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Monday, August 6, 2012

My opinion on Caroline Abott

 Note: this is completley my personal opinion. I will not be offended if you disagree. :)

I have been really upset with American Girl latley. Their prices have skyrocketed and the quality of their products is plummeting. This makes me angry, but I am particularly frustrated about the newest release - Caroline Abbott, a historical doll from the 1800's. Caroline has long, curly blond hair and greenish-bluish eyes. She is a pretty doll, but there is something about her that really haunts me. I know that many of you will disagree, but I feel the need to state my opinion.
She looks like a barbie.
I know, I know, most of you are probably upset. When American Girl released the photos of Caroline, there was a mostly positive response. The majority of people like her, including me. I actually think she is quite pretty.
Still, I would like you to see past that and think about Mattel's values. Below, I have a picture of Caroline Abbott in comparison to a Barbie. Seeing these two photos together really shocked me. Their hair - the same. Their eyes- the same. Their dress- well, similar. 




I showed my mom this picture and she was very surprised as well. Her suspicion is that somebody who worked in the design department for barbie was moved over to the American Girl design department. I would not be surprised. In fact, it is not just the dolls that are similar.
Below, I have a photograph that shows the comparison between Caroline Abbott's parlor set and a fold out barbie house. While they may seem different, the underlying design strategies are the same. Of course, the American Girl one is much more detailed (and a lot cuter). I really like the set, and if it is around 100$ I may consider buying it.


The one thing that peeved me the most about Caroline Abbott's collection is the "sailboat", a crummy looking peice of plastic that is only a few centimeters bigger than the doll. It is just large enough that she can sit in it, and there is still a little room left for the goofy sail. I almost burst out laughing when I saw the picture of the boat- it is kind of hilarious! It seems unsafe to put in water, considering the likleyhood that the doll could fall in. It just looks too goofy, and I doubt that it will sell well. On the other hand, for younger girls, this could be a delightful toy. I had lots of toy boats when I was a little kid, from companies like barbie and playmobil. However, I think this is a miss for american girl. It just does not fit their companies standard.


Overall, I think Caroline Abbott is a very pretty doll. However, I am very frustrated with Mattel for lowering their quality so much, and am also upset by the fact that American Girl dolls are starting to more like barbies. I really feel like the company is going downhill.

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  1. Even though she does look like a Barbie I might get her. I can see how she looks like a Barbie, blonde hair, pink dress, very Barbie! I totally agree Anna!

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  2. I am actually thinking of getting her! mostly because i do not own a doll like her :)
    Only after you mentioned it though i have noticed how similar she looks to a barbie! and i personally hate barbies.. but i still do love Caroline ( mostly for her hair xD )
    ~ sjag4ever

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  3. I think she is very pretty, but I agree, she does look like a barbie! I still plan on getting her because I don't have a doll like her. When girls see Caroline and her collection, they don't think about her looking like a barbie or the furniture being cheaply made. They are just toys, But if you spend 300 on furniture then thats different:) ~Danielle

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  4. Wow, she DOES look like a Barbie! And the outfit that she's wearing is also pink (there's nothing wrong with the colour pink, but AG has been making a numerous amount of their outfits pink, just like Barbie ones). I think that right now their products just look like overpriced, over-sized Barbie stuff. And if we wanted Barbie things, we would buy them from that part of Mattel. I'm also frustrated with AG how they turned Kit (the ONLY Tomboy) into a girly-girl that only wears pink and frilly things. AG also just got a new president of their company, which I'm thinking is also a reason to this almost sudden change in all of the products. And her boat looks more like a life-raft (which with the condition it's in ((plastic)), it will not keep her afloat!)I like her hair (a lot of people do) and her meet dress kind of reminds me of one of Felicity's dresses. If anything, I might look into getting some accessories or outfits of hers for my Felicity doll, but I'm not so keen on the total pinkness of everything. I like pink, but they're totally overdoing it.
    -SummerStudiosAG

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    1. About Kit- I noticed that too! I had just gotten her old quilt and pillow (blue and green and super cute!) when I found out that they changed it to an ugly pink one, and her adorable sailor PJ's into a frilly nightgown! What's the deal?

