Saturday, 18 July 2015

LGB - Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual - Dolls

LGBT Dolls



Today's post is a list of all the LGB - lesbian, gay and bisexual - dolls on the market. They fall into two broad categories; dolls made in the likeness of a media character or celebrity who is openly LGB (or, if deceased, is widely accepted to have been LGB), and dolls whose official backstory and marketing material make clear in which direction their interests lie. There are also a couple of (non-celebrity / character) dolls who are almost universally considered to be LGB, though there was no official intention for this to be the case. The dolls on the list will all be 1/6 (i.e. Barbie) scale, unless stated otherwise.

Anyway, moving on alphabetically, we have:


* Please note, all images were found via google image search. I claim no credit for them. *


Alexander the Great

The legendary love between Alexander the Great and Hephaestion gets him on the list. Dragon produced a playscale version in 2004 (see HERE). Smaller action figures abound, e.g. HERE and HERE.




Andy Mills

Tonner used their Cami and Jon line to release their first gay character, event planner Andy Mills, in late 2010. Andy is 17" high and has so far been produced in three versions - Event Planner (2010), Party of the Year (2011 event doll), and Party All Night (2011).




Beth Ditto

Superdoll, they of Sybarite fame, made a one off Beth Ditto doll as part of the promotion for her Evans clothing line. Read more HERE.




Billy

Totem International introduced Billy, incorrectly marketed as 'the first out and proud gay doll' in 1997. At first the 13" doll was a limited edition novelty, designed to raise money for an AIDS charity. When it quickly sold out, the decision was made to mass produce. Billy gained a boyfriend, Carlos, and an African-American friend named Tyson, and was released in a range of stereotypical gay garb, from sailor to to 'San Francisco'. In 2001 a 'BPS' Billy attracted a cease and desist notice from UPS. Read more about the line HERE, HERE and HERE.




Billy Herrington

Herrington is openly bisexual, and is best known for his work in gay porn and for being a popular meme on Japanese video sharing sites, where he is affectionately known as 'Big Brother'. Figma released the above 1/12 scale figure of him in July 2009. Read more about that figure at the Good Smile Company's website HERE. Herrington proved so popular in plastic that in August '09 there was a Happy Birthday version (see HERE), in October '09 there was a Halloween version (HERE), and in December they released a Christmas and New Year version (HERE).




Black Canary

DC Comics character who has come out as bisexual on TV show Arrow; you can read more about the character HERE at Wikipedia. Pictured is the 12" Mattel doll from 2008 (more HERE). Tonner Doll have also produced a 13" version, HERE. Other Tonner versions can be found HERE and HERE. For action figure versions, click HERE.




Black Cat / Felicia Hardy

Bisexual character from Marvel comics (primarily Spiderman & related), you can read more about her HERE. Tonner produced a 16" doll in 2012, as a limited edition run of 300. The archive page is HERE. You can check out the smaller Black Cat action figures HERE.




Boy George

Boy George is probably best known as the lead singer of Culture Club, but has been releasing music and appearing on British TV retrospectives for decades. Back during his Culture Club days Boy George never outright admitted or denied being gay, famously stating he preferred 'a nice cup of tea' to sex (don't we all!?). LJN released this 12" doll as part of their Superstar line in 1984. Click HERE for much more info, and original 1980s marketing material.




Catwoman

DC Comics' Catwoman was briefly a lesbian when the mask was taken up by Holly Robinson - read more HERE. Pictured is the Mattel 12" doll from 2003. Tonner Doll have a 13" doll and a 16" doll in their archive, along with THIS one. There is also a 1/6 scale Sideshow Catwoman HERE, and a Hot Toys version HERE. For Catwoman action figures, click HERE.




Christian Chávez

Chávez is best known for his role in telenovela Rebelde, and its spin-off pop group RBD. Mattel released three sets of dolls based on characters from the show in 2007, read more about them HERE.




Debbie Harry

Harry publicly came out as bisexual in 2014. Mattel released the pictured 12" doll in 2009, as part of their Ladies of the '80s collection.




