Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 25 April 2019

From Barbie to BTS: Mattel unveils the K-pop band's dolls and fans have a lot to say

Fans of the massively popular K-pop boy band took to Twitter to express their disappointment and excitement over the first photos of the dolls

Mattel dolls of BTS are expected to hit stores in the summer. Courtesy Mattel
Mattel dolls of BTS are expected to hit stores in the summer. Courtesy Mattel

They’re finally here. Mattel has unveiled a first look at their new BTS dolls based on the popular K-pop boy band. The dolls are fashioned after members V, Jin, Suga, Jung Kook, RM, Jimin and J-hope and inspired by their Idol music video and the dolls wearing matching clothing.

Mattel has said the dolls will see a release date in the summer with a price of $20 (Dh73) and that they will have 11 points of articulation with fully poseable arms, legs, hands and feet. They also said that the dolls be shared with "retailers around the world," hopefully meaning they come to the UAE as well.

BTS, whose name is drawn from Bangtan Sonyeondan or β€œBeyond the Scene”, is one of the best-selling music acts in the world.

In 2018, BTS became the first Korean pop group to top the Billboard album charts in the US, and sold out a concert at New York City’s Citi Field. Their new album Map of the Soul: Personal is expected to drop in April.

How the Army reacted:

Their fan base known as the #Army took it upon themselves to share their reactions upon seeing the dolls for the first time on Twitter.

Some were quite honest with their disappointment:

Some fans questioned V's doll in particular:

Other fans, however, spoke about how much they liked them and thanked Mattel for giving the band their own dolls:

So it seems the fan base may be divided over the whole thing. Then of course, there was this one BTS fan who got completely meta about the whole situation:

Updated: March 26, 2019 04:28 PM

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