At the beginning of the year, Mattel announced that they would be releasing dolls made in the likeness of the KPop (Korean pop for those of you that do not know that kind of music) boy band BTS - seven guys who are very popular outside of Korea too, having topped Billboard 200 chart twice in 2018. They are touring the world this summer and the dolls are supposedly hitting the shelves either this summer or in September. They will be available worldwide and each doll will cost $19.99.
They look cute and definitely articulated, but the body/head proportions are off, like they are kids. They could be sporting the My Scene male body, which, if I remember correctly, is the same as Ken’s articulated one but with longer hands - and of course bigger head. The Mattel shop website, where the dolls are already uploaded, indicates they are 11” and have 11 points of articulation. The sculpts are original, one for each band member. The clothes they are wearing are from the video clip of their song IDOL, which premiered last August. You can sign up at the Mattel shop to get notifications about the upcoming release. I might try to get one, just to check out the outfit - I love the colourful costumes, unlike anything worn by male fashion dolls. Most of the clothes in real life are from well known fashion brands. For example the polka-dot shirt RM is wearing is by Comme Des Garçons, just like Jin’s sneakers (a Converse collaborartion). J-hope and Jung Kook’s sneakers are Valentino Hero Tribes, while V was wearing Walter Van Beirendonck shoes, which unfortunately were not made for the doll.