I may not be a member of the BTS Army, but I love their dolls, even if I still have to google who is who! A bit of backstory, I actually pre-ordered four dolls, but only one made it to me. The other three were put on backorder till the end of the month and eventually cancelled, because I’m hoping to just find them in stores at this point.
Up for review today is BTS’s Jungkook! Mattel used BTS’s music video “Idol” as inspiration for this first wave of BTS dolls. For those who don’t know, BTS is a South Korean boy band that is huge around the world. Jungkook, the youngest member of the group, started as a trainee with Big Hit Entertainment in 2011 and made his debut in the pop world with BTS in 2013.
He’s credited as a singer, songwriter and producer. His popularity is so high that when he once said he used Downy for his laundry, sales spiked and stock went up 11% in a single day. Needless to say, he carries a lot of clout in the K-Pop world!
Let’s talk about Mattel’s take on Jungkook. I wasn’t sure what I would think when I pre-ordered the dolls in this series, but now I’m completely sold! Jungkook has such a unique look to him, as do the other dolls in the group. Each doll has a unique face mold, hair style and face paint to really bring out their unique looks.
Look At Those Eyes
My favorite thing about Jungkook has to be his face. I love how Mattel was able to create a realistic look to his features, especially his eyes. They look amazing in person.
Honestly, this is the most quality face paint job I’ve seen from Mattel in a long time on a doll that is priced affordably; which brings up a good point, this doll is actually worth the price!
Mattel doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to hair. To be honest, I was worried that Jungkook’s hair might be a huge mess ordering him blind online.
However, I’m happy to report that Mattel did a great job on Jungkook’s red hair. It makes me look forward to seeing the other dolls. Speaking of his hair, it’s nicely rooted with two shades of a dark red tone. It’s not overly sprayed down, but is styled. One of my favorite things about his hair may be his cool sideburns.
A Unique Size
Jungkook, along with the other dolls in this line, are shorter than the brands iconic dolls Barbie and Ken, but taller than Chinese fashion doll Kurhn. You know, I don’t mind the height difference in this line when compared to Barbie and friends. Plus, he looks super cute with Kurhn.
As expected, Mattel chose to use an articulated body for Jungkook. Besides a soft vinyl head that tilts and rotates well, Jungkook has shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle joints. They work pretty well and don’t feel super hollow.
Jungkook wears a super flashy outfit based on his look in BTS’s “Idol” video. Is the quality of the outfit amazing? No. Does the outfit look good and fit well? Yes.
I’m curious to see if they release other waves of these dolls in different outfits or, better yet, if they just release some k-pop style outfits for them. I’d buy those, for sure!
I’m really liking Jungkook, which makes me look forward to adding the other six members of the band to my collection. What do you think of Jungkook? Which BTS doll did you pick up? Let us know in the comment area!