Finally! A cool boy doll for all kids. Boy Story brings Action Dolls to the world: 18" boy dolls with adjustable ball-joints to join the action and fun with all the girl dolls out there. Action Dolls are cool. Action Dolls encourage pretend play and imagination. Action Dolls are for all kids. Action Dolls are just plain FUN. Our Action Dolls are designed to be cool, boyish, and diverse. Missing from mainstream 18" doll lines are detailed facial features capturing the uniqueness we love in children. Most 18” dolls limit changes to skin tone and hair color, and many children (especially boys) are not represented. Even the boy dolls out there, we found, often look like they are wearing makeup or are girl dolls with cut hair. Boy Story believes that children’s toys should be as diverse as the kids who play with them.
Kids learn best through play. That's why parents are seeking more and more opportunities to expose their kids to a wide variety of toys and activities that combine fun with learning. Boy Story's Action Dolls offer unique boy dolls to encourage all kids to engage in pretend and imaginative play. Doll play in particular has been shown by many studies to improve development of empathy, human connection, communication, and relational skills. Doll play also encourages development of fine motor skills through handling the dolls and playing with the accessories such as shoe laces, buttons, snaps, and zippers. Kids who play with same-age dolls experience heightened cognitive development through the use of descriptive words and adjectives, because their play engages with the dolls on a human level. Pretend play hugely benefits kids' development and should be offered to all children without stereotyped limitations.
We've created our boy Action Dolls to help break down some antiquated stereotypes in play. Parents want their kids' toys to be as diverse as the world around them, and our Action Dolls help bring much needed diversity to play. We designed our Action Dolls and stories with care to celebrate racial diversity and help all kids feel comfortable playing with dolls. Fun is our number one mission! Kids have tons of fun running around with their Action Dolls, posing them in all different ways, and going on as many adventures as they can imagine. Buying an Action Doll for a special child in your life breaks down barriers and helps all our kids share the sandbox!
Each Action doll has 11 joints: Neck - Shoulders - Elbows - Wrists - Hips - Knees. The joints at the elbows, wrists, and knees are ball joints allowing for full 360-degree articulation. Your Action Doll can jump, kick, swing, and wave...basically anything you can imagine!
Daring to be different from the other dolls out there, each of our Action Dolls is specially detailed to have his own unique look. The vinyl is scratch-resistant, phthalate-free, and durable. The sculpted hair and fine facial features can withstand lots of rough-and-tumble play. The bodies of the doll are made from a premium cotton twill that's unlike any other 18" doll!
We have designed and engineered every detail of each Action Doll - from the top of his head to the bottom of his shoes! The dolls, clothes, and shoes are meant for lots of play and fun, so we expect them to get a little dirty! Our tough vinyl and resilient shoes easily wash clean with a cloth, and our clothes can be spot cleaned.
Boy Story is proud that our Action Dolls serve two purposes: promoting imaginative play and breaking down stereotypes. Foremost, they dish up a whole lot of fun for kids - after all, that's what toys are all about! At their core, Action Dolls promote imaginative and pretend roleplay. Boys and girls alike love Action Dolls - they fill a gap the toy market has left sparsely stocked for too many generations. The dolls are durable and able to join in countless adventures. From riding in bike baskets, to reading books in forts, to camping under the stars - these Action Dolls are meant to be life’s companions. But our Action Dolls also bring change to the toy market by breaking down stereotypes and adding diversity. They give kids more choice in their play. Kids deserve to have toys as diverse as the world they live in. Our approach to Action Dolls has been to promote gender equality through our product and our message. Our Equality Campaign features photos of kids just being kids - having good old-fashioned unrestricted fun with no stereotypes to hold them back. Our positive messaging encourages all kids to interact on a human level and develop those vital relationship and nurturing skills that dolls so importantly teach.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Dolls For All
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
The idea of Boy Story started while Kristen was pregnant with her second son in the summer of 2014. She wanted to buy a boy doll for her older son to help him get used to the idea of being a big brother and to have a companion to play with at times when mommy was busy taking care of the baby. But when she went to buy a boy doll, she was shocked at the market. Most dolls were either girls or baby dolls. There were no cool boy dolls out there. That was the beginning of the idea. But Kristen was working full time as a lawyer overseas, and there was no way she could start a business. That’s where Katie came in. Katie was so excited at the idea that she decided to risk it all by quitting her own job and working to get things started. With tons of strong will and determination, even without any prior business management experience, Katie relied on the guidance of Kristen and started up the company. We are now both working full time with Boy Story to make great products and a great company.
What makes your product special?
Our Action Dolls are a combination of poseable action figures and lovable 18" dolls. There are tons of nice girl dolls available for kids, but very few cool boy dolls. Our dolls' unique features were meticulously designed by us personally to celebrate diversity and introduce some boy dolls to the market. The clothing is modern and fresh, and the dolls have a look and feel that reflect their high quality. Our Action Dolls make kids, including boys, feel comfortable playing with dolls and give all kids a fun platform to develop important skills such as nurture and empathy.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
One of the most amazing moments we have had in starting up Boy Story was when we actually received the completed prototypes of our dolls. It was one of those “dream come true” moments where an idea turned into something real. And the absolute best is when we see kids light up when they test out our Action Dolls. Kids are just amazing in their honesty and pure love for play. As soon as they get their hands on the dolls, adventures begin. And that makes our hearts so, so big.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.