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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Mckenna

Ok, before I get started on my rant, I should let you know: I am sharing my personal opinion. You do not have to agree with me, and I will not be mad at you if you disagree. I just felt like ranting a little. :)

Well, its 2012. And I guess that means its time for a new girl of the year doll.

I first found out about Mckenna from Alex and Haliee, when I went over to Haliee's house for a sleepover (which was totally awesome by the way! We made a super cute doll video that you have probably seen). Were were surfing youtube when a video announcing pictures of Mckenna appeared in the activity feed. Alex clicked on it eagerly. Unfortunetly, all our hopes for a fantastic girl of the year 2012 were smothered when we saw her face. She looked like Chrissa-the only difference between the dolls was the haircut! I never particularly liked the shape of Chrissa's face (I am pretty sure that my doll Nali has the same face mold, I think it looks much better on dolls with darker skin.), and I am surprised to see American Girl implenting this face shape in another girl of the year.
I do however feel that sales of dolls with light skin, blue eyes and blonde hair are very high, and American Girl probably wanted to use this to their advantage in the release of Mckenna. Also, because of the olympics, gymnastics fever is at its highest. 
Therefore, I am assuming that sales will be good for the 2012 girl of the year. It seems that she appeals to the masses, and there have already been many positive comments about Mckenna on youtube. I personally, however, do not find her to be a particularly unique doll, and I will not be purchasing her.

I think that Mckenna has a very cute accesory set. Gymnastics was a hobby of mine when I was younger, and reminds me of the good old days, when Jess and Mia were the girls of the year. I do not plan on purchasing it, however, because it is ridiculously priced.
$26 for a little satchel, small plastic waterbottle, mini book and necklace, plastic trail mix, journal, ID card, miniture money and some papers. It sounds like a whooping haul of doll sized goodies, but It is still not worth $26 to me. That was how much my doll bike cost. And for $5 more, you could get a doll couch just like mine. (when you put it into a perspective like that, it does seem a whole lot more expensive, doesn't it?)
I think Mckenna's dog is TO DIE FOR. I absolutley love it! In fact, I think it looks alot like my dog, and it makes me want it even more! But still it costs $24, and I don't know if I can bring myself to buy it for that much money. I already have coconut (purchased in 2002 for $12) and licorice the cat, who is missing and eye (purchased in 2005 for $12?) and Honey (purchased at costco, in a factory overfill bin. $11.95 ;)). I don't use them very often, so it would feel wasteful for me to buy Mckenna's dog.

I think Mckenna has some pretty horrendous outfits. The seprates are cute, but there is some really weird matching, and the designs dont really appeal to me. I guess I wont be buying and girl of the year clothes this year,

I think the crutches set is cute, but it looks alot like a set that AG used to sell. $30 for doll crutches actually kind of makes me laugh. Like, WOW. You could feed 10 people dinner in a homeless shelter or you could buy some plastic crutches for your doll.

The rain gear set is such a cute idea! I have been trying to hunt down a bright yellow or red doll sized umbrella for a year or two, and when I first saw that Mkenna had a set including one, I got really excited. I think that the pattern on the umbrella is kinda ugly though. And $34!? for a doll umbrella and a pair of rainboots!? I don't even know what to say about that, but it kind of makes me want to throw up. I just can not believe American Girl can even think to charge that much for an accesory.

Mkenna also has two big sets, both of which are shockingly overpriced. She has a gymnastics set, which is a cute idea. However, as a stopmotion maker, it looks really frustrating, because there is no obvious way for the doll to hold on to the bar or balance on the ramp. I seems like a better toy for a young child, because they can entertain themselves by flipping the doll around and hosting fun gymnastics competitions. Of course, it also costs a jaw dropping $85. I have seen simular sets for our generation dolls at target, priced much more reasonably at $30.
The other set, judging by the pictures on the website, it fantastic! I love all the details of Mkenna's loft-style bed, and it looks like it provides hours of fun with lots of cute accesories! It is not particularly my style, and I don't plan on purchasing it, but I think it is a great piece for a doll room. My only complaint is again the disqusting price. $225 is a huge amount of money.

In conclusion, I think almost everything in Mckenna's collection is horrendously overpriced. It may be because I have been collecting for 10 years that I have noticed the soar in prices so much. It really does frustrate me. (However, I wont be mad at you if you buy something from Mckenna's collection. It is not your fault that American girl charges so much!)
Mckenna is not my favorite.

What do you think of Mckenna? Leave a comment telling me how you feel about her!

144 comments:

  1. I think McKenna is fine :) I'm going to either save up for McKenna or Rebecca but I can't decide!

    sincerely,
    Seeha a.k.a Bunny33a from youtube

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    1. i think rebecca kinda replaced samantha. so i don't really like her. but it's your decision :)

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    2. i got samantha when she retired so rebecca like replaced her to me 2 but ur decision

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    3. Get Rebecca she is SUPER purrrrty!

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    4. I don 't really like McKenna , but she is well awsome ,but I just wouldn't get her
      Rebecca did replace samantha , but I am just saying

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    5. u should get mckenna.
      she is only here for one year. Rebecca will be here for many more years.

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    6. DAAAA! Rebecca is so pretty, awesome,and nice. I got her and she is the best in my colection... SO FAR!

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    7. I think you should get Rebecca. I have her,and I love her! Her hazel eyes match her skin tone and hair color perfectly. Her hair is also really cute. I think that McKenna is just okay. I love her hair, I think it's a good length, and I like the dirty blond color. The eye color is nice, but I think (personally) that it would be cuter green/hazel. I like the light skin tone, but maybe AG should make another darker skinned doll? I don't own any, and I thing if AG made one that looked sort of like Sonali I'd think about getting her. I didn't get her before because I was getting Rebecca instead. So, I think you'd be happy with either one, but I love Rebecca. SO, sense it's 2013, I'm guessing you already made your decision... which doll did you get?

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    8. i DONT like how expensive mckenna is:( ,but i have rebecca she is my favorite SO FAR <3

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    9. i do think that mckenna has the same face mold as chrissa but shes not a bad doll i think that the face is why i dident spend the whole year asking for her but issabelle is amaze and she has a better mold anyway

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  2. I am surprised that I actually like McKenna! With the 'sneak peeks' on Blogger and YouTube, I couldn't really tell, but now seeing her entire collection, "taking the challenge", and reading an excerpt of her stories, I have to admit- she's my 2nd favorite GOTY (Jess is first)! While she's not the most unique when it comes to looks, she has gorgeous caramel hair and a sweet Josefina face mold unlike any of my dolls, it makes her just precious!

