As a doll collector, I pretty much like to collect any male character dolls that I find interesting, which most definitely includes fashion dolls. Although I have never been interested in collecting Barbie dolls or anything that's excessively frilly, I do have quite a few male fashion dolls in my collection. Just to clarify though, I think it's perfectly fine for guys to collect Barbie dolls if that's what makes them happy, and I do know quite a few collectors who adore that girl! It just happens that I always found Ken more interesting than Barbie, and from a collecting point of view male fashion dolls are often more challenging to find than the female dolls, as fashion doll collections usually focus on the girl dolls in a given series, with the typically lone male fashion doll included as a mere accessory.
All of my Ken dolls are found on the "1971 - 2010: Mattel Big Jim, Ken, and Max Steel Dolls" page of this blog, here: http://mikeysdolls.blogspot.ca/p/mattel-big-jim-max-steel.html
Celebrity fashion dolls are found on the "1973 - 2011: Celebrity Dolls" page of this blog, here: http://mikeysdolls.blogspot.ca/p/celebrit-and-other-dolls.html
A few other fashion dolls are found on the "1975 - 1981: TV Characters Dolls, Part One" and "1983 - 2004: TV Character Dolls, Part Two" pages of this blog, here:
Fashion dolls based on animated characters, including Disney dolls, are on the "1970 - 2005: Animated Character Dolls" page of this blog, here: http://mikeysdolls.blogspot.ca/p/disney-character-dolls.html
All the remaining fashion dolls in my collection are shown below....
Yes, I have Bratz Boyz dolls! Seventeen of them and counting! The detail in the clothes and the styles/themes that have been presented for the Bratz Boyz are quite exceptional and so I had to add some to my collection. Not only is the quality of these dolls very impressive, they're cute too! I like that they have big heads and small bodies. I don't think it's possible to make a doll any cuter than the Bratz Boyz! They're a fun departure from the standard fashion doll or action figure type doll. It's also interesting that the company that makes the Bratz Boyz dolls is called MGA, as those are my initials: Mike G Artelle!
Bratz World Braden "the new boy in town" (sold in a 2 pack set with Yasmin, a Bratz girl doll which I donated to a thrift store)
Bratz Boyz Funk Out Fashion Dylan
Bratz Boyz Formal Funk Collection Eitan (with leopard print jacket)
Bratz Boyz Nu-Cool Collection Eitan
Bratz Boyz Punkz Eitan
Bratz Boyz Really Rock Eitan (with red guitar)
Bratz Boyz Dylan - 1st series (with grey hat, red shirt and shoes)
Bratz Boyz Tokyo a Go Go Dylan
Bratz Boyz Flashback Fever: 60's Ultra Mod Eitan (with white pants)
Bratz Boyz Nu-Cool Collection Dylan (with big fuzzy hat)
Bratz Boyz Nu-Cool Collection Koby (with brown sweater vest)
Bratz Boyz Nu-Cool Collection Cameron (in light blue sweater)
Bratz Boyz Cade with Motorcycle
Bratz Boyz Nu-Cool Collection Koby doll (a duplicate found at a thrift store) wearing spare shorts and shoes from Sun-Kissed Summer Cade, spare shirt from Funk Out Fashion Dylan, and hat from Nu-Cool Collection Cameron
Bratz Boyz Sun-Kissed Summer Collection Cade
Here are two more Bratz Boyz from my collection, for a total of seventeen! I found these at a thrift store so I'm not certain which collection they are from or which Bratz Boyz character they are supposed to be. They were each wearing the pants shown, and I've added some of the spare clothing (shoes, shirt and jacket) that came with some of the other Bratz Boyz shown above. I hate to see these dolls orphaned in thrift shops!
Below are some closer views of the Bratz Boyz from my collection to show the detail of the clothing. Considering these are mass-produced I find them to be quite impressive. Click on the images for a jumbo-sized view!
Bratz Boyz "Really Rock" Eitan and "Punkz" Eitan
Bratz Boyz Motorcycle edition Cade and "Sun-Kissed Summer" Cade
It's too bad MGA didn't sculpt toes on Cade's feet! He looks kind of silly without them.
Bratz Boyz "Formal Funk" Eitan and Bratz World Braden "the new boy in town"
Bratz Boyz "Funk Out Fashion" Dylan and "Tokyo a Go Go" Dylan (note the coloured hair!)
