Flavas Dolls

Name: Flavas Dolls

Made by and When: Mattel, 2003

Material: Multiarticulated vinyl

Height: (Tre) 11-1/2 inches; (Kiyoni Brown) 10-1/2 inches

Descriptions of Hair, Eyes, Mouths:

Choice Awards Tre – black flocked hair and sideburns, painted brown eyes and painted lower eyelashes, closed mouth with a removable mustache and goatee (presumably it washes off)

Tre in aqua warm-up suit – black flocked hair and sideburns, painted blue eyes, closed mouth with a faintly painted mustache and goatee

Tre in denim fashion – bleached blonde flocked hair, no sideburns; painted hazel eyes, closed mouth, no facial hair

Kiyoni Brown – Dark brown rooted hair with golden blonde highlights, painted green eyes with tan and brown eyeshadow and painted upper and lower eyelashes, closed mouth with pale pink painted lips lined in brown

Clothes and Accessories:

Choice Awards Tre – Black shirt, pants, shoes, VIP necklace with silver chocker and silver stud earrings; extra fashion consists of olive-green and tan short-sleeved pullover sweater, tan shorts, multicolored high-top sneakers.  Accessories include a cell phone, sunglasses, gray microphone and stand, huge brown Afro wig, plastic wig holder, Flavas Choice Award, a white accessory box that holds a silver hair pick, mirror, clippers, and a cologne bottle.

Tre – Aqua warm-up suit, black mesh tank top, white sneakers with gray stripes on the sides, silver stud earrings, holds a black vinyl man bag; has extra blue basketball jersey and shorts, black sneakers; boombox, art decals and decal applicator, pull-out street stand

Tre – Denim shirt with navy blue knit T-shirt, denim pants with deep side pockets, white sneakers, silver stud earrings, holds a tan vinyl man bag; extra outfit (not shown) white sleeveless shirt, khaki shorts, black sneakers; has a skateboard, decals and decal applicator, pull-out street stand.

Kiyoni Brown – Red two-piece jogging suit with white mesh crop top, silver necklace with heart-shaped pendant, and white sneakers; Kiyoni’s extra fashion consists of denim short-shorts, short-sleeved denim shirt, white footies with blue pom-poms, white terry cloth visor, black high-top sneakers with heart graphic on sides, and a black purse with matching heart graphic.  Accessories include a boom box, temporary decals, decal applicator, and a pull-out “street” stand.

Other: Designed in an attempt to represent members of the hip-hop culture, each doll is dressed in “street-style” clothes with graffitied boxes and pull-out stands to create a “hanging out” scene. More than one version of Tre, Kiyoni Brown and the other Flavas dolls was released. Considered stereotypical, misrepresentations of the hip-hop culture by some and poor role models for children by others, this multicultural, multiarticulated doll line’s shelf life was limited to less than a year. Among adult collectors, the dolls remain popular. See the gallery images that include all characters of the Flavas doll line.

Gallery

Choice Awards Tre

Tre in Aqua

Tre in Denim

Kiyoni Brown

Kiyoni Brown’s photos include a photo of the back of the box which illustrates the other dolls released with this series.

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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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