    While I'm a huge McKenna fan, I have to agree with you on prices. I won't pay $24 for pajamas (I can make those myself) and I will never buy an $80 plastic bar/beam/foam block set (Where would I store it?) and to me, the craziest of all has to be the $34 rain gear set (IT'S FOR DOLLS, NOT US!!!). Surprisingly, I actually agree with the pricing of the loft bed. While I would prefer it cheaper, it makes sense. I look on Etsy all the time for doll furniture, and if a seller made the loft bed, it would probably cost about the same (give or take $30).

    All in all, I like McKenna- and I hope to purchase her this summer!
    ~Gabby

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    1. I love mckenna! She is my second ag doll. I do agree about the prices. I bought the pajamas and are good so far but i got them in Febuary so not long ago. i might get her dog for christmas along with her practice wardrobe,school outfit,accessories,and the cast and crutches(they are my moms idea). When i go to the place i will get the fancey dress and two tone glasses. I don't see much problem in anything but the prices are alittle high!

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    2. I love mckenna hate her prices. But trust me, she was worth it.

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  3. Ya I don't think she's that unique either.

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    1. yes, but the dolls that she looks like are retired(Elizabeth and Chrissa)

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  4. I actually think McKenna is cute...the Josefina mold is one of my favorites! But if I was going to get another Josie mold, I think I'd go for Rebecca instead. I do love the basic storyline of McKenna's books as well (I haven't read them yet).

    I agree with you on pricing. It's gotten pretty crazy! McKenna's collection isn't the only thing that's gone up in price. Many of the other doll accessories and clothing have gone up, some as much as $20 more per item! The only one I can remember at the moment is Julie's bike going from $80 to $100! I think it was unwise of American Girl to raise so many prices so suddenly, not to mention frustrating for all of their customers!

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    1. At least the glasses are a good price still

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  5. Thank you everyone for their feedback! I saw a video of McKenna out of the doll box, and I must say, she looks ALOT cuter in person! :) And wow, Julie's bike is now $100!? AG sold one back in 2006(?) that cost $45, and that even seemed pricey.

    Anna

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    1. Your right Anna, AG makes it now impossible for any girl to buy their own dolls or clothes, and it's becoming a problem! Plus they don't make their dolls unique anymore either, because I have JLY #39, and she's the exact same doll as Mckenna except for a different face mold. Mckenna is like Chrissa and #39 combined, and that's why I have a problem with her as well. I mean, she's cute and all, and her hair seems fun, but as originality goes, I give her a thumbs down.

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    2. I agree I'd rather get another doll than get Julies bike.

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    3. I just bought her and she is being shippped. I agree that she looks much cuter in person. However, if you don't like her that's fine. I think Julie's bike is outlandishly overpriced.

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    4. McKenna's stuff was way overpriced. Although that purple sweater was adorable, even though it looked just like that pink one. My friend has McKenna, and she's complained about how hard her hair is to manage. She brought McKenna over to my house one time, and it took about an hour to make the doll's hair actually look cute! Also, she DOES look like #39, although in my opinion, #39 has easier hair to manage, and is just all-around lovely. :) What do you guys think of Saige? :
      ~AGSinger97 :)

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  6. I think she is the most BEAUTIFUL doll ou there. That is just my opinion. And I do agree that her things are overpriced. I LOVE her face mold and everything that she has. I think she is the MOST BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL, and OUTSTANDING doll there is. But you can think something different and I will think something different. That does not matter one bit. Thanks!


    ~~~Katelin (lollipop3761)<3

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  7. Anna, I think you're absolutely right! The quality and style of the AG outfits that used to be cute are going far, far, far down, while the prices continue to skyrocket. I, personally, like her school outfit. The sweater and leggings are very versatile. The skirt and shoes are not appealing.

    Did you also notice that the McKenna doll is priced at $105, instead of $100? Since you have been collecting for 10 years, surely you remember the days when the dolls sold for $81! It's ridiculous!

    ~Erin/AGClayMakers

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    1. all dolls are $105, not just mckenna.

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    2. I am from 2014 and now the dolls are $110! the prices went $5.00 in just 2 years! what next? $120.00? lol

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  8. I agree with everything u said. i don't personally like McKenna as I never liked Chrissa. After a great year with kanani, i feel like AG kinda went downhill. I like her rain gear and such, and i showed by mum. She was like that's cute BUT ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? And i actually agree. The raingear is way over priced. The Gymnastics bar/beam seems like a waste to me. The bed was the one thing I was truly looking forward to. AND WHEN I SAW $225...i almost fainted. I got Samantha's bed quite a few years ago for less than $100. Now it isn't a loft bed with 100 million accessories, but it is beautiful, brass with white and pink. And to think that the only differences is higher posts and a few little books? im sorry. but i can't bring myself to take money from my job and pay that much for a DOLL BED, when i can get 11 at Ikea for the same price. REALLY AMERICAN GIRL? are you trying to ruin your countries economy? EUGGH. I am furious.

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    1. Don't get mad at mckenna for AG's prices. McKenna means no harm.

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  9. I personaly think she is quite cute. I kinda feel in a disagreement when people complain about her and chrissas similarities. What if there was a girl out there who had blue eyes, full lips and golden-brown hair? I don't believe she would enjoy chrissa much if she was searching for a similar doll to her, but her eyes would sure light up at the sight of McKenna. And her prices are prissed extremingly high, but i finally got over stupid AG's prices. I probably with not purcase mush in her collection, but i feel in love with her overly-priced bed. I hope that may be my only birthday present! :)

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  10. well,my mom and I both agree...On most things.I think that McKenna looks to much like Chrissa but my mom thinks she is very unique.My mom and I do however agree on the prices...THEY ARE INSANE!!!Today my mom told me that she had gotten McKenna using her Christmas money and I asked her if she had bought me the glasses(the sweet peach ones) that I wanted.She said she could only afford the doll and nothing else.My mom and I also agree that,well, McKenna's loft bed is to dangerous for little kids(just becuase it says 8+ doesn't mean little girls don't buy these things)due to all of the small items(the clock,the trophy,etc.)and it really isn't that sturdy looking.To me it looks cheaply made(much like Cecile's bed which I am 99.9% sure is made of plastic and not wood)and just seems dangerous.The gymnastic set would make a pretty good movie prop I suppose but,not at the price of $80.00.And my mom said she actually sent them an e-mail telling them that if their prices don't lower then they will lose buissness...then she bought McKenna.My mom is a BIG hypocrite but she said that would probably be the very last thing she bought from AG.I checked and heck even their glasses are OVERPRICED!$8.00 when I distincly remembered they used to be $4.00.Crazy.Just crazy.
    signed,
    Kit Marie Kittredge

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    1. I think the glasses are a GREAT price.

