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Merry Christmas!

Hello!  I missed a couple countdown days because I was celebrating Christmas!  No worries, I’ll catch up.  Today we’re at 8 days to go, celebrating with Nicki, Girl of the Year 2007.

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Josefina is from New Mexico.  New Mexico in 1824, which was still part of Mexico.  I think her clothing is pretty awesome.  I heard a rumor that she’s getting new outfits next spring, along with a Beforever journey book.

Group photo:

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Kanani looks like una santa in Josefina’s holiday outfit:

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Nicki in Josefina’s Spencer Jacket:

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My mommy made this nightgown!  Here’s a photo of Chrissa wearing it while hugging Sombrita:

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A Gwen le gusta el sombrero y el vestido del verano:

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Kaya looks really nice in Josefina’s vest dress:

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I can never remember if this dress is called the feast dress or the fiesta dress.  Either way, here’s Josefina and her oven:

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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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I cheated a little.  Because Molly doesn’t have any new outfits, I didn’t take any new photos.  I already have a group photo with all of Molly’s outfits:

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Back row: Emily’s snowsuit, Molly’s Christmas dress, swimsuit, Camp Gowonagin uniform, birthday dress, recital dress, Miss Victory costume, Molly’s bicycle, Emily’s tap costume, Molly’s dude ranch outfit, Route 66 outit, Tennis outfit, aviator outfit, Emily’s bathrobe, Molly’s pajamas, Molly’s bathrobe

Front row: Molly’s skating outfit, Emily’s Christmas dress, Emily’s bikini, Molly’s roller skating outfit, Molly’s birthday dress, Emily’s recital dress, Molly’s meet outfit, Emily’s meet outfit, Molly’s plaid skirt set, school jumper (homemade by my mommy), polka dot dress, Halloween costume, floral pajamas, Emily’s pajamas.

And let’s see what other Molly outfit photos I have lying around.  Here’s last week’s photo of Molly and Emily in Saige’s hot air balloon.  Emily is wearing the Route 66 outfit and Molly is wearing the Roller Skating outfit:

A lousy picture of Kit, but a pretty good picture of Molly’s Dude Ranch outfit!

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Emily in her bikini:

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Samantha wore Molly’s Polka Dot Dress on a wintertime trip to American Girl:

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Rebecca borrowed Emily’s dress for a Hanukkah celebration:

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Ruthie is wearing Molly’s pajamas (homemade by my mommy), and is lounging on Molly’s bed with mini Molly’s copy of Meet Molly:

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Nicki is suited up for Camp Gowonagin:

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Nellie looks adorable in the roller skating outfit, but she’s about to wake the whole neighborhood with the cymbals from Molly’s percussion set:

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Here’s the very first photo of my Emily; please excuse the messy dorm room:

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Emily bakes cookies (the apron is part of Kit’s collection):

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Another photo of the roller skating outfit; this time modeled by Nicki:

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Kanani looks splendid in Molly’s Hawaiian-style swimsuit!  Now she needs a Hawaiian beach (this photo is a beach on Washington’s Whidbey Island):

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Here’s a photo from the day Maplelea Alexi arrived.  Elizabeth is wearing Molly’s ice skating outfit (and looks amazing):

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Molly and Kit yearn to escape Ohio’s winter in their new swimsuits:

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Dude Ranch!

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Sonali pulls off Molly’s Miss Victory costume, with Ruthie ready to tap her heart out in Emily’s costume:

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That’s all I have for now.  What’s your favorite Molly (or Emily) outfit?

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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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Nicki and Marie-Grace are wearing one of my favorite American girl swim outfits ever. It is a 2-in-1 outfit, and it came with everything they’re wearing, including the hat and glasses.

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I finally got the girls into Isabelle outfits:

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Kit is wearing Isabelle’s performance outfit, Josefina is wearing her fancy dress, and Nikki is wearing Isabelle’s pajamas.  You can see Isabelle peeking over Josefina’s shoulders; she is still wearing the outfit she came in and the jacket that came with her accessories.  Everyone else is wearing all of Isabelle’s mix and match pieces.  That’s all for now.  Have a nice day.

 

 

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Dolly A-Z: Nicki

Nicki, Girl of the Year 2007, is my 9th American Girl.  I wasn’t planning on adding her to my collection until I saw her in person at the American Girl Place in Chicago.  She’s so cute!  I love her freckles and her hair color.  (Hey, that’s the same thing I said about Nellie!).  I decided my Nicki doll should wear glasses.

In the Molly celebration going on at my house, Nicki is ready for Camp Gowanagin:

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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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