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    2. I KNOW! I am SO mad about that! Kit is a tom boy in the books! It says in teh books that she despises pink... So why is half her collection that color?? American Girl isn't reading the books....

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    3. Yeah Kit is apost to be a TOMBOY American girl! Get your facts straight xP

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  5. This is the first I've heard of a new AG doll! Thanks for bringing it to my attention Anna... I can't wait to see the rest of her collection (mostly her clothes - they look like something out of Jane Austin!).
    I agree, she does look an aweful lots like Barbie... But she is very pretty. I used to play with Barbies all the time when I was little. I think she is a very pretty doll, but kind of plain. Kind of like Julie. They both look like just dolls. They don't have the spark that, say, Cecile does. Or Josefina or Kaya. Or Kit! But that's fine, they are still beautiful dolls.
    I absolutely adore her clothes.... Especially the last one. And I read that her books will be set in 1812! Those will be a treat to read.
    Abbey
    P.S. I'm not on youtube but I have been watching your videos and reading you blog for a few months. I must say, you are the best stop motion maker I have come across and I have been watching AGtube videos for nearly two years. Your dolls barely look like they are moving and I really admire that! I think you have talent.

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  6. Anna,
    I agree with you she does look like a barbie. And she just looks so plain. I mean she is really cute but i'm not like OMG OMG like my new doll Brittney. And the sail boat is not worth it. But i do like the bed thing . I just want to say i love your videos! Your'e the best Ag tube user ever! Please check my vids!

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  7. Wow I never realized just how much alike they were! I had been considering getting Caroline, but now that I can tell she looks like a Barbie (I hate barbies), I'm not sure whether I like her or not :/ I had bought something off Craigslist, and the lady I bought it from had worked for Mattel, and she had been a designer of Barbies ad AG. I had never really thought much of it, but now all I can say is WOW. Come on Mattel, babies are $5 each American Girl dolls are more than 2O times that! So make the quality 2O times better! I also agree about the set. If it's around $1OO I'll probably buy it, but knowing AG it will probably be around $2OO or $175 :/ The sail boat is just wow! Come on, it's probably be over $15O and it's made of cheap plastic most likely. Doesn't AG encourage people not to put there dolls in water??? Hello mixed signals! AG, has dropped in quality and their prices have sky rocketed! That's why I buy most my stuff off Craigslist. I can get an outfit for like $1O and not pay tax. At AG it would cost 4 times as much for the same thing! The new roller blading outfit is WAY over priced!

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  8. omg. american girls logo should be 18 inch Dolls Just like barbie! Kanani was a wonderful idea, but mckennas story just went down. Caroline and rebecca BOTH LIVE IN NY! i think even Kirsten does... for awhile but wow. american girl is veryyy like barbie now!~agunicorndolphins

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  9. I made my own post about Caroline as well: http://glamourousdollies.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-thoughts-on-caroline.html

    I posted a couple of days before you! LOL! I totally agree! When Kanani had the paddle board set thing I was like "Why? What?"

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  10. I'm stuck in the middle..I am probably not gonna get her though..

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  11. Wow! When I first saw Caroline I thought she wasn't that good, but she was okay. But when you compare her to a barbie I realize AG is TOTALLY over doing it with the pink!
    And I also think AG is selling wayyyyy to many blonde hair with blue eyes dolls. I mean, look at Mckenna and like half the MAG's are blonde hair with blue eyes too! And they are retiring some of the best dolls! I agree with you, AG is totally going downhill.
    P.S.
    When is the first episode of Cabin Four coming out??? SO EXCITED
    ----AGPeaceTreeStudios

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  12. she does look cute and a barbie i really want her though! she kinda looks like lanie with longer hair in a pink dress! but with barbie next to her it looks a little weird!

