Wednesday, February 17, 2016

*NEWS* 18" Boy Action Dolls - Boy Story





Boy Story Doll $99. 
Doll + book $115.

These boys are already creatng quite a stir. Durable for outdoor play, cute as can be for plenty of photo shoots!

Which one is your favorite??


Some of Masons favorite activities are building forts, playing in the woods, camping, climbing trees, collecting rocks, solving mysteries, and of course taking pictures of nature and friends.  This Action Doll is just waiting to be taken on adventures near and far!
"Boy Story", "Action Doll" and all related terms are trademarks of Boy Story LLC.



Some of Billys favorite activities are exploring, canoing, collecting treasures, riding bikes, catching tadpoles, reading, and playing silly pranks on his friends and family.  This Action Doll is just waiting to be taken on adventures near and far!

"Boy Story", "Action Doll" and all related terms are trademarks of Boy Story LLC.

  • Includes: Action Doll, Boy Story certificate of authenticity, and outfit consisting of socks, converse style shoes, underwear, pants, t-shirt and hoodie.
  • Action Doll Size: 18" tall and compatible with most 18" doll accessories.
  • Action Doll features special ball joints enabling the doll to hold poses just like your favorite action figure. 
  • Made of only the highest quality, non-toxic and kid friendly materials.
  • Collectable item with stamped foot including "Boy Story LLC" & lot number.
  • Easy to clean, so feel free to take him on all your outdoor adventures!
  • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
  • Made for ages 3+








All images posted with permission courtesy BOY STORY, please do not repost.

20 comments:

  1. I would not pay $100. for a doll with plastic hair! Sharon

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  2. I agree with Sharon. Plus, Mason's hair looks like a weapon or a hoe. Plastic hair would be great for active boys so conceptually, that's not an issue but price point wise, it is.

    Their eyes REALLY bother me. That's not a natural expression and could have easily been fixed with slightly more closed in lids (both upper and lower).

    The concept is great though. Gold star for trying.

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    1. I agree with you about the creepy faces 100%. Also, I have been reading other people's comments about the plastic hair. While I agree that plastic hair is better for active play, I also agree that Mason's hair looks a bit too sharp (literally) for active play. Remember that AG markets the Bitty Twins for ages 5+ and they have real wigs.

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  3. I like the idea, the execution could use some work. However, it reminds me if the My Buddy boy doll on commercials back in the mid 80s.

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  4. They look like dolls that would have been sold in the 80's. I don't get freaked out by many dolls but these give me the creeps. The targeted age is 3+ which explains why the clothing looks homemade (the clothing looks very cheap to me) but $100 for one of these dolls is crazy.

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  5. I really like the idea of boy dolls, but with there not being real hair, just wait till American Girl sees this. If they make their boy doll (supposedly part of the Wellie wishers line) with real hair, AG will be doing well competitively. I hope if the little brother doll does well they will consider American Boy dolls again. I know they had it trademarked at one point but let it expire.

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  6. Wonder if the plastic hair will get scuffed as easily as Bitty Baby's hair does. I understand the decision to go without wigs (it is hard to get short wigs to lay correctly) but that is such an odd look on the caucasian doll with it being molded plastic. The faces aren't super great, but they are better than a lot of the 18" boy dolls out there now. At least they look like younger boys and not 20 year old heads transplanted on a little boy's body.

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  7. Actually felt that the heads were too grown up looking for me. If the quality of the plastic and the jointing is really good that would help explain the higher price. Are they appealing enough to spend that much? Only pics with AG dolls over time will tell. Sometimes familiarity alone can change opinion on a product. Remember how expensive cabbage patch kids became and they were all bald!

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  8. I have to agree with the crowd about the hair. While I think it’s a good choice for the active boy they're targeting, they needed to be more careful picking hairstyles. Mason's Justin Bieber pouf looks like it's just waiting to be jammed into little sister's arm as some sort of projectile. A closer cropped style would have worked much better.

    I'm intrigued by the style of the books. I love those illustrations. I like Billy overall too! I tend to be in the minority in that I like big smiley dolls. I think he’s kind of adorable! Mason’s a bit off though.

    But the price point is ALL WRONG for this type of doll!! If they were in the Our Generation region, then I'd definitely take a closer look — but $100!!?

