History Franchise / AmericanGirlsCollection

17th Jul '17 9:36:11 PM paigeturner
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* '''Nanea Mitchell (1940s):''' Hawaii during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Will be released in 2017.

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* '''Nanea Mitchell (1940s):''' (1941):''' Hawaii during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Will be released in 2017.
11th Jul '17 12:50:43 PM angie710
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** Also, Molly sleeps with wet hair to set it in pin curls for a performance, but catches a cold and can't be in the show at all.
14th Jun '17 11:13:41 AM Eievie
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* '''Felicity Merriman (1774):''' Archived in 2011, then rereleased in 2017. FieryRedhead, daughter of a merchant family in Virginia as UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution approaches. Her series has a lot of plots focusing on the conflict of independence vs. loyalty to tradition. She also has a CoolHorse. Her creation led to Pleasant Company completely remaking their dolls to have flesh tone bodies, as Felicity's period clothing featured plunging necklines. Eventually her friend Elizabeth Cole was made into a Best Friend doll in '05.

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* '''Felicity Merriman '''[[Literature/AmericanGirlsFelicity Felicity Merriman]] (1774):''' Archived in 2011, then rereleased in 2017. FieryRedhead, daughter of a merchant family in Virginia as UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution approaches. Her series has a lot of plots focusing on the conflict of independence vs. loyalty to tradition. She also has a CoolHorse. Her creation led to Pleasant Company completely remaking their dolls to have flesh tone bodies, as Felicity's period clothing featured plunging necklines. Eventually her friend Elizabeth Cole was made into a Best Friend doll in '05.



* '''Josefina Montoya (1824):''' ShrinkingViolet, daughter of a rancher in the Mexican-controlled Southwest. Her [[MissingMom mother died]] just before her series starts, leaving her, her three sisters, and their grieving father somewhat lost, until her aunt Dolores moves in and helps everyone discover their HiddenDepths. [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya No relation.]]

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* '''Josefina Montoya '''[[Literature/AmericanGirlsJosefina Josefina Montoya]] (1824):''' ShrinkingViolet, daughter of a rancher in the Mexican-controlled Southwest. Her [[MissingMom mother died]] just before her series starts, leaving her, her three sisters, and their grieving father somewhat lost, until her aunt Dolores moves in and helps everyone discover their HiddenDepths. [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya No relation.]]



* '''Kit Kittredge (1934):''' Cincinnati, Ohio, during TheGreatDepression. Kit's series focuses on learning to make-do without, and not taking things for granted. Her companion Ruthie was made into a Best Friend doll in '08 and retired with the rest of the Best Friends line in '14.

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* '''Kit Kittredge '''[[Literature/AmericanGirlsKit Kit Kittredge]] (1934):''' Cincinnati, Ohio, during TheGreatDepression. Kit's series focuses on learning to make-do without, and not taking things for granted. Her companion Ruthie was made into a Best Friend doll in '08 and retired with the rest of the Best Friends line in '14.
14th Jun '17 10:44:11 AM Eievie
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* '''Addy Walker (1864):''' The first non-white doll. First a slave in North Carolina, then escapes to Philadelphia, during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. Her family is separated and has to reunite, and stories focus on issues faced by former slaves, such as catching up on the education they'd been denied and the fact that "free" black people weren't all that free, even in the North.

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* '''Addy Walker '''[[Literature/AmericanGirlsAddy Addy Walker]] (1864):''' The first non-white doll. First a slave in North Carolina, then escapes to Philadelphia, during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. Her family is separated and has to reunite, and stories focus on issues faced by former slaves, such as catching up on the education they'd been denied and the fact that "free" black people weren't all that free, even in the North.
13th Jun '17 12:19:36 PM Eievie
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* '''Kaya'aton'my (1764):''' Nez Perce Native American in the Pacific Northwest, pre-European settlement. Tries to get rid of her EmbarrassingNickname 'Magpie' by proving to her tribe she isn't like the selfish bird. She has a CoolHorse.

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* '''Kaya'aton'my '''[[Literature/AmericanGirlsKaya Kaya'aton'my]] (1764):''' Nez Perce Native American in the Pacific Northwest, pre-European settlement. Tries to get rid of her EmbarrassingNickname 'Magpie' by proving to her tribe she isn't like the selfish bird. She has a CoolHorse.
3rd Jun '17 7:27:17 PM klausbaudelaire
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* HeadSwap: As is common with most doll lines for practicality reasons, the dolls share a common body design for their respective lines, differing in head, hair, skin colour and outfits, saving designers the trouble of having to do different body designs and such and allowing clothes to fit from one doll to the next.


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* PaletteSwap: Molly and Emily's pet dogs Bennett and Yank, are merely palette swaps of each other, bearing the same coat pattern with the colors inverted.
26th May '17 3:20:13 PM tyrekecorrea
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* '''Melody Ellison (1964):''' The second doll to be brand new to [=BeForever=], from 1960s Detroit. She is an aspiring singer, growing up during the Civil Rights Movement and with a brother with ambitions to be singing for Motown.

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* '''Melody Ellison (1964):''' The second doll to be brand new to [=BeForever=], from 1960s Detroit. She is an aspiring singer, growing up during the Civil Rights Movement and with a brother with ambitions who aspires to be singing sing for Motown.Motown Records.
24th May '17 5:31:47 PM Nethilia
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Many people complained that Samantha's [=BeForever=] collection had too much emphasis on pink colored clothing. However, the availability of coal dyes starting in the late 1800s made bright pink a very widespread fashion choice and highly popular.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Many people complained that Samantha's [=BeForever=] collection had too much emphasis on pink colored clothing. However, the availability of coal dyes starting in the late 1800s mid-1800s made bright pink (among other colors) a very widespread fashion choice and highly popular.