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  13. I agree 100%! She is 2 much like a barbie! I saw a doll from the first year of AG (Felicity) and she was in a Closet for 20-15 years and was STILL better made that Charlotte! (From 2010 (A JLY #39)) I was shocked at the quality of that (oldish) doll! And Kaya is also better made because she is Plesent Company! And AG had a better deal with them that Matel! Who makes most dolls look like Barbies! Well thats just what I think!
    ~Apalonia

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  14. Now that I think about it…
    I TOTALLY agree!!!!
    She looks way way way way too much like barbie and there is a slim chance I'm getting her. I'm pretty upset with AG…She looks like Lanie mixed with One of the MAG's (I forget the #)
    ~Elysia

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  15. Oh my...
    Anna, you are brilliant. :O
    Amen.
    I agree with everything you just said. I miss Pleasant Company.. Their items were always VERY high quality, and not OVERLY expensive. American Girl Dolls used to be $85?! And they were better quality than today's. Caroline is a perfect example. No offense, but in my eyes, all of her stuff just looks... Cheap. Even her. And her meet dress. And I think the meet dress is the same design as one of Felicity's dresses with a different pattern.. :| I'm not saying she isn't cute, but I really think that American Girl needs to open their eyes to reality.
    Or they need to wake up and smell the... dolls? xD

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  16. Frankly, I'm just upset that she's not from Baltimore. If she was, I'd have scooped her up in a heartbeat, no matter what she looked like. I love her eyes though. I kind of want to dye her hair a nice reddish auburn, like Felicity's, but keep those curls. Her meet dress looks AWFUL.

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  17. i think i would get her outfits and other stuff. but not the doll.

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  18. Anna you are right! the sail boat is very goofy xD It looks to small and I will not be buying it...Caroline kinda looks like my old barbie I had it was a Ballerina but I threw the thong in the trash a long time ago...And really I think that AG has to many blondes they need more reds! and black dolls Have they ever made a Asian Historical NO! I think it'll be really cool if they did she'll be from China or Japan they never made an Irish doll I think an Irish doll would be perfect! another one to my collection overall I will be buying Caroline but I'll just give her some different features...a new name (maybe) and she'll be Irish not French
    AG is really going downhill...first McKenna now Caroline! Mckenna looks like Elizabeth and Caroline looks like Lanie...I MEAN COME ON! her meet outfit looks very cheap to..I miss Pre - Mattel Most of my dolls are Pre - Mattel.

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    1. I would like to see more redhead dolls too! And yes, pre-mattel products seemed to be higher quality.

      Anna

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    2. They did do an Asian historical doll, Ivy Ling. I agree with you...an Irish historical would be SOOOO cool. I wasn't all that crazy about McKenna either...she DOES look TOO much like Elizabeth!

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    3. I think that Caroline looks unique, though her face mold is overused.

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  19. Okay Anna I totally agree with you. Ii was also very disappointing because Caroline Abbot just looks like and regular AG doll shes nothing new. Maybe American Girl should come out with a new face mold.

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    1. Or maybe using the old asian mold or the molds that have only been used once. But yes, they really should make a new face mold. The classic mold has probably been used at least 100 times.

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  20. You know what? She does sorta look like a barbie. The pink dress, blonde curly hair not that I have anything against those things but wow. I thinking about sending an email to AG. There prices have skyrocketed while their quality has plummeted. Hmmm this blog post really makes me think. Thank you for sharing your opinion Anna.

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    1. Your welcome! I am glad it got you thinking.

      Anna

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  21. I really like her, mainly because she lives only an hour away from where I live. I don't think she looks like a Barbie, I hate how people group long curly blonde hair and blue eyes to being a ditzy Barbie.

    I hate how people don't even notice the stories about her. The story is about as unique as you can get.

