Thursday, March 22, 2012

Query: Seeking the American Teen[s] Online

Four years ago, while scrounging for information about Mattel's Rebelde series, I found the Mixis dolls. The year after that, I "found" the Bollywood dolls. Then last year, the British boy groups and Star Dolls. This year, the "found" series is the American Teen Collectors' Series. Only I am having a little more difficulty finding out about them.

Known:

It may or may not have been a dark and stormy night, but the product description on Amazon and in the public relations release both state:

"The first American Teen was sketched by Dieter Meuller in a Hong Kong hotel room late in the evening of November 22, 2000."

A September 25, 2004 press release announces that artist Dieter Meuller's fascination led to the creation of a series of 10 inch dolls based on his sketches.

Zoom forward to March 2012 and note that Amazon.com seems to be the go-to place to find this "American Teen" series. The dolls are described as being 10" tall. They look chubby - an interesting size, hmmm? And they look gothic, bohemian, ethnic (at least 3 seem to have "real" cornrows), and one guy has a red mohawk. I am still investigating - give me a new series and I have to find out about it.

Has anyone ever seen these figures? Read about them?

Color me curious, wink.

8 comments:

Ada said...

They do look kind of chubby, but they are interesting.
Have you seen the Victorius dolls? Those are really cute.

Alrunia said...

Awesome! Very mysterious. I'm curious too :D They are pretty stout looking and that made me think maybe they are soft bodied, American Girl style, but then I looked at all of them closely and that doesn't seem to be the case. The red mohawk guy's amazon page features a picture of the back of his box, with the (presumably) whole line pictured. Dominique is my favourite :)

Male Doll World said...

I have four of the African American dolls. I will send you more information.

Vanessa said...

They look real interesting. We anxiously await more info.

By the way are you aware that the new blogger interface doesn't allow subscribing of comments with this pop up window, only with the embedded 'subscribe by email'. You may want to switch until the fix the problem. If they are going to fix the problem, otherwise we are not going to receive any of your responses.

Marta said...

Hi, in Spain these dolls teens are not on sale in stores. I had not seen before. Keep in touch.

D7ana said...

I like that the Victorius dolls have a heavier body, Ada. I have not bought one yet though. Trying to think whose head I would add to that body ...

Alrunia, I did wonder if they might have soft bodies too - soft as in stuffed. Ugh.

Thanks, Male Doll World! I look forward to receiving that information. My e-mail address is d7ana AT yahoo.com. In case you didn't want to post it here. Also, if you plan on doing a blog post on them, that would be fun. (Yes, I am a shameless nag when my curiosity is peaked. Sigh.)

Thanks for looking, Vanessa. I did not realize that my blog had that problem. Grrr. Blog-ger. Love you, Blogger but sometimes ....

I'll look into how to fix that comment subscription problem.

Hi Marta! Thanks for your kind words. I will share any updates here.

RoxanneRoxanne said...

I just bought Bejamin and Dominique. I'm really on a dolly splurge. Somebody stop me!

D7ana said...

Asking me to help stop a dolly spending spree? LOL. Sorry, wrong doctor ;-D

I'm looking forward to seeing your teens ...