Dumbledore

Professor Albus Dumbledore is the headmaster of Hogwarts, the magical school featured in the Harry Potter series. Creator J.K. Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was gay in October 2007 - after all the books had been released. Tonner Doll have released two 1/4 scale Dumbledore dolls, a 19" figure in 2009 and a 17" figure in 2010 (pictured) - read more HERE. Dumbledore is also to be found in action figure form, as seen HERE.




DYKE Dolls

Marketed as 'the world's first-ever lesbian doll', the dolls were first sold as adult novelties in 2004 by Stephanie Perdomo. Pictured are the Bobbi dolls - Rockabilly, Diesel and Doc Holiday - who came with their own strap ons and vibrators. In 2006 a line of four miniature figurines suitable for children was launched, called Baby Dykes. The main page of the official website is still available at www.dykedolls.com, and you can read more about them HERE and HERE.




Earring Magic Ken

This 1993 version of Ken - with blond highlights, mesh shirt, earring, and 'cock ring' necklace - is widely considered to be gay, though Mattel had actually been attempting to make Ken 'cooler' to his target audience of 7-year-old girls. Still, the controversy made this Ken the best selling ever, though Mattel eventually discontinued him and recalled remaining stock due to pressure from anti-gay commentators. Read more about him HERE and HERE.




Elton John

Elton John is one of the best selling musicians in the world, as well as being a globally recognised gay icon. John came out as bisexual in 1976, and later came out as gay in 1988 after his divorce from Renate Blauel. Yaboom produced five singing Elton dolls in the late 1990s, read more HERE. For other figures, plush toys, etc, based on John, click HERE.




First Love

These 12" OOAK figures are 3-D printed by Mary Magpie Dolls - check out the etsy store HERE. All the characters in the line up are gay, as described in the product blurbs.




Freddie Mercury

Mercury was the frontman of Queen, and is often voted as one of the greatest pop stars of all time. Although publicly coy about his sexuality, it was well known within and outside the industry by the time of his death in 1991. NECA produced the pictured 18" Mercury figure in 2006 (more HERE), along with two 7" action figures (HERE and HERE).




Gay Bob

Bob was launched in 1977 as 'the world's first gay doll for everyone'. He was marketed as a novelty gift for adults, and enjoyed moderate success and notoriety, even winning the 1978 Dubious Achievement Award from men's lifestyle magazine, Esquire. For more info, I've also written a much more detailed post on Bob.




Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

I've put these two DC comics characters together because although the innuendo and subtext is laid on thick and heavy, there is still no official word on their relationship status. Mattel have done 12" dolls HERE and HERE. Tonner Doll have done numerous versions of Harley - HERE (17"), HERE, HERE and HERE (22") - and Poison Ivy - HERE. For Sideshow versions click HERE.




Ian 'H' Watkins - Steps

Steps were one of the best selling pop acts in the UK between 1997 and 2001, and had three sets of dolls produced by Yaboom - click HERE for more info. H - supposedly short for hyperactive - came out as gay in 2007, just before a stint on Celebrity Big Brother.




Inara Serra

Serra is a bisexual character from the TV show Firefly. Tonner Doll made a 16" version as a convention doll in 2010, read more HERE.




Jack Harkness

Captain Harkness is an openly bisexual character in Torchwood, a spin-off of BBC sci-fi show, Dr Who. Harkness is played by openly gay actor John Barrowman. Tonner Doll released their 18" version of Harkness (pictured) in 2010. He's also available in action figure format, see HERE.




James Dean

Dean, though his sexuality is much debated, is known to have had same-sex encounters and been open to experimentation. As a tragic pop culture icon, Dean has had plenty of dolls and figures made in his likeness. Mattel released a 12" version in 2001 (see HERE), and Tonner Doll released a 17" version in 2012 (see HERE). DSI released two 12" dolls in 1994 - City Streets and Rebel Rouser. Then there are two Sideshow 12" dolls, see HERE and HERE.




Jaymi Hensley - Union J

Runners up on the ninth series of X-Factor, Union J have since enjoyed some chart success in the UK. Hensley is openly gay. Vivid have released two sets of fashion dolls, and a set of keyring mini dolls, as seen HERE.




