Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Prettie Girls! Tween Scene Dolls

One World Dolls has extended the Prettie Girls! line with their new Tween Scene dolls/

The 16-inch Tween Scene doll line by One World Dolls was developed through a partnership with Robert Tonner of Tonner Dolls.  According to their press release:

The Prettie Girls! Tween Scene is a line of 16 inch dolls that are representative of younger versions of the multi-cultural characters from the current Prettie Girls! line with 2 new additions, Hana, an Asian American and Alexie, a Caucasian. Other dolls in the Tween Scene line include Lena an African-American, Dahlia a South Asian, Kimani an African native and Valencia who is Hispanic American.

Follow the next link and click/tap the Tween Scene logo to open the album of all Tween Scene dolls at the company's website.

Read the press release here.



On first glance, I had hoped the dolls were produced in a 9- to 10-inch "Skipper" size.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  Weigh in if you'd like in a comment on your first impression of the dolls.

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26 comments:

  1. I don't collect dolls this size but I am very pleased to see One World Dolls partnering with Tonner. I hope they will produce a play scale version of Hana soon.

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  2. These dolls are very cute, but not the size I collect. I do find it interesting that the Tween Scene dolls have an Asian doll (Hana). I hope they also make her in the original version too!

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  3. I like the idea - although I'm not sure if I like the size of their heads in proportion to their bodies. Still, it must be a good sign if they're expanding their line (and hopefully the new character will be produced in the original size/style as well)!

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    1. It seems producing Hana in playscale is the popular consensus. I hope that happens, too.

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  4. Yeah, me too on the doll in general and size problem. I have a few questions! Who are these dolls market at? Dolls for most young girls are an impulsive purchase. They see them in the store and want them. Are these dolls going to be sold in stores? Are there more collectors of 16 inch dolls than 1/6 dolls? Also, aren't they stepping out of the market that they were trying to develops with marketing a 16inch doll? I like the doll but even at 16 inches shouldn't the head be more in proportion with the body? That is the biggest complaint I hear collectors. I'm just saying!

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    1. With the exception that these dolls, like the playscale Prettie Girls!, were designed for child's play, I can't answer most of your questions, Ms. Leo.

      I will add that there are those who do collect 16-inch dolls, but those collectors usually like their dolls to be proportionate and to look like real people. I am not sure about the head/body proportions on these, but they have "doll" faces. Unlike the playscale Prettie Girls! these dolls do not look like real people. Their appearance and size will probably eliminate the interest of most collectors, but again, collectors are not the target market. So who knows how well they will be received. Hopefully well, since no one else seems to be making multicultural dolls for children. Mattel gives them the same old Fashionista head sculpt for the African American doll, which should get pretty boring after a while. The SIS line is discontinued. So what else is out there for children except Monster High and Bratz? Not much.

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  5. Kimani is pretty. Thanks for sharing the information.

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    1. You're welcome, GG. That's what I do... share the information.

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  6. Wow....She looks beautiful...really :)

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    1. I can agree that they are cute and well dressed, MoonGoddess.

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  7. They look like littlemissmatched dolls with new face molds and skin tones.

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    1. That is exactly what I see when I look at them, Allenoel -- a revision of the Little MissMatched dolls, better dressed.

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    2. They are like the Little MissMatched dolls, but they have better mouths and are much prettier. I love them!

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    3. Thanks for your assessment of the Tween Scene dolls, Becca, and for the personal email I received from you. Their "Sasha-like" bodies sound interesting. I love the construct of Sashas (Sasha Morgenthaler-Sasha's that is). :-)

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  8. Yeah, what Allenoel said. Maybe I'd have to see them in person, but I'm really not feeling them at all. They quite remind me of Shrek. Like if Shrek had some biracial kids, this would be them. And I'm not saying they are unappealing... I'm just saying they look like Shrek.

    That reads pretty catty as I look back over it, but dang, that's what I'm getting from looking at them so I'm going to stick with it.

