Author: AP Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Published: February 10, 2017 4:14 PM EST Doll based on transgender teen to debut at New York Toy Fair WASHINGTON (AP) – A New York doll maker says it will be selling what it believes is the first transgender doll on the market.The doll is based on Jazz Jennings, the teenage transgender subject of the TLC documentary series “I am Jazz.” It will make its debut at the New York Toy Fair next week and be available on the Tonner Doll Co.’s web site and in specialty stores in July.A spokesman for the company said the 18-inch doll, which has a “genderless” plastic mold typical of most dolls, is being tested for kids aged 8 years and older and is expected to retail for $89.99.In comparison, the popular mass-market “American Girl” 18-inch dolls, which come with a book, sell for $115 on AmericanGirl.com.Tonner Doll, which is based in Kingston, New York, said Friday that the “Jazz” doll is being launched as a test for the specialty-retail market and will be sold by 25 to 50 stores. If it’s a hit, the company hopes to take it to the mass market.The doll was designed and sculpted by company founder Robert Tonner. His company has made dolls based on a variety of TV, film and book characters including Spiderman, Harry Potter, Dr. Who and Wonder Woman.“Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view – she’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative,” Tonner said.Jennings appeared at age 6 on a Barbara Walters 20/20 special in 2007. She has identified as a female since she could talk, her parents told ABC News.She is the youngest person ever to be recognized in The Advocate Magazine’s “Top Forty Under 40” annual list and was named as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential Teens for 2014 and 2015.In 2014, Jennings co-wrote a children’s picture book titled “I Am Jazz” and her memoir, “Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen,” was released last summer.The Jazz Jennings doll comes 40 years after the release of the “Gay Bob” doll, widely thought to be the first doll based on a gay character.
ST. CLOUD — Becoming a repeat champion in any sport is tough, and the St. Cloud Sluggers have their shot at it when they head to state this weekend.The Sluggers are an adapted softball team made up of kids from St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and Sartell. They went 10-0 in the regular season, earning themselves the top seed heading into the state tournament.The last adapted softball team to repeat as state champs were Anoka-Hennepin in 2012. 720p HD 1080p HD About Connatix V56892 Auto (360p) Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 1/1 360p About Connatix V56892 Michael Bakken is the team’s head coach. He says they’re not too worried about offense this weekend.”We have people on our team that are 31 for 32 batting .969, another in the 890’s, and three in the 700’s. So our batting is good, we just have to play defense.”Bakken says they’re just trying to stay focused as they head into the tournament.”We’re just trying to stay focused, work on our fielding. We feel if we can field and not make many errors, we’ll be successful [this weekend].”The Sluggers scored double-digits in each of their games this season.Adapted softball switches the field for a gym, and the normal bat and ball for a wiffle ball and plastic bat. Their first test Friday night is against 4th ranked Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville. That’s at 7:00 p.m. at the Coon Rapids High School.