    I don't want to offend people, but I think you're all being too picky. Every time American Girl comes out with a new doll, everyone finds SOME WAY to hate her, saying she's not the most unique doll you have ever seen. I thought McKenna was pretty diverse, I mean, she is the first doll not to have a part in her hair! I also like Caroline because she has a unique story and her hair looks like a lot of fun to play with. She is also only the third historical doll to have blonde hair, not including Elizabeth since she is retired and AG doesn't sell her anymore. I think all you guys wanna see is a doll with brown hair, even though, like, 70% of the dolls have brown hair. I admit, there are a few things I don't care about Caroline, but overall, I think you guys are being too picky and certin.

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    1. Yes, her story does seem very interesting! I am very excited for the release of her collection, because I want to hear more about it.
      Thanks for sharing your opinion! You have a great point that she is only the 3rd historical doll with blond hair. However, I think it is time for american girl to make a redhead! :)

      Anna

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    2. I agree with you! I think she is very unique, but Mckenna is actually the third doll with no part, because Kailey and Samantha both had no part, but Samantha had bangs. I actually really like Caroline as well, though her meet dress isn't really very unique. I think I might get her!!

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  22. I loved your article but to clarify some things Her Parlor set will be $300.00 with accesories and most of it is real wood and high quality fabric. Her boat even though plastic can sit two dolls and is very heavy, the sail is real fabric and it's a good quality piece the price though is $150.00 and her bed like all the others will be $125.00 they are step prices but you are getting a lot of good quality items - the boat which is still very sturdy.

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    1. 300$!? yikes! It looks like a fantastic set, however I am not sure I can afford to purchase it at that price. Perhaps I was misinformed about the boat, but can it be placed in water? that is my main concern.
      Thanks for the input,
      Anna

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  23. You know, i really like the sail boat! It seems very cute and unique. Plus i could use it for my new intro. Sailboat productions o3o

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    1. Wow, sounds like it would be perfect for you! :)

      Anna

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  24. Hi Basilmentos!!
    First I want to say that I love your videos!!!! Second I want to say that I totally agree with you!! AG's prices HAVE been skyrocketing! Do you remember when the dolls where just $95?!?!? And now, the Honey dog went up $2 ($22) and it has less in the set!!! I also think that the outfits are outrageously overpriced, and they barely come with anything!! I went to a woman who makes doll clothes and I got 5 pieces of custom made clothing for $25- way cheaper than even ONE outfit from AG!! I am going to start an email petition about their prices and then send it to them. Can I send it to you and have you send it to other people who care?? I will send it to the email you list above (basilmentos@yahoo.com). Oh, and I also have a youtube account-Fiona32321- Check it out!! Anyway, I love your videos and keep them coming!!! :-)

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    1. Yes, I my first doll, felicity, cost $85!!!! Their prices have definetly gone up. And of course, please send it to me! :)

      Anna

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  25. I really wish that Caroline turned out the way that I wanted her to be! See, I really like to have all of my dolls look different, and Caroline looks to.... Typical Mattel toy. I'm sure that little girls will enjoy her, but I just don't want to bother buying her. I expected her to have curly red hair with bangs, kinda like Samantha, but with red hair. American Girl really needs to step up her game! And Caroline is only NINE! Like seriously, AG dolls are supposed to be like, eleven. This is just my opinion. She is probably a nice doll.

    ~ Anna and the girls

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  26. well she has not come out yet and that is only one picture!

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    1. barbie is different than american girl. barbie dolls have a lot of make up on but i do see wear you are going. maybe you can call american girl how you feel.

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  28. Wow American girl has really gone down hill, I mean I miss pleasant company and the face shape mold of the other girls. Caroline is pretty I might get her when the rush of getting her dies down. Everyone is really excited about her but personally I prefer Felicity and I TOTALLY agree that there should be more red head dolls - you never know the girl of the year could be a red head? But caroline really looks like a barbie - I mean I became into American girl to get away from barbies, I hope that they stop basing there products on barbie ASAP.

