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praiseable asked: Did you know american girl will be retiring Ruthie, Ivy Marie grace AND Cecile? a worker there told my friend. I'm so heart broken :(

americangirlliz:

fyeahamericangirl:

americangirlliz:

peekintothepast:

I’ve heard! It’s such a shame, especially in Ivy’s case, with her grand total of two outfits. AG has promised “big changes” to the historical lineup, and honestly, my hopes aren’t very high for what they have in store. They’ve said that Nellie isn’t coming back with Samantha in the fall, so I doubt any of the other Best Friends are going to be reintroduced, either. I’m going to be so sad to see them go! :’(

Please tell me this isn’t actually happening :(

We know nothing for sure until official announcements are made. But the rumor mill has been pretty much ten for ten for some time now so my hopes aren’t up.

And I was having such a good day. Do you think they’ll retire them all at once (please no) or gradually?

I’m thinking all at once, since they stated “big changes coming this fall”- that would seem to indicate their goal is to launch the revamped line at the end of this year or the beginning of 2015. Which would require everything not part of the revamped line to be retired. :(

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praiseable asked: Did you know american girl will be retiring Ruthie, Ivy Marie grace AND Cecile? a worker there told my friend. I'm so heart broken :(

americangirlliz:

peekintothepast:

I’ve heard! It’s such a shame, especially in Ivy’s case, with her grand total of two outfits. AG has promised “big changes” to the historical lineup, and honestly, my hopes aren’t very high for what they have in store. They’ve said that Nellie isn’t coming back with Samantha in the fall, so I doubt any of the other Best Friends are going to be reintroduced, either. I’m going to be so sad to see them go! :’(

Please tell me this isn’t actually happening :(

We know nothing for sure until official announcements are made. But the rumor mill has been pretty much ten for ten for some time now so my hopes aren’t up.

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So I may have ever so slightly just realized I can make every outfit from (the 1960 version of) Pollyanna for Samantha

Filed under YEEEES

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Anonymous asked: Why do you think AG is growing out of historical dolls. I grew up with them and have 25 dolls(15 are historicals). I'm really mad. The dolls that I love so much are Molly, Nellie, Elizabeth, and Rebbecca. Only one is still being sold. There is a huge problem with that!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you wish that Mattel could just sell AG back to pleasant t Rowland? Thanks- think different 9

It’s a business decision. Somewhere along the line the dolls turned from an educational plaything into a must-have status symbol and it’s easier to crank out a lot of new stuff to sell with the business model used for the moddies. And Mattel’s primary concern is obviously the bottom line, which is understandable (though disappointing.)

As for selling back to Rowland, well, I just don’t know. While some things were certainly given more care and attention under her ownership, it also had its fair share of problems, many of which have improved under Mattel. (Though I would like to point out to anyone who says Mattel has really ramped up the diversity that due to the self-stated length of AG’s development cycle- 3 years- that Addy, Josefina, Kit and Kaya- i.e. about half of the historicals’ financially and ethnically diverse main characters-  all had at least some of their development done under Pleasant Company, and it’s not like Mattel has been effusively diverse post-Kaya… we still don’t have an Asian main character historical or much of anything that isn’t very very white in the GOTY department. So I kinda sideye people who sing Mattel’s praises over that.)

I tend to be the type who wants the ones in charge to be fixed rather than some drastic upheaval to happen, but I really  would appreciate it if they’d address some of the more pressing complaints. I am curious to see what is going to be the deal with the revamping of the historicals though.

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praiseable asked: Did you know american girl will be retiring Ruthie, Ivy Marie grace AND Cecile? a worker there told my friend. I'm so heart broken :(

peekintothepast:

I’ve heard! It’s such a shame, especially in Ivy’s case, with her grand total of two outfits. AG has promised “big changes” to the historical lineup, and honestly, my hopes aren’t very high for what they have in store. They’ve said that Nellie isn’t coming back with Samantha in the fall, so I doubt any of the other Best Friends are going to be reintroduced, either. I’m going to be so sad to see them go! :’(

Filed under ughhhhhhh gotta go pick up ivy asap this is totally uncool

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Mmmkay: jonimakesstuff apparently got a message from AG asking her to take the fifties doll posts down so I’m going to do that. I will be saving the pictures though, in the event someone needs them and to compare to whomever we eventually get. And for shorthand purposes, until we get contradictory info I will be referring to this doll by her rumored name, Grace Thomas.

Filed under grace thomas the tag begins

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I had a dream last night that BeForever turned out to be a rebranding of BARBIE and that confused the hell out of me

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Anonymous asked: I have a baby doll that came with a book Our New Baby. I believe it was made in 1986-1989 is there anything you can tell me about it. I received it was a gift when I was a child and barely used it. It had been sitting in a tote for years and now that I have a little girl I was going to give it to her but would like a little information. The baby is a girl in a blue and white check out fit with a pink bow and no hair. Book to match.

agheaven:

I don’t know nor care much for AG’s baby line. Not sure what you want to know specifically, but there’s info about the line at the AG wiki and at the AG Playthings here. Hope those links help out!

Our New Baby was the first generation of what is now called Bitty Baby. Depending on what condition yours is in (you mentioned you rarely played with her so I’d be inclined to think she’s in good shape), she might be pretty valuable, so I’d maybe double check that first. But whatever you decide to do with her, she should fit decently into Bitty Baby outfits and accessories in case someone wants to get her more stuff.

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old--fashioned asked: What is the "BeForever" line-- what is speculated to be included in it? I've heard it mentioned several times before on several other sites, and unsure of exactly what it is. Thanks! (Also: I love your blog-- I keep tumblr just to keep updated with the AG blogs I follow!)

Thanks for the compliment! AG trademarked BeForever a few months ago, and while no further leaks directly mentioning the name have surfaced, people are guessing from the “forever” that it might be a rebranding and restructuring of the Historical Character line. The mention in AG’s posts about Samantha today that further news is coming about the historicals seems to support this theory.

While we don’t know what the changes will entail, many people have been predicting that the buddy characters may be on their way out, as they have all been either retired with their main or had their side of the collection severely scaled back in the last few years, often to only one or two items beyond the dolls and meet accessories. Since the NOLA girls are considered equal shares in their collection, people also think this may mean the end for them- considering the mass retirement in their collection last December and the lack of replacement product, this would not surprise me (though it would intensely disappoint me, as they are some of the most unique and interesting characters AG has produced lately, Cécile especially.)