Teen Trends

Published April 10, 2018 by discontinuedtoylines

teen-trendsTeen Trends were a line of fashion dolls manufactured and released by Mattel in 2005.

Teen Trends were 17 inches tall, making them taller than most fashion dolls around this time.

The line included 4 characters named Gabby, Deondra, Courtney, and Kianna. Each character had their own fashion style and personality traits.

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The dolls came with closets, which was made to store the dolls’ clothes and accessories, The dolls also came with clothing decals and hair accessories. Fashion packs, closet accessories, and pets were also released.

There was some controversy when MGA Entertainment released a Bratz doll named “Kiana” who was apart of the “Wild Wild West” line. Mattel held a trademark on the name “Kianna” and MGA Entertainment stopped producing Kiana as a result.

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The second wave dolls were released in late 2005.

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A third wave was intended to be released in 2006, along with “Create-A-Spa” playset and a new character named Rayna (who hailed from Japan). For unknown reasons, they were never released. However, they did appear at the 2006 Toy Fair in New York.

The dolls were never that popular and they have most likely been discontinued.

The dolls now go for prices ranging from $9-104

 

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Pocket Rockers

Published February 19, 2018 by discontinuedtoylines

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Pocket Rockers was a brand of mini cassette players introduced by Fisher-Price in 1988.

Aimed at kids and teens, Pocket Rockers were a way to listen to your music on the go. The players were the size of normal cassettes, but the tapes appeared to look like miniature 8-track tapes, however they had 2 songs preloaded on it. The tapes played songs from popular artists at the time like Tiffany, The Bangles, Bon Jovi, and Madonna.

Pocket Rockers were not only popular toys, but they were also a popular fashion trend because the tapes came with a belt clip that was meant to be worn. Because of their popularity, schools started to ban them.

However their popularity started to decrease and Fisher-Price discontinued them in 1991.

They are now sought after by collectors and the players and tapes go prices from $12-$60

 

 

Leggy

Published December 3, 2017 by discontinuedtoylines

hasbro-leggy_ad1Leggy dolls were a short-lived line of dolls manufactured and released by Hasbro back in 1972.

These dolls were unique compared to other dolls on the market at the time. They had very exaggerated appearances, even though they are 10 inches tall. They are very thin dolls (the waist is less than 0.75 inches across), but what made them stand out was their legs (which were 7 inches tall).

There were 4 different characters in the line, Sue (African American), Jill (Blonde), Nan (Brunette) and Kate (redhead).

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Each doll in the standard editions came packaged on a large blister card with a stock outfit, pants, platform shoes and a plastic stand. Fashion packs were also sold.

Despite their unique look, they had a short time on the market and were discontinued a year after their release.

After their discontinuation in the US, Italian company Polistil released them in Europe in 1975, however they fared no better there.

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In Japan, The dolls were distributed by Shiba, unlike the Hasbro and Polistil dolls, They had different face molds. They were also unpopular in Japan.

The dolls have since received a cult following, with their value on EBay going from $19-$250.

This eventually resulted in a reincarnation line by MGA Entertainment called Hi:Glamm in 2007.

 

Secret Central

Published August 30, 2017 by discontinuedtoylines

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Secret Central were a line of dolls manufactured and released by Hasbro in 2003. The dolls were designed by Hasbro toy designer Gayle Middleton. The dolls were inspired by high school stereotypes.

The website that accompanied the dolls had special features on it. the characters have lockers that can be unlocked by using a combination found on the products, when unlocked, the content is revealed, and one of the character’s videos may be watched. There is also a tour of the students, and a matching game.

The dolls themselve come with a locker, secret note and a unique accessory for a specific character.

The characters’ names are alliterative having their first and last names beginning with the same letter. Example; Ashley Adams

Class of ’04 was introduced in 2003 with 16 characters. Class of ’05 came out a year later and this line introduced over 20 new characters.

L097368863149To promote Class of ’05, a direct-to-DVD movie called “Secret Central : Have You Heard?” was released.

Despite the positive reaction from the public, the dolls had high competition from the doll market and as a result, the dolls were discontinued and the website closed down in 2006.

The dolls have ranged based on price on websites like Amazon and EBay. Prices range from $7-$21

Polly Pocket

Published June 27, 2017 by discontinuedtoylines

609adad020233e0c957bb66a8c1969c2Polly Pocket is a line of mini dolls and accessories released by Bluebird Toys in 1989.

Polly Pocket was first designed by Chris Wiggs in 1983 for his daughter. Using a powder compact, he fashioned a small house for the tiny doll.

Bluebird Toys licensed the concept and the first Polly Pocket toys appeared in stores.

The toys had big success in the UK and American toy company Mattel held a distribution arrangement with Bluebird Toys for Polly Pocket in the United States.

The compacts came in different sizes and themes. From houses to pool partys.

Mighty Max Escapes From Skull DungeonThe line was so successful that two spin-offs called Lucy Locket and Mighty Max were released.

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In 1997, Bluebird Toys released a unique addition to the Polly Pocket brand with the “Magical Movin” playsets.

Despite the toys’ success, Bluebird Toys endured several hostile take-over attempts until Mattel finally purchased them in 1998.

1998-2That same year, Mattel relaunched the brand and changes were made. The dolls were given more of a life-like and teenage look.

0ce0f1d9edac061b5e6dc18648b82743A year later, Mattel introduced a spin-off called “Fashion Polly!”. The dolls from the line were 3 34 inches (9.5 cm) and they used unique “Polly Stretch” garments, created by Genie Toys, rubbery plastic clothes that could be put on the dolls and removed, instead of traditional cloth clothing. There were also some boy dolls available.

Due to the huge success of the Fashion Polly! line, Mattel rebranded them as Polly Pocket and they discontinued the compacts.

