The Ideal Toni Doll can sit, stand and in some cases even walk
The Ideal Toni Doll came in various sizes, could sit or stand and can be easily posed for pictures or display. If something happens so she falls over, the Toni doll will not break. 90% of the Toni Dolls still in circulation are all hard plastic. However there were a few issued with Vinyl heads. The vinyl head Toni dolls were not popular and heralded the end of the Toni Doll era.
On the all hard plastic Toni the head, arms and legs were held together with rubber bands or stringing cord. These Toni dolls were (and still are) more popular than the Ideal Toni Walker. The Toni Walker arms were strung, but her head was attached to a rod connected to her legs. This makes it so when you move the legs the head will turn. This Toni Walker doll was not as well proportioned and did not sit well like the strung Toni. It is my guess this is probably a reason she was not as popular.
Biodegradable material is the cause of most “broken” Toni Dolls but this type of repair can be done while you wait!
The elastic or rubber loops on your Toni doll are biodegradable rubber– which will have to be renewed about every 25 years or so. Sooner if your Toni doll is stored where it is subjected to extreme temperatures and humidity. These loops may last a little longer if they are in a stable atmosphere.
In addition to making Toni Doll Dresses, I still re-string the Ideal Toni dolls. However, I only do the arms on the Toni walker. If a Toni walking mechanism is damaged she will have to go to a trusted doll hospital.
I charge $20 to do the 14″ P-90 Toni doll or the 15/16″ P-91 Toni doll. For larger sizes $25-$30. I give discounted pricing when you bring two or more Toni Dolls for restringing at the same appointment. I do this while you wait, by appointment. I string your Toni doll and you take her home! You get to watch me put her back together!
More info on Ideal Toni dolls can be found here http://dollreference.com/ideal_toni_doll1949.html