Jeff Stryker

Stryker describes himself as sexually 'universal', and has certainly starred in porn of all descriptions. The 12" doll is anatomically correct (as seen HERE) and can usually be found on eBay.




Joan Jett

Jett, lead singer of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, has never categorically stated she is lesbian, bi or straight. However she gave the bisexual portrayal of her in 2010 biopic 'The Runaways' her blessing, so she makes it onto the list. Mattel released their doll version of her in 2009, as part of their 'Ladies of the 80s' series. Read more HERE.




Jon Lee - S Club 7

S Club 7 were a hugely successful UK pop group between 1998 and 2003. Lee, the blond guy in the above picture, publicly confirmed he was gay in 2010. Hasbro produced regular and singing dolls in 2000, read more HERE.




Jonathan Knight - New Kids On The Block

NKOTB were a US boyband, big in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Jonathan Knight, the oldest member of the group, publicly confirmed he was gay in 2011. NKOTB had a set of 'In Concert', 'Hangin' Loose', mini dolls and plush dolls all produced by Big Step Productions in 1990. Click HERE for more details.




Katy Perry

Perry shot to fame via the lyrics 'I kissed a girl, and I liked it', and has been open about her same-sex crushes and bi-curiosity. Integrity Toys made a limited edition run of 500 Perry dolls in 2009 (see boxed pics HERE), and in 2011 Mattel produced a one off doll for a charity auction (see HERE).




Kristy McNichol

I must admit that before researching this list, I'd never heard of McNichol. But, apparently, she is famous in the US as a former child star. She came out publicly in 2012, having lived openly with her girlfriend for over 20 years. Mego released a 9" version of her in 1978 (see HERE and HERE) and Mattel, not to be outdone, released their own 10" version in 1979, as seen above.




Lance Bass - *NSYNC

*NSYNC were a hugely successful boyband in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Member Lance Bass came out as gay in People magazine in July 2006, confirming media speculation. *NSYNC dolls were produced by Living Toyz, Winterland, and Aspen Marketing between 2000 and 2001, read more HERE.





Les Hommes

Integrity Toys don't just make gorgeous female dolls - they make gorgeous male dolls too. The FR line consists of characters with detailed back stories, making it easy to work out that Pierre DeVries (pictured) and Francisco Leon are more than just good friends. There is an Integrity Toys reference guide HERE.




Liberace

During his lifetime Liberace vehemently denied he was gay, and was quick to sue anybody who suggested otherwise. After his death from AIDS in 1987 all the rumours were confirmed. A character as flamboyant as Liberace was practically made to have dolls produced in his image - and sure enough in 1985 Effanbee released the 17.5" vinyl doll above as part of their Legend series. There are also Liberace paper dolls, for those who can't get enough Liberace in their life.




Lindsay Lohan

Lohan was one of the biggest child stars of the late 1990s and early 2000s, and was immortalised by Mattel as part of their My Scene Barbie line in 2005, based on a direct to DVD film featuring Lohan, Barbie and friends. You can read reviews of the doll over at Amazon. In 2008 Lohan went public about her relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson.




Mark Feehily - Westlife

Westlife were a hugely successful Irish boyband - though they never broke the US market - who were active between 1998 and 2012. Feehily came out as gay in 2005 during an interview with the Sun newspaper. Yaboom made a set of singing and regular Westlife dolls in 2000, more details HERE.




Mel B - Spice Girls

If you've never heard of the Spice Girls, you must have spent the last twenty years living under a rock. Scary Spice Mel B has talked openly on various occasions about her past relationships with women. The Spice Girls were immortalised in plastic many times by both Galoob and Yaboom, click HERE and HERE for reference guides.




Pussy Galore

Galore is a fictional character from the James Bond franchise, specifically Goldfinger. In the novel she is openly a lesbian - something which was never going to happen in a mainstream 1964 film. Mattel released a 12" Goldfinger Bond girl doll in 2009, read more HERE. There's also a Sideshow version, HERE.




