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Boy Story introduces cool 18" boy Action Dolls and adventure stories for all kids, breaking down barriers in the one-sided doll market.
Boy Story introduces cool 18" boy Action Dolls and adventure stories for all kids, breaking down barriers in the one-sided doll market.
Boy Story introduces cool 18" boy Action Dolls and adventure stories for all kids, breaking down barriers in the one-sided doll market.
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HOORAY!  We made our goal!  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

And now for our SUPER stretch goals!

UNLOCKED! $25,000: Once we hit our $25,000 goal, we will open up a doll pajama add-on for only $10 for anyone who has donated or pledged over $50!  Regular kickstarter price will be $18 (we will not unlock this reward until once we have reached $25,000) for everyone else.  See Update #16 for instructions on adding on your doll jammies!

$35,000:  If we hit $35,000 we will give every backer who has purchased a doll or higher a FREE Action Doll cape for each doll purchased.  This is absolutely free to you!  So share, share, share and help us reach this stretch goal!  Kids will love taking their doll from everyday kid to super kid with this accessory!  

$50,000: If we make it to the $50,000 mark and double our goal, we will unlock a new doll for production and offer it to our kickstarter backers for the steeply discounted $69 price for preorder (shipping not included)!  That's a $30 discount to our backers and will push the doll into production much faster than if we had not reached this stretch goal!  

See update #14 from May 4 for photos and details of our new add-ons and stretch goals.

 

Boy Story, finally a cool boy doll for all kids. We teach our kids diversity. Our world is diverse. But the toy market has failed to embrace inclusion and diversity. Boy Story adds boys into the missing equation, so our children see dolls just like them - boys and girls - in the toy aisles.

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.

Click here to read about why our Action Doll joints are so unique!
Click here to read about why our Action Doll joints are so unique!

Action Dolls: 18" dolls with specially designed ball joints to pose like an action figure!  One of the biggest difference between our Action Doll and a standard 18" doll is that we added extra joints, 11 points of articulation to be exact. On top of that, most standard dolls are strung even if they do have extra joints (5 joints is most common in dolls).

        
         

First thing we prioritized was quality and durability. These Action Dolls are so fun, we expect kids to drag them through mud, load them in bike baskets, romp through fields, and toss them through the air. We have seen all the crazy and imaginative ways kids play with our Action Dolls. Just as they were designed. These dolls are meant to be PLAYED with. The dolls are made of:

     
  • High quality phthalate-free vinyl for the head, limbs, and ball joints (limiting scratches and making for easy cleanup) 
  • Durable, yet squeezable, cotton twill for the soft body (rugged enough to endure years of play, but soft enough to sleep/cuddle with)

We even sculpted the hair styles of each Action Doll to avoid tangled, messy hair disasters. We expect messes! Thanks to the molded hair, you can simply wipe the dolls clean and they're back in action.

Second, we designed the dolls 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 – especially those representing humans – should be as diverse as the kids who play with them. Making unique dolls has not been cheap, but the results are completely worth the cost. We will continue to make different face molds for each of our Action Dolls. Our line starts with two unique boys, Billy and Mason, and we have many more planned (sneak peek in the "Meet the Boys" section below).

Third, our dolls had to move! We came up with the idea for Action Dolls as a combo between action figures with their super cool poses and traditional dolls. Our Action Dolls have 11 points of articulation!  Most standard dolls have few or even no joints, and those with joints are usually entirely elastic-strung, with extremely limited movement. Our dolls have 6 specially designed ball joints, 4 sewn and strung cup joints at the soft body, and a unique neck joint that allows the head to twist and tilt. These separate ball joints were specially designed to move in all different directions, as well as hold strong poses.

Click here to read more about the joints!
Click here to read more about the joints!

