According to totally unofficial scientific research, American Girl dolls are a leading cause of nostalgia among millennials. So, it may come as a shock to the Samantha lovers of a certain age that the toy company's lineup has changed so drastically in recent years. The newest dolls — Girl of the Year? Bitty Twins? — are so unrecognizable it's enough to make OG American Girl fans feel like they're about 100 years old.
The company just announced another round of changes to the collection, and it's ruffling feathers for more than a few reasons. Characters Ruthie, Marie-Grace, Cécile, and Ivy are all retiring, and the Historical Collection will be known as BeForever come this fall. It may not seem like a big deal, but that takes away two dolls of color from an already not-very-diverse group. After African-American Cécile and Asian-American Ivy go the way of Samantha (RIP!), that leaves only three non-white characters.
Of course, it could be argued that today's American Girl landscape has markedly improved from, say, 15 years ago. Addy, Josefina, and Kaya all represent different races, as opposed the all-white lineup from many of our childhoods. But, it leaves many parents and kids wondering what American Girl has planned down the line to make up for this month's retired dolls. At least there's still the option to design a doll that looks like you (in all your uniqueness). (Jezebel)