It’s official, Truly Me released last Thursday. And I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. Not so much in what they had, but rather a lack of it. I guess I expected more for all the hype that went with the release of Truly Me. In reading other blogs and the comments, I can see that I wasn’t alone, so it wasn’t just me. One commenter described it perfectly: underwhelming.
The outfits are cute, but I’ll be honest, nothing that I can’t live without. The two I liked the most were the Flamingo Beach Dress and the Seaside Fun outfit. However, about the only piece of this that I’m not sure I could make is the hoodie. I could definitely make a dress similar to the Flamingo Beach Dress, and I’ve made plenty of shorts! I may break down and get these if they go on sale, but they aren’t high on my list of priorities. I do like the preppy beach/Lilly Pulitzer vibe in these pieces. I was also pleased to see that the new meet dress is available for individual purchase, glad to see them going back to this. Still not wild about the new dress though, perhaps seeing it in person will change my mind.
The accessories sets are all cute too, but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any of them. They just don’t fit in with the things I have in mind. The in store exclusive is a nice idea, but it doesn’t appeal to me. I did laugh at a comment on another blog about how ironic it is that they made a water toy for a doll that you can’t get wet!
What surprised me this time is that there was nothing for BeForever, Grace Thomas, or Bitty Baby. I hope this means that we’ll see lots and lots of new stuff for these lines over the summer. I’m sure that BeForever will get a huge boost at the end of the summer with the introduction of the new doll in the BeForever line. I was just kind of shocked that there was absolutely nothing this time around for any of these.
So now for the best part of the whole release (at least to me)-the new dolls! #62 and #64 weren’t classic face molds, hurrah!!! And I have to say that even though #63 is blue eyed and blonde haired, she’s cute even if there is nothing unique about her. I can see where a lot of little girls will want her as well as the other two. #64 is using the modified Jess mold, which means that she has cut outs around her eye sockets to give them a slightly different look from the standard Jess mold. Last time they used this was on Ivy. From what I understand, they have also changed #54 to this design as well. Terrific! I’m all for diversity in this line. Perhaps we are heading in the right direction.
Me personally–I’m thrilled to pieces at #62. If you haven’t seen her yet, here’s a pic from the website:
You have NO idea how excited I was to see her on the website. (insert happy dance here) She is EXACTLY what I’ve been hoping they would do, just perfect! She’s the Sonali mold with medium skin tone, dark brown hair and amber brown eyes. The amber brown eyes were what clinched it for me, she’s only 1 of 2 dolls they currently make with the different shade. The photo on the AG website isn’t all that great, but I did find several photos on other blogs of dolls in the store, and she is much cuter. I’m going to have her, oh yes I am! I’ve even got a name in mind and her back story and…
What was your favorite item in the new releases? Were you disappointed by how small this release was?
One last thing. In conjunction with the Truly Me release, they started a contest called “Truly Awesome”. It runs through mid-August. Only one problem–it’s only for girls ages 8-13! I can see them perhaps not wanting adults to enter, but to cut it off at 13 was a bit harsh! I know of one young lady who is quite upset, she’s 16, and a HUGE American Girl fan and works very hard to earn her own money to support her collection (and quite the collection I might add). I’m sure she isn’t the only one. Perhaps cutting it off at 17 or 18 would have been a better decision. I think American Girl may have alienated some of their 14 and over demographic (which I’m finding out is actually quite large!) Perhaps they need to re-think that for future contests.
I know of several girls that have e-mailed American Girl and got the excuse that the contest was aimed at their main demographic. “For this particular contest, however, the age guidelines were established to match the age recommendations for the prizes offered — the dolls, accessories, and outfits.” Seriously? This is only confirming what I’ve thought for a while now–whoever is running the show at American Girl isn’t paying attention. To anything. When I saw that, you have no idea how angry I was. For a company who wants girls to feel as though they can achieve anything and encourage them, you just told a huge group of them that they aren’t relevant. The age on the box of just about every single AG related item says “8+”, not “8-13”. I may have to seriously rethink any future purchases from AG if this is their new angle. I’m not going to support a company that seems to reinforce the “too old for dolls” idea. Girls are encouraged by too many negative forces to grow up too quickly, and now American Girl seems to be doing that too. I find nothing “Truly Awesome” about that. 😦