Introducing Boy Story

Boy Story is a line of 18″ boy dolls. They have multiple points of articulation. Boy Story’s Action Dolls have ball joints at the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip and knee. Action Dolls come with a certificate of authenticity. They come dressed in some pretty nice looking fashions, which vary depending on your doll, but include underwear, a shirt, a second layer, jeans and shoes. Action dolls have a vinyl head and limbs that are connected to a cloth body. They use ball joints, but aren’t strung, which may eliminate problems with loose limbs after years of active play.

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They have molded hair and inset eyes. Currently, there are two styles available: Mason, caucasian, and Billy, black/AA. Both have unique face molds and outfits. They retail for $99.00 or $115.00 if you want the doll to come with a book starring the character Mason or Billy. Baseball loving military kid Aspen and Asian character Kenji are two other dolls we may be seeing in the future.

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There are three things I really like about this line. First, I love the ball joints, which offer 11 points of articulation. I’ll admit, the knee joint looks really strange to me, but overall, they look like they’ll allow the doll to pose well.

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Second, I like the outfits. There are so many pieces to them and they look authentically male. My problem with some male 18″ doll fashions (fashions for most of the dolls on the market, 18″ or otherwise) are that they often times look too girly. Mason’s button down the front shirt and Billy’s striped hoodie look interesting and authentic. The doll’s shoes look pretty nice, as well! Third, I love the inset eyes and unique face sculpts. Boy Story did a good job crafting the faces of their dolls.

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Boy Story launched their Action Dolls in 2016 after a Kickstarter campaign that saw over $28,000 from 238 backers. The brainchild of sisters Katie and Kristen, the ball was set in motion when Katie, pregnant with her second child, went in search of a doll to give her oldest son to help introduce the idea of having a new sibling. When she couldn’t find anything that fit her criteria, she and her sister decided to create their own brand in this niche market.

On April 13th, 2016, the idea found its way to Kickstarter, got funded and the momentum hasn’t died down since! Just this February, the line found its way into the Launchpad, a section of New York Toy Fair that focused on new and exciting brands that were making their debut appearance at the trade show.

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Not attending New York Toy Fair this year, I missed my chance at seeing these dolls in person, so my thoughts, at the moment, are based on the promo shots. I’d love to see what these guys look like against other 18″ doll brands. In the promo photos, for example, the dolls look like they are very big, in terms of proportions. It would be interesting to see how they measure up against other dolls of this size.

To keep track of the company, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter! What do you think of Boy Story? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

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February 26, 2017. Tags: . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized.

11 Comments

  1. Anonymous replied:

    they look old

  2. Taswegian1957 replied:

    They look pretty nice. I like the articulation and the clothing. I do find their expressions a little bland but I could say the same about American Girl. Just a matter of taste but a welcome addition just the same . I hope they do make the other characters.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      They seem to be getting a lot of buzz since NYTF, so maybe next year we’ll see more models.

  3. Iphis of Scyros replied:

    I remember seeing the Kickstarter for these guys, but I didn’t back it, because this is hardly the direction my collection goes. (And the only person I even know who has kids only has a daughter.) I’m glad the Kickstarter was successful, though; they look well-made, and like something a kid could have fun playing with. It’d be nice if the presence of boy dolls like these would help little boys and girls play together as equals.

    Speaking of Kickstarters, did you see this one? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1883113364/herstory-doll-diverse-and-customizable-18-jointed They look really promising; again, like something kids could really enjoy playing with. (Actually, I kind of want one for my own collection, but I’m not sure where I’d put it. I’m out of space already…)

    • kewpie83 replied:

      I understand having no space. That’s been my problem for years now! 😉 The kickstarter you shared is pretty interesting! I hope they make it!

      • Iphis of Scyros replied:

        I hope they do, too. I may support them at a lower level, without trying to make room for one of the dolls.

  4. MIRIAM replied:

    Actually I don’t like these dolls faces. They should have softer features like a male child.Instead they look very adult/masculine. To be honest I cannot stand the fact that they have molded hair! The price they are gonna go for is OBSCENE ! They should go for NO more than $30.
    I Do like the articulation and the clothes.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      I think they figured that boys wouldn’t care to play with the hair as much as girls would traditionally do, but I can see what you mean!

  5. Catholic Bibliophagist replied:

    I bought both of these dolls. One for me and one for my grandson. They and their clothes are very well made, so I think they are worth the money. Even the box is high quality! I think the vinyl hair is appropriate for the target audience.

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Glad to hear! I wish I had been able to play with one at NYTF this year.

  6. Somarie replied:

    Nice bodies and outfits but creepy faces. As crepy as Carpatina boy dolls, which says something. Real shame that they didn’t create some less adult faces.

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