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  11. When I saw that loft bed I started screaming and then my mom had to ruin the moment and ask how much it was! When I checked I almost swallowed my tongue! I bet if AmericanGirl Lowered the price by 75$ at least 50% more people would buy it!! Check out this link that GOTYS started it is a petition for AmericanGirl to lower their prices!!!http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/american-girl-needs-to-price-their-products/

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    1. I would buy it if they lowered it.

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  12. I think Mckenna is pretty but she does look just like Chrissa. I should know because I have chrissa!!!! I think her stuff is WAY too expensive!!!!!!!!! Other than that I am SOOOO mad when I read the price for her bed!!! I REALLY wanted it!!!!!!!!
    P.S. I LOVE your youtube channel!

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  13. We sure agree with you .. we wanted the bed sooooo bad, but not over 200. bad, it is insane for sure. It would be fun to be able to get her rainboots for Marsali but the price of the set is crazy for sure. I think McKenna is just enough different to be cuter than Chrissa, but we never liked her face it seemed weird or something.

    Taryn

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  14. I agree with you 99%. I kinda want McKenna because she looks EXACTLY like me. And I can only have 6 dolls and I have 5 dolls. So why not make my last doll my twin?

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  15. i defiantly agree with you 100%! Mckenna looks very similar to another jly a.k.a. she doesn't look very special, like the other GOTYs did.... i really love her bed! but the price! as soon as i went on their website, and saw it i was like WOAHHH! American Girl is defiantly raising their prices ALOT these years

    from-
    Lynette aka RasienCookie from YouTube

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  16. I think McKeena is really pretty but I don't want her with four dolls I don't have any more room! She does look like Crissa but WAY PRETTIER! In my opinian.

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  17. Agreeing with someone who commented above I really like the bed, and I saw it was 225... I'm like, Nevermind!

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  18. Agreeing with all of you, I am in love with McKenna. I have been collecting for 10 years (just like Anna) and I have seen the prices skyrocket these days. But also, in all the years I have been collecting, I have always DREAMED of American Girl making a gymnast American Girl doll because I am a competitive gymnast. I have had a lot of similarities with McKenna when I was younger, like wanting to do nothing but gymnastics, and disliking reading very much. Therefore I think I am so attached to McKenna.

    And this is my opinion. People can think differently! :) Just from my experiences.

    I have one more thing to say though. I am a competitive gymnast, so I know these things. When you look closer, and read the description of the bar and balance beam set, you see the white "hand pieces". Those are called grips. Gymnasts use them to help stay on the bar and reduce friction. I am surprised to say that American Girl did their research, and designed those "grips" so that if you attached them to the dolls wrists, and then attach them to the bar in the set, the doll stays on, and will not fall off. Take a closer look, and maybe you will see that the set is not so bad. Therefore the bar and beam set is a must-have for me. I think American girl did do their research for an American Girl doll gymnast, but I do agree that the prices are over the top, and getting to the point of CRAZY. If they want to get "richer", they shouldn't higher their prices and make less people buy, they should lower their prices. That way, more would buy, and it would equal out to more money FOR THEM.

    Again, those are my opinions. Although I strongly think, that if you take a closer look at McKenna and her things, you can find out some pretty cool things about her and her stuff. AND, I strongly think gymnasts, who are educated in how gymnastics "works", will strongly appreciate some of the items American Girl has created.

    Thanks you so much for reading,
    Cali <3 (10 year buddies Anna!)

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  19. Elizabeth has the same face mold as well. I have one that is second hand and I re-wigged her with a auburn wig. I do like the face, now that I have her and Samantha in the house, because in comparison, Samantha's face is very flat. Elizabeth photographs a bit better. Before I got her from Goodwill, I was all about Samantha. Really I like them all, but I do prefer some of the faces.

    I did not like the artwork on the book cover. The doll is better looking.

    As for McKenna's outfit...Prison stripes was my first thought. Teal and grey are not a great color combo in my opinion.

    Sew Dolling had gymnastics stuff for the dolls, it is marked sold out but perhaps this will prompt them to bring it back. Their site does annoy me because they have photo's of dolls with cool items that they do not have. If not maybe The Queens Treasures will, they did make many items similar to Kanani's and they are still available.

    I found a site called Via E http://www.via-e.com/index.html they give discounts if you turn in papers with A's anything above a 90% or write creative essays. As a mom with may friends who are in the teaching profession, I liked this discount idea. Any of you girls who write blogs, and make creative stop motion videos should have no problem writing 3 paragraphs.

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  20. Ok, my college Economics came back to me, so bear with me. Mattel has some corporate greed going on. Unfortunately due to supply and demand, they have the upper hand. They know that people will shell out the money. They have the market based on the popularity and the demand for the product. Pleasant Company was about quality, not greed and the items were unique and well made. Mattel moved the operations to China from Germany, the hand craftsmanship is gone. I watched a film online which showed a doll head mold from start to finish. It takes a long time from sculpture to finished mold. I think that might be why they are recycling face molds. Using the same ones is more cost effective (cheaper.)

    None of the other dolls on the market can compare, in the hair at least. Body quality is not as big of an issue a the hair, eyes, eyelashes and ease of repair is. Some of the copy dolls can have their body's fixed, and the body is nearly identical, but their hair and faces are terrible. You can not home string a Madame Alexander Friends Boutique. I do like the plastic shoulders in strappy dresses it looks nice. I have restrung several AG though. I wonder if the factory that makes the AG dolls makes some of the cheaper ones as well when you look ant he hands and feet, they are so close. The get a different cut rate artist to make a face mold, cheap face mold, and that is why they are ugly.

    I was wondering how everyone feels about the books since Mattel took over. Is the quality still in the story? I loved Kit's Samantha's and Felicity's story lines in the movies. (If the library will co-operate, reading all the books is on my to-do list, but our libraries in my state, DE are a bit of a joke. One copy of a book to be shared by the entire state, and if you are on the wait list too long it drops you, then if you go back on you are at the end again.grr) I keep hoping for Kindle editions of the AG books. I'd buy the on kindle but I am running out of book storage space. Only the historical's are in the system.

