Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My American Girl Doll Collection 2018

This year, I decided that I would love to share my doll collections with you guys as it's gotten quite large during the past 4 years that I've been collecting.

Today I wanted to feature my American Girl gals because I've gotten a whole bunch during these past few years and I don't think I ever featured them all here on the blog.

To be honest, I didn't originally intend to collect AG dolls due to their price point and size and I was only planning to focus on 12 inch dolls such as Monster High, Ever After High, and Barbie.

But then, I got sucked into the vortex called #agig on Instagram, and I became totally smitten with American Girl!  I drooled over the gorgeous photography that these collectors were displaying on their accounts.
Instagram, coupled with many of your blogs, really made me fall in love with American Girl again.

Growing up, I was really into the American Girl books (primarily Kirsten, Samantha and Felicity), but owning an actual doll never came into fruition due to our parents finances at the time.
I never had an actual doll, but I absolutely loved looking through the Pleasant Company magazines that we used to get.  That beautiful furniture and accessories had me mesmorized.  I have always loved miniatures so even bigger miniatures blew my mind.

I bought my first American Girl doll in 2015 and we now have 12 full sized dolls and 10 minis.

Here's a peek at my AG minis.  We have 10 total and the 1st four are the original soft bodied ones and the 6 to the right are the newer hard plastic-bodied ones.

The original 4 I bought were Caroline, Marie-Grace, Cecile, and Julie

The Beforever ones I got are Josefina (so cute!), Felicity, Melody, Kit, Maryellen and Kaya. 
Most of them don't have their shoes on because the girls love playing with them! 

No onto the big girls...

In the winter of 2015, I got my first AG doll from eBay and it was beautiful Elizabeth Cole!
I wanted a blue eyed Josefina mold for a custom doll that I wanted to make (still haven't made her!) and this one was used and for a great price.

Seeing her for the first time, I was amazed.  There's so much hype and expectation when it comes to American Girl as they're so iconic and had been part of my awareness for so long.
 It was the first time I had ever seen one in person! I remember thinking her head were a little smaller than I had expected, lol. I don't even think of her as Elizabeth anymore as she's always dressed in modern clothes, but I really do plan to change her wig this year and turn her into the custom I originally bought her for!

Shortly after receiving Elizabeth, I bought a 2nd Elizabeth on eBay, as I was planning to make her the sister of the 1st Elizabeth I bought.
This is the one we call Lucy who was just featured in my Christmas haul photos.  Her hair was cut by the previous owner, but I think it suits her and she's adorable!
I haven't been able to rip her wig off yet, but I'm determined to do my 3 customs this year and start sewing for them.  I will, I promise!! ;)

Samantha and Caroline were the 1st two AG dolls I bought brand new from the website.  My older daughter, (Pumpkin Pie) had fallen in love with her from the catalog and I had always wanted a Samantha so she was an obvious choice!  She is a stunning doll and so iconic to the American Girl line that I grew up with.

At the time I was considering Samantha, AG had announced that they were going to send Caroline to the archives.  I wasn't going to get her at first, but the "archive announcement" sent me into a panic that if I changed my mind down the road, she'd be more expensive!
I'm really glad we did get her as she's such a beauty and I'm happy to have her in our collection!

If I had to pick a favorite in the Beforever/Historical line, it would have to be Julie.  I got her a month or two after Caroline and Samantha (I was hardcore at this point!) and she was one that I was very excited about getting.  I remember seeing a photo of her in a catalog as an adult and I was so excited to see that they had come out with a doll from the 70s!  I ended up getting this Julie on eBay as I wanted her original outfit. I love her collection and I love that time period.  She's such a beauty. 
If I could only keep one, it would be her.

Greta is our AG #59 and she was an impluse purchase from a Jill's Steals and Deals promotion they used to have on the Today Show.  I really thought she was cute and she was definitely on "maybe someday list", but when I saw her available for such a great price, I couldn't resist! I really love brown eyes on the Classic face mold.  The girls play with her a lot and her hair is very easy to manage.

At the very end of 2015, I bought Grace, the Girl Of the Year.  I had wanted her since her release date, but kept dragging my feet as I had already bought so many AG dolls that year.  I got her right at the last minute (Dec 30th, I think!) and she's one I'm still warming up to.  I actually really enjoyed her book, but haven't really bonded with the doll herself or her baking theme.  (Baking just isn't really something I get excited about!).  I think mine has slightly wonky eyes.  To be honest, I got her to use as another custom, but I haven't done it yet, lol.  I actually got another one, used on eBay for Pumpkin Pie as Grace would be her mini-me.  (She's mine, too!)  Since we technically have 2 Grace's in our collection, I don't feel as bad about taking off her wig to customize her! (I'm just lazy.)

Lea is the only AG doll I bought in 2016 and I got her right at the very end of the year to give to myself for Christmas.  I think she's one of the prettiest dolls in my collection and if there was an AG kid that matched me as a kid, personality-wise, she would be it!  I enjoyed her book (although not as much as I enjoyed Grace's book) and her interests completely mirror my own.  She loves traveling, nature, animals and photography.  She was very close with her grandmother. She also gets nervous doing certain things and was insecure in herself and her relationships. Me as a kid!
She's such a lovely doll, though, and her hair is a dream!

The first doll I got in 2017 was Addy.  Her books and story touched me the most out of any other and I really love her strength and personality.  I can't imagine what a child like her would've gone though back then and she certainly overcame so much at such a young age.
She's such a pretty doll and I love her clothes in the Beforever line.  I would love to also get her original meet outfit.  We got her bed on sale this past holiday season as well as a few of her outfits and I'm hoping to get more of her clothing as well.  I just love her and am so happy to have her in the collection!

Anouk is our Truly Me #28 and she had been on my list for a while!  She's my favorite of all the Truly Me dolls and I just think she's so adorable.  I named her after Anouk from the movie "Chocolat" with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. I really love the Josefina mold in general and this cutie pie is my favorite!

The last doll I bought in 2017 is Kateri, our Truly Me #66.  I think she's so beautiful and she will probably be my stand-in Kaya doll.  I don't know if I will ever get Kaya, but I love her collection.  My only complaint with this doll is her very thin wig, so I may order her a new one that's longer and thicker.  This doll is Little Button's favorite at the moment, so she plays with her a lot.  :)

Overall, I love our AG girls and there are still many more I would like to collect.  Storage is my main issue, so we don't collect too many of the accessories.  My favorite accessories to collect would be their beds or any other interesting furniture if room wasn't an issue.  I did cave and get Addy's bed, Maryellen's living room table/lamp and Samantha's bed when they went on sale over the holidays, but I would love to have a display with them each in their own "rooms" someday!

As for new stuff...did you guys see Maryellen's new camper??  Squeeee!  It's so stinkin' cute.

Anyway, thank you for letting me share my collection with ya'll.
I know some of you don't collect AG, but if you do, who is your favorite doll?

Hope to post again soon and to catch up with you all!

xoxo Farrah