I normally don’t write posts on leaks or any future information that American Girl will do on this blog. It’s just not what this blog is about, but I can’t help doing it with this.
2017 has been a huge year of changes from American girl and most of them are not good: AG changed their packaging, they switched GOTYs (Tenney and Gabby) and poor Gabriela had hardly anything to debut, and NOW THIS:
American Girl has decided to permanently attach underwear to their mostly modern dolls. This includes Melody, Maryellen, Julie, all the TMs, Tenney and Logan and future Contemporary Characters. I don’t think the underwear will be painted on their bodies nor will it be part of the body itself, but they stated that it is permanently attached and you can’t remove it with a seam ripper. The Wellie Wishers and Bitties Babies will NOT change, nor will Gabriela get this.
The packaging, I could deal with as long as I don’t find holes in my clothes. And I was pleased to learn that Gabriela will receive at least one new outfit, a mini doll, a loft bed, a fuzzy chair and ottoman in her collection this spring. But THIS takes the cake! I am in the midst of writing an Isabelle story and lots of my dolls are wearing ballet outfits and warm-up leotards and I can just imagine how terrible that would look with underwear underneath. How are they going to wear swimsuits? Julie is supposed to get a giant pink bathroom, complete with the toilet and now she will never be able to pee!
I cannot fathom the reason for AG doing this. I am simply at a loss. It makes their dolls seem even cheaper than they already are. Here I was SO excited that I have gift cards and money saved up to go to the CC release and buy Logan, and probably Tenney and possibly Felicity, but now, I don’t know what to do.
Every time I see stuff about this I think, is this really happening? Is this a big AG joke? It’s a little early for April Fools, but….
The best way we can stop this is to send snail mail letters to Katy Dickson, the CEO of AG. If you take the time to write a real letter it may get noticed more than just a comment or an email. Here is the address if you feel so inclined:
Ms. Katy Dickson
8400 Fairway PL
Middleton, WI 53562
Right now, I still plan to go to the release, but I have no clue what or if I’ll buy anything. I’d like to see what it really looks like. I’m sure we will be seeing lots of almost naked Tennies and Logans when they release on the 14th.
Update: Someone bought a Logan doll from the Navel Exchange (who accidentally released Tenney and Logan early). He did NOT have permanent underwear and he has (I think) a new version of gray eyes! They are really similar to Marie Grace’s so it’s hard to tell whether it’s MG or gray, but I think it’s a deeper, slightly darker new gray. I’m probably going to buy Tenney and Logan right away, open them in the store and see what kind of undies they’re wearing. Hopefully, for the first batch they will be normal AG dolls.
Tell me what you think in the comments.