Season 1 of I Love Lucy, brought us Episode 4, ”The Diet,” originally broadcast on October 29,1951. While the four friends are discussing their weight gains, Lucy insists that she is exactly the same size as when she married. However, she is horrified to learn that she has gained 22 pounds. Striking a deal with Ricky, Lucy commits to a crazy diet in an effort to lose enough weight to fit into a costume for Ricky’s nightclub show. Zany AND gorgeous, Lucy loses the weight and looks picture perfect in this stunning green gown for the show. Ricky looks equally handsome in his tux and top hat.
This darling giftset concludes this series of the I Love Lucy dolls that began in 1997 with the Vitameatavegamin episode and included over 25 dolls from Lucy’s Italian Movie™ to L.A. At Last!™ and so many more!
Mattel has the release date of this Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz set on March 1, 2011.
It all started in 1998 with the release of the "Vitameatavegamin" Lucille Ball doll and since the series started, 21 dolls have been released which included two with Ricky ("Lucy is Enceinte" and one from "The Christmas Show" episode). Ethel was also a part of the collection and appeared with Lucy as a set with "Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress" and "Job Switching". Ethel also was part of the rare Platinum label Mattel doll with only 999 released worldwide in "The Christmas Show". The only other Platinum label Mattel doll in this collection was the release of Fred Mertz, also from "The Christmas Show" episode.
The complete list of Mattel dolls in the "I Love Lucy" series and their year of release are:
1997: Vitameatavegamin Lucy ("Lucy Does A TV Commercial")
1998: The Candy Factory Lucy ("Job Switching")
1999: Grape Stomping Lucy ("Lucy's Italian Movie")
2000: Lucy & Ricky Boxed Set ("Lucy Is Enceinte")
2001: Carmen Miranda Lucy ("Be A Pal")
2002: Lucy's Paris Gown ("Paris At Last")
2003: Putty Nose Lucy ("L.A. At Last")
2004: Lucy's Polka Dot Dress ("Sales Resistance")
2005: Gypsy Queen Lucy ("The Operetta")
2006: Showgirl Lucy ("Lucy Gets In Pictures")
2006: Special Edition Santa Lucy ("'I Love Lucy' Christmas Special")
2007: Lucy & Ethel Boxed Set ("Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress")
2007: Pilot Episode Lucy ("The Audition")
2007: Ethel Platinum Edition ("'I Love Lucy' Christmas Special")
2008: Lucy & Ethel Set ("Lucy & Ethel Candy Factory")
2008: Ricky Santa ("'I Love Lucy' Christmas Special")
2008: Lucille Ball Legendary Lady of Comedy ("First Ever Doll")
2009: Lucy Ballet ("The Ballet")
2009: Fred Mertz Platinum Edition ("'I Love Lucy' Christmas Special")
2010: Knife Throwing Lucy ("Lucy Tells the Truth")
2011: Lucy & Ricky Boxed Set ("The Diet")
Mattel includes the "Kelly Doll" Gift sets in their count of 25. These are the smaller doll versions that included:
2008: Lucy Gets a Paris Gown (Kelly Giftset)
2009: Lucy in Envious (Kelly Giftset)
There are 2 that I can't account for. If someone knows of any others that I have omitted, please let me know.
Luckily I have been able to obtain ALL the Lucy Mattel dolls including the Platinum Labels (except for the Kelly Dolls, which I really didn't want). I'm looking forward to this final doll of their series and hope they will begin another series that includes Lucille Ball.