Most major retailers offer limited options, but there are some nice boy dolls available online. Here are a few of the ones that stood out to me. I have not purchased products from any of these retailers, so my comments are just general impressions rather than reviews.
- Harmony Club Dolls: To me, these are one of the most attractive boy doll options for under $100. Their faces are young and sweet without being too babyish. They have beautiful fixed eyes and wigged hair. The current options are both light-skinned with with either brown hair and eyes or blue hair and eyes, but I have seen slight variations in the wigs and skin tones. Check back often to see what's available. Harmony Club has a bigger selection of girl dolls, but they all still have the same skin color. They retail for $78 dollars but are often on sale. You can also sometimes buy display models for a reduced price. Harmony Club also offers some great contemporary clothes for boy and girl dolls, which are well-priced and look stylish and durable.
- My Sibling Dolls: These dolls are an excellent value, and I especially like that they come in so many different skin tones and hair styles. They all have rooted hair, but I'm not sure if their eyes can open and close or not. This line actually has more boy dolls than females. Most doll lines focus on girls and maybe throw in one or two boys, but this company focuses on Autism awareness, and the creator felt that she needed to offer boy dolls since Autism is more prevalent in boys. They come with little booklets. The My Sibling dolls each have a story about a brother or sister who has a disability. I like the view point from a typically developing child and how the sibling's disability affects the whole family. I definitely see from my own experience that sometimes the child with the disability gets all the attention, so I like this approach. The My Pal books are meant to appeal to children of all abilities and focus on common experiences like starting school, celebrating holidays, or participating in sports. There is also an Autism Awareness pal and a Dress-Up pal (which can come with an optional religious booklet). The dolls shown are the dress-up ones, which come in a fancy suit, but most of the My Pal and My Sibling dolls come in casual clothes or sports outfits. Extra clothes are also available. Another bonus is that these dolls are packaged by people with disabilities. I don't like their face molds or hair-styles as much as some of the other dolls, but I think they promote education, fun, and awareness.
- Rowdie Boys from Sew Dolling: These dolls have sleep eyes that open and close, but I can't tell if their hair is rooted or wigged. Right now there are three options, all with a light Caucasian skin tone, but I think more options will be available in the future. I really like their outfits and accessories, which seem to be school-themed. Sew Dolling does not sell girl dolls, but they have clothing and accessories for boy and girl 18 inch dolls. They donate a portion of their proceeds to help abused children and animals.