Groovy Girls

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Groovy Girls are a line of fashion dolls manufactured by the American toy company Manhattan Toy and launched in 1998. The brand consists of plush, 13-inch dolls, fashion and furniture accessories, as well as pets.[1] Groovy Girls generally cost $10 to $20 per doll[2] and target the 6-to-12 age range, with licensed products including room décor, apparel, interactive and electronics, stationery, health and beauty aids.[3]

History[edit]

Groovy Girls launched as a "funky"[4][5] alternative to Barbie.[4] Each doll has different skin tones, hair types and facial features, reflecting the ethnic landscape of the world.[6] The brand's lifestyle aspects are fashion, friendship and self-expression,[3] and represents a wholesome alternative to dolls such as Bratz, Flavas, My Scene, and Barbies.[7] Groovy Girls were initially sold in specialty toy stores such as Zany Brainy, Noodle Kidoodle, and Store of Knowledge.[6] Beginning in early 2005, the dolls were launched in Target stores.[6][8]

As of 2005, more than eight million Groovy Girls dolls were sold since its inception,[9] totaling more than $100 million in retail sales.[3] GroovyGirls.com, which launched in the fall of 2004, had approximately 145,000 registered users by early 2005,[9] and more than 1.7 million registered users by July 2007.[10] The Groovy Girls RSVP collection was introduced during the 2008 holiday season.[4] RSVP stands for Respect, Self-Expression, Values and Play.[4]

List of Groovy Girls[edit]

Here is a list of basic Groovy Girls by their year of release.

Some characters share names. Not counting the updated looks of the Main 6, there have been 2 dolls named "Trini," 2 dolls named "Vanessa," 2 dolls named "Carissa," and 3 dolls named "Marissa."

1998

  • Lexi
  • Liza
  • Lupe
  • Lucy

1999

  • Michaela
  • Max (male)
  • Zane (male)
  • Ziggy (male)
  • Zarah
  • Zoe

2000

  • Gabi
  • Gwenn (not to be confused with Gwen of the Main 6)
  • Jacinda
  • Jada
  • Josie
  • Janisse
  • Jordan
  • Jayna
  • Jackson (male)
  • Jarrett (male)

2001

  • Sarita
  • Solana
  • Sesilia
  • Siri
  • Shika
  • Sidra
  • Samuel (male)
  • Sean (male)
  • Kinzey
  • Karly
  • Kayla
  • Kami
  • Kendra
  • Kelsey

2002

  • Talli
  • Tomiko
  • Trini
  • Vanessa (light skinned)
  • Verity
  • Victoria
  • Kalvin (male)
  • Kyle (male)

2003

  • Carissa
  • Cicely
  • Celeste
  • Bindi
  • Brenna
  • Britta
  • Darci
  • Danika
  • Daphne
  • Brandon (male)
  • Blake (male)
  • Britney

2004

  • Ailene
  • Angelique
  • Ayanna
  • Hope

Main 6:

  • Gwen
  • Reese
  • Oki
  • O'Ryan
  • Vanessa (dark skinned)
  • Yvette

2005

  • Kassi
  • Kylee
  • Kenna
  • Larissa
  • Leticia
  • Lourdes
  • Kieran (male)

2006

  • Ellie Mae (cowgirl)
  • Roxanna (rock star)

Main 6 Updated:

  • Gwen (2nd in a series)
  • Reese (2nd in a series)
  • Oki (2nd in a series)
  • O'Ryan (2nd in a series)
  • Vanessa (2nd in a series, dark skinned)
  • Yvette (2nd in a series)

2007

  • Rayannah
  • Raelyn
  • Roxette
  • Raina (punk)
  • Ruby Mae
  • Petula
  • Pilar
  • Phoebe

2008

  • Zadie
  • Zanita
  • Zelma
  • Fenia
  • Fleur
  • Franci

2009

  • Corbin
  • Chelsi
  • Camilla
  • Connor (male)
  • Cadence

2010

  • Tegan
  • Tamae
  • Thora
  • Tessa
  • Tamsen

2011

  • Izzie
  • Isadora
  • Iku
  • Irina
  • Inga
  • Inez
  • Nadia
  • Nina
  • Nora

2012

  • Amelia
  • Gabriella
  • Katrina
  • Seanna
  • Sage
  • Suki

2013

  • Marissa
  • Myla
  • Maren

2014

  • Brooklyn
  • Bayani
  • Breanna
  • Bailey
  • Skylar
  • Fuchsia
  • Lilia
  • Jasmine

2015

  • Renee
  • Robyn
  • Rachel
  • Reagan

2016

  • Lola
  • Lily
  • Layla
  • Logan

2017

  • Super
  • Velvet
  • Jessica
  • Rose
  • Katy
  • Meghan
  • Janelle
  • Lorelei
  • Justin

2018

  • Sunshine
  • Kat
  • Jamie

Poseable[edit]

These had wires in their arms and legs that made them able to strike different poses. They were released from 2006-2008.

