Follow TV Tropes


Toys / Teen Trends

Go To
L to R: Kianna, Gabby, Courtney, and Deondra.
Teen Trends is a line of fashion dolls released by Mattel in 2005 about fashionable teen clothing trends.

The line stars four teenage characters: Courtney, Gabby, Kianna, and Deondra, each with her own unique fashion style. The dolls were jointed, stood 17 inches tall, had pierced ears, and came packaged in character-style-themed boutique-boxes that could double as storage wardrobes and carrying cases. Additional outfits and accessories themed to each character were released separately. The line received a redesign during the second wave in 2006 but was Quietly Cancelled by 2007 before the third wave release; outside of a brief Costco release, no further dolls have been released.

The website is still up as of 2023.

Compare Barbie's My Scene, and Bratz by MGA Entertainment.

Tropes in the doll line consist of:

  • All Girls Like Ponies: Courtney is particularly fond of them and stated to like horseback riding.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Kianna, the punk rock chick of the group; she's the only dark haired character of the group, and she stands slightly apart from the more mainstream looks with her more punk girl looks.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each character was given a theme color that also helped show in extra packs what outfits and sets were "her" style:
    • Punk rock Kianna was given red.
    • Down-to-earth Courtney was given pale blue.
    • Hip hop bling-girl Deondra's started as lavender but was switched to orange in the second wave (including her starter outfit).
    • Gabby, befitting her Girly Girl branding, was pink.
  • Expy: Kianna bears several similarities with Roxxi from the rival brand Bratz line, including the punk-like style. Ironically, it was her name that got a Bratz character removed—Mattel sued MGA for infringement as they named a doll of the Wild Wild West line Kiana, and MGA pulled her.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Deondra in the first wave loves to pile up on the bling; many of her extra outfits came with lots of visible jewelry. The second wave toned her main outfit down, but still showed lots of jewelry off.
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: Courtney, who loves being involved with her school and community.
  • Four-Girl Ensemble: In the first wave. Gabby's the sweet, na├»ve Ditz of the group, Kianna is the punk rocker chick and Deadpan Snarker, Deondra is the glamour-obsessed hip-hop lover, and Courtney's the Girl Next Door and Team Mom. They were all toned down in the second wave.
  • Genki Girl: Gabby, the bubbly Girly Girl of the group.
  • Girl Next Door: Courtney, a down-to-earth girl with a passion for horses, soccer, and volunteering in her community.
  • Girly Girl: Gabby, who had pink as her theme color, was advertised as the "ultimate girly girl" of the group.
  • High-School Dance: The "Goin' Glam" line focused on formal dress for a school dance.
  • Odd Friendship: None of the characters featured on the line have much similarity to one another, but the four were displayed as friends.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Gabby's signature color is pink, and she's advertised as being the girliest among the girls. Most of her outfits were pink as well.
  • Punk Rock: Kianna was given punk rock looks with lots of reds, blacks, and dark clothes.
  • Short-Runners: The line only lasted from 2005 to 2007, with a third wave cancelled before release.
  • Slumber Party: The theme of the PJ Party line, which offered each character pajamas and accessories for a sleepover.
  • Token Minority: Deondra was the only released doll of color in the line. A second character, Rayna, was to be from Japan but never released.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Courtney, a Passionate Sports Girl, also loves drawing, long walks throughout the beach, and horseback riding.