The Ty Girlz line of dolls, which was apparently Ty's answer to Groovy Girls, was introduced to the global market on April 13, 2007 by Ty Inc., famous as the makers of Beanie Babies. Similar to the way the Ty Beanie Babies are marketed, the plush toy Ty Girlz were released with limited edition dolls introduced with limited fashions and older dolls retired at various times. The entire line was retired in 2013.
Ty Girlz are said to be the first virtual world targeted at girls, and the dolls come with special online codes.
The original April 2007 run of dolls included plush bodies that did not pose. In October, the dolls were updated with internal wire supports to allow them to be posed in different positions. The head and facial features of the dolls was also changed in October and continued to change with some dolls said to look like celebrities. Several of the dolls come with belly buttons sewn with metallic thread which makes them look pierced.
According to some sources, Rockin' Ruby and Sassy Star were the only two dolls without a wire "skeleton" and a comb, but the 2007 pink-haired Sizzlin' Sue pictured here also came without a wire support.
Ty caused a national stir by naming their first two Ty Girlz dolls of color Sweet Sasha and Marvelous Malia which were said to be named after President Obama's daughters, but Ty has both affirmed and denied this at different times. Eventually Ty renamed the dolls.
The Ty Girlz come with sewn on panties, shoes and jewelry, and the other clothes and accessories can be mixed and matched. Many of the Ty Girlz clothe fit the Moxie Teenz dolls fairly well.
Pictured here are 2007 tagged Sizzlin' Sue without wire skeleton (and no name on tag), 2007 tagged Sweet Sammi and 2008 tagged Preppy Paige, both with wire frame. Sizzlin' Sue wears her original pink leopard print skirt with the pink jacket from Precious Paris. Sweet Sammi wears her original orange jacket, brown capris (cut off at the knees) and white tank top. Poor Preppy Paige wears her original purple plaid skirt and not much else.
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