If a 10 yr old girl wanted any American Girl doll, which would you choose?

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Posted: 12/1/2012 5:29:13 PM
I don't know for a fact that I'm going to buy the doll, but part of the whole situation is that all she asked for was "An American Girl Doll", with no other preferences.

Asking her or her parents is not possible.

So if I decide to do this, I have to choose on my own. I don't even know if I should go with a modern doll or an Historical doll.

Any insight would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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Posted: 12/1/2012 5:41:17 PM
I would get the doll of the year or one of ones that you pick the features on. DD is 10 and loves the one she picked hair color/eye color/etc. the best.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 5:57:40 PM
My dd loves the historical dolls and has really spurred in her a love of history, she always wants to know more. She has Kitt Kitridge and Molly and is getting Kaya for Christmas, she reads all the books too each girl.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 5:57:51 PM
McKenna, the doll of the year, is super popular due to her being a gymnast. She will retire at the end of the year. If you decide to get her, check to make sure she is available for shipping before Christmas. My daughter bought her with her own money a few months ago and LOVES her. She is getting Julie for Christmas which is another very popular one.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 6:29:51 PM
I would get one that looks like her. McKenna, the goty, has a back order date of Jan 4, 2013 and is completely sold out in stores. Kit, Molly, Rebecca, Julie, and Emily are popular historicals. Julie does not have very playable hair though, its hard to style but is long and straight. Kit has short hair and limited styles can be done.

It may be best to get a doll like her with medium hair so she can style it and leave it straight.

My daughter has pm Kirsten, Felicity, amd jly #37 which is red hair, green eyes, freckles. She wants Josie (historical) for her bday



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Posted: 12/1/2012 6:57:58 PM
My MIL is buying Caroline for my 10 year old. I have to admit that that excites me more than it should, as I think she is such a beautiful doll! We really love Kit, too.

I favor the historical characters, as they have the sweetest clothes and accessories. The book sets are wonderful, too.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 6:59:52 PM
If she doesn't care which doll, then don't choose one with curly or textured hair -- you can't really comb through it without losing the style, and if it gets too bad, you have to send the doll back for a new head.

DD loves her Addy doll, but we have to be really careful with the hair...


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Posted: 12/1/2012 7:05:34 PM
I would get the the historical doll that looks most like the child. In my house, that was Rebecca.

If I were just picking my favorite doll for funsies, my favorites are Kit and Julie, which we also have in this house.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 7:50:39 PM
My dd's have gotten several over the years. The favorites have been Kit, Molly & Julie.
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Posted: 12/1/2012 7:56:43 PM
We have Julie, McKenna, Lainie (2010 not available), Lindsey (2001), and a JLY doll. Mckenna far and away has the easiest hair.

I'd probably go with the newer version of the JLY with normalish hair (straight, not curly, wavy)


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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:02:09 PM
Well, I liked the McKenna idea until I realized it was a no-go.

Bummer.

I don't know what the recipient looks like, so do you think one of the ones you choose the features of would even appeal to a kid if it didn't look a thing like them?

Otherwise it's looking like Historical would be my only choice.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:05:23 PM
Do the girls tend to like the "friend of so and so" dolls as much as the main historical dolls themselves? Some of the friends are really cute.



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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:10:28 PM
One more question...how long do they typically take to arrive if you buy them online? The website isn't really telling me. It just gives a vague "as soon as possible" type answer.

I need it in my hands by the 17th.



I'm starting to think I should go for a different gift.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:18:55 PM
Their shipping is fast. I live really close to their main headquarters and I get them super fast (like 2 days).

Knowing where you live, it shouldnt take more than a week if you order something in stock (and their items are nicely labeled).

Let me look online and see if I can give you an idea on hair styles.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:21:47 PM
Just from pictures I'd got with Marie-Grace or Rebecca, both seem to have nice thick hair. Julie is really nice, her hair is thin and fly-away, but it doesnt seem to tangle much at all. Her clothes, while retro, are a little more modern than the others, she is "youngest" historical.

I will just die when they whip out an 80's doll with neon clothes, that better be when I'm old and gray.

But honestly if this is a little girl who has been dreaming of her very own actual AG doll and it isn't in her families budget, I have no doubt that any doll you gift will brighten up her holiday's like the world's largest light bulb.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:25:00 PM
Just looking at the dolls, Rebecca was my original favorite, but then I liked Ruthie, too. (And my Grandma's name was Ruth, which gives her an added bonus point. ) But she has curly hair. So I'm guessing that will be a disaster to deal with, right?


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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:26:47 PM
our curly hair doll is Lainie. To me it often looks frizzy, I dont think they've mastered curly hair yet.

and if you order one, throw is a brush (they are pretty cheap) a regular brush tears up their hair. A wig brush from the beauty supply store will work too.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:31:03 PM
I'm glad you said that because I was wondering if I really needed the brush.


Now that I look closed, even Rebecca has a bit of curl at the bottom of her hair, but not really really curly like Caroline or Cecile.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:33:19 PM
I'm definitely not interested with Julie or Ivy. It's a little too close to home to me to be calling 1974 "historical".


Emily's darn adorable, too.

I don't look at dolls very often, can you tell?

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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:35:19 PM
My granddaughter is getting the Caroline historical doll, but she is going to be disappointed that you can't play on line with the historical dolls. She saw the interstar university where you can play with your doll on line and wanted to do that but it is only for the modern dolls. So if she has access to a computer with internet I might go with one where you can pick the features.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:47:10 PM
My 5yo has Ruthie and her hair is still curly. I love Ruthie. My older two dd's have Rebecca. Her hair isn't hard to manage either. Nicki has had the most unruly hair for us. My two older dd's both have a Nicki doll. We also have two Kits and her hair is the easiest to maintain.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:49:09 PM
Thanks for the Ruthie info, Jen.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:49:28 PM
You may want to go with a jly doll. One with no bangs and straight/layered hair. There is a blong, red, and brown haired AG doll with no bangs. Molly has braids and if the girl takes hem out her hair will be wavy and if not taken care of the right way can get frizzy.

