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Muio-Bix, Jobii & Ishwar, The Teenage boy Dolls
The three teenage boy dolls created by BillyBoy* are Muio-Bix, who is Edie’s brother, Jobii, Tzulli’s brother, and Ishwar, Ouimi’s brother. They have the same skin tone than their sisters and are a twee bit over 10 inches high and marked “BillyBoy* - Déposé 94” on their buttocks. They also bear the “BillyBoy* - Surreal Bijoux” gold tag in the middle of their backs. They all have an identical body, which is totally different than the adult male doll body and also have their own distinctive features. Their body is more juvenile though muscular, with great anatomic definition. Like the male dolls, they are sexually defined, and always come with a condom in their box. Each character’s face is very distinct in expression, however, their features are all very sensual and youthful, even if they don’t smile. This is a constant in BillyBoy* doll creations. However, certain dolls do seem to utter a smile.
Muio-Bix was the first one to be introduced, in 1995-96 in several exclusive, limited edition series. The boys had sculpted-on hairstyles, from very short in “rapper” styles to short and middle-length hair in very different moods. Most of them had blue eyes and brown hair and they all had a pierced ear as did their senior counterparts.
The first Muio-Bix dolls came in an edition of 10 "Jardin secret" (“Secret Garden”), which is a simple gardening outfit: denim dungarees, sandals and red handkerchief, it came along with a whole set of gardening tools, including as well as real seeds you could plant! Another variation of this was 10 examples of "36-15 Bricolo" ( a cute handyman), with the same outfit and all sorts of tools, such as wrenches, hammers, chisels, screwdrivers, t-squares, wooden toolboxes. They both looked awfully cute and more than one doll we know couldn’t dream of a better opportunity to welcome such a repairman in whatever house they live in!
Other dolls were dressed in rather conservative student looks ("Birthday Party"), wearing basic purple cotton pants, hand-made sandals and shirts made with vintage BillyBoy* print fabric designed by Patrick Imhof, the Swiss artist, and others, from 1980 using some of BillyBoy*'s press clippings when he was a teenager doing his perform videos as Mr Modern, each garment of course different! The dolls came with two birthday cakes and a box of Coca Cola bottles. Another variation including the shirts, "Eté Indien" (“Indian Summer”) showed a Muio-Bix in white shorts, sandals, a shirt and a picnic basket with picnic blanket, as well as a camera. They all had love bead necklaces. Last but not least, right from the dance floor, was "Go-Go Boy", only wearing a studded leather jockstrap and leather band boots, a wild paisley chiffon scarf and long chain necklaces and studded dog collar. Only a few of these were made, of which a few had long mohair hairdos. Their boxes were decorated with confetti, a bucket of ice with energy drinks, tattoos, an invitation card and of course, a condom.
The newest limited edition of teenage boy dolls, including Jobii and Ishwar, was launched in Fall,1999. This absolutely stunning set of 25 dolls has definitely a contemporary mood and style. Named "Techno Rave" and "Techno D.J", they were described this way:
Muio-Bix, Ishwar et Jobii
Youthful, intelligent and sensiitve
They have introspective expressions
Each doll has a genuine personality
A definite feeling
They look real.
They look like they know your secrets.
Each one has a hairdo of its own
Long or short, made out of several types of wool
In various styles :
Rasta, Techno, Trendy, Neo-Grunge, Cyber Romantic?
It’s a superb new innovation from BillyBoy* !
“Techno Rave”, numbered 1 to 10
is a supermegacool outfit
Perfect for any kind of occasion, no kidding!
A kilt & it’s pin - no underwear-
A sleeveless vest in assorted fur-like velvet fabric
And even BB* & Lala lost-in-space stickers!
Love beads bracelet and chain necklace
Fabulous mountain shoes in leather
And socks in assorted colours
“Techno D.J”, numbered 1 to 15
Is identical but instead of a kilt
Has cool pants in pop print (each one is different).
They all come in tubular boxes
Koons Cyber silver-foiled for “Techno Rave”
MTV Party midnight blue foil for “Techno D.J”.
With a condom for safe sex of course.
The Teenage Boy Dolls are an essential part of BillyBoy*’s expression. Just as the other characters in Mdvanii’s family, they are regularly made in very limited series, with the one-of-a-kind touch unique to BillyBoy*’s artistic creations.
Yucef or Youssef
The newest character, a teenage boy doll named Yucef, is a Kabyle youth born in France. He has the same body than the others and the same face than Ishwar in a pale tone of porcelain. He has been made in only a few examples.
Along with Rhogit-Rhogit, Zhdrick and Tiimky, the other male dolls in the clan, the teenage boy dolls are the only boy dolls made in porcelain in the world today, an undoubtly valuable asset for discerning collectors. But once again, are they just dolls?
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