I'm not sure if I'm the only one but I wish there was another form of the dolls that had the minor characters as well. I am thinking like paper dolls or something like Polly Pockets or Barbies. Its just that Uncle Gard was one of my favorite characters and I wish I could had a doll of him.
Personally, I never really felt the desire to have dolls of the side characters :v I always did wish AG would release life-sized versions of some of the historical character’s dolls, though (Kirsten’s doll Sari and Josefina’s doll Niña looked so soft in their illustrations….)
I was inspired by a variety of Disney blogs and my love of American Girl to start this blog.
I will be posting fashion, interiors, and such inspired by the Girl of the Week! I’ve chosen to start with Molly McIntire as she is my number 1 favorite! You can vote for the next Girl of the Week in the sidebar.
Feel free to make submissions for the current Girl of the Week!
The company is getting ready to release Rebecca, a 9-year-old girl living on the Lower East Side in 1914 with her Russian-Jewish immigrant parents.
It’s been a while since I’ve went AG article hunting; I came across this one by chance, but maybe if I get motivated enough in the next few weeks I’ll search the internet for something (I’m sure there’s gotta be some MG/Cécile articles out there from the time of their release if Rebecca got so many during hers, right?)
I am a grandma of young girls who LOVE their American girl dolls! I am very troubled by the fact that all these "American" girl products are made in China. I wonder if Pleasant Rowland has power, or clout, to lead an effort to have the production of A G products manufactured in America. It is just not right!!
someday i’m going to own all the books for all the american girl dolls
just the books tho i don’t really want the dolls
except some of them have been discontinued (like samantha who was like my second favorite)
but someday i’ll own them all
You know that even if the doll is retired, their main book series and mysteries are still around, right? So even though Sam, Kirsten, Felicity and (soon) Molly are retired, you can still get their meet/lesson/holiday/birthday/summer/changes books and whatever mysteries they had published. Hell, AG even wrote another mystery book for Sam even though she’s retired!
Only books that’ll take some extra effort in getting are the short stories, older versions of the main books if you want the original illustrations, and their cook/craft/play/scrap books since they’re out of print.
every few months or so, there’s an op-ed in some respectable paper or othe wherein the author laments that the American Girl Doll brand is somehow not as “good” as it used to be. Onesuch appeared yesterday in the New Yorker.
Disappointed critiques of American Girl such as this one all seem to forget (or ignore, IDK) that American Girl (AG) is a for-profit business. This is not a defense or excuse, but a statement of fact. This author, Adrienne Raphel, mentions how the AG brand has boosted Mattel’s bottom line, but seems to not make the connection that this is actually what AG’s goal is, as a company. In some ways the dolls are meant to be an educational tool or supplement, but ultimately they exist to make money.
That said, Raphel completely fails to mention a few salient facts that would weaken her assertion that newer dolls are so different from the first three. AG typically introduces a new historical character after an older one is retired, and these characters each have their own book series; the Girl of the Year line is also a character in herself, again with books that tell her story; and finally, there is a growing “subculture”, if you will, of doll collectors creating their own fully-fledged (to varying degrees) characters for their “My American Girl” dolls.
As many a for-profit enterprise has done & will do in the future, AG has retired some products to make room for new ones. Samantha’s retirement made room for Rebecca Rubin, from roughly the same time period, but with a different story & background. Kirsten’s retirement saw the introduction of two new dolls from nearly the same time period, but a different part of the country (one of them, Cécile Rey, is a sorely-needed new historical character of color). These new characters have the requisite book series & accessories that give us a peek into life during their time period in US History. Similarly, I fully expect that a new character (or characters) will join the AG historical lineup shortly after Molly & Emily finally retire, and that this new addition will have another perspective on life in mid-century US history.