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  21. OMG!!! I tottaly agree like WOW same as you on jan.1 i got up and ran to the computer to get blown away by the new 2012 girl but when i saw her i was so dissapointed! she is not unique AT ALL she has the same face as chrissa with the same hair as a JLY!!!! ugh it drives me crazy and the prices when i saw her bed i was considering buying it untill i saw the price again WOW id say a reasonable price would be 125 cut back 100 bucks and 34 dollers for a stupid umbrella and boots???? it discusts me

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  22. I honestly think McKenna is a kind of refreshing change. Have you noticed that all of the new CHARTCTER dolls (I'm not counting MAGs here!) except for Marie-Grace have had curly hair and hazel eyes? Kanani, Cécile, Lanie, and Rebecca. Don't get me wrong, all four of these dolls are beautiful and unique, but just so similar in a way.
    I kind of like McKenna's cookie-cutter style. You know, blond hair, blue eyes. Pleasant Company did that, look at their dolls: Felicity, red hair, green eyes. Josefina, black hair, brown eyes. Kirsten, blond hair, blue eyes. Samantha, brown hair, brown eyes. Do you see where I am going? The dolls looked pretty normal, but that's what made them seem like real people! But when Mattel took over, they made all of the dolls be super model gorgeous. Look, not ONE character has had glasses, except Molly, but she was Pleasant Company. The dolls are all just made to be pretty, nowadays, it seems.
    I like how McKenna is both unique and average. I honestly wish people would stop saying that one doll looks like another, because it's going to be pretty much impossible to make a doll that doesn't look kinda like another. Red hair, everybody would say she looks like Felicity or Mia or Nellie. Brown hair, everybody would say she looks like Rebecca or Kanani or Marie-Grace. Black hair, everybody would say she looks like Ivy or Jess or Josefina. If she has blond hair, like she does now, everybody says that she looks like Elizabeth or that MAG. Do you see what I am saying. I'm pretty glad she has blond hair, actually, because I haven't noticed much blond hair. It's all mostly brown/black.
    Finally, about how sickeningly overpriced everything is: I TOTALLY agree. I was looking, and most MAG outfits are $32. I remember about two or three years ago, the average outfit was $24, a slightly fancier outfit was $28, and the two-in-one outfits were $32. I watched as the prices sky rocket. I desperatly want the loft bed, but it would take me about a year and a half to save up for it, especially considering I don't have any money right now. I do NOT want to pay that price for it.
    I do think McKenna has some cute outfits, and I used my Christmas money to get some of her outfits. I entered the LJC contest, and it would rock if I won, but if I don't I will not be buying her.

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  23. Oh, and I e-mailed AG about their prices, and they said that they "made the painful decision to raise their prices rather than lose quality" I was like, YEAH RIGHT!! Mattel, I think you're rich enough already,and you just want to make MORE money?

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  24. I know how you feel....
    I personally like Mckenna and some of her accersories and clothes, but this is just unfair how much they've raised their prices. I'm going to boycot AG after I get Mckenna. The thing that I laugh about though is that Mckenna's loft bed is 125$ more than mine. My bed is not a loft bed but it is a queen size. Something NEEDS to be done about these prices. :(

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  25. I love McKenna, and I am planning on purchasing her, but that doesn't mean I will critisize you!
    Everyone has a different opinion, and I guess that you and me just don't agree! Let's agree to disagree, okay!?
    Well, I think that the dolls you have are beautiful, and whether or not you like McKenna shouldn't make people hate you just because of your opinion. By the way...
    I know that you live in Canada...Do you live in B.C.?
    If you do...By the way My detective skills work, I would say the lower main land!
    Is this true?
    BTW you should make a fan email incase people dont have a youtube to PM you.
    Well, I hope that you have a good season, and I hope to see you more vids soon!
    Isabel

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  26. I agree with you on McKenna's looks. She surely isn't very unique, and needs some freckles!! :) But I do plan on getting her. :) I mean, you gotta admit, that dress is adorable ...
    My overall rating for McKenna: three out of five stars. She's missing that "sparkle" (wow I'm cheesy xD) that all the other dolls have, you know? And McKenna looks an awful lot like Elizabeth ...
    And I think that $225 dollars for a purple BED and DESK set is ridiculous! Oh, which reminds me, WHY DOES MCKENNA EVEN HAVE A BED?! All the other GOTYs don't have one!!!! It's soooo not fair!! :(
    Sorry if I bored you. lol XD
    Bye, Anna! Love your videos. :D
    ~ Isabel <3

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  27. actually mia had a really cute bed but not THAT overpriced!!

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  28. I DO like McKenna, and will be getting her, and her outfits and accessories. But I also agree that almost everything from AG is overpriced! It's hard for some girls that come from poorer family's (I am not in this position, but have heard many stories of girls that are) and that cannot afford these dolls, and are let down. I think American Girl (since celebrating ALL girls) should price the items down as they make lots of $$$$$ everyday, and could afford to lower the prices, ESPECIALLY since the quality has been going downhill. For some products, I wouldn't mind paying a higher price, if it was of VERY HIGH quality, instead of plastic that should be saved for Barbies. Overall, McKenna is cool, but American Girl needs some sense knocked back into them.

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  29. I am not a big fan of Mckenna because first of all she looks ALOT like chrissa second she looks like my doll julie!! The only difference is the hair cut!And also American girl increase the price for dolls to $105!!Personally i think that AG should atleast decrease their prices because this is OUTRAGEOUS!! :O I agree with you Anna! :)

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  30. I personally do not Mckenna. I like her bed but, as you said, it is SOOOOOOOOOO high priced!I do not like her face shape alot (I also did not like it on Chrissa). Her bed is probably the only bed that comes with bedding and accessories, but if they were to seperate then it could be less money (Julie`s & Kit`s might of came with bedding but not w/ different accessories I think). I like how the umbrella opens and closes but, it is kind of ugly and plain. The small set is over priced, just like her and all of her stuff. I think AG needs more hairstyles and hair colors. And would it kill them to have an African American or multi ethnic girl of the year? Almost all of their girl of the year dolls have very light skin tones. I also noticed on AGLover991`s comment that she is the only goty (recently, because Mia did)to have a bed set. She would look nice with freckles.