Last, (but not least) our Action Dolls represent real boys and wear cool outfits just like your little tyke. The quality of the outfits, as well as their designs, are as close as we could get to the real deal. We are talking eye-catching designs that would really be worn by a boy today. This means real buttons, zippers, brass snaps, laces, cuffed jeans, and little tiny canvas shoes, to name a few! Our clothing line is expanding rapidly, and in addition to regular outfits, we will be introducing special outfits designed to expand pretend and role play (think: soldiers, super heroes, pilots, scientists, etc.) (think also: stretch goal!).

PS, (We know we said last... but...) can't forget to mention that our Action Dolls are designed to be compatible with standard 18" doll accessories. So get an Action Doll – hurry for our limited quantity Kickstarter specials! – to join in the fun and complete your doll collection today.

                                                             

We are Boy STORY. Reading unlocks the imagination. It develops a sense of wonder and fun. It teaches life lessons. Boy Story encourages reading through exciting, illustrated adventure stories that spill out of the page and into our Action Dolls. Kids can close the book and keep the adventure going. Statistics show that although girls’ scores in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related subjects are improving (thanks to great toys such as Goldieblox and Roominate working to encourage girls interest in S.T.E.M. related subjects), boys’ reading scores continue to lag behind. A cool Action Doll with an adventure story encourages and introduces reading in new ways to both boys and girls.

For the collector (or just the kid) in you.

With the quality level of the Action Dolls so high, we made absolutely sure to do everything we could to make each doll and book collectable. Every Action Doll comes with its own Boy Story Certificate of Authenticity. Production numbers are printed on the tag, and will serve to prove that you have the very first Boy Story Action Dolls ever to be made. We engraved the Boy Story logo on the bottom of each doll’s foot as seen in the photo below. (This is an image of a molded part, so the foot will not actually be gold, it will be skin tone.)

The books are both made and printed in the USA. We wanted Boy Story's adventure books to be really special, so we designed them to be standard collectable comic book size, yet read like a chapter book. They are filled with beautiful and colorful illustrations and are printed on thick satin-finish pages. The covers are soft with a velvety matte finish, and we are looking into adding a spot gloss to the covers and a watermark page to our books as a stretch goal. Both the books and dolls are made to last and even be passed down through generations to come.

Boy Story takes pride in putting safety first! Our co-founder is a mom of two boys, and she always says "As a mom, being certain that the toy my child is playing with is safe is not something I take lightly.” Boy Story's Action Dolls are going through rigorous safety testing for sales in the US, Canada, and Europe. Action Dolls are safe for children ages 3+ due to small parts.

Mason! If there's one thing you will remember about Mason, it's that he has a wild imagination. This kid is always thinking up the most exciting adventures. Never a dull moment with him. He loves to ask questions, frequents the library, and has a big mystery to solve!

Billy! Get ready for a belly full of laughs with this character because Billy is a bit of a prankster. When he is around, you'd better watch out for strategic placement of his pet frog (yikes!). He lives in Louisiana and loves to grab his backpack and go exploring through the Bayou. He’s not even afraid of the monstrous alligator that roams these parts. Tons of excitement awaits with Billy!

And now for the SNEAK PEEK at the next two characters to be featured in a Boy Story:

Aspen! Aspen is always on the move, traveling around the world with his mom, who is an Army Sergeant. Much more than a “military brat,” Aspen’s a huge fan of baseball and can be a bit shy when meeting new friends and being in new places. On his latest adventure in Japan, he soon finds that he has a lot more in common with the local kids than he thought. Friendships blossom and baseball games abound!

Kenji! Kenji loves making new friends and is a superstar on his baseball league. He has a heart of gold and enjoys teaching people all about his Japanese culture. Hmmm, sounds like Aspen and Kenji could end up being great friends, but you’ll have to wait to find out!

~~~3 PIECE BUTTON PACK~~~

3 Piece Button Pack
3 Piece Button Pack

~~~BOY STORY BOOK~~~ Choose one or get them both.

  • Reading age level: 6-9, although with it's colorful illustrations and exciting stories this book is great to read aloud to children of all ages. 
  • Reading grade level: 1-4 
  • Paper back with satin finish pages 
  • Printed in the USA 
  • Classic children's book layout with a comic book flair

*Cover art is a mock-up and is subject to becoming even more awesome.