* ChooseYourOwnAdventure: The "My Journey" books, launched with the [=BeForever=] reimagining of the historical line.

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* ChooseYourOwnAdventure: The "My Journey" books, launched with the [=BeForever=] reimagining of the historical line.line, involve a female protagonist going back to the Historical Character's time and having several adventures with her. However, as the books are aimed towards younger readers (late elementary to middle school), no endings result in death or major injury and he protagonist is always assumed to return home safely to her own time; thus it is more like a FieldTripToThePast.


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** This is also the case in Felicity's series, though is not as overt. Felicity's family own two slaves--Rose and Marcus--and her grandfather owns a large plantation and thus, owns several slaves. Felicity almost never acknowledges the issues with owning people (she finds time on the plantation to be pleasant) and considers Rose and Marcus part of her family. In the [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure Journey book]], the time-traveling protagonist is extremely unnerved by the prospect of seeing slaves at work while touring the land, and an encounter with two slaves that were "night-walking" to another plantation to visit makes her worry that Felicity will turn them in. (Felicity doesn't, but she does make them go back to the slave quarters.)
22nd May '17 9:34:34 PM Nethilia
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Starting in 2016, American Girl released the WellieWishers, a line aimed at the mostly ignored 5-7 year old demographic.

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Starting in 2016, American Girl released the WellieWishers, a line aimed at the mostly ignored previously overlooked 5-7 year old demographic.



* AudienceShift: [=BeForever=] and TrulyMe are meant to try and avert this and keep the 8-12 target demographic playing with the dolls instead of younger kids who can't read the books, won't take care of the dolls, and may injure themselves with small accessories. This also was part of the drive behind the creation of the Welliewishers line.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Many people complained that Samantha's BeForever collection had too much emphasis on pink colored clothing. However, the availability of coal dyes starting in the late 1800s made bright pink a very widespread fashion choice and highly popular.

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* AudienceShift: The remarketing of [=BeForever=] and TrulyMe are Truly Me--as well as the lack of illustrations and denser texts--are meant to try and avert this and keep the 8-12 target demographic playing with interested in the dolls instead of the demographic shifting towards younger kids who can't read the books, won't take care of the dolls, and may injure themselves with small accessories. This also was part of the drive behind the creation of the Welliewishers WellieWishers line.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Many people complained that Samantha's BeForever [=BeForever=] collection had too much emphasis on pink colored clothing. However, the availability of coal dyes starting in the late 1800s made bright pink a very widespread fashion choice and highly popular.
22nd May '17 9:30:22 PM Nethilia
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Also, since 2001, there has been a "Girl of the Year" (GOTY), a 9-year-old girl who would represent the year she came out.

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Also, since Since 2001, there has been a "Girl of the Year" (GOTY), a 9-year-old 9-to-10-year-old girl who would represent the year she came out.



* '''Gabriela McBride''' in 2017. An African-American spoken-word poet and dancer, whose mission is to save the Liberty Arts Center her mom directs from destruction. She also has a stutter, making her the first main American Girl or Girl of the Year to have a disability of any kind.

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* '''Gabriela McBride''' [=McBride=]''' in 2017. An African-American spoken-word poet and dancer, whose mission is to save the Liberty Arts Center her mom directs from destruction. She also has a stutter, making her the first main American Girl or Girl of the Year to have a disability of any kind.
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Starting in 2017, American Girl started a "Contemporary line". While similar to the Girl of the Year Line, the idea is that characters introduced will not be given a strict "one year" availability. They are also older than the 10 year limit on most characters.

* '''Tenney Grant''': A musician from Nashville, TN, who is starting on a burgeoning music career. Her collection includes the first official male doll, Logan Everett.
* '''Z Yang''': A hopeful film director, focusing on online vlogging and stop-motion. The character was [[AscendedExtra initially created]] to promote the rise of stop-motion videos in the fandom with her own [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOhRWwSyTfGhmo6p0mo1dzVenLV13dV-e series of YouTube videos]]. She was released in Spring 2017 as a full character with her own collection.

Starting in 2016, American Girl released the WellieWishers, a line aimed at the mostly ignored 5-7 year old demographic.



The company also used to publish the ''Literature/AmeliasNotebook'' and ''Literature/AngelinaBallerina'' series, along with ''Girls of Many Lands'' and ''Historical Mysteries'' for older girls.

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The company also used to publish the ''Literature/AmeliasNotebook'' and ''Literature/AngelinaBallerina'' series, along with ''Girls of Many Lands'' and ''Historical Mysteries'' for older girls.



* AudienceShift: [=BeForever=] and TrulyMe are meant to try and avert this and keep the 8-12 target demographic playing with the dolls instead of younger kids who can't read the books, won't take care of the dolls, and may injure themselves with small accessories.

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* AudienceShift: [=BeForever=] and TrulyMe are meant to try and avert this and keep the 8-12 target demographic playing with the dolls instead of younger kids who can't read the books, won't take care of the dolls, and may injure themselves with small accessories. This also was part of the drive behind the creation of the Welliewishers line.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Many people complained that Samantha's BeForever collection had too much emphasis on pink colored clothing. However, the availability of coal dyes starting in the late 1800s made bright pink a very widespread fashion choice and highly popular.
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