The Gotz (Goetz, Götz) company has been making dolls since 1950 and they made the first vinyl play doll in 1957. They still sell their high quality 18″ play dolls and the easiest place to get them in the United States is through the Pottery Barn Kids retail stores and web site. PBKids has been selling an exclusive line of 18″ play dolls made by Gotz for a few years now. I visited a PBKids store on Sunday when we went to the American Girl store at Tyson’s Corner (DC) so I could get a closer look at their new limited edition girls of the world line, their 18″ boy doll and their minis.

  Gotz PBKids Mei from China doll

This is Mei from China complete with her cute panda.

Gotz PBKids Mei from China doll

And a close up of Mei’s sweet little face!

Gotz PBKids Carmen from Mexico

Sweet Carmen from Mexico has a puppy (I thought it was a lamb at first).

Gotz PBKids Carmen from Mexico

Carmen has a different face that is also super sweet!

Gotz doll Prita from India

This is Prita from India and she has a pet monkey it looks like.

Gotz doll Prita from India

The close up of Prita gives you a really good idea of the level of detail in their face molds, paint and accessories.

Gotz doll Zola from Kenya

Zola is the doll from Kenya who has a pet leopard. She has got the sweetest little face – it reminds me a little bit of Bitty Baby’s face.

Gotz doll Zola from Kenya

I just love the colors in her outfit, too! 

Gotz 18" boy doll PBKids

I know there was a lot of interest in the 18″ boy doll that was shown on the PBKids site. This is Henry and I think he looks like the perfect little brother (maybe 6-7 years old) for the American Girl and other 18″ dolls.

Gotz 18" boy doll PBKids

A close up from a different angle gives you a better look at Henry. While the limited edition Gotz dolls are $99, Henry and the other regular line 18″ girl dolls are $89.

Gotz Penelope

Another limited edition Gotz doll we saw at the PBKids store was Limited Edition Penenlope in her equestrian outfit. Had I not just bought Ruthie, I would have definitely considered Penelope!  Although we might have to change her name since Natalie’s Bitty Baby has been named Penelope for years.

The Gotz minis were in their boxes on the shelf and I just love their little dresses and purses. They are 6.5″ tall and were $22 each. 

These dolls are all very high quality and make a good friend for your other 18″ dolls, too!