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  9. I think these little guys are cute and I don't mind the plastic hair. Since they are meant to be played with in the rough and tumble world of little boys, the plastic hair makes sense. However, I must say, straight on Mason's hair looks cute but from the side, that is a whole lot of plastic hair! The clothes are cute but if Mason's shirt is meant to be worn open, it should not have a Velcro closure on the front. I agree that the price is too high, but then, I would not pay that for any doll.
    Fawn

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  10. I don't mind the faces and the hair doesn't bother me (given the target audience is expected to be little boys who might be lugging these little buddies through mud, dirt and lego kingdoms), but the price seems much too high for this doll! I'd think $30 tops. For $100, these guys better come with pjs, a bike or skateboard, a helmet, sunglasses, a baseball glove, a bat and ball, a hockey stick and puck, a backpack, a water gun and a superhero cape! LOL!!

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  11. Hi there! Boy Story here! Please note that these images are our prototypes and that the quality will only go up from here. Our dolls are made of very high quality materials and they have 11 total joints, 7 of which are specially designed injection mold ball joints that allow for really great posing (as i'm sure many of you know, strung joints tend not to hold poses very well). The clothing quality is being upgraded and Mason shirt will have real buttons. Also please note that the angle in the snapshot of the dolls at the toy fair makes Masons hair look much larger than it is in reality. Thank you all for your comments and we are taking everything into serious consideration.

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    1. Thank you for responding. I hope you stay with the molded plastic hair because it will work best in a little boy's world. Billy's molded hair fits his style well and his outfit is cute with those red sneakers. If you can tame Mason's mega bangs he will look less like a cartoon character and more like the boy next door and if the Velcro on his shirt is removed his clothing will be perfect. Thank you for trying to fill this much-needed and desired niche in the doll world.
      Fawn

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    2. Wow, I love when a doll line takes the time to comment on blogs like this!! I've already said that I really love Billy, and if Mason's hair was less...well just less then I think he has a lot of potential too. There are some kinks to work out as with any new line, but I have high hopes for "Boy Story".

      I have a young boy in my life who I'd love to gift one too actually! Since leaving my last comment, I've been thinking more and more about it. As boy/girl twins he and his sister can be even more gender-conscious than most kids their age. I'd love to see him willing to play with a larger scale doll with his sister! I'm also excited about the books for this reason. He's old enough to be just learning to read and books have the potential to make boys iffy about the doll concept intrigued. The pop-art-like illustration is a great start. I know he'll love that!

      Best of luck to you! I'm excited to see how this line progresses!

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    3. Prototypes - cool! Personally, I think only slight adjustments are needed. Billy is my favorite. I would like slightly less surprised looks on the faces. I love that they have so many points of articulation and posability. Would love the same quality in a slightly lower price point.

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  12. Thank you for your comments.

    I believe the BOY STORY action dolls are geared towards boys. I don't know any by who wants to spend time brushing doll hair. All boy doll action figures have molded hair i.e GI Joe, Superman, Batman, etc. I have three boy dolls as examples:

    My vintage Mod Ken doll : http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SeMvLKmg0AI/VISnythI59I/AAAAAAAA6kU/rncnVNMd1oI/s1600/IMG_8677.jpg

    My vintage Allan Sherwood doll : http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bmjr4HXY1Gs/U6jm0SCvDxI/AAAAAAAApFw/MTHOBtf0Css/s1600/GEDC3587.JPG

    Disney Animator Kristoff : http://livingadollslife.blogspot.com/2015/02/opening-disney-animator-collection.html

    I find that the molded hair on Billy and Mason does not bother me. I grew up with Ken dolls who always had molded hair.

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  13. I like billy best. He looks the most natural from head to toe. Mason is a bit strange. Great idea for boys. I don't think boys care as much as girl when it comes to plastic or wig. If you look at boy action figures over the years they all have plastic hair. In fact, the Ken dolls with real hair end up looking the worst because it ends up sticking out funny over time. I have one of the original shave Kens. Love him, but the hair - ick. GI Joe, Lone Ranger, even Tonto, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, etc. All plastic hair.

    I will agree that a $100 price point is too high.

    ~Xyra

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  14. I love the idea. I think the books and dolls look great! Billy is just adorable. I think the darker haired version of Mason (in the top picture) has a real Miles from Tomorrowland look going for him which I think will really speak to young boys. I'll have to ask my 4yo son if he'd play with these.

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