Raven-Symone

Raven has been on TV since the age of four, and had her own show 'That's So Raven' on the Disney Channel from 2003 to 2007. She came out as a lesbian via Twitter in August 2013. There are two Raven dolls, a Stylin' Hair That's So Raven doll released by Mattel in 2006 (more at Amazon), and a Cheetah Girls (Disney film series) Galleria doll, based on Raven's character - you can see all of the PlayAlong Cheetah Girls dolls HERE.




Ricky Martin

Puerto Rican popstar Ricky Martin publicly came out as gay in 2010. There were two 12" Mega Star singing dolls produced for the Mexican market, one in a gold shirt and the other in a silver shirt.




Rock Hudson

Hudson never publicly came out, but his sexuality was an open secret in the industry, and became common knowledge after it was confirmed that Hudson was suffering from AIDS in July 1985. Mattel released a Rock Hudson and Doris Day 'Pillow Talk' double pack on pink label in 2011.




Rosie O'Donnell

O'Donnell is well known in the US through her TV work, so much so that she even became a friend of Barbie in 1999 - read more HERE. She came out in 2002 and has since been an active gay rights campaigner, particularly on the issue of adoption. She is also available in a 19" talking plush version, as seen HERE.




RuPaul

RuPaul is best known as a drag queen, though he acts and makes public appearances both in and out of drag. In interviews RuPaul has stated he knew he was gay from the age of eight. Integrity Toys released six RuPaul dolls in 2005, for more info click HERE. Pictured is 'Red Hot'.




Sailor Moon

Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus are depicted as being romantically involved with each other in this hugely popular series, though in translation this aspect of the franchise is almost universally whitewashed out. Check out THIS website for the huge amount of Sailor Moon merchandise out there. There are action figures, 6" dolls, and 1/6 scale dolls from Irwin, Bandai, and others.




Stephen Gately - Boyzone

1/5 of hugely popular British boyband 'Boyzone', Gately came out as gay in 1999 to huge media coverage. He died of a heart condition in 2009, aged just 33. The Boyzone dolls were released by Vivid Imaginations in 1995, you can read more about the collection HERE.




Tom of Finland

Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, was a Finnish artist best known for the 3,500+ gay fetish illustrations he produced over his working life. Finland specialised in depicting muscle bound leather daddys and bears and the 13" doll, released in 2003 and known as Rebel, is drawn from that same tradition. He was supposed to be the first in a series, but no more were ever produced as far as I'm aware. He is, of course, anatomically correct and comes with various, ahem, attachments. You can read a review of the doll, and find out whose clothes and shoes he can share, HERE at the Fashion Doll Empire.




Willow Rosenberg

Buffy the Vampire Slayer character Willow Rosenberg realises that she is gay in season four of the show, when she meets fellow Wiccan, Tara Maclay. Sideshow released two 12" Willow dolls, the one pictured above in 2005 (more HERE), and a 2009 vampire version from the alternate reality encountered in season three. Both Willow and Tara have also been produced multiple times in action figure format, see HERE and HERE.




Xena: Warrior Princess

Though Xena and Gabrielle's relationship was generally played as ambiguous, Lucy Lawless, the actress who played Xena, has said that she thought their relationship was 'definitely gay'. Toy Biz produced a large number of 6" and 12" figures based on the show - check out the reference guide HERE. Pictured is the first wave 12" Xena doll from 1998.