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    1. Shrek, Muff? Really? Let me go look at him....

      LOL!

      Allowing you to stick with it!

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    2. Yeah, their noses do look like Shrek's nose, but they are still cute, and Shrek's not a bad looking cartoon guy (except for the weird giraffe like ears) and as I'm writing this, I hear a giraffe saying, "What's wrong with giraffe like ears?") Their noses are not human like, but representationally doll like. I am so excited that Walmart finally has all of them on their website. What I don't understand is why Walmart is only offering Lena, Kimani and Valencia in their stores.
      Everyone here is right about them and their size being an awkward marketing choice. Still I'm happy because I'm one of the few adult doll collectors who likes dolls of this type (disproportionately large heads and not a full child's doll and not a full fashion doll in both size and look)

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  9. OMG! I love them. I want one of each. Do you know how much they are selling for? Did you see those cute little faces. I cracked up when I saw Valencia. Doll head and body proportion doesn't bother me with these dolls. I would just sit them in my work area as decoration. Kids tend to gravitate towards quirky. They aren't looking for normal. The Bratz were the first totally out of proportion doll and the kids loved them. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Vanessa,

      I haven't found out any additional information about the Tween Scene dolls regarding price or where to buy. Doll Genie shared images of Stacey and Trent Daniel at Toy Fair with the dolls on the Doll Genie FB page. They might be one buying source, but I am sure there will be others. If I find out anything else, I'll post an update.

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    2. Hi Vanessa, I guess you're right about kids loving the disproportionately large heads. I do too, and I don't really know why, so I'm wondering what it is about that, because I will not buy dolls if their heads are too small (aka realistically proportioned). I had never considered that to be a child preference, but maybe it is. It would be interesting to see demographics of people who like Blythe (goddess of big head dolls) type dolls. These dolls are all now online at Walmart.

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  10. I totally love the dolls, but then again, I love dolls with disproportionately large heads (that is basically what I collect) If the head is normal sized, I will not own the doll :) . I have Blythe dolls and I wish they would have made some Blythe dolls of different races. I think these Tween Scene dolls are gorgeous and I wish they had separate clothing to buy, since I'm not so much into the sporty clothing that some of them have on. I wish they had cute 70's type clothes and clogs like the Crissy dolls from the 70's. My main problem with these dolls is I can't find them and I want all of them. I have Lena, Kimani and Valencia and I need the other three. I am fearing that I won't be able to find them.

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    1. Hi Becca,

      Thank you for sharing your opinion of the Tween Scene dolls.

      I too would love to have a "brown" Blythe. I have two tan ones but would love to have an authentically black/brown one.

      70s style clothing for the Tween Scene dolls sold separately would be wonderful. I wonder, however, if the intended "little girl" market would embrace fashions from the past.

      Congratulations on finding Lena, Kimani, and Valencia Tween Scene. Since I know Walmart is one of the merchants that will be carrying this line, I checked for online availability. One of the dolls you are missing is available at Walmart.com, Dhara You might want to opt and buy online to eliminate the need to wait for her in your local market. If site-to-store shipping is available in your area, you can choose that option to save on shipping charges.

      Two of the others that you mentioned already having are available at Walmart.com now: Lena and Kimani. I would keep checking Walmart.com. I am certain if three are available there now, the others you need will be available soon. Good luck in your search.

      Thanks again for the post.

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    2. Hi Debbie, Takara, the company that makes the neo Blythes has out a black Blythe. There is one on ebay now for $80 free shipping. Plus other vendors are offering her for around the same price

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    3. Thanks for the heads up on the Takara dolls on eBay. Those that are described as black actually have a tan complexion. I already own two of those which is enough. If you ever see a truly brown Blythe, other than a repaint that costs an arm and a leg, do let me know. One of the Jecci Five brown/black Blythe-type dolls, whose eyes, do not change colors, would interest me.

      The eBay sellers' use of the term "black" to describe their dolls is very misleading, but I suppose to these China-based sellers, anything that is not white is black.

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