Gotta Dance Girls! were a series of fashion dolls manufactured and released by Tiger Electronics in 2002. They were IR controlled toys that were made to dance. Each doll came with a IR controller. The dolls require 3 AAA batteries. There were 4 different dolls available when they were still sold, there was a Blonde, a Brunette, a Redhead and an African American.
The dolls can dance to 3 one minute songs and even dance to the owner’s music. The owner can also press Freeze Mode on the controller to let the dolls strike a pose. Each doll can dance to different music genres such as Pop, Dance, Latin and Hip Hop.
The dolls never earned popularity and they were discontinued in 2003 due to poor sales.
The dolls are hard to find on Amazon and EBay, but they do cost an amount of money when they are spotted. If there’s more information on these dolls, please remind in me the comments.
‘N Style Girls were a series of interactive fashion dolls manufactured by Thinkway Toys and released in 2001.
The dolls resembled Mattel’s Barbie, but they can talk and also can sing, The dolls recognized their own outfits and other clothes as well. They also came with accessories such as makeup compacts, barrettes, a music player with headphones, a purse and hair brush. Each doll also came with a extra outfit. There were 4 different dolls to collect.
The characters’ names are Nadine (African American), Ava (Blonde with rainbow dress) and Fushia (Blonde or Brunette with red dress).
The dolls didn’t sell well and as a result, Thinkway Toys discontinued them.
The dolls were easily forgotten after they were discontinued and they are very hard to find. However, the normal price they go for is normally $20.
Diva Starz were a series of fashion dolls released by Mattel in 2000. The dolls were robotic interactive dolls that came with interactive accessories and plastic clothes. Each doll is approximately 9 inches (28 cm) tall, and also had ethnic diversity. The main characters of the brand were Summer, Alexa, Tia and Nikki. The dolls were inspired by the Spice Girls, since the pop group had lots of diversity. The characters also had distinctive personalities. For example, Alexa was a stereotypical blonde who loves to shop and wears mostly pink clothes, Nikki was the tomboy who loves sports. Summer loves the outdoors and loves animals. As for Tia, She loves to create music and loves electronics like radios, CD players and digital planners.
The website that accompanied the brand launched a month before the dolls were released. The website had interactive games and also had webisodes. Mattel also released fashion packs for each individual doll. Mattel also released a CD-ROM Game based on the line.
When the dolls first came out, Mattel thought that the dolls would flop. However, they became very popular and were named “Mattel’s Hottest Girl Toy of 2000” and were a big hit with girls between the ages of 6-11. Mattel released mini versions of the dolls called “Mini Diva Starz”.
In 2001, Mattel released the 2nd series. The 2nd wave dolls had new clothes and new phrases. New Fashion Packs were also released.
A game based on the brand called “Diva Starz: Mall Mania” was released in November of 2001 for the Game Boy Color. The game received negative reviews from critics, Who criticized it for being too easy. McDonald’s Happy Meals toys were also released.
In early 2002, The brand’s sales were starting to struggle, due to the introduction of MGA’s Bratz. Though Bratz were released in May of 2001. Though they didn’t become popular until the Christmas season of 2001. As a result, Mattel released Fashion Diva Starz that year. While generally identical to the original dolls, these dolls have clothing made of fabric, and were thinner and had more accurate proportions. Also, the dolls would speak recorded phrases when a button on the top of their heads is pushed. Original character Summer was replaced with new character Miranda.
Unfortunately, The line’s popularity fell drastically and after 3 lines for the fashion dolls, Mattel discontinued the Fashion Divas. The interactive dolls were still on shelves, but sales were still decreasing. Eventually Mattel discontinued the brand altogether in 2004.
The dolls became popular among collectors after they were discontinued. With most of the dolls mint in box ranging from $25-$220.