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  29. I disagree! Im not trying to be mean but you can enjoy AG or ball your eyes out when they go out of business!! Ive got a point though.....

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  30. I think that the two different things about her are that first, I have never seen AG make a real curly haired blonde, and the eye color is new too. But really, she does look like a Barbie. O.o

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  31. Hi Anna! First of all I'm a big fan! (I have a youtube channel called Slexagon) I completely agree with you! She does have that barbie look and AG has raised their prices a lot. Did you see Julie's car? it's $350!!!!!! I mean you can buy an underwater camera for half that price! It's just getting way out of hand. Do you agree?

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    1. Yes, the prices have gone up at an incredible pace! :O

      Anna

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    2. I remember when dolls were $95 (in 2010), then they raised them to $100 in 2011, then $105 in 2012! And the strange thing is that AG seems MORE popular now :/

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  32. Hello, Anna!

    I agree with many of the points you made. The thing that bothers me the most about Caroline though is her lack of originally. I mean, another pink dress? Another blonde? Another doll with a classic face mold? Another doll with some sort of blue-ish eyes? I mean, really! I was really hoping they would make a unique doll for once. She is definitely pretty, but I am very iffy about getting her. I think her time period sounds fairly interesting, but I am not sure about her as a doll or her collection. Well, that's how I feel!

    -Chelsea

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    1. Yes, she not seem particularly unique (though I do love the new eye color!!) I am very interested in the time period too. :)

      Anna

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    3. Yeah, I was really hoping she would be a redhead! And she has a new eye color? Interesting! The pictures are so unclear I really couldn't tell what color her eyes were.

      -Chelsea

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    4. I agree- I was hoping she'd be a redhead. She looks just like other JLY dolls.

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  33. now that you menstion it, she does look like barbie! & what do u mean sailboat? that thing's obviosly a rowboat with a sail! if u didn't get it , I said that the boat is waaaaaaaaaaaay too tiny to be a sail boat.

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  34. Anna, you are sooooooo right about the barbie thing!! I think in about 3-4 years or so, we are going to look at our ag dolls and say, "wow...look at you, my beloved ag that I got in 2012, and now look at the dolls on sale in 2015 from ag...they look exactly like barbies!"
    I love american girl dolls, but I hope they stay looking like...well...NOT BARBIE DOLLS!!!

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  35. OMG THANK YOU ANNA! YOU AGREE WITH ME! EERRRRRH, I am very dissappointed in american girl at this moment, especially because the fact that they are starting to get their dolls to look like barbies...... and if the barbie thing keeps on going, I don't think I will be purchasing any more dolls. I am sooo impacient with american girl to stop the blonde-heads(also known as barbies lol!)I am not looking forward to buying a blonde, also because the "blonde" color, really bothers me as it looks like a bleach blonde, which does not look like real blonde.

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  36. Hi Anna (Basilmentos),
    I gave you the 'I Love Your Blog' award! Thank you for inspiring me for making beautiful movies. You rock! My Youtube is Pretty Lilly AG.
    Lots of love,
    Pretty Lilly - an American Girl

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  37. Hello Anna! I could never think from that point of view that she quite looks like a barbie,I always thought they used their old Lanie 2009 Girl Of The Year! I love your blog! Followed you,If you like my blog please follow me at:http://aggirlforever.blogspot.in/

    Asmita
    From AG Girl Forever

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  38. Yes, I do agree with you on the point that she lacks originality, but her eyes are gray, not blue. I think that she looks like Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson books, and if I get her, I will rename her Annabeth! :) Are we even sure they're selling the boat?

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    1. That is a great idea! I love those books! :)

      Anna

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  39. AGs Prices are WAY too high! I only would probably buy maybe 2 of their outfits! (The weekend fun outfit and the cozy sweater set) there is a store near me that sell AMAZING 18 inch clothes for like $10 an outfit!

