Betty Spaghetty is a line of bendable dolls released by Ohio Art Company in 1998.
The doll is portrayed as a fun-loving teenager who is stereotypically obsessed with her looks. She also has two best friends named Zoe and Hannah. Her features include rubbery hair that was used to let children make various hairdos and changeable hands, feet, shoes, etc. The doll was invented and designed by Elonne Dantzer. The dolls were very popular during it’s launch and were praised for being unique and different compared to other fashion dolls at the time. Ohio Art launched the Betty Spaghetty website the next year and they produced more new characters.The new characters that were introduced were Ally, (Betty’s younger sister.) Emily, (Hannah’s younger sister.) And Dakota, (Betty’s Pet horse).
Later in 1999. The “Around The World” line introduced Betty’s pet dog called Jake. In the same line. 3 new characters were also introduced, Mandy from Hollywood (Who is Betty’s Cousin.) Olivia from New York and Tess from Australia.
As the brand’s success continued. More lines and more characters were produced. Notable lines include the ”Pajama Party/ Slumber Party” set, and the second wave of the ”Around The World” line that featured Lucy from London and Nikki from Paris.
A new character called Katy was introduced in the ”My Baby Sis, Oh, Baby!” line. She was portrayed as Betty’s baby sister.
McDonald’s have made toys for their Happy Meals based on the brand and they were produced in Europe and The US between 2001-2003. And Children’s Books were also produced for the line.
The Music Company (TMC) teamed up with Ohio Art to release a Betty Spaghetty CD called Smash Hits in 2003. It was only released in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The album failed to chart.
Two singles were released from the album. While “Aiyo Aiyo” peaked at #15 on Swedish Charts. “21st Century Girl” failed to chart.
Mini versions of the toy called Betty Spaghetty : Mix N’ Minis were also released in 2003. After that, Ohio Art discontinued the line in 2004. The line was discontinued due to loss of popularity.
In July of 2007, Ohio Art announced that the dolls would return, but with a new look. The website also relaunched. Later that year, the new Betty Spaghetty dolls were released. Dispite releasing multiple dolls during the year, Ohio Art discontinued the brand a year later due to lackluster sales.
Australian toy company Moose Toys bought the rights to the toy and in early 2016, Moose Toys unveiled the line at the 2016 Toy Fair in New York City. The new Betty Spaghetty dolls were released in August of 2016. The Betty Spaghetty website re-launched and they also have an official YouTube channel.
The original dolls became popular with collectors and are worth a lot of money new in box, ranging from $30 to $418 on Ebay and Amazon. The first reboot dolls don’t cost as much. Though they are worth money as well.
(Updated on 2/18/2018)