  • Andie (2007)
  • Aleika (Breakdancer, 2007)
  • Analise (Yoga, 2007)
  • Adrianna (Salsa, 2007)
  • Ayumi (Roller Skating, 2007)
  • Anya (Ballerina, 2007)
  • Trini (also released as a non-poseable, 2006)
  • Taryn (also released as a non-poseable, 2006)
  • Trissa (also released as a non-poseable, 2006)
  • Shayla (also released as a non-poseable, 2006)
  • Savanna (also released as a non-poseable, 2006)
  • Brylee (Karate, 2008)
  • Brandice (2008)
  • Bella-Mae (Cowgirl, 2008)
  • Selia (also released as a non-poseable, 2006)
  • Bastian (male, 2008)
  • Dylan (male, 2006)

Holiday Exclusives[edit]

Christmas

  • Anastasia Sparkle (2008)
  • Cali Candy Cane (2011)
  • Chrissy Christmas (2005)
  • Christa Christmas (2010)
  • Garnet Glitterbella (2008)
  • Holiday Hannah (2010)
  • Holiday Wishes Hadley (2013)
  • Molly Mistletoe (2012)
  • Noella (2004)
  • Snowflake Sophie (2009)
  • Deck the Halls Dessa (2013)
  • Sylvie Starr (2007)
  • Tessa Tannenbaum (2006)
  • Tyanna Tannenbaum (2006)
  • Merry Marissa (2014)
  • Noelle (2015)
  • Christmas Belle (2016)
  • Jingle Belle (2017)

Easter

  • Petal (2005)
  • Clara (2006)
  • Elisa (2014)

Valentine's Day

  • Vivica (2006)
  • Valana (2005)
  • Viviana (2014)

Halloween

  • Ember (2006)
  • Cinder-Sue (2007)
  • Countessa (2005)
  • Willow Witch (2004)
  • Charissa Cat (2008)
  • Candy Corn Carissa (2009)

RSVP[edit]

These dolls came with codes to unlock special items online. They celebrated Groovy Girls' 10th anniversary. The RSVP line dates from 2008-2009.

  • Amara
  • Alesa
  • Amalina
  • Latasha
  • Libbi and Louie (Louie is a dog attached to Libbi's hand.)
  • Lakinzie
  • Lycia
  • Linae
  • Dela
  • Denell
  • Dhara
  • Darise

Fun Packs[edit]

  • Kali and Krista (Fashion Blizzard) October 2002
  • Kassidy (Belle Espirit) March 2002
  • Lailie (Birthday Girlie) 2006
  • Evie (Saddle Up) 2006
  • Sarina (Soccer) 2006
  • Sawyer (Surfer, male) 2006
  • Becca (Basketball) 2006
  • Sasha (Posh Party) Late 2001
  • Bindi (Vet En Vogue) 2007
  • Yvette and Carissa (Sleepover Central) 2007
  • Brida (Ballet) 2007
  • Josh (Attitude on Wheels, male) 2006
  • Charisse (Ready to Rock) 2006
  • Helena (Groovy Games Swim Team) 2004
  • Hadlee (Groovy Games Gymnast) 2004
  • Harper (Groovy Games Soccer) 2004
  • Winter Rose (Snowy Sensation) 2008
  • Shauna (Spa Splendor) 2006
  • Reva (Sticker Snazzmatazz) 2003
  • Rochelle (Sticker Snazzmatazz) 2003
  • Shatrina (Midnight Madness) 2007
  • Aria (Gimme a G!) 2007

Troop Groovy Girls[edit]

These dolls were partnered up with Girl Scouts. The Troop line dates from 2007-2010.

  • Respectful Roxi (2007)
  • Friendly Fiona (2007)
  • Caring Caitlin (2007)
  • Courageous Camara (2007)
  • Fair Faye (2009)
  • Considerate Christa (2008)
  • Helpful Haylee (2009)
  • Strong Sierra (2008)
  • Responsible Rilee (2009)
  • Honest Hala (2007)
  • Dinah (Daisy Girl Scout, 2010)
  • Kiri (poseable, 2008)
  • Ardella (poseable, 2008)

Dreamtastic[edit]

The Dreamtastic line dates from 2005-2011.