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In 2003, Mattel released another spin-off line called “Polly Place”.

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During that same year, A 20-minute movie simply called “Polly Pocket” also known as “Polly’s First Movie” was released. It was released as a box prize whenever you bought Kellogg’s cereal. A video game called “Polly Pocket: Super Splash Island” which was released for the Game Boy Advance was also released that same year.

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In 2004, Mattel introduced the “Quik Clik” Polly Pocket playsets. Instead of having rubbery clothes. The dolls had plastic clothes that would click together by magnets.

2_Cool_at_the_Pocket_PlazaThe next film that was released “Polly Pocket: 2 Cool At The Pocket Plaza” came out in 2005. It was packaged with the 2 Cool At the Pocket Plaza Polly and Pia doll pack.

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The third (and final) movie to be released was PollyWorld. The film was released direct-to-DVD on November 14, 2006.

On November 22th of that same year, 4.4 million Polly Pocket playsets were recalled by Mattel after children in the United States swallowed loose magnetic parts.

This effected Polly Pocket’s sales and as a result, the brand started losing popularity.

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In 2007, The “Sparklin’ Pets” line was introduced. This line was the first to introduce a new face and body mold on Polly and her friends. Some dolls from this line also had clothes made from real fabric.

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A year later, The “Designables” and “Pretty Packets” dolls were introduced and lasted until 2010. Polly Pocket dolls from this era also had another new face mold

However, by 2010. Polly Pocket was going through a makeover.

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Later that year, the new Polly Pocket dolls were released. The dolls were given more of a child-like appearance, changes include increasing feet size, head size and leg size, although the height remains approximately the same. Pets called “Cutants” were also added to the line. Webisodes were made to promote the new Polly dolls.

Despite negative reactions among fans, sales for the toy fairly increased.

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More changes were given for the line in 2011. The dolls were once again given a new face mold and the Cutants were removed. Sales started to struggle.

In 2012, Polly Pocket toys were discontinued in the US, but remained available in Europe and South America. The brand dwindled, eventually only being sold in Brazil. By 2015, Polly Pocket was completely discontinued by Mattel.

No webisodes have been released since, dispite the fact the official website remains open.

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On February 12th, 2018, Monster High creator Garrett Sander announced on his Instagram page that Polly Pocket would be making a comeback. It was also announced that there would be a Polly Pocket cartoon being produced by DHX Media to coincide with the dolls’ release.

The original Polly Pockets are popular collectors items and they go for expensive prices on eBay. As for the Polly Pocket lines from 1998-2015 they go for reasonable prices on eBay and Amazon.

A link to the official Polly Pocket website is here : http://play.pollypocket.com/en-us/

A link to the official Polly Pocket Youtube Channel is here : https://www.youtube.com/user/pollypocket/featured

(Updated on 2/18/2018)

 

 

What’s Her Face

Published March 31, 2017 by discontinuedtoylines

whatsherfacedollsWhat’s Her Face was a line of dolls manufactured and released by Mattel in 2001. Unlike most fashion dolls around this time, these dolls were made to break the bearers between fashion dolls and creative activity toys. Each doll came with a blank face and they also came with markers and stamps, the blank faces were intended to be drawn and designed by the owner. Each doll also came with interchangeable wigs.

The line included 4 characters named Hip, Cool, Sweet and Glam.

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Mattel expanded the line in 2002 with the second wave “Head 2 Toe”. This line had the same gimmicks as “Wave 1”, but they had more features like color-change wigs and outfits that were made for stamping.

Gift sets, Spin-off lines, Fashion and Hair packs and a CD-Rom game were also released around the same time.

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A third wave named “What’s Her Look” came out in 2003. The dolls in this line had different bodies compared to the first two lines. This line also introduced 4 new characters named Wild, Retro, Chic and Fresh.

Due to What’s Her Face not doing well in the US, Mattel stop releasing What’s Her Face dolls in that country.

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The fourth (and final) line from the brand “Fab Faces” was only released in Europe and they appeared at the 2003 New York Toy Fair. The dolls had painted faces, but they came with interchangeable faces and their eyes change color when you press the top of their heads.

After that, Mattel seemed to discontinue What’s Her Face, possibly due to lack of success, Despite positive reception from the public.

The dolls and accessory packs are pretty easy to find online, costing between $4-$89 on Ebay and Amazon. But the dolls from the What’s Her Look and Fab Faces lines are very hard to find and are very expensive.

Moxie Teenz

Published January 15, 2017 by discontinuedtoylines

moxie-girlz1Moxie Teenz were a line of fashion dolls released by MGA Entertainment in 2010. The brand was a companion line to MGA’s other brand “Moxie Girlz” and were made to compete with Spin Master’s Liv dolls which were released a year before.

The four main characters from this line are Melrose, Arizona, Bijou and Tristen. They were portrayed as college girls.

The dolls are 14 inches tall and they have poseable joints, they also have interchangeable wigs.

The dolls did well during their launch and they were promoted by Stardoll and Nickelodeon. Fashion packs and Wig packs were later released.

5046582bmt2bgroup2bfw2b06a-11In Spring of 2011, the second wave was released.

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Later in 2011, The Formal Line was released, the line also introduced two new characters named Gavin and Leigh.

After that, not much was released from the brand until 2013 when MGA released re-release versions of the first edition dolls.

Nothing has been released since 2013 and it appears as if Moxie Teenz are discontinued.

The dolls have been popular among collectors and are really expensive on eBay and Amazon, selling between $45-$274.

A link to the Offical Moxie Teenz Youtube channel is here (despite the fact that no new videos have been uploaded since 2011) : https://www.youtube.com/user/moxieteenz/featured

(Updated on 6/7/2017)