like she's really swimming and get her to kind of "stand" like the one on the bottom.
The one pictured at the top is a talking Ariel. I don't know the full extent of her powers, but from the commercial I can say with utmost confidence that she says the following phrases; "Flounder, don't be such a guppy!" & "He loves me!" Just give the string coming from her back a good yank, and listen to the merbabe articulate! The commercial is available her on RetroJunk as well as YouTube.

The one on the bottom now is a singing Ariel! Her commercial is also available online, but only in French from what I could find. Unlike talking Ariel, this one has a gemestone that you push to make her sing. She does the vocalizations heard when Ursula takes her voice, and also the following lines from "Part of That World"; "I wanna be, where the people are" "Flippin' your fins, you don't get to far" "Wish I could be, part of that world" I had found a picture of the back of her box that gives these details and shows the gem on her back, but it just disappeared!! O.O'

Now back on the subject of her hair, the first 3 dolls pictured here gave our girl some really fabulous, flowing hair!
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The one to the far left is Beautiful Hair Ariel, who comes with flowers as well as a guide for several different ways you can style her hair. I never owned her, but after the Jewel Hair Barbies, I would imagine that there were some serious tangle issues with this one. Just sayin'. Now the two in the middle are "spin-offs" of the Beautiful Hair doll, called Calypso Beautiful Hair Ariel & Arista. Having a Calyso theme, these two girls have darker skin tones, and also some very beautiful Calypso designs for their fins, complete with straight-up funky colors and fancy ruffles. Ariel also comes with Sebastian, decked out with sunglasses and maracas, while Arista comes with Flounder in sunglasses. I actually owned the Ariel one of the Calypso's, and I loved her. Very gorgeous! :D Now the doll on the far right, yeah idk what that one is. :/ Can't read the box properly.

Another doll I had was this one, Tropical Ariel.
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Of all the Tyco dolls, this is the only one whose commercial I could find in English. Her skin tone is a little dark, but not quite like the Calypso dolls. Along with her fin, she also comes with a skirt and visor to wear on a beach, as well as tropical drinks and suntan lotion. Comes with Sebastian decked out in sunglasses.

Following the success of the TV series, Tyco decided to go for some dolls that took inspiration from it. I never owned any of them growing up, which made me sad. :(
First up is Whale of a Tale Ariel!
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Inspired from the first episode of the series, titled "Whale of a Tale", this doll comes with Spot, the baby Killer Whale that Ariel adopts after he gets separated from his family thanks to whalers. Included is a "magic swim wand" that you can attach Ariel to and it makes her "really swim". The wand can also be attached to a shell stand for display purposes, something that must have been a big hit; Tyco started releasing differently colored wands/stands separately from the dolls. Spot can spray water from his mouth, which is damn adorable! This particular doll's fin has what has got to be my favorite design. The combo of black, white, blue and pink are absolutely gorgeous!! The only thing I don't like about this doll are the thingamajiggers on her arms. Idk what they are, and they concern me...

Next is Merbabysitter Ariel & Mertwins!
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Inspired from the 5th episode "Double Bubble", this set lets Ariel show off her hardcore babysitting skills with mertwins like in the show. Each merbaby has their own bottle and lollipop, and there was also 3 separate sets released with a different merbaby and a clamshell playset that includes either a swingset, cradle, or highchair for more badass babysitting action.
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The merbabies in the original set have purple fins like in the series, while the additional babies have different colors; green pink and orange from what I coudl see in the commercial. This was another doll I didn't have growing up, but I'm currently bidding on a set off Ebay of the original doll and a merbaby playset together for a reasonable price of $40, considering they are both still in their boxes and have never been opened.

Next on the list is a 3 doll line that I always found to be fascinating when I was a kid and now find to be very adorable and very clever in it's own right; here are Cool Teen Ariel, Pearl, and Shelly!
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These dolls held a high level of interest for me because, like most dolls of the early 90's, they marketed towards young kids who could not wait to be teenagers. The teens in those days had all the fun; throwing pizza parties with their friends, talking for hours on the phone, listening to the latest tunes, and wearing the world's best fashions. Not at all like teens today, who seem to be troubled all the time. That's what marketing/general media would like you to believe, anway.

Well back on subject, Ariel is joined by her two friend Pearl and Shelly, who were featured for the first time in episode 11, "Red", shown dancing at a party Ariel is hosting. Each mermaid comes with a uniquely fashionable fin, and a seastar that can be used to decorate either the girls' hair, tail, or even your own hair. The girls also come with their own unique accessory, which is the source for my saying the makers were so clever. Ariel has a seaweed pizza, which was something featured in the same episode I mentioned earlier. Pearl, who is the most popular mermaid in Atlantica, comes with what I believe whole-heartedly to be the world's first "shellphone", a play on cellphone. Lastly Shelly comes bearing tunes with her "Swimman Cassette Player", which is a play on "Walkman Cassette Player", a device I remember vividly. Dear Neptune, I do believe I just showed my age...

The Cool Teen dolls also escaped my grasp, but I recently purchased an Ariel also off Ebay, never having been opened from her box either. It was a purchase now item, and let me tell you I jumped it!! Should be delivered later this week. I'll post a review!

The last thing I would like to mention in this article is this adorable playset.
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Tbh, I never even knew this was a thing, so I can't say a lot about it. Saw it while browsing through other pics of Tyco's Ariel goodies, wanted to include it.

So right there is where I'll finish up this article. I haven't even covered the tip of the iceberg yet, so you know I'll be back with a part 4! Later, lovelies~