Mason and The Perfect Moment
Mason and The Perfect Moment
Get ready for some serious adventure as Mason digs deep to uncover the mystery of the man with the box-shaped camera. Will Mason find the mystery man? Will he ever know why the old man waited all day just to snap two photos? As Mason continues his sleuthing, his wild imagination takes him to lands filled with mystical creatures, sword fights, and even dragon-frogs! This story is sure to inspire lots of adventure for you and your Action Doll.
  • Primary lesson: the value of patience 
  • Over 20 beautiful full color illustrations 
  • 10 chapter book
Billy and The Secret Island
Billy and The Secret Island

Get ready for a belly full of laughs as Billy pranks his friends and family and a world of exploring as he takes off on his daily adventures through the Bayou to his secret island. But what happens when one prank goes too far? Will his sister ever forgive him when she discovers her blue topaz necklace has gone missing? And how will Billy ever recover the necklace once he discovers that Malseaux, the biggest fiercest gator anywhere near the South Banks, is in his way! This story is sure to keep you and your Action Doll right on the edge of your seat.

  • Primary lesson: the value of forgiveness
  • Over 20 beautiful full color illustrations 
  • 14 chapter book

~~~LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT~~~ Choose one of from the options below!

Find The Adventure In You Shirt
Find The Adventure In You Shirt
Up, Up & Away Shirt
Up, Up & Away Shirt
Boy Story Logo Shirt
Boy Story Logo Shirt

*T-shirt images are mock-ups and subject to slight variation.

~~~DYNAMIC DUO BASEBALL CAPS~~~ One for you and one for your Action Doll!

Dynamic Due Baseball Caps
Dynamic Due Baseball Caps

 *Image is a mock-up and subject to slight variation.

~~~ACTION DOLLS~~~ We know we already showed you, but we're pretty excited about these guys!

Mason Action Doll
Mason Action Doll
Billy Action Doll
Billy Action Doll

~~~LIMITED EDITION WOODEN BOY STORY AIRPLANE~~~

Handmade in the USA
Handmade in the USA

We are sisters, best friends, and business partners.  With Katie's design background and Kristen's experience and passion for business, we make the perfect team. Katie has driven the company creatively, and is so dedicated to Boy Story becoming a reality, that she quit her job and spent the last 14 months dedicating her time, full-time, to Boy Story. Kristen is a mom of 2 boys, the idea originator, and the risk taker.  She is a lawyer, an amazing leader, and she believes in Boy Story so much that she put her savings on the line to get us to where we are today.  

    

Our factory requires a minimum order quantity to go into production and bring Action Dolls to the world of toys at a reasonable price. We need your help to raise enough money in order to place that first order! We are offering great prices and products specially for our Kickstarter campaign because it is so important that we are able to get from where we are today to actually having our Action Dolls and books in childrens' hands around the world. Make a difference, be the change you wish to see, and make a pledge today!  

Action Doll's scheduled to ship in time for Christmas 2016!

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Video Production by Demario Henry

Photography by Ann Fuentes, www.annfuentes.com

Risks and challenges

As with most Kickstarters, Boy Story is relying on your support to be able to take the next step...placing the big order! Although we are confident that we have prepared to the fullest and have safeguarded against any obstacles in which we can control, there is always the potential of unpredictable bumps in the road. We want to assure our supporters that we have done our absolute best to be prepared and ready to go the moment our campaign is complete. We have lined up a secondary manufacturer should there be any issues, and we have a top freight company ready to deliver to your door. Our molds, materials, and patterns are finalized and ready to go; we just need your help to place the order!

We guarantee to get your perks to you, and will do our absolute best to do so by or before our goal delivery date. Should we face any challenges that could end up affecting the anticipated delivery date, we will notify you either via the Kickstarter Update page and/or directly to email. Thank you for your support and understanding.

