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12 days to go!

I’m going to American Girl in just 12 days to see Girl of the Year 2015!  Celebrating today is Marisol, Girl of the Year 2005 (I think that’s the year they started calling them Girl of the Year, but it might have been 2006)

Here is a gorgeous Marisol in front of my fabulous purple Christmas tree, wearing one of 2012’s holiday dresses:

And a picture back from 2005 when I got her (I lived in Ohio then):

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Sorry it’s been a while.  I was in Disneyland.  It’s time for Addy!

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Ruthie in Addy’s Nightgown, Marisol in Sunday Best, Kit in the new Addy outfit, Nicki in the new school suit, Kailey in winter coat and hat, Caroline in Christmas dress, Elizabeth in Flower Picking dress, Felicity in Plaid Summer Dress, Samantha in Addy’s dress, Addy in her birthday pinafore, Gwen in the striped dress, and Nellie in the summer dress

Here’s more!  Kit is having trouble pulling off Addy’s new bonnet:

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Nicki in Addy’s beautiful new school suit:

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Caroline looking gorgeous in Addy’s Tartan Christmas Dress:

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Marisol in Addy’s purple Sunday Best Dress:

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Elizabeth and Felicity:

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I think Addy is a lucky girl because she has a mother who is a dressmaker.  I doubt many escaped slaves had clothes as nice as Addy’s.  But they are gorgeous, aren’t they?

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Say hello to Samantha, the first American Girl to come back from retirement!  Here is my Samantha collection:

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I can see my mother rolling her eyes at my third dolly bicycle, but I couldn’t resist free shipping!

Here’s Samantha in the winter coat that came out around the same time as Samantha’s movie:

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Marisol looks sensational in Samantha’s Cranberry Party Dress:

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Here’s Gwen in the new winter coat:

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Samantha’s bike is really beautiful.  Critics say it’s too modern, but someone on the dolly boards found a vintage advertisement for a bicycle that came in vermilion, and safety bicycles were first designed in 1876 according to Wikipedia.  Mia looks gorgeous in the pink hair ribbon and turquoise-accented blouse:

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Here’s Caroline in Samantha’s new meet dress (which I think is pretty mediocre) and Kanani in the Frilly Frock…

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…that I think is amazing!

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Nellie looks quite sophisticated in the dress she borrowed from Samantha:

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Molly, Marie-Grace, and Jess chillin in sleepwear:

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Rebecca models Samantha’s new holiday set:

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Poor Kaya is dressed to be shipped off to boarding school:

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And Kirsten borrows Nellie’s dress, which happens to be her favorite color:

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Best Friends Forever Elizabeth and Felicity display timeless beauty:

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I have mixed feelings about Samantha’s return.  Her new collection is very pink, but I’m eager to see future releases.  Who wants to share their favorite Samantha outfit, new or retired?

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Today the dollies are pretending they’re in New Mexico.  Whether historic or contemporary, here are the girls in the collections of Josefina and Saige.

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And because it’s awesome, how ’bout a photo from a real trip to New Mexico (October 2013):

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Dolly A-Z: Marisol

Marisol is Girl of the Year 2005 (though I can’t remember if we had started calling them Girl of the Year in 2005, or if that didn’t start until 2006).  That makes her my 5th American Girl doll, after Molly, Kit, Lindsey, and Kailey.  She was also the first doll that I bought while I lived in Ohio.  She’s fun.  She likes to dance.  She was the lucky doll that got to come to the American Girl store on New Years Day this year:

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She was dressed cutely, but I almost lost her hat that day.  Here’s Marisol’s Halloween costume this year:

 

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And for those of you thinking she looks a lot like Kanani, it’s not just because Marisol is wearing Kanani’s outfit.  The 2 have a lot in common:

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They have very similar hair and skin color, but they have different eye color and eye shape, and Kanani’s hair is longer.

 

Ooh, I found an old photo of when I first got Marisol.  It’s not the greatest angle for her, but you can see her fun meet outfit:

 

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That’s all for today.  iHasta Mañana!

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If you were born yesterday, and therefore know nothing about American Girl, then I’d like to introduce you to the Girl of the Year. Well, 12 of them actually. American Girl didn’t start calling them Girls of the Year until Jess was released in 2006. Lindsey and Kailey were released as limited edition–while supplies last, and if I recall they lasted a little longer than a year. Since then, each girl has been available for only 1 year. I was going to stop after Jess, but then I saw Nicki in person at American Girl Place Chicago, and I had to take her home. After that, I just had to keep collecting. Here they are, from left to right, back row to front:

Lindsey Bergman, 2001
Kailey Hopkins, 2003
Marisol Luna, 2005
Jess Akiko McConnell, 2006
Nicki Fleming, 2007
Mia St Clair, 2008
Chrissa Maxwell, 2009
Sonali Mathews, Chrissa’s Best Friend (absent from my collection is Chrissa’s other best friend Gwen. 2009 is the only year they released more than 1 doll.)
Lanie Holland, 2010
Kanani Akina, 2011
McKenna Brooks, 2012
Saige Copeland, 2013

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Who’s your favorite Girl of the Year?

