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My Twinn: The one-of-a-kind doll created to look like the special child in your life.™
posted by fungible (18 comments total)
My Twinn is a Colorado based company. They ran into a bunch of trouble a couple Christmas's ago after they outsourced production to China because they couldn't get the holiday orders shipped back by Dec 25.
posted by jazon at 3:34 PM on July 29, 2005

<Shudder> - First prostitots, now Realdoll(s)TM for tots.

Metafilter - lets make a line of S&M gear for the toddler market before anyone else does. Domtots and Subtots?
posted by PurplePorpoise at 3:43 PM on July 29, 2005

Why do Americans have an obsession with turning their children into freaky, terrifying zombies? This site is right up there with Jon Benet Ramsay and that stomach churning beauty contest site that was posted here recently. It's horrible. These dolls are clearly targeted at anxious mothers who are looking for something mute and legal for their husbands to occupy themselves with.
posted by fire&wings at 3:45 PM on July 29, 2005

Heh. This company was (is?) owned by the father of a friend I had growing up. The family had a bunch of kids, each of whom had several "twinns." It was really, really creepy going over to their house.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 3:56 PM on July 29, 2005

If you think that's disturbing, try searching ebay for "reborn".
posted by Leon at 4:15 PM on July 29, 2005

Do these work as voodoo dolls, too?
posted by blendor at 4:18 PM on July 29, 2005

fire&wings - the worst thing for me about that "cherubic" photo site was the categories - 13-18 months. Months. iirc At first I thought it was years... Scultped eyebrows on an infant?! I didn't even think infants had eyebrows...
posted by PurplePorpoise at 4:19 PM on July 29, 2005

"I swear Mom, I didn't do it! It was THE DOLL!!"
posted by bigbigdog at 4:39 PM on July 29, 2005

Wow. That is pretty weird and freaky. I'd be scared to go to my friend's house if he had a bunch of look-a-like dolls lying all over the house.
posted by zoodoo at 5:45 PM on July 29, 2005

The poseable husky puppy is cute.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:04 PM on July 29, 2005

So, what's next? Does this mean that narcissists can now get RealDolls made to look like them?
posted by Jon-o at 6:05 PM on July 29, 2005

I'm surprised they aren't offering RealChildrenDolls. Shudder.
posted by five fresh fish at 6:31 PM on July 29, 2005

From jazon's link:

Greenwood Village, CO-based doll cataloger My Twinn shut down operations less than a week before Christmas, leaving some customers without holiday merchandise. The eight-year-old company specialized in creating dolls personalized to resemble "the special child in your life."

So what happened? One problem, according to My Twinn spokesperson Dave Ligget, was unexpected delays in shipping its products from China, where all of the dolls were manufactured and assembled. In addition, according to the company's Website, "For the past two years we have tried to satisfy several millions of dollars in lingering obligations arising from the 2001 holiday season and the tragic events of September 11th." For holiday 2001, Ligget says, My Twinn had sent out 4 million-5 million prospecting catalogs scheduled for in-home delivery on Sept. 10. The company lost millions in anticipated revenue that year and was never able to recoup those losses.

Wow. What fucking balls - blaming your company's ineptness on 9/11.
posted by item at 6:32 PM on July 29, 2005

It now appears to be owned by eToys Direct. Check out the copyright notice at the bottom of every page.
posted by cerebus19 at 7:33 PM on July 29, 2005

If I had one of those as a child I would have nightmares that it had eaten my soul. Then I would have pretended it was my friend. "Kid sister, kid sister... kid sister and me!" It would be fun to play "children of the corn" with these dolls or make a stop-motion film.
posted by lorrer at 7:37 PM on July 29, 2005

This product/company is at least 7 years old; maybe it's never been posted on MeFi before, but how could that be? It's old news. Creepy, yes, but old as well.
posted by stevil at 10:16 AM on July 30, 2005

My evil twin, that weathered friend...
posted by teferi at 8:27 AM on August 1, 2005

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