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  31. I agree! She is a bit too much like other dolls and her stuff is ridiculously priced! :( I miss Kanani!

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  32. I totally agree, she's just like all the other dolls (and to me she kind of reminds me of Mia except with gymnastics not ice skating.) I do miss Kanani but the change is good, I also think AG is making too many light skin blue eyes and light haired dolls.(I am speaking for my freind when I say this) but she thinks that all the dolls with brown eyes have a darker complexion along with dark hair, witch isn't fair to some people because you could brown eyes AND white skin AND blonde hair so the need to expand their variety of doll atribute combos. WOW I just had a little minnie rant their myself!!!! You should hear how much I rant about netbooks and Apple and so much other stuff your head will EXPLODE!!!

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  33. OMG
    AGlover911, WE HAVE THE SAME NAME!!!!!!!!!!!
    THAT IS EPICLLY AMAZING!!!
    I have #28 JLY!!!
    Aloha peoples...
    no i dont say that cause of kanani i said it before that, just saying
    one more time...
    OMG WE HAVE THE SAME NAME DO U HAVE A YOUTUBE???I WANNA WHATCH IT IF U DO DID U EVEN Look AT MY COMMENT BEFORE OHHHEMMMMGEEEEE
    ISABEL THE PERSON WHO IS HYPERVENTALATING
    HEEEEE...HOOOOOOO.....HEEEEEE....HOOOOOO
    ISABEL!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOL

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  35. Sorry, about earlier...i was doing grammar while reading urs...well, BYE!!
    Isabel

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  36. Hey Everybody!!!
    Aloha!!!
    It is ISABEL!!!!!!!!!!
    Isabel

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  37. We ordered something for my birthday, a doll w/ her ears pierced and two outfits. not even 225 with shipping!!!

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  38. i have never had a blonde doll for some reason. when i found out she was gonna be blonde haired and have blue eyes, i got excited. but when i saw her, i gagged. her face mold is excactly like chrissa's!!! all they did was give her long blonde hair. i never liked chrissa's face mold. i was hoping to get her but instead i will get MAG #27. i personally like her outfit with the purple cowlneck sweater and skirt. and if you didn't notice, mckenna and MAGs are 5 bucks more now. so things are really expensive, it's annoying to us not so rich people. :|

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  39. you know, i emailed ag about there prices amd they said to keep the quialty of there product they had to raise there prices because of matrials and transportation.So they told me they were forced to raise there prices. just if anyone was wondering

    ~aly (myagstudios1)

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  40. I totally agree with you. I think Lanie and Kanani have a better character story, too. McKenna is a girl who adores gymnastics and struggles in reading class. Really? Personally, I think the doll is very cute...but the story just isn't interesting enough. I was hoping for a 2012 girl of the year sporty doll (soccer, basketball) that needs to boost her confidence or whatever. They could make really good stories to go with the doll if they did that. Ps. I have a question for you Anna. I currently have 4 AG dolls and I am thinking about buying another one...first of all, do you think I should get a fifth one??? And secondly, If you think I should, which one should I buy? (I have 2 My AG dolls that I named Katherine and Emma, and I also have Lanie and Kanani. I love your videos and subscribed!! Thank you!!!

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  41. I have also emailed American Girl previously, and they've told me about how they had to make their prices higher for transportation costs so they can keep their quality and bla bla bla... But what quality? Kit's scooter is made out of plastic, NOT wood! The food in the lunchboxes are stuck together! Almost everything is starting to look like bigger Barbie things, I know that AG is owned by Mattel, but Mattel can save that for the Barbies! And Cecile's bed actually ISN'T historically accurate, and I know 100% that that is true. A lot of things aren't right with Cecile and Marie Grace. And last year, the dolls were $100. And the year before that they were $95. I don't think they change where they make the dolls every year, so why are the prices raised? And American Girl probably makes close to (or possibly over) $1 million dollars a day! So why would transportation costs be an issue. Personally, I love them, but I think they're taking advantage of everyone, and that is just NOT right.

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  42. Hi!!
    Weird, I emailed them about prices too, but they said that they had to...In my email to them I suggested opening some stores in Canada. They said that they have no plans about that right now, but love my enthusiasm about store locations...
    I personally LOVE mcKenna, but everyone has an opinion. BTW, anybody who wants to know, I have been in touch with SuperSamJam lately!!! I sent her an email, she emailed me back, and now we have been having an email convo for at least two weeksssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ACK!
    i was so excited when I got Sam's 1st email!!!
    Anyway...BYE

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  43. I think Mckenna's face mold is a lot like Chrissa's who I did not like that much. However, the character of Chrissa was very nice and I totally love the movie! But, Mckenna's hair is darling and that is basically the only reason I want her. I don't think I will be getting her though. Instead, I got Julie who is a much better deal. I mean, just look at her sandals! Adorable! I do LOVE Mckenna's bed but, as Anna said it's overpriced. I would much rather pay $20 for the bed but since that is an unreasonable price, I would think five years ago American Girl would've priced that bed at $50-$100 or something like that. Lanie's camper was I think $310 or something and Mckenna's bed is about $90 away from that! Lanie's camper came with a lot more, however, and was actually able to move. Overpriced, but a pretty good deal for American Girl. I do not have the camper but that's just my opinion.
    In conclusion... I think I would much rather pay $125 for Julie's bed collection (which probably went up in price anyway) than get an overpriced bed that some doll company's have pretty much replicas of and they only charge $40! Wow American Girl... Wow!

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  44. Hmmmmm.... I agree with you. The whole set is SO much! I LOVE the loft bed, but $225? As you said before, in perspective to the homeless shelter, $225 could feed a whole family for a week in Africa. By the time I'm grown up, AGs (if they keep rising $5 every year) will be more than $200, and I'm sorry, but that is just ridiculous. They probably cost $15 to make! I know the economy is bad, and I saw an article on CNN the other day about how now more than 8% of the world is jobless, but $105 is a LITTLE much for an AG, even though they're awesome............ Our Generation sets in Target may be not as realistic as AG sets and they fall apart easily, but at least they're cheap! Target sells Our Generation CARS, which, you must admit, is really cool. AG could sell cars, I think they'd be big... but I shudder to think at how much they'd cost. Again, I agree with you, Kanani and Jess were so exotic GOTYS (by the way, now Kanani is suffering from post-GOTYS depression), and Mckenna is just so... ugh. Plain. Boring, even. Though she's a gymnast and the tournaments are this year, maybe that's why they did this..... anyway, that's my opinion. Lots of people say McKenna's hair is easy to style though, and that may be true but still. BTW, I have a question. I got Kanani this year and I comb her hair everyday but it's so ... FLAT. How do you get Eva's hair to be so curly?