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When people find out I have 30 American Girl dolls, they sometimes ask, “Don’t they all look the same?” Or, when I get excited about a new doll, my sister has asked, “Don’t you already have a doll that looks like that?” The answer to both of those questions is no, and this post is going to explore that. Please prepare yourself for a page full of dolly mugshots. I also want to say that my comparison will neglect the Girl of Today/My AG/Just Like You dolls, because I don’t collect them. That line offers even more hair/face/eye combinations, none of which I feel need to be added to my collection.

Let’s start with the biggest difference: there are dolls with different faces! American Girl has used multiple face molds through the years. Let’s go through them. I will follow conventional naming, naming the molds after the first doll that had them.

First, the classic mold. Pictured here on Kirsten, Felicity, Kit, Lindsey, Kailey, Emily, Nicki, Mia, Ruthie, Lanie, Caroline, and Saige.

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I left Samantha and Molly out of this picture because my Samantha and Molly were made before the Mattel takeover, and I think they look different. Here are the first three American Girls: a pre-Mattel Molly, a Mattel Kirsten, and a pre-Mattel Samantha.

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Felicity was the next doll released, and she shared the classic face mold. The next doll is Addy, who was released in the mid-90’s (after I got my first catalog, but before I picked my first doll). Addy is African-American, and thankfully she gets a new face mold.

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A few years later, but still before the Mattel takeover, we get Josefina. She gets her own face mold, and since then many dolls have shared it. Some argue that it’s more popular than the classic mold (Chrissa and McKenna both sold very well), but I like the classic mold better.

Here are dolls with the Josefina mold: Josefina, Elizabeth, Nellie, Rebecca, Julie, Marisol, Chrissa, McKenna

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To really see the difference, here are Julie and Kailey. They both have blond hair and brown eyes, but you can see how different they look:

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In 2006, we meet Jess, who is half-Japanese. While at this point there was an Asian Girl of Today, Jess got her own mold. The same mold is used for Ivy and Kanani.

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Even though these three dolls have the same face, there’s no denying how different they look from each other. In fact, for years I thought Jess and Ivy had different faces because Jess’s eyes looked more round than Ivy’s. As it turns out, Ivy’s face is painted to make her eyes look pointier.

Slightly creepy close-up of Ivy’s eye:

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And Jess’s eye:

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And I’ll through in a round eye (Josefina’s) for good measure:

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Kaya gets her own face mold. She is the only doll who doesn’t show her teeth, because showing teeth is rude in Nez Perce culture.

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Sonali is of South Asian descent, so she got a new face mold when she came out:

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But now Cecile has the same face:

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Here are my three Black dollies:

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And finally, Marie-Grace has her own face mold.

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Compare it to the Josefina mold (Chrissa) and the classic mold (Ruthie)

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Marie-Grace has a pointier chin than Chrissa and fuller lips than Ruthie.

So that covers all the different face molds. Let’s look at some other differences. Look at these 3 dolls with blond hair and blue eyes:

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Different hairstyles and different faces make for three distinct dolls. I think even their eye color is different:

Kirsten

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Kit

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and Elizabeth

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Next let’s compare the redheads:

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A beautiful rainbow, from strawberry to auburn. Let’s get closer.

Felicity (left) and Saige (right)

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Emily (left) and Felicity (right)

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Nellie (left) and Mia (right)

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There’s so much variation in each of these wigs, that I wonder if you’ll even find differences among each Saige doll, each Felicity, etc. Each wig has multiple hues, and that’s what I love most about these redheaded dollies.

Here are all the dolls with freckles:

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Nellie is the only doll with freckles who’s not a classic mold. I noticed right away that Kit and Lindsey have identical faces:

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That was most noticeable because Kit was my second American Girl, released in 2000, and Lindsey was my third, released in 2001. Nicki and Saige have the same freckle pattern as Kit and Lindsey (here’s a closeup of Saige):

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But Mia’s freckles are significantly lighter:

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We’ve covered blondes and redheads, how about caramel? What is caramel-colored hair? I’d never heard hair color described as caramel until American Girl, but here it is. Nicki and McKenna have caramel-colored hair. It’s not red, it’s not blond, it’s not brown.

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Let’s finish off with some buddy shots of dolls that are similar, but different.

Caroline and Lanie. Both have curly blond hair and green eyes, but Caroline’s eyes and hair are both much lighter.

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Samantha has darker hair than Molly, but after 20 years or so, the frizziness looks pretty much the same color:

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Brunette variation is easier to see on newer dolls Lindsey and Ruthie:

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Of my 30, I think Chrissa and McKenna are the most similar looking. They both have blue eyes on a Josefina face mold, with straight hair and no bangs.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed exploring the similarities and differences among my American Girl dolls. I wish the photos had more consistent lighting (I took them all today, indoors, with no artificial lighting. All color correction was done automatically by the camera. I did no editing.) so that the details were more clear. As of right now, I have decided I will stop collecting when they come out with a doll that looks like one I already have. But as you can see, that probably won’t happen soon. The possibilities for American Girl appear to be endless!

Oh, and here’s what one’s living room looks like after a 30-doll photo shoot:

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