The John Belushi celebrity doll depicts him as “Joliet” Jake Blues from The Blues Brothers band. The doll is from the Nostalgic Series of doll made by Exclusive Premiere (Exclusive Toy Products) in 1997. An Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) figure was also made.
The dolls were sold only in Target stores. The Jake doll came with a microphone and saxophone. The Elwood doll came with a microphone and harmonica.
The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. After Belushi’s death in 1982 the band continued to play with Aykroyd and guest musicians. The bank reformed with John Goodman to make the 1998 sequel movie The Blues Brothers 2000 with Goodman as Mack Blues.
The doll has a JAKE tattoo across his right hand fingers with a letter on each one. The pachuco cross with three lines or dots above it that Jake has in the The Blues Brothers movie is not represented. Obviously not real tattoos given the inconsistentcy that the tattoo is on the right hand on the movie cover and on the left in the movie footage.
The doll is around 9 inches tall. The hat and glasses are permanently on the dolls head. The outfit of thin black cotton suit silver buckled black belted pants can be removed. There is a long sleeved collared button up white shirt that opens in the front with velcro. Black shoes and white painted on socks are also permanently part of the doll legs.