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  45. I think American Girl is very overpriced...their dolls are good quality dolls, though...but some of the accessories are not! Out of every overpriced item you talking about, I think the rain boots and umbrella was the worst. Just because the bed set was $225 you are at least getting more than the rain boots and umbrella for $34!!!!! You can probably find a handmade one on like Etsy or something. American Girl is very crazy..but I still love their dolls and products...just not the price! Guys- we should like start something and e-mail AG about how over-priced they are being, and we can ask them to check out this site and see how many people agree! If you agree with me, post a comment on my blog, or click reply on the bottom of this comment.

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  47. I agree 100% with you basilmentos

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  48. Basically The Only good thing is her hair is able to part.

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  49. i love Mckenna she has beutiful haire but looks a lot like my ag doll with light skin,carel layerd hair,blue eyes.I love her i am saving my pennies for her anna,i have to agree that her stuff is over priced but adorabile.

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  51. I love Mckenna too! But I am not allowed to get a new doll once I save up for her.

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  52. I think McKenna is kind of cute. But, if you want a doll that looks like her but better, try Look alike #37 I think it is (don't quote me on that). She looks just like McKenna, just with longer hair.

    I agree with the overpricing of the rain gear set, you can get a coat, hat, and an umbrella for the same price for JLY dolls.

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  53. I like McKenna, she has an all right story and backround, but she is so much like Chrissa and Elizabeth! All of her things are WAY over-priced, but, I guess every person has their own opinion. =)

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  54. I kinda agree with you. And the bed the other GOTY's don't have beds!!!!

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  55. At first I didn't like her but now I do after watching people do reviews on her. Like stephenswodadancer....ect.
    I don't have any dolls with that face mold and even though most of my dolls are similar to her, I really love her hair so will be buying her soon. Her accessories and furniture are OVERPRICED though...

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  56. Hey Anna! You probably will not be getting around to reading this, because that is a post from a long time ago! Anyway, I just wanted to say that I TOTALLY agree with you 100%. I really don't like McKenna because I have Elizabeth, and her face and hair is EXACTLY the same. I have been with AG dolls for 4 years, and when I got my first doll (kit), her outfits were all 24 dollars and under! Today, I looked at my AG catalog and noticed that the outfits are going way up! I mean, one of her dresses (which only comes with a pair of cheap-looking shoes and a tiny hairbow) was 30 DOLLARS!! So was rebecca's and Molly's and so on.
    I actually think that I'm not going to get anymore things from AG anymore because they are way higher than they need to be! The only way they are actually selling those overpriced things is that they are the only alternative besides junk. I don't even think any of their clothes are cute anymore.
    Don't even get me started on Cecile and MarieGrace, I hate them!
    Cecile's bed is (and I'm really literally serious here) the SAME EXACT bed as my friend's old Barbie bed. I absolutely think that they are toning down the quality a lot. Cecile and Mariegrace's clothes look disgustingly cheap too. I'm so glad you feel the same as me, I'm a huge fan of your videos!
    - Sara (sushiluv23 on YouTube )

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    1. 1. Actually, they are not EXACTLY the same. Elizabeth has straight eyebrows, and McKenna has feathered. Also, McKenna's hair is more caramel and straight than Elizabeth's. I disagree with your opinion, don't hate me, but I actually think they have more variety than other dolls. And their clothing doesn't look "disgustingly cheap" to me. And Barbie is a completely different brand than AG. I respect your opinion, though.

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  57. I was GOING to get McKenna until I saw all of the backorders and pricey items in her collection, and if I DID have Mckenna, I'd want a couple things in her collection also. Instead I will probably get Emily. It seems McKenna is Chrissa and JLY #39 mixed together, and I personally don't really like either of those dolls, so I don't know WHAT I was thinking when I decided I wanted McKenna. American Girl is getting closer and closer each year to setting prices that won't make enough sales. They're skating on thin ice raising the prices about $5 each year. I've also noticed the quality appears to be going down, while the prices are rising. I bought the Sea Breeze outfit when it first came out, and a button fell of within the first week I'd had it. I could probably sew some of the AG items if I wanted to!

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  58. I HATE MCKENNA!!! she is a copy of chrissa and just like u 39# a pair of her slippers r 34$$$ what do I hear? American Girl is AMERICAN GIRL RAN OUT OF IDEAS STOLE OTHER DOLL LOOKS MORPHED THEM TOGETHER THEN PRICED EVERYTHING TRIPLE THE PRICE!!! I HATE MCKENNA!!!!!!!!

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  59. y does noone like her i love her i have her and i think its sad that almost nobody will get her she is so cool and a great doll

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  60. So i see a lot of negative comments but its you guys opinion and i respect that. Anyway i love Mckenna i personally think she is adorable I'm getting her for my birthday which is June17Th aka this summer and she will be my first Ag doll so im so excited and i think her rain accessories are way to expensive seriously Ag its an umbrella and boots not that big of a deal and i remember back in 2010 or 2011 when dolls were 95 in 2011 the were 100 and know in 2012 there 105 dollars it seems to me like there going up by 5s every year next thing u know in 2013 there gonna be $110 so be ready and i think u can find beds on like eBay or at target for only 30 or 20 dollars i was at target the other day and saw a doll bed for only 34 dollars thts amazing i love american girl so much and Mckenna shes amazing but Ag u need to lower those prices or Ur gonna be out of business soon and so much people love Ag and i love Mckenna and all of the dolls go Mckenna!!!

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  61. Personally, I think everything from AG is overpriced. I understand that McKenna looks very similar to both Chrissa and Marie-Grace, but I wouldn't call them "twins" or "identical". I think McKenna is pretty, maybe not as unique as we would hope, but nonetheless, pretty.

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  62. i totally agree about the horrible increase with american girl's prices for the dolls and accessories. I got mckenna,her accessories,and her 2nd book but that is pretty much all i could afford.

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  63. i think mckenna looks to much like #39 no chance of me buying her i thonk next years goty will be better even though i am not sure sence it is not 2013 yet. even though her stuff is super cute i am not going to buy her in a million years!(or her stuff) even though i agree about the cast and crutches they are cute, similar,and expensive. so therefor i will never be buying mckennas stuff even though maybe only one thing if i get a discoubt on ebay or something...............