  • Melina Mermaid (2006)
  • Bride Jennibelle (2007)
  • Bridesmaid Melinda (2007)
  • Princess Seraphina (2006, 2010)
  • Princess Sharissa (2006)
  • Prince Lance (2005)
  • Princess Lucinda (2005)
  • Flower Girl Faith (2007)
  • Jennica and Gavin's Wedding (2007)
  • Binni Ballerina (2006)
  • Franchesca Fairy (2006)
  • Bellissima Ballerina (2008)

Candy Kingdom[edit]

The Candy Kingdom doll line dates from 2007. Fatina and Dari have their pets on leashes attached to their hands.

  • Dari and Dottilicious Puppy
  • Fatina and Fluffy Cotton Candy Kitty
  • Princess Bubblegum Bella
  • Princess Candy Heart Cassidy
  • Princess Lollipop Lola

Special Edition[edit]

These dolls date from 2005-2012.

  • Rock Around The Clock Bobby and Suzy Q (2006)
  • Safari Kari (2005)
  • Fleurabella (2010)
  • Chef Charlotte (2010)
  • Irish Steppin' Adelaene (2010)
  • Starletta (2008)
  • Galexia (2011)
  • Bianca Ballerina (2011)
  • Birthday Wishes Betsy (2012)
  • Fayla Fairy (2012)
  • Steffi
  • Lexa (Learning Express exclusive)
  • Lexanne (Learning Express exclusive)
  • Lynne (Ron Jon Surf Shop exclusive, 2005)

Chic Boutique[edit]

The Chic Boutique doll line dates from 2005.

  • Nicole
  • Natalya
  • Nanette

Flutterflies[edit]

The Flutterflies doll line dates from 2010.

  • Lana Ladybug
  • Becca Butterfly
  • Dani Dragonfly

Princesses[edit]

The princesses date from 2010-2015.

  • Princess Leilani
  • Princess Peony
  • Princess Isabella
  • Princess Ariana
  • Princess Liliana
  • Princess Dazzelina
  • Princess Ella
  • Princess Dahlia
  • Princess Crystelle
  • Princess Abi
  • Princess Camellia

Mermaids[edit]

The mermaids date from 2002-2012.

  • Marissa
  • Myra
  • Maya
  • Maddie
  • McKenna
  • Aqualina

Style Scents[edit]

These dolls date from 2015, and each one is fruity-scented. They all come with a pet as well.

  • Mia - comes with pet dog Taffy and smells like watermelon
  • Lilly - comes with pet cat Parfait and smells like raspberry
  • Sadie - comes with pet rabbit Shortcake and smells like strawberry

Fairybelles[edit]

The fairies date from 2015.

  • Nissa
  • Cricket
  • Breena

Groovy Girls Sleepover Club[edit]

Groovy Girls Sleepover Club was a series of short, chapter books for early readers starring the main 6 Groovy Girls, who are Gwen, Reese, Oki, O'Ryan, Vanessa, and Yvette. The books each contained 80 pages and a few illustrations. The books were published from 2005-2006.

List of books[edit]

  1. The First Pajama Party: Slumberiffic Six
  2. Pranks a Lot: The Girls vs. The Boys
  3. Sleepover Surprise: A Twin-Sational Birthday
  4. Rock and Roll: Divas Supreme
  5. Choose or Lose: How to Pick a Winner
  6. The Great Outdoors: Take a Hike
  7. Growing up Groovy: An Out-of-this-World Adventure
  8. Girls of Summer: Bon Voyage

Licensing and awards[edit]

Burger King offered miniaturized plastic as well as plush versions of Groovy Girls in its global Kids Meal program, which ran from February 12, 2007 to March 18, 2007.[11] That year, Manhattan Toy also partnered with the Girl Scouts to develop a line extension of dolls called Troop Groovy Girls.[12] An online community called Camp Groovy Girls launched in September, soon after the dolls became available in stores.[12] In February 2008, the Toy Industry Association named the Girl Scouts' Troop Groovy Girls the best girl toy of the year during the American International Toy Fair in New York City.[13] Groovy Girls had previously won "Girl Toy of the Year" and "Specialty Toy of the Year" awards at the 2003 Toy Fair.[6]

References[edit]

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