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17 Unique Dolls You Didn't Know Existed

A doll is a model of a human being which is often used as a toy for children. They have been around for a very long time and are used as both playthings and object of arts. Dolls that are for the purpose of art are called Art dolls and they are created in a wide variety of style either from pre-manufactured or original parts.

The while some toys are mass produced, the production of some requires a lot of skills, some of them including sculpting, costuming and painting. Art dolls are made from materials like fabric, paper clay, wax, hair (natural or synthetic), wool etc.

unique doll types

There are different types of figures that can be found in different places or countries. In some countries, they are more than playthings and are used for either ritual or to pass across a message to children.

Different types of dolls

Lol Dolls

They are one of the most creative and interactive toys. They are created by MGA and they are everything a child wants in a toy. The overall package of a Lol Doll is wrapped in three layers and each layer tells gives an idea of what kind of model is inside the package. Every package contains bags that include the toy itself, accessories, shoes, outfits and a bottle. A regular Lol Doll costs between $6.99 and $15.99 while limited edition items cost $21.99 to $69.99. They are appropriate for children between the ages of 5-9 and can be found in different stores.

Lol surprise dolls

L.O.L stands for Little Outrageous Little Surprise dolls and they have become highly sought after. These toys require a lot of unwrapping. For Lol big surprise, every surprise ball comes with 50 different surprises ranging from the accessories, shoes to outfits. The toys have the ability to change color, pee, cry or spit when put into water. The most exciting part about Lol surprise is that you never get to know what you would end up with. This mystery is what propels people to keep buying it. They come in different sizes and are available both online and in stores.

Fashion dolls

These are dolls that are designed to reflect any current fashion trends. They are manufactured both as toys for children and collectible items for adults. They are mostly modeled after teenage girls or even adult women. They come in various sizes ranging from 10.5 inches to 36 inches. Seamstresses and designers often use these models as a canvas for their works. They are made with different material. There are some made from vinyl, bisque and since they dominated the market between 1860 and 1890, many variations of them have been seen. Examples are Barbie, Bratz, Lammily, Blythes, and many others.

Living dead dolls

Living Dead Dolls is a line of horror toys which were first produced handmade by either Ed Long or Damien Glonek in 1998 in the United States. They were commercially manufactured by Mezco Toyz since 2000. They are 10 inches tall, made with plastic, with fabric clothing. They are packed in coffin-shaped boxes and also come with death certificates. Each living dead toy has a different cause of death, which is usually described on the certificate. They are aimed at an adult audience aged 15 years and above. The toys are distinct in the sense that they were not connected to other existing doll theme.

Paper dolls

They are figures cut out of paper or thin cards with separate clothes which were also made from paper. These clothes were attached to the toy with the use of paper folding tabs. They can be designed to be a person, an animal or even an inanimate object. They are a cheap variation of playthings for children as they can be easily replaced. The paper toys gained popularity in the 1920s and are still around till now. Now, paper figures especially the vintage ones have now become very much sought after and is now used as a collectible.

Russian nesting dolls

They are also known as Matryoshka figures. They are a set of wooden toys of decreasing size placed one inside another. Matryoshka means little matron. A set of matryoshkas consists of a wooden figure which separates the top from the bottom, to reveal a smaller figure of the same kind inside, which has, in turn, another figure inside it. Traditionally, the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan- a long, shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress. The figures inside may be of either gender, the smallest, innermost toy is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood.

Our generation dolls

Our generations toys come in many different varieties and all of them are 18 inches in height. Each toy has a unique story and personality. Regular Our Generation dolls come with their own outfits while Deluxe Our Generation Dolls have poseable joints- and this means they are softer and slightly bendable at their elbows and knees and also come with a storybook and important accessories and also a second outfit. They can be gotten at both at online stores and local stores and are appropriate for children between the ages 5-9.