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  64. Your right Anna, AG makes it now impossible for any girl to buy their own dolls or clothes, and it's becoming a problem! Plus they don't make their dolls unique anymore either, because I have JLY #39, and she's the exact same doll as Mckenna except for a different face mold. Mckenna is like Chrissa and #39 combined, and that's why I have a problem with her as well. I mean, she's cute and all, and her hair seems fun, but as originality goes, I give her a thumbs down

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  65. I agree. Mckenna looks kind of weird. I also agree that american girl company is pricing their items too high. I mean, I was thinking about getting a loft bed for myself and it looked Mckenna's without the stuff, and it actually cost less. I would much rather buy myself a huge bed than buy a little one for my doll.

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  66. I have Mckenna. she is adorable. her hair is so silky. im hoping to get her stuff on my birthday or christmas.

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  67. I hope AG makes a good GOTY for 2013 or i am saving up my money to get marisol or something

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  68. I'm glad I found someone else who isn't a huge fan of Makeena too.

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  69. I love McKenna because I had to spend very little money on her.
    I made her whole loft bed and loft bed accessories with my Dad. I also made all of her accessories. And her Cast and crutches.
    I agree that AG's new prices are from Mars or Pluto or something ;)
    I got the actual doll for my birthday and don't regret it one bit! :D

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  70. i think that mckenna is awsome so yeah i agree100 precent

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  71. i loved mckenna's beam and bar but i agree AG stuff is super cute but the prices have skyrocketed i got my 1st dolls 3 years ago 4 $95 and that was still super expensive! then i saw mckenna's beam and bar and my step dad works on building and stuff so he made me basically them same bar (only out of wood) for about $10 or even less !! so i think AG is really over pricing all there items! ( even though i still buy there stuff.)

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  72. Wow. You NEED to get her! Sure, the pictures don't do her any justice. But American Girl is making every single doll they possibly can! If you were the doll maker, wouldn't it be hard for you to decide what she should look like when they have every doll style! Also, her hair is one of a kind. Her hair is not blonde, its caramel. Shes BEAUTIFUL. And its not crazy because its overpriced. ITS AMERICAN GIRL. They have dolls for $100 that I can get from a yardsale for $5. I bought Kanani for $10 off of a yardsale and sold her on ebay for $100! You just gotta search for a great deal! ^-^

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  73. I don't like the doll herself, because GOTYs are supposed to be unique, and other than her hair, she's not!!!!!! I do really like her school outfit though (except for the shoes), and I just ordered that. We'll have to see how it is :-) The only other thing In McKenna's collection I really like is her bed. I disagree with you only there, I thing it's rightfully priced. You get the awesome bed/desk, plus around 30 great little thingies that are really cute and useful for videos. But otherwise, you're completely right.

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  74. I like McKenna but hate her prices. They are way to expensive! I mean, $225 for a loft bed?

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  75. I got McKenna at the AG Place LA this summer (2012)and she is awesome! Yes, her stuff is quite pricey, but ive gotten some of the stuff and it's very high quailty( sorry for spelling). Her hair does not have a part plastered to her head, it's natral, you can brush her hair stright back. You could also make a part, a side or center, its ur choice. I love her and i think she is original. But that's my opinion.

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  76. I would probally like Mcenna If she was the first american girl I heard of and then I would see the others and I wouldn't like her.

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  77. McKenna looks exactly like MAG # 39....Her prices are not reasonable at all, but there's always those spoiled little girls that have their grandparents or other relatives that take them out shopping and buy whatever they want. As long as that keeps going, American Girl will keep raising the prices. A sad but true statement.

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  78. I don't understand why AG can't come up with original dolls. I have McKenna, and I was hoping to get her practice wardrobe and her dog but it was too much money. I have some ideas for 2014's Girl Of The Year. Here are a few:
    - A singer from a little town in North Dakota. She has short red hair(like Kit's), hazel eyes and light skin. her name would be Ally
    - A basketball player from Miami. She has straight blonde hair, green eyes and a darker skin complexion. Her name: Mary
    - A pet lover that works at a veterinarian's office in Michigan. She would have elbow length brown hair, blue eyes and light skin. Her name would be Haley.

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  79. I've been reading some of these and I have come to the conclusion that nobody really loves McKenna. At the begging of the year I actually considered getting Mckenna but around summer I realized how boring she was. she looked exactly like a JLMD!!!!!!!!! I saved up all my money to buy her at the beginning of the year but then didn't buy her, saved up an extra $30 and got Siage and her sweater set. In the "olden days" of American girl that could have bought me so much more, I don't mind saving up but sometimes I spend with out knowing it. I really think American girl is soooooo overpriced. they might actually lose a customer soon, possibly. There is always etsy and eBay and me myself and I to make stuff for the dolls!

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  80. I love my McKenna doll. She is just cute and beautiful all in one. I have half of her collection ( I got it for christmas) some of her outfits, the doll, and her beam and bar. Just love all of them!

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  81. i wasnt planning on getting her, and i didnt, but now i kinda want her cuz she doesnt have parted hair and cuz i dont have a doll with blonde hair and blue eyes. but she wasnt my fave. i really wanted to get nali and kailey.

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  82. Basilmentos, I TOTALLY agree with you on the picing. I think it's ridiculous,and i don't like mckenna all that much; she does look just like chrissa. But i think AG should make more black or african-amercian girls of the year. Sonali is their only black girl of the year, and she's no even the main character! She's my 2nd favorite girl of the year. (my 1st is kanani)Also, from other posts, you are right about prices going up. I mean, cecile's bed is a big peice of plastic with padding and a canopy, and it costs as much as an acual doll WITH accesories. Personnaly, I think mckenna looks a little like kailey (2003 girl of the year), which is odd, because i don't like mckenna and i luv kailey. sorry im ranting and typing way to much, so one more thing,where do you find ag's email address cause i want to email them about fair pricing.

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  83. My personal opinion is that all of her stuff is cute... but the doll itself looks EXACTLY like one of the My AG dolls! If I where someone who waned to get her stuff I would... but not the doll.

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  84. Although... I do have Chrissa and I think she is AMAZING! I know that is not your opinion but I just wanted to share :)

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  85. Rebecca is very pretty, but she kind of replaced Samantha, and I really wished I got Samantha. McKenna, you will not always get so you sold get her, but its your decision.

