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YMMV: American Girls Collection
  • Awesome Art: The Historical Characters' book illustrations are not only very pretty to look at, but they reflect the time period and setting. For example, the family portraits in Molly's books are in black and white.
    • The portraits in Kirsten's series are the only ones to have full-body images of the families, and have full background images as well.
  • Awesome Music: The accompanying background music for the online game "Kirsten's Winter Stars" is absolutely gorgeous. See for yourself: [1]
    • The soundtrack to Felicity's movie has some lovely fiddle and whistle tunes as well.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: Kirsten faces down an angry mama bear to rescue her little brother.
    • Kaya throws sand in the eyes of a cougar to give her wounded friend time to escape. When that doesn't work, she punches it in the nose.
      • In a way, her making it back from her captivity, especially with a partially lame boy in tow counts as this.
  • Girls Need Role Models: The books inspired a generation of female history nerds.
  • Heartwarming Moments: In Addy's Surprise, her father is so proud that his daughter can read that he starts crying.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • What is the name of Kirsten's baby sister whose birth nearly eclipsed Kirsten's 10th birthday and stunted her social life? Britta.
    • In Molly Saves the Day, the last game played at Camp Gowonagin before the campers leave is Color War. Who's one of the characters on the enemy team? A Red scout.
      • And let me guess, Molly would be the medic.
  • Memetic Mutation: At least some of the characters from the series ended up in a number of Hitler Rants parodies on YouTube. Some of the characters who appeared in the parodies, namely Felicity and Kit, were depicted as way off-character, either ending up being a Screwy Squirrel in the vein of Fegelein, as in the case of Felicity, or ranting like a maniac like Kit and Samantha.
  • Misaimed Fandom: American Girls Premiere, a computer game released in the late '90s that gave players the ability to write and perform plays about the various historical protagonists and their families and friends. It was supposed to be educational, but it was hard to take the game seriously between the creepy robot voices and the strange movements (characters could even float or walk through walls, and even normal gestures were always exaggerated). As a result, way more people used the game for parodies, Downfall spoofs and poop jokes than for its intended purpose, helped along by the game's almost total lack of a word blacklist.
  • Narm: Jiggy Nye beating Penny in the Felicity movie.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • In the first Addy book, the slave driver makes her eat slugs off the tobacco plants.
    • In Samantha's movie, a boy working in a factory gets his finger caught in a machine.
    • The American Girl magazine runs a story contest every year. One year, the winning story was about someone who befriends a mysterious girl down by the lake. At the end, the mysterious girl turns out to be a malevolent ghost. The ghost drowns the main character, who then takes the ghost's place, waiting for the next victim to wander by.
  • Periphery Demographic: American Girl actually has a lot of fans who are adult women, often doll collectors. They can often be the strictest fans, especially those young women who got into the dolls as kids and apply the Nostalgia Filter.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Both the Julie and Kit games for the Nintendo DS were given scathing reviews. The American Girls Premiere PC game was a different story, though, being that it was unintentionally hilarious.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Whoo boy. Mattel took over from Pleasant Company in 1998, and remodeled the dolls and outfits as well as retiring a lot of items. In some corners of fandom, anything made after 1998 is utter crap.
  • Unfortunate Implications: It's happened a few times, such as the famous incident where Marisol was criticized for moving out of the inner city because it was unsafe and therefore making her old neighbourhood (a real place) look bad. News magazines in 2009 tried to play this up and create a controversy out of minor character Gwen, labelling her "the homeless doll", even though she gets a place to move into partway through the first book she's in, we don't even know she was homeless until The Reveal near the end of said book, and she's not even the main character (that'd be Chrissa).
    • Addy being Demoted to Extra. She and her items rarely appear in the catalogs, usually with just a picture of her and a note to "find her things at American Girl. com!" Then there are the fans who complain about her hair, her skin tone, her accessories, etc.
  • The Woobie: Nellie O'Malley has a very poor home life compared with Samantha, who also happens to be an orphan.

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