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    ~~~BOY STORY BOOK~~~

    Get your made & printed in the USA, beautifully illustrated Boy Story book. Made to inspire lots of adventure for you and your Action Doll. You will be saving $6 off the retail price of $16.

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    ~~~ACTION DOLL SIZED PAJAMAS NOW UNLOCKED!~~~

    As promised, the doll pajama reward is officially unlocked! Get your hands on these adorable 18" doll sized Boy Story pajamas here!

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    ***If you already pledged or are going to pledge $50 or more see update #16 (May 11) for instructions on how to add them to your order for the discounted price of only $10!

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    ~~~MASON & BILLY BOOK SET~~~

    Bust out the flashlight and build a fort - it's story time! You get Boy Story's first two made & printed in the USA illustrated books: Mason and Billy. You will be saving $12 off the retail price of $32 for both books.

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    ~~~LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT~~~

    Choose 1 of 3 limited edition Boy Story T-shirts. T-shirts are available in children and adult sizes. Find the Adventure in You!

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    ~~~LIMITED EDITION WOODEN BOY STORY AIRPLANE~~~

    Get your very own limited edition wooden Boy Story airplane! This zippy plane is handmade and iron branded in the US by a talented Michigan artist. Perfect to zoom around the house with or to set on a shelf as decor. Use your imagination! That's what it's all about, after all.

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    ~~~DYNAMIC DUO BASEBALL CAPS~~~

    Get this one-of-a-kind matching baseball cap set for your kid and his/her Action Doll. That's one awesome dynamic duo if you ask us!

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    ~~~ACTION DOLL EARLY BIRD SPECIAL~~~

    Only 20 Action Dolls are available at the early bird price. So order fast! You will be saving $40 off the retail price of $99.

    Get one of the very FIRST collectable Action Dolls ever to be made. This first limited edition Action Doll is just waiting to be taken on adventures near and far.

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    + Each limited edition doll comes with his own official Boy Story certificate of authenticity

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    ~~~ACTION DOLL...SECOND CHANCE~~~

    Missed the Early Bird? Here's your second chance. But only 20 Action Dolls are available at this special price. Order fast! You will be saving $30 off the retail price of $99.

    Get one of the very FIRST collectable Action Dolls ever to be made. This first limited edition Action Doll is just waiting to be taken on adventures near and far.

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    ~~~INTERNATIONAL KICKOFF SPECIAL~~~

    Boy Story's Action Doll & Book COMBO is officially available to our international supporters! We are offering a very steep discount to do our best to help compensate for the international shipping costs.

    Please be sure to send us a message if your country isn't listed and you want to pledge!

    Get one of the very FIRST collectable Action Dolls ever to be made. This first limited edition Action Doll is just waiting to be taken on adventures near and far.

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    + A special thank you shout out on our website and social media pages
    + Each limited edition doll comes with his own official Boy Story certificate of authenticity
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    ~~~ACTION DOLL WITH FREE BOOK~~~

    The perfect combo AND a sweet deal! You get 1 Action Doll at below-retail price and the corresponding adventure book. You will save $26 off the retail price of $115 for the Action Doll & book combo.

    Get one of the very FIRST collectable Action Dolls ever to be made. This first limited edition Action Doll is just waiting to be taken on adventures near and far.

    + A hand written thank you card from the Boy Story founders.
    + A special thank you shout out on our website and social media pages
    + Each limited edition doll comes with his own official Boy Story certificate of authenticity
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    ~~~THE ULTIMATE MASON AND BILLY SET~~~

    BOTH Action Dolls + BOTH adventure books! Get a full Mason Action Doll, Mason story, Billy Action Doll, and Billy story collection. This is sure to bring a big smiles and even bigger adventures your way. You will be saving $52 off the retail price of $230 for two Action Doll & book combos.