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  86. I agree with you 100%, I think that the GOTY 2014 will be platinum blond, blue eyed, light skin ballerina. I bet she will be very popular too. I think they will probably do that combination every other year. I also agree with you on the face mold. It looks a lot better on Josefina. There is just something about the cheeks that I don't care for so much. The Jess mold is by far my favorite, it just looks so innocent to me. To view my AG blog go to http://taraheartag.blogspot.com/ thanx!

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  87. at first i thought mckenna was great.but you make a very good point,expensive,expensivve,expensive.i got one thing from the set it was an outfit:puprle turtleneck,denim skirt(with an m for mckenna at the trim)2 clips and blueand lavender shoes.it was hard to resist,i had to buy it ,it was too cute.but anyways i wont be using mckenna things any time soon.(:

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  88. I never liked McKenna from the minute I saw her. I always thought Kanani was much better and when Saige came out, I thought she was much prettier, too. I completely agree with you, Anna.

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  89. I have McKenna, and I ADORE her. I also have her loft bed, and Anna, I COMPLETELY agree with you about the loft bed. It comes with a lot of things, but it isn't worth 225 dollars. More like $150. I like Saige, but not as much as I like McKenna. can you follow my blog, pleas Anna, I adore yours!

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  90. Anna, i'm so sorry but i just saw this one blog- it said horrible things about you! i commented that the blogger that runs it needs to get am life and mind their own business and not gossip of you tube stars that make them jealous. the haters are jealous, but nobody can match your talent! don't let people like that ruin your sucess, because they just wish they had your talent! Keep doing what yu do, because people love you!

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  91. I Have Mckenna, but i do have to agree that she is not the cutest doll there is. And if I hadn't wanted a twin for one of my other dolls I probly would not have gotten her. And Ags prices are outrages!

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  92. i got all the mckenna stuff and it was worth it

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  93. I thought that Mckenna looked a little bit to much like me and my sister Caroline, a #39. Being a Chrissa doll, I know that Mckenna is just a re-wigged me basically. We ended up getting nothing of her collection, and we don't regret it.~Chrissa

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  94. I have 6 dolls. Lanie (GOTY 2010) Addy (JLY #39) Kanani (GOTY 2011) Kimberly (Molly McIntire) Emily (JLY #49) and Bailey (bald doll), along with Nellie (Samantha Parkington's BFF) on the way. When AG catalog 2012 comes out with McKenna, which I thought about buying, I just said, "No. Not gonna do it. Just looks too much like Addy." I was also very dissapointed when Saige came out. Everyone expects her to be hispanic, and we get yet another pale skinned doll. It is sad how we now have virtually no dolls in different races. I am also wanting to get JLY #46 or #47 next, because I want to balance out my collection. Who agrees with me? :D

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  95. I have three dolls. Julie, Felicity, and Rebecca!

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  96. I have her solely because I usually receive the GOTY for my birthday or for Christmas. I never liked her to begin with. She reminds me to much of those girls at school who bully me for really no reason at all. I also have Chrissa and I never used her, so I made her into a boy doll, Kyle, and now he's one of my favorites. The only thing I ever use Mckenna for is to have someone for yet Regina George-esque character.

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  97. Mckenna is cute but there have been better dolls. I have Rebecca and she is ADORABLE! Of course she replaced Samantha! They needed a new doll so I don't understand why everyones being dramatic about it! Just my opinion.

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  98. I thought McKenna should've looked different. I wanted her, but my sister wouldn't get her. I would've got McKenna but I got Caroline instead!

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  99. This is coming from a McKenna owner, but whatever:

    I TOTALLY agree with your opinion, Anna, 100%. McKenna is not that original, and she is simply the JLY with layered caramel hair and blue eyes (if the JLY had a Joesefina face mold) . The prices are getting WAY out of hand for items that are simply...uh....LACKLUSTER. I mean, $24 for a sweatshirt and a medal (McKenna's Team Gear)? NO WAY! I purchased McKenna because she was my "JLY" doll. Her clothes were not that great, and her story was way too average.

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  100. I don't really like McKenna, either. I don't think she's a very pretty doll (in fact she kinda looks creepy on her GOTY page on AG.com) and I'm just not that into her. I like Chrissa A LOT better!

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  101. personally i love the mckenna doll i bought her but i dont have chrissa so i reaally cant say chrissa came out the year before i got lainie {my first doll} but i definatley agree about prices

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  102. We have purchased a Mckenna doll and are quite pleased with her. Her clothing is made of good material and is easy to put on. Her hair is amazing- you can leave it messy for weeks and it just brushes right out again, even without water. She also gets along quite well with our Julie doll, and they have been joined by the hip ever since we took her home :). Thanks for the excellent blog and videos, we have enjoyed all of them!!
    -sisters AG

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  103. I just would like to point out that McKenna's face mold is called Josefina; Sonali uses the Sonali mold, and was the first to use it, thus it being named after her. The Josefina mold hasn't been used on any dark skinned dolls, but on a few with medium skin.

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  104. I think that they should have a chinese historical doll. Because they're is,almost, every other historical race.

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  105. Don't like McKenna. At. All. I agree with everything you said Anna. She is completely overrated as well. Even two years later.

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  106. I do like McKenna, plus my doll named emma loves her. But, you said it Anna, her products are WAY WAY WAY WAY TOO MUCH $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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The story behind it all....

In September of 2009, a pre-teen girl named Anna was searching youtube. She no longer used her american girl dolls. they were behind the closet doors, gathering dust. She reluctantly glanced over, then began to type in the search bar: American Girl Dolls. A video came up. She clicked on it. 14 coustumed dolls slid onto the screen and began to dance together, waving their arms and doing cartwheels. Anna was shocked. How could this be possible? This was.... Amazing. She quickly searched a few more. There were hudreds of videos, by usernames like stephenswodadancer, AGlovejess and girloftheyearstudios. Anna couldn't believe it. This new discovery was incredible! She ran to her room and pulled out her two dolls, felicity and samantha. She grabbed her camera. And, she began to film.


It is now four years later. I work on videos almost everyday, usually stopmotions. I have gathered quite a few veiws and subscribers on youtube, and I really appriciate when people comment on my videos. I have come unbelievibly far, but I still leave up those first videos from two years ago, because for me, those are the memories that I will always treasure. I am so happy that I can share them with you.