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  41. I agree I think she looks too much like a barbie and her hair is just like lanies GOTY 2010

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  42. I personaly love caroline! I do think she looks a lot like Lanie, but i dont have lanie so i think i will be buying caroline :) I do wish AG came out with more red hair dolls

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  43. u know what?u have a good point!!!!the sail boat does look crumy and shes does look like a barbie!!1but i am still going to get her....mabye

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  44. I only like the doll. I love ag curly hair but I don't like the sailboat or set thing. I never would have thought of her like a Barbie! Ya she almost does look like a Barbie.

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  45. I totally agree with "Their prices have skyrocketed and the quality of their products is plummeting." (But, McKenna was worth it...) I also agree that she looks like a barbie. I hope American Girl doesn't make all of their dolls like this from now on.

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  46. I think she's pretty, but looks much too similar to other JLY dolls. They could have come up with something much more creative. It seems as if they retire all of the AG pieces that are more expensive to make and sell cheap ones that may seem appealing to their audience. For example, they retired Julie's bedroom set (not the bed, just the accessories) and made that junky boat, which, for the company, is much more cheap to make, but they figure they can sell it for much more. The prices for some things are ridiculous- like McKenna's bed- 225 dollars??? HA! It's almost like a joke. My point is, I totally agree with you.

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  47. i completely agree with what u r saying she also looks like many of the MAG just look up ag dolls with blond hair an alot of them are similar
    over all i think american girl is very creative and cut but the need to lower the prices and increse the quality and thought into their idea's
    ~4everamericangirl1

    P.S. plz check out this channel

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  48. I might get her. I think she's pretty and all. Though I really hate her clothes do I'll be making her some other ones:(

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  49. I blogged about her too! http://missglitterxoxo.blogspot.com/2012/08/caroline-abbott.html

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  50. Dear Anna,
    Your point is right on the money, literally. Mattel found a formula with Barbie: make it blond, blue-eyed, and pink, and sell lots of them.

    I grew up in the time before Barbie wore pink. She was billed as a fashion doll, and she had great outfits like those worn by fashionable adult women (e.g., real cashmere sweater sets). These were beautifully made, high quality outfits. Also, not every Barbie was blond. In fact, one of my favorite things was an alternative head you could buy for Barbie that had inter-changeable wigs of different colors and styles. I liked the dark brown flip that I thought turned Barbie into Jackie Kennedy. The point is that Barbie was versatile and well-made, but most girls only had one or two Barbies and several outfits. Mattel changed that by making every Barbie blond and no longer selling a variety of well-made clothes. If you wanted the outfit, you had to buy the new Barbie it came with. And more and more, every outfit was pink. Mattel sold a ton of Barbie dolls that way, and soon every girl had many, many Barbies. The world was polluted with Barbies.

    The Pleasant Company had a very different approach than Mattel's. In the 1980s, I remember seeing small ads in the back of magazines with photos of beautiful dolls dressed to represent different historical periods. I fell in love with them because they were both beautiful and historical. I soon found out that Pleasant Rowland, the company's founder, was a retired teacher who wanted to make dolls that could be played with and at the same time could convey lessons about American history. I thought the dolls were expensive at $80 but worth it if you could afford that.

    Caroline Abott fails to live up to Pleasant Rowland's vision. She looks like just another pretty, blond doll in Barbie pink. Her appearance and clothing do not invite you to ask questions about her historical era or what her life would have been like. She does not spark the imagination. Mattel, bring back the retired historicals or find something really new (more like Cecille and Marie-Grace).

    Girls who love AG dolls, do not buy Caroline; buy Marie-Grace or Cecille. Or buy a MAG and write your own story (History or Herstory).

