The Story of the PlayAlong Club Dolls
~ by Mel Birnkrant


"The Play Along Club"dolls began 5 years ago as "Friendz n’ Family". The year was 2002. The year before had been a sad one, made all the worse by 9-11. Furthermore, I felt like a dinosaur in a Toy Industry that had gone electronic. It seemed like every toy produced either had a computer chip in it, or a "chip on its shoulder". Talking teething rings and teenage tarts were not my cup of tea. I contemplated retirement, but decided to first attempt one final project.

After a lifetime of trying to please everybody, this one would be just for me, an uncompromising attempt to simply make the best doll that I could. The result was Friendz n’ Family.

The original presentation consisted of seven prototype dolls, intended to represent the potential of many more. I will show you only the photos of the three original dolls, who were destined to become the Play Along Club. The others, for now, must remain a secret, as I don’t want to spoil the fun of things to come, if the Play Along Club becomes successful. On second thought, the club is for girls only, so I can show you the boy doll too.


Prototype Photos and Story Text copyright (c) 2007 Mel Birnkrant and the Obb
PlayAlong Stock Photos (c) PlayAlong Toys Inc.
Trollz photo (c) Hasbro Inc.
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