The Desi Arnaz celebrity doll depicts him as Ricky Ricardo from the sitcom I Love Lucy. The black-and-white series originally ran from 1951 to 1957 on CBS. Desi Arnaz was Lucille Ball’s first husband and they were married at the time the show was on the air. He was also Latin band leader of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra. He died in 1986 at the age of 69.
In 1998 Mattel began a line of collector Lucy dolls fashioned after well known episodes of the show. Leading up to the 50th anniversary of the show in 2001 and for another decade, Mattel produced at least 15 different Lucy dolls in the Mattel collection and two are in sets with Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance) and eventually the anniversary edition with Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball).
This version of Desi Arnaz celebrity doll came in a set with Lucy from Episode 50 of I Love Lucy “Lucy is Enciente”. At that time you could not use the word pregnant on television, thus the French replacement word. In the episode Lucy goes to the Tropicana to tell Ricky she is expecting. The Lucy and Ricky doll set is part of Mattel’s Timeless Treasures series.
This Desi Arnaz celebrity doll is wearing black satin collared tuxedo with a white buttoned shirt, black bow tie, shiny black faux patent leather dress shoes and black socks. The doll bends at the elbows. shoulders, knees and hips. The neck rotates.