Troll dolls

This is a type of plastic toy with furry up-combined hair depicting a troll, they are also known as Dam dolls after their creator Thomas Dam. They are also known as good luck trolls or gonk trolls in the UK. They were originally created in 1959 and in the early 1960s; they became one of the United States’ biggest toy raves.

Baby alive dolls

It is a baby doll brand that is made by Hasbro. The toy eats, drinks, wets and in some cases even messes and it also has a movable mouth. It comes in three varieties; Blonde, Brunette and African-American. The first Baby Alive model was introduced in 1973. It could be fed food packets mixed with water, and it came with a bottle, diapers and a feeding spoon. The spoon could be inserted into the mouth of the toy and a lever on its back made it possible for the toy to chew the food. Presently, the doll has been revamped so it can now speak realistically and it comes with other accessories also.

Kachina dolls

They are also known as Hopi Kachina figures and are figures carved from cottonwood root by the Hopi people. They are used to instruct young girls and new brides about katsinas. Katsinas are the immortal beings that bring rain and control other aspects of the natural world and society and acts as a messenger between humans and the spirit world. Each kachina figurine has a different meaning and attention has to be paid to the details. There are four generally accepted forms of the kachina figures and each form is designed to represent a different stage of postnatal development. These four accepted forms are the Putsqatihu, Putstihu taywa’yla, Muringputihu, Tithu.

Ugly dolls

This is a brand based upon a series of plush toys which began as an idea from a long-distance letter between the creators. To the creators, ugly means unique, special and something to be celebrated. The Uglydoll line was launched in February 2001 and they were awarded the Speciality Toy of the year in 2006.

Haunted dolls

A haunted toy is a handmade or manufactured toy that is reported to be cursed or possessed in some way. It is designed to be scary and the first models were created a long time ago in Ancient Egypt.

Worry dolls

Worry dolls which are also called trouble toys are small, mostly handmade dolls from Guatemala. They are made from wire, wool and colorful textiles and then dressed in traditional Mayan clothes. They vary in size from ½ inch to 2 inches. In the western world, however, they are mostly made from pressed paper, tape, and colorful wool and can be much bigger in size. These puppets are given to children who are sad and tend to brood a lot. The child would then tell the puppet all of his/her worries and fears and put the toy under their pillow at night. It is believed that the next morning, the puppet would have taken all the sorrow away.

Naturally perfect dolls

They are black or colored toys with natural hair that can be styled in any way and washed. The toys go up to 18 inches in height. The figures were created with the intention of discouraging the notion that little children have; the notion that a person cannot really be beautiful without having blonde hair and pale skin. They were created to look like African-Americans with natural hair so that children could see that beauty is diverse and does not have to be a determinant of these things. The model was manufactured by a couple; Mr. and Mrs. Sweeting.

Lalaloopsy dolls

This is a line of plastic rag puppets from MGA Entertainment. The manufacturers originally started with 13 inches rag toys that came in different varieties. Each puppet is originally created with a fictional theme which reflects the day it was created and the fabric used to create it and her pet. The puppets are designed with the intention of teaching little children that everyone is unique in their own way, nothing should be wasted and it also encourages creativity and boost imagination. Over the years, different characters have been added to the line of Lalaloopsy dolls and it has grown.

Kokeshi dolls

They are simple wooden figures with no hands which have been crafted for more than 150 years as a toy for little children. They are of Japanese origin; the north-eastern region to be precise and are handmade from wood. They have a simple trunk and on the face, a few lines are painted to make it more defined. The body of a Kokeshi figurine usually has floral or ring designs painted in red, black and sometimes, green, purple, yellow or blue color and a layer of wax. There are eleven types of this figurine with the most popular being the Naruko variety.

Creepy dolls

They are scary looking figures and just like the haunted toys, it is believed that some kind of evil spirit has possessed these figurines. They are vintage and handmade and can be found online.

Apart from getting dolls for children as playthings, it can also be used as collectibles which can earn the owner quite a substantial sum in the future.


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