Oh, the good old days. You'd rush home from school to make sure your Tamagotchi was fed, the most important part of your day. You would frantically try to find batteries around your house so your Furby could still make those weird noises. Your American Girl doll was your BFF and she never left your side. You two were inseparable.
Those dolls were really such a treasure for anyone who owned one. But the latest American Girl Doll has the internet experiencing some ... mixed feelings.
In 1986, the first American Girl doll was released, made by a company called Pleasant Rowland.
via: ShutterstockThe original dolls were: Samantha Parkington, an orphan being raised by her grandparents in 1904 New York City (archived in 2009 but re-released in 2014 as a BeForever doll). Felicity Merriman, a Revolutionary War girl living in 1774 Williamsburg, Virginia (archived in 2011). Kirsten Larson , a pioneer girl originally from Sweden, living in Minnesota in 1854 (archived in 2010). Molly McIntire, the daughter of a WWII doctor who has gone to Europe to help wounded soldiers (archived in 2014). Josefina Montoya, a Native American girl living in 1924 New Mexico with her father and sisters (still available). Kit Kittredge, a Depression-era girl living in Cincinnati (still available). Addy Walker, a young girl living on a North Carolina plantation during the Civil War (still available).
Your own mini me!
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Get in line...
via: ShutterstockPeople would wait in line for hours to get inside an American Girl doll store. It was serious dedication.
Even Conan loves them!Conan O'Brien visited an American Girl doll store where he created his own doll. It's a hilarious video where he gets a behind the scenes look of the doll. Basically, it's hard not to love these dolls.
Plus, those books!
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Keeps getting better...
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No girl left out!
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But the latest American Girl Doll launch?Well, it has some people feeling conflicted.
So, meet Courtney.
via: American Girl DollThis is the new '80s American Girl Doll.
Yep, the '80s were 40 years ago. Sorry!
via: American Girl DollCourtney is "a total ‘80s girl whose big, bright and bold ideas inspire today’s girls to find their inner hero to accomplish great things."
"Growing up in 1986 ..."
via: American Girl Doll"Courtney’s story reflects the pop culture of the decade from sky-high hair, neon-colored fashions, music television, and video gaming ..."
"To major historical moments surrounding women in government and space exploration ..."
via: American Girl Doll"As well as larger cultural shifts around blended families and emerging technology."
Courtney sounds like a real go-getter"
via: American Girl Doll"She's an avid gamer growing up with her blended family in the fictional town of Orange Valley, CA."
"Courtney loves going to the mall, especially the arcade, where she’s one of the top-scoring PAC-MAN™ players."
via: American Girl Doll"But Courtney doesn’t only play video games, she’d like to create them and bring more girl characters to the forefront."
American Girl is partnering with Girls Who Code for Courtney's launch.
via: American Girl DollIt's "a leading nonprofit that’s on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does."
via: American Girl DollAmerican Girl is "matching customer donations dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $50,000 to support the organization’s programming and outreach to girls, including those from historically underrepresented minority groups."
Want a Courtney of your own?
via: American Girl DollThe doll is available online now and will hit American Girl stores on September 25th! Want more toy news? Scroll on...