Götz

Gotz Peter and Johann

Peter and Johann Gotz
You're not seeing double! Gotz boys Peter and Johann are two 19.5" slim vinyl dolls who use the Gotz "Hannah" mold. They are very similar to one another, right down to their lookalike Lederhosen and matching shoes, although Peter wears tan while Johann wears gray. They also have different colored shirts and neckerchiefs.



While they might look identical at first glance, they have telltale differences. Peter's hair is golden brown and very fine textured compared to Johann's thicker, auburn toned brown hair. Johann's skin is slightly rosier. They both have brown, fixed eyes. They are probably the most "beautiful" boy dolls on the market, although they are not always easy to find.

 
GOTZ TWINS JOHANN and PETER

Both boys are retired but will periodically show up on eBay and other secondary markets. They can be pricey, about $100 on the average, but can also be purchased for much less, depending on the doll's condition or the random seller's discretion. Johann actually tends to be more costly as he is a limited edition doll with only 3000 made; however, his cost does not always reflect it, and he can on the rare occasion be bought for less than Peter.

117/18

117/18 Kathy and Grace
This is a very early Gotz sculpt that goes back to the 1970s. It was the face of blue-eyed brunette vintage Kathy, and blonde, brown-eyed vintage Grace, among others. I have no knowledge of the sculpt's name if it had one. It does seem to have been used semi-regularly between the late 1970s through the late 1980s or beyond. It can be easily found on the secondary market in a number of soft-bodied styles, usually blonde and blue-eyed.

I'm not actually convinced that all of these faces are the same sculpt; some of them have wider-set eyes than others. But they are at least related, and until I have further knowledge, I'm categorizing them all under #117/18, which is the sculpt number of the Grace doll above.


1979 UNNAMED DOLL AND 1989 CHRISTINA DOLL


Vintage Walker

Vintage Walker
This vintage sculpt may have first been used for some of the early Gotz walking / talking dolls going back to the 1970s so I will refer to it by the name of Vintage Walker. It has some similarities to the Starshine mold, although the head seems to be larger and rounder, with a wider mouth and less of a pout. It may have preceded the Starshine mold.


VINTAGE GOTZ WALKING TALKING DOLL, 1970s

It was chosen as the special "Lady Sarah" commemorative doll for the wedding of Lady Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew in 1986, and offered in both the wedding and engagement versions.


LADY SARAH FERGUSON DOLL, 1986


ANOTHER EARLY WALKER

The official name or mold number of this sculpt in unknown. The back of the neck usually reads "Gotz Puppe" and it has been signed Franz Gotz. It is most often found in non articulated, soft-bodied dolls of around 20" - 22". The sculpt is long retired but can be commonly found on the secondary market.


VINTAGE DOLL SYBIL AND "TWIN" DOLL SIGNED BY FRANZ GOTZ

FAO Schwartz Avery and Gotz Asian Hannah

FAO Schwartz Avery and Gotz Asian Hannah
FAO Schwatz Asian Avery (by Gotz) and Gotz Asian Hannah use essentially the same Gotz Asian model. The main difference is in their hairstyle. Avery's straight black hair is worn in a chin-length bob, either with or without bangs/ fringe. Asian Hannah has much longer, wavy black hair with bangs/ fringe. They each have brown eyes and light tan skin, though their face paint may vary slightly. They are slim 18" vinyl dolls.

Avery, who is now retired by FAO Schwartz, can be easily found used on the secondary market for about $30 - $60. Asian Hannah is available from the Gotz website and other online doll markets for about $130 - $150. She can also be found new on the secondary market for about the same price.

Gotz Precious Day Kimberly | Pottery Barn Kids Mei

Gotz Precious Day Kimberly | Pottery Barn Kids Mei
In 2002, Gotz added several 18" girl dolls to their Precious Day collection, one of them being Asian pouty-faced Kimberly. Kimberly has light skin, dark brown eyes, and long, thick brownish-black hair with bangs. She was retired after only two years so she can sometimes be difficult to find, but she does occasionally show up on secondary markets like eBay. Her cost will vary, usually between $30 - $100.

A very similar doll is Pottery Barn Kids Limited Edition Mei from China, also by Gotz. Mei uses the same face mold as Kimberly, with a slightly slimmer, slightly lower quality Pottery Barn Kids body. Her thinner hair comes styled into two, high, side buns, and is shoulder-length and layered when taken down. Mei, like Kimberly, is retired and difficult to find. Her secondary market cost when in new condition runs similar to Kimberly's, about $30 - $100.

  
GOTZ PD KIMBERLY AND PBK MEI FROM CHINA

American Girl Ivy Ling

American Girl Ivy Ling
Ivy Ling is an American Girl "Best Friend." She was released with Historical Character Julie Albright in 2007. Ivy uses a modified version of a face mold that was first used for Jess McConnell. Ivy has light skin and brown eyes. She has straight, brownish-black shoulder-length hair with bangs/ fringe. Ivy was retired in 2014. She can be found on the secondary market for about $120 - $180 or more, though lower prices occasionally happen.

For those looking for "multiracial Asian" American Girl dolls, both Jess McConnell  ( Japanese and Scotch-Irish descent) and Kanini Akina ( Japanese-Hawaiian and French-German descent) are available, though retired. They also use this mold.


JESS (L) AND KANANI (R) MULTIRACIAL ASIAN DOLLS

There are also always at least several different "Truly Me" Asian American Girl dolls available through the American Girl doll site. They currently retail for $115.


TRULY ME ASIAN AMERICAN GIRL

216/16

Sculpt 216/16 also has a long history as a vintage Gotz doll that has been used more recently by Pottery Barn Kids dolls. This sculpt has been used for blue-eyed brunette vintage "Debbie" and a number of others whose names are now forgotten. More recently the face was used as Indian "Prita," one of PBK's limited edition "Girls of the World" dolls.

#216/16
Another incarnation of #216/16 and a similar vintage sculpt alongside it. The vintage sculpt (which had inset or painted eyes) on the right, and the blonde "Barbara" sculpt below, are possibly related #216/16. The sculpt has been attributed to Marianne Gotz.

 
BRUNETTE #216/15 (left) AND SIMILAR VINTAGE SCULPT (right)

VINTAGE GOTZ DOLL BARBARA

130/16

Mold #130/16 has characteristics of both the 128 and 129 series. The face is wide and the mouth pouty, the eyes small and wide-set. It has a more solemn look than #128 and #129. Its name is unknown to me.

#130/16

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