Hello, readers! I’m briefly back with one of my far-and-in-between posts during my semi-hiatus. I’ve been thinking a lot about AG’s new doll releases lately, in particular, the Create Your Own line, Luciana, and the Boy Dolls. Originally, I was super excited for the first two, but now? I’m not so sure. Here’s why.
When Luciana was leaked, I was practically euphoric. A purple streak in her wig, she’s into space, and she’s Hispanic? Oh, happy day! And I must say that the doll herself is very pretty. For a while, I was actually considering purchasing her. But, after looking through the catalogue that arrived on my doorstep, I realized she wasn’t right for me. First, I couldn’t seem to put together a personality for her. She also looks a bit too similar to Lea, who at one point I would love to purchase at some point. Lastly, her purple streak looked cheap up close. While Luciana is cute as a doll, and has some great accessories, I will not be purchasing her.
I was incredibly excited for Luciana, but when the Boy TMs leaked, my reaction was something along the lines of ”Ew. That’s so weird, it’s American GIRL.” However, my views on them, like my views on Luciana, changed. Having boy dolls opens up way more diverse play options, from brothers, to fathers, to (I kind of cringe at this, but it probably happens) boyfriends. And, I suppose, if boys want to play, they can. Also, American Girl is probably trying to tone down the custom-boy-doll market on eBay. I think that the boy dolls were a good idea, but I’m personally not big on the way they turned out. I do eventually want a boy doll, but I’ll be making a custom one (sorry, AG!).
As for the Create Your Own line (which from here on out will be known as the CYO Line), I only heard about it days before it released. I thought it was cool, and I hoped to get one-even though they were $200. I played around on the customizer (which, in all honesty, did disappoint me somewhat. I was hoping you could get Lea’s wig, and Caroline’s eyes, which you can’t). Then, I heard about the glitches occurring the CYO dolls. Crooked eyes, half-attached wigs, and mixed-up orders. Then I realized something-I could get a custom doll on eBay for less than $200, and it would actually be one-of-a-kind (such as a Grace with a short wig, to use Michelle as an example). I could also simply customize a doll myself and spend even less. This was what eventually led me to create Michelle-I wanted a 100% unique doll, for less than what AG was charging. Like the Boy TM line, I think AG was trying to tone down the custom-doll market on eBay. But, unfortunately, it’s still not the same. I love having unique dolls-I love that nobody else has a Michelle, and that she’s 100% mine and special-and most of the dolls I get in the future will be customs; the doll(s) I am purchasing soon are not customs, they will probably be my last non-altered AG dolls.
Whew! This post came out about twice as long as I thought it would-I had a lot to say about these three new releases, and I guess I didn’t really get at it when I did my opinions post of the Spring Releases. Farewell for now, peeps!