    + A hand written thank you card from the Boy Story founders
    + A special thank you shout out on our website and social media pages
    + 2 special Boy Story "This Book Belongs to ..." Sticker
    + We will even throw in 2 Boy Story 3 piece button packs as an extra thank you!
    + Each limited edition doll comes with his own official Boy Story certificate of authenticity

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    ~~~2 ACTION DOLL & BOOK SETS~~~

    Have two kids in mind who want the same Action Doll? Get one for each of them! This fun-filled set comes with:
    - 2 Action Dolls
    - 2 Boy Story books

    You will be saving $52 off the retail price of $230 for two Action Doll & book combos.
    + A hand written thank you card from the Boy Story founders
    + A special thank you shout out on our website and social media pages!
    + 2 special Boy Story "This Book Belongs to ..." Sticker
    + We will even throw in 2 Boy Story 3 piece button packs as an extra thank you!
    + Each limited edition doll comes with his own official Boy Story certificate of authenticity

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    ~~~THREE'S A CHARM~~~

    THREE Action Dolls + THREE adventure books! This is either going to be one really lucky kiddo, or a great gift to a few of your favorites. You will be saving $78 off the total retail price of $345 for three Action Doll & book combos.

    + A hand written thank you card from the Boy Story founders
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    + 3 special Boy Story "This Book Belongs to ..." Sticker
    + We will even throw in 3 Boy Story 3 piece button packs as an extra thank you!
    + Each limited edition doll comes with his own official Boy Story certificate of authenticity

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    ~~~4 ACTION DOLL & BOOK SETS~~~

    Make sure to have extras as these little fellas make great gifts! This action-packed set comes with:
    -4 Action Dolls
    -4 Boy Story Books

    You will be saving $110 off the retail price of $460 for two Action Doll & book combos.

    + A hand written thank you card from the Boy Story founders
    + A special thank you shout out on our website and social media pages
    + 2 special Boy Story "This Book Belongs to..." Stickers
    + We will even throw in 4 Boy Story 3 piece button packs as an extra thank you!
    + Each limited edition doll comes with his own official Boy Story certificate of authenticity

    ***We will send you an email to confirm which Action Dolls (Mason or Billy) you prefer and how many of each upon the completion of our Kickstarter campaign.

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    ~~~LIMITED EDITION SIGNED PRINT~~~

    Get a limited edition signed collectors print of one of Boy Story's original illustrations. These 20"x16" gorgeous illustrations are giclee printed on archival poster paper. Signed by the artist himself, these will ONLY be available on our Kickstarter campaign.

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    ***We will send you an email to confirm which print you prefer (from the listed 5 options) upon the completion of our Kickstarter campaign.

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    ~~~DINNER WITH THE AMAZING FOUNDERS~~~

    Join founders Kristen and Katie for dinner in Boy Story's home town, Tampa, Florida and pick our brains. This is your opportunity to give us your feedback, discuss our company, and find out a little more about us. Limited spaces available!

    + To include dinner (limited beverages will be included)
    + One doll and book (your choice either Mason or Billy)
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    ~~~BOOK DEDICATION~~~

    Get one of our 3 upcoming books dedicated to you and only you with a great big thank you to be printed in our entire first manufacturing run of that book. Upon completion of that book, we will send you your personal copy signed by both founders and the artist. We will also throw in the corresponding Action Doll, upon its completion!

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    ***Note: Your book will be sent out in order of completion.

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    ~~~DESIGN OUR NEXT DOLL!~~~

    - Choose the doll's name.
    - Help direct the design for the next doll, including skin tone, hair color and style, and eye color.
    - Take part in selecting/ designing the doll's outfit.
    - Add ideas to the direction of the doll's background story.
    - Book dedication in the corresponding story.
    - Upon production of the new doll, you will receive 4 of your specially designed dolls and books to share with whomever you like or keep just for yourself!

    + A hand written thank you card from the Boy Story founders
    + A special thank you for being a SUPER SUPPORTER on our website and social media pages

    ***Note: the estimated delivery date is subject to change.
    ***Note: Design direction subject to legality and reason.

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