For a first time owner straight is best.




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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:55:33 PM
We have Ruthie and she has some of the easier hair to deal with.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:57:32 PM
I just ordered Rebecca for my 7 yr old and Marie Grace for my 11 year old. These will be their first AG dolls and I am super excited! I love them both but am partial to Rebecca, she is super in person.

Shipping was faster than they said it would be. You will get a FedEx tracking number emailed to you so it is easy to see when you'll get it.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 9:01:47 PM
Thanks for all the great info & advice everyone.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 9:02:50 PM

If you know what the girl looks like, I'd go with one of the My American Girl dolls that you can customize to look similar to the girl.

This is what we did and we bought a modern style doll. My daughter ordered it about a week ago and it arrived yesterday. Good luck.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 9:09:40 PM
when my dd got her doll, they only had the historical ones, and she liked the stories that went with Samantha (she is retired now). And Samantha's stories took place in the early 1900's when my grandma (the one dd is named for) lived.

look at the back stories and see if anything speaks to you, and that may help you choose.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 9:42:05 PM
I would do Kit. (I actually have a Kit doll up in my closet right now for my dd!) she has short hair, so it's good for a first one. Although, honestly, I wouldn't worry so much about the hair with a ten year old. I'm sure she will be able to reasonably care for any of them that you get.

I would definitely do a historical doll. Most of the girls I know want historical dolls first. All of my girls friends got a historical doll first, then a just like you doll. The stories about them are just so fun ad make the girls fall in love with them.

You are so kind to do this for this girl! Rest assured, whichever one you get, she will be thrilled!!
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Posted: 12/1/2012 9:59:42 PM
Addy's hair is a total nightmare to deal with. Felicity's can be an issue sometimes (she might be retired though?). Kit's is very easy

I love Molly. Her clothes and play sets are so adorable. My daughter is getting Julie this year and I am so excited! Love all of her accessories.

She got Rebecca last year and absolutely adores her. She's getting her Hanukkah set this year. Her curls aren't as difficult to deal with as I thought. She loves all of her dolls but seems most in awe of Rebecca. She has beautiful outfits.

There is a book/dvd about caring for their hair she likes to watch. Most of theirs have held up well but Addy needs a trip to the salon

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Posted: 12/1/2012 10:54:18 PM
Molly is our favorite!

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Posted: 12/1/2012 11:20:51 PM
We have Lanie, who looks just like my DD, and Caroline will be a Christmas gift from the grandparents this year. Of all the dolls, Rebecca is my favorite ~ she's so beautiful. If this little girl is dreaming of an AG doll, you really can't go wrong. She will have a spectacular Christmas, no matter whom you choose!


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Posted: 12/2/2012 12:08:35 AM
I'd definitely go with a historical doll since they come with a book which is like a 2nd present! The shipping is very quick. Kit's and Julie's hair definitely stay the nicest with very little effort. Caroline just debuted in September, so that might be fun for the girl to have one that is so new.

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Posted: 12/2/2012 2:46:56 AM
I would purchase a historical doll, my DD loves them, we have all of them except Caroline, which she is getting for Christmas. I would say my favorite has to be Molly, I love her, I love her story--everything about her. So, I would say get Molly.

We have many of the goty and they just don't really 'do it' for me, but each has a great story and something to teach, but I would go historical.

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Posted: 12/2/2012 7:42:29 AM
My DD9 got McKenna (the doll of the year, only available in 2012) for her birthday. We recorded the McKenna movie over the summer and she watches it over and over. Part of my decision to get her this one was that McKenna looks quite a bit like my DD. If we hadn't gotten McKenna, I would have gone with one that looks like her.

She's getting Kit Kittredge for Christmas. Another family member is getting her the DVD about Kit (she's already seen it and loved it).


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Posted: 12/2/2012 8:35:45 AM
I won a Caroline at my Books a Million last month...she looks like me when I was 7...green/blue eyes and all. Remember the pink curlers of the 70's...well that's what her hair style reminds me of. BTW I am 50 and I love AG.

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Posted: 12/2/2012 8:36:22 AM
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Posted: 12/2/2012 7:02:30 PM
Do most little girls want to pick the AG doll that's most like them? Since you don't know what she looks like, what about giving her a GC?

If the AG dolls all average about the same price, you could pin down a solid amount (maybe discuss with their customer service?) and send that to her with a catalog (do they have hardcopy catalogs? Or just on-line?)

Is it possible to make it an all-around experience for her? She receives GC w/catalog so knows she is going to get her own doll - then she can enjoy the excitement of figuring out which one she really wants.

Okay - I was going to add - then you could actually TAKE her to the AG store and get the doll... but maybe that's not possible(?).



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Posted: 12/2/2012 7:46:25 PM
I persoanlly love Kit or Ruthie. Mackenna is now totaly sold out.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 8:01:58 PM

Since you don't know what she looks like, what about giving her a GC?

If the AG dolls all average about the same price, you could pin down a solid amount (maybe discuss with their customer service?) and send that to her with a catalog


I never even thought of thought. Thanks for the idea.

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Posted: 12/2/2012 9:38:39 PM
My 8 year old recently got McKenna, she loves styling her hair and McKenna has long straight hair so you can do anything with it.
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