    Anna, pardon my intrusion into your space with a history lesson. I am a huge fan of your videos. They convey your personal vision so well. (That is probably one reason so many fans feel like they KNOW you.) Stay true to your own beautiful voice, but I hope you might consider throwing some history in the mix some time.
    Thank you.
    Mary

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    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. It is really nice to see things from the adult point of view and learn about the history of american girl. My mom had 3 barbies as a girl growing up, and they are beautiful. Their clothing is simply exquisite. It really does seem that mattel has changed.

      Anna

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    2. I agree, I love watching old barbie adds and they look amazing! When I went to the shops one day I almost screamed that the barbies were wearing pink ballgowns with plastic sparkles and furry plastic stuff. IT'S JUST GROSS. What happened to stylish barbie? Nowadays barbies wear pink and thats it. I happened to own Four beautiful 2001 barbies which had real jeans (with no pink) and loads of awsome surfer girl stuff! NOthing in that set was pink. I sod those barbies to buy an AG.

      ~Maya your biggest fan

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    3. I am the mother to twin girls. Both blondes like my mom. Are they supposed to grow up thinking that because they are blonde, they are dull and no one will want to know of their heritage (which by the way is Italian, English, Cherokee Indian, German, Swedish). Are they supposed to grow up thinking they are 'just another blonde?" If you look at the world population, blondes and redheads are the minority. It's pretty offensive to read all these negative comments about blondes. This is NOT the world I want my two blonde, intelligent and interesting daughters to grow up in!

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    4. I am the mother to twin girls. Both blondes like my mom. Are they supposed to grow up thinking that because they are blonde, they are dull and no one will want to know of their heritage (which by the way is Italian, English, Cherokee Indian, German, Swedish). Are they supposed to grow up thinking they are 'just another blonde?" If you look at the world population, blondes and redheads are the minority. It's pretty offensive to read all these negative comments about blondes. This is NOT the world I want my two blonde, intelligent and interesting daughters to grow up in!

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  52. She does look like a barbie doll. Does any one agree

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  53. OMG! they do look exactly alike but i agree with you Anna that doll is kinda creepy.....

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  54. I find her beautifl I think I know why they decided to make her how she is
    1. there is only on eother MAG who has bleach blond hair
    2.people she her hair is golden but is bleach blond
    3.her eye color is different because someone got their brains working and thought we need a new eye color
    3. The pink yes the pink, well back then in 1812 pink was the most popular style and light colors were very popular.
    4. Redheads didn't exist in 1812 in New York until later so they couldn't really do a redhead and blondes were most common
    5. Ag does their research
    :) ( sorry I ranted so much I just had to let it out)

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  55. Just wondering; would you still think she looks like a barbie if she was brunette, hazel eyed maybe? I don't understand why everyone's complaining about blond dolls lately. There are actually people out there who are blond and would like a doll to look like them. I'm blond and I'm certainly not some kind of Barbie. And if you look at it there really isn't a lot of blond dolls in AG history. At least if you compare it to the people who buy the dolls and their hair colors. The world does have more brunettes and black haired people, but it hurts a little to think people hate my hair color so much ...
    The dress, though, is another chapter ...
    Still, I do think they have the rights to make one "girly girl". Not that I've read her books, but I don't think they're full of her having tea parties (like Felicity and Elizabeth actually had), going to a dance at a castle (Like Cecile and Marie-Grace) or just sitting there helplessly. I think it's kind of good that AG shows you shouldn't choose a book for it's cover. :)

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  56. Well know that I think about it, she does look like Barbie!! Anyway I think that u make an exelent point!!

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  57. I CANT STAND THIS!! you people complain about EVERY SINGLE doll and collection that AG releases and the prices and yet you still continue to buy them. Can't you people just get over your issues and accept the things AG releases. STOP THIS NONSENSE!!!!!

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  58. Wow so true. I got my first AG when it was 84 dollars that was 17 years ago, I am now shopping for my daughter and had considered caroline because they have the same coloring, I really wish I had kept my premattel dolls for her now. What I miss the most about pleasant company is all the little detailed accessories, and that it offered a complete collection at a discounted price.

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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.