Here are Braden and Cade to show the different doll body types. Bratz World Braden was the first Bratz Boyz doll to use the larger sized body. There are now several Bratz Boyz dolls available in this format.
Other than the shoes, the clothing from the smaller body type Bratz Boyz does not fit on the newer sized doll. I like the Braden doll and am glad to have one in my collection, but I prefer the original smaller sized Bratz Boyz as they are funnier with the small body and large head.
There is a series of sports Bratz Boyz that I'm hoping to get someday which includes a baseball player, football player and a race car driver. They make so many of these dolls that I only collect the ones that I like rather than trying to get every single one (which is my quest for the original 8 inch Mego dolls!). It would be neat to see Bratz Boyz Superheroes someday! It would also be interesting to have some black Bratz Boyz dolls added to the collection as I haven't seen any yet, which I find odd considering the Bratz dolls are all of different ethnic backgrounds. There is a black female Bratz doll available but not a Boyz doll. Hopefully MGA will remedy this someday soon if they haven't already.
Jake, 12 inch doll by Spin Master, 2010
Here is the back view showing the opening for the shirt which uses Velcro to stay closed. The shorts are made the same way.
Here is a close up of the doll's face to show how the eyes are separate pieces that were inset, which is a nice detail and one that I've never seen on a male fashion doll before (with the exception of Eagle Eye G.I. Joe, which has moveable eyes.) Click on the picture for a larger view.
Here is another view of Jake's face. He's a very handsome doll. I think his face is perfect.
Here he is looking cool with his shades on.
The doll body for Jake is quite slim. This photo shows all of the doll joints. His neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and ankles are all ball joints which gives him awesome pose-ability. There are two joints in each of his knees: above and below the kneecap piece. His waist can turn and move side to side. The way the doll is assembled is also very well done making for a very good quality doll. Below is the back view.
It would have been awesome if they made other male characters using this doll body as it is so well made. It's a shame it was only used to produce the one doll... though I'm glad to have it! But I can't help thinking how awesome it would have been for Jake to have some buddies to hang out with. It's so strange that such a well made doll wasn't popular enough to warrant extending this line of dolls. Though if I'm not mistaken Jake was a later addition to the series, and therefore doll collectors are lucky that he was made at all! Though they should have added more male dolls along with Jake. Five girl dolls seems like over kill to me, bring on the boy dolls! :)
Here's the back of the box showing what is likely a prototype of Jake with shorter hair. I think the longer hair that the doll was issued with looks better. In the top picture he is wearing a red hoodie with a large logo and sandals, and in the bottom picture he has a red T-shirt with a large logo. However the doll was only issued with the red tank top shown which has a small logo, and he does not have sandals. The photo also shows several accessories such as a whistle, binoculars, and a megaphone, but the only accessory he came with are his sunglasses.
In addition to the Jake doll Spin Master produced three outfits for Jake:
1) Fashion Date Night: A grey shirt with black bird (crows?) silhouettes across the front, red pants, black boots, a necklace, a black wristband, and headphones.
2) A Night Out: A light blue long sleeve shirt with buttons at the front, dark blue jeans, light brown shoes, a rose and a heart shaped box of chocolates.
3) Lifeguard set with a yellow tank top and several lifeguard accessories (but still no binoculars, megaphone, whistle, hoodie, t-shirt, or sandals!).
I don't have these in my collection but I found these pictures online:
TY Guyz, 13 inch doll by TY Inc, 2008
This is Totally Troy from the "TY Guyz" collection made by TY Inc. which is the same company that produced the Beanie Babies. This is the only TY Guyz doll that I know of. It was made to go with the TY Girlz collection of dolls. The tag on his right arm says TY Guyz on it rather than TY Girlz. This is a very well made doll with very soft fuzzy hair. The hands and feet are made small enough to allow the clothes to be removable. The doll body has striped underwear sewn on as part of the doll and wire inside so that the arms and legs can be posed. The tiny shoes are removable but the socks are sewn on in place of the feet. I found this doll at a thrift store with all of the tags still attached! Below you can see that he came with a comb attached to his head. The back of his shirt and the fly of his pants are held closed with Velcro.
That's all for now!
All text and photos © Mike Artelle, 2011, 2015