Character Dolls portrayed by LGB actors:
  • Dana Scully (The X-Files). Gillian Anderson talked in 2012 about a past same-sex relationship. Mattel did a Mulder and Scully double set in 1998, read more HERE. There is also a 1/6 scale figures by Sideshow HERE and HERE. There's a good review of the first Sideshow figure HERE.
  • Dylan Sanders (Charlie's Angels). Drew Barrymore publicly declared herself bisexual in 2003. Jakks produced two waves of 12" dolls, the first (HERE) in 2000, and the second (HERE) in 2001.
  • Gandalf. Ian McKellan came out publicly on BBC Radio 3 in 1988. Loads of companies have produced Gandalf dolls and figures. Toy Biz did a 12" doll in 2001 (see HERE), there is also a 22" version produced by Franklin Mint in the mid 1990s (HERE). You can also get action figures of Magneto, McKellan's character in the Marvel X-Men films, including 12" versions from Hasbro and Medicom.
  • Grandpa (The Waltons). Will Geer was romantically involved with 'the father of gay liberation', activist Harry Hay, in the 1930s. Mego released a series of 8" Waltons dolls in 1974.
  • Hikaru Sulu (Star Trek TOS). Actor George Takei came out publicly in October 2005. There are a few different Sulu action figures out there (click HERE), though the new figures are based on John Cho from the (awful, awful) reboot movie. 
  • Lara Croft. Portrayed in the films by Angelina Jolie, who is openly bisexual. Tonner Doll have made a number of 1/4 scale dolls - archive page is HERE. There are also two 1/6 scale versions from Playmates, as seen HERE.
  • Maleficent. The evil fairy who curses Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and later the star of her own live action movie in 2014. In the latter she was portrayed by Angelina Jolie who is openly bisexual. There is a comparison review of the 12" Disney and Jakks versions HERE, and you can see the Hot Toys version HERE.
  • Nightcrawler. Alan Cumming, who played the character in X2, came out as bisexual in 1998. There are lots of Nightcrawler action figures (see HERE), including a 2003 Toy Biz 12" version, and a 12" Hasbro figure from 2009.
  • Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games). Actor Josh Hutcherson has stated on multiple occasions that he never says never when it comes to the possibility of same-sex relationships. Mattel released a Peeta doll in 2013, see it on Barbie Collector HERE. Tonner Doll made a 17" version, HERE.
  • Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory). Jim Parsons is openly gay. Tonner Doll produced a 17" Sheldon doll in 2014 (see HERE), along with a limited edition version for Comic Con. You can also get a talking figure from Toy Zany, a 6" figure, and various plushes and bobbleheads.
  • Spock (Star Trek Reboot). Zachary Quinto came out in October 2011. There is a 2009 Ken as Mr Spock doll based on Quinto's portrayal, in addition to a Playmates 12" figure which is a pretty good likeness. There are also 6" figures and 3.75" figures. Sticking with action figures, you can get one for Quinto's character in Heroes too (HERE). 



Darren Young, the first wrestler to come out while still signed to a major promotion.

Action Figures:
There's just too much molded plastic clothing going on to let these go in the main list, and this isn't a complete list of LGB action figures - but these guys were too interesting not to mention. Note - those which have doll like counterparts will already be listed above.
  • Ambiguously Gay Duo. Saturday Night Live comedy sketch - 3.75" figures of Ace and Gary were announced ready for 2014 Comic Con. Read more HERE.
  • Chris Kanyon. Professional wrestler who came out as gay in 2006, after his release from WWE. You can see his action figures HERE.
  • Darren Young. In 2013 he became the first wrestler to come out while still signed to a major promotion. Figures HERE and HERE.
  • Hulkling. Gay character in Marvel's Young Avengers series, you can get a 6" figure from Toy Biz in a pack with his boyfriend, Asgardian / Wiccan, Iron Lad, and The Patriot.
  • Mitch Ryder. Ryder even sang about his youthful fay experiences in 1971, a few years after Hasbro made a 4.25" Showbiz Baby figure of him. 
  • Orlando Jordan. Professional wrestler who came out as bisexual after retiring. 6" figures HERE, HERE and HERE.
  • Oscar Wilde. Victorian England's most notorious homosexual - also available as a 5" action figure. See the full line of Literary Action Figures HERE.
  • Pete Townshend. Member of The Who who is known to have had gay affairs. NECA released a celebrity Simpsons figure, see HERE.
  • South Park. The show had various LGB characters (see HERE), many of whom had their own action figures, like Big Gay Al.
  • Suckadelic - pop artist The Sucklord creates his own unofficial figures, like THIS gay stormtrooper.
  • Super Gay Cops. Series of four 5" action figures from art duo Magic Ponyland Productions. They're available to buy HERE for $25 (£15) each.
  • Union Jack. The second incarnation, Brian Falsworth, is gay. There is a 10" Toy Biz figure from 1996, a 2008 Marvel Minimate, and two Hasbro figures HERE and HERE.
  • Waylon Smithers. Simpsons' character Smithers has plenty of merchandise, like THIS blocko figure.



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