Aside from the quote describing the “Girl of the Year” (GotY) as a reliable top-seller, due to her ‘limited edition’ status, there’s not much said about this series. Like the historical characters, the girl of the year has a story of her own, and (currently) two books about her adventures (the first few only had one book). Each year, she’s a different girl from a different part of the US with different interests and a new story to tell. As w/the historical characters, she’s facing a conflict relevant to modern girls her age—standing up to bullies, managing the inevitable changes that friendships endure, dealing with closing of important school programs, environmental conservation in her community, etc. And again as with the Historical Character line, the Girl of the Year takes an active role in creating positive change in her world. These girls are demonstrating much more than “how to do splits and go to the spa”—and what’s wrong w/maintaining flexibility & indulging in some self-care on occasion, anyway? More than that, I could go on for quite a bit about how some GotY stories are much more than that. In the books for Kanani Akina, for example, we get an impression of how important Tourist Traffic is for the economy of her neighborhood on the island of Kauai, we see Kanani take a role in assisting elders in her community when she volunteers to take Leis to the market for her elderly neighbor—these Leis are handmade are a primary source of income for this neighbor. In Good Job, Kanani, we see the title character taking it on herself to fund-raise for informational posters regarding the responsible behavior for protection of the endangered Monk Seal. Like I said, she does a good bit more than “do the splits & go to the spa”.
Raphel describes the My American Girl (MyAG) line as “customizable” with “forty permutations of skin, hair, and eye color”, but either she’s misinformed or she’s being purposefully misleading; the forty dolls available as part of the My American Girl line are a fixed assortment of dolls with differing combinations of the same five face molds, three skin tones, and a range of hair colors & styles, as well as varying eye colors. Outside of choosing the pre-fab doll that is most like what one may be looking for, they’re really not more customizable than having the ability to have the doll’s ears pierced at the time of purchase (or, later at the Doll Hospital or at any American Girl Place location)—and really that option is available for the historical characters, too.
One thing that writers like Raphel always fail to acknowledge is the growing popularity of creating one’s own “character” for their American Girl Doll. The MyAG dolls may come w/a code that allows access to Innerstar U, but that doesn’t speak to how many of the dolls become characters who are completely separate from the world of AG, who are new characters from the child’s imagination, or an embodiment of the child’s favorite character from an unrelated book or cartoon series. MyAG supplies a “template” to create a doll’s personality, but individual imagination and creativity allows for endless possibilities for “who” these dolls may become, and the products that AG sells as part of their MyAG clothing and accessories lines support that, but don’t limit it.
TL;DR: haters need to quit hating, or at least know what the hell they’re talking about before they step up.
If you’re seeing this message, that means the queue is empty! I’m back in college at the moment so posts are going to be a bit more sparse again. I’ll update when I can (local library has some short stories I’ve yet to scan), but I won’t be able to post any more magazine scans until winter break.
If anyone ever wants to submit something, be it scans of something or fanworks, feel free to do so!
Caroline: Somewhat. I think I’m good with facing my fears if I’m scared about something that needs to be done, but I don’t know how I’d react to a more serious life-or-death situation. The bravest thing I think I did was go to the grocery store (and off campus) on my own for the very first time in my freshmen year of college despite my rampant paranoia at the time (I’m not from the area and I had a hard time judging to what extent student’s warnings about the neighborhood were true). Rather lame, I know.
Rebecca: I have a bunch, but I really enjoyed the 2011 Tintin movie. It was a good adaptation of the original comics and a great adventure movie. The scene where they chase after the three papers through out the city was especially awesome.
(1) Wow, I am so happy to have discovered your blog! A wave of nostalgia hit me this morning and I remembered how much joy these magazines brought me as a young girl. Unfortunately I have no idea where my old magazines are!! Thank you so much for all of your uploads, you have truly made my day!! I don't know if this is asking too much, but there was an issue that might have been from 2004-2006 that inspired me greatly. I don't think I would be where I am as an artist if it wasn't for an article
(2)they wrote about how to make your own comics. It was my favorite issue ever, I really didn’t think other girls liked to make comics, but I remember receiving this issue in the mail and being so excited that there were others like me! I read the article over and over again! Do you perhaps remember which issue that was? I think the cover may have had two girls on it, and it might have been a summer issue, but I’m not too sure. Thanks again for having such a great blog, I wish you a lovely week!
Ah, thank you for the lovely message! I’m happy you’re getting a lot out of this blog (●´∀｀●)
I actually know what you’re talking about; I loved that article as a kid too! I can’t scan it in since I’m off in college at the moment, but if I recall correctly it was the July/August 2003 issue :) Hope you (and all the followers reading this) have a lovely week as well!