We’ve put together the ultimate Resource Guide for all the different types of 16 to 18-Inch boy dolls on the market. Be sure to leave a comment and tell us which of these great dolls is your favorite and why. Also check out our other Ultimate Resource Guides for A Girl For All Time®, WellieWishers™, and Our Generation® for more reviews and helpful tips.
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Boy Dolls: An Overview
For years doll fans were making their own boy dolls by replacing the wigs on their American Girl® dolls, always wondering why they couldn’t just purchase a boy doll to complete their collection. A few years back, boy dolls started to become more popular as manufacturers such as American Girl® and Our Generation® released this new category of doll. If you have ever wondered, “What are all the different types of boy dolls out there?” “Who makes them and where can I buy them?” or “How do they compare to the girl dolls?” hopefully this article will answer those questions.
Below is an overview of the most popular boy dolls in the 16-inch to 18-inch category. Some brands offer more extensive collections of boy dolls which cannot be featured in their entirety here, so we have chosen our favorites to show here.
American Girl® Boy Dolls
American Girl® offers several 18-inch boy dolls through their Truly Me™ Collection. Here are a few of our favorites:
Truly Me™ #77: This doll has curly brown hair and brown eyes, and comes dressed in a striped polo, grey jeans, and green slip-on sneakers. Buy Truly Me™ #77 Now
Truly Me™ #75: This doll has dark brown hair and brown eyes, and comes dressed in a striped polo, grey jeans, and green slip-on sneakers. Buy Truly Me™ #75 Now
Our Generation® Boy Dolls
Gabe: A non-posable 18-inch doll with wavy blonde hair and green eyes. Gabe is a surfing fanatic who comes with a boogie board, board shorts, tank top, and orange slides. Buy Gabe Now
Franco: A non-posable 18-inch doll with black hair and brown eyes. Franco comes styled like the ultimate hipster with a beanie, sunglasses, dark wash jeans, and a trendy button down shirt. Buy Franco Now
A Girl For All Time® Boy Doll
Max: Max is a 16-inch posable doll with brown hair and green eyes. He is apart of AGAT’s Your Modern Girl™ Collection of contemporary British characters. He comes dressed in an orange t-shirt and classic jeans. Buy Max Here
My Life As® Boy Doll
School Boy: This 18-inch doll has curly brown hair and brown eyes, and comes dressed in a sweater vest and button down, dress shorts, and loafers. His school-boy look is completed with neon green glasses. Buy School Boy Now
Parker: Manufactured exclusively for Pottery Barn Kids®, the Parker doll has brown hair and brown eyes, is 18.5-inches tall, and comes dressed in a letterman's jacket, jeans, and cute sneakers. Buy Parker Now
My Siblings® Dolls
Andy: My Siblings and My Pals Dolls is a company with a heartfelt mission which you can read more about here. Andy is an 18-inch doll who comes dressed in a raglan sleeve t-shirt, jeans, and a knit baseball hat. The Andy doll comes with a story booklet about his life and adventures with his brother who has autism. Buy Andy Here
The Ultimate Pattern Collection for 18-Inch Boy Dolls
Looking for patterns to make all the essentials for your boy doll's wardrobe? Our pattern collection for 18-Inch Boy Doll Clothes features patterns made to fit dolls such as the American Girl® boy dolls, and others featured in the list above. Be sure to read the pattern descriptions if you are sewing for a particular doll and would like to make sure the size will be appropriate.
Get the Pattern: Looking to make the perfect pair of jeans for your boy doll? The Liberty Jane Jeans Bundle for 18-Inch Boy Dolls features step-by-step patterns for making both bootcut and skinny jeans. Upcycle your old jeans to make your doll's wardrobe feel even more authentic, or use your favorite denim fabric to make this awesome wardrobe staple.
Most boy dolls are made by manufacturers by simply changing the face mold and hair of a doll, without any change to the size and shape of the doll body. For this reason, most boy dolls will be the same size as any girl doll from the same brand.
Get the pattern: Here an American Girl® Girl and Boy Doll are both shown wearing the Mercury Flightsuit from the pattern made by Forget Me Not Designs. As you can see by this example, the boy doll and girl doll have the same size and shape body and can wear the same size clothing.
Some designs look great on both boy and girl dolls, like many uniforms and sports clothing. Other patterns have been designed specifically for boy dolls to get that classic masculine styling and fit.
Here are a few more patterns for unisex outfits:
Ruby & Rudy Vest Knitting Pattern by Dan-El Designs
Motorcycle Jacket by Liberty Jane Clothing
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