Well, have you tried it?

American Girl unveiled their new “Create Your Own” platform for making a custom doll earlier this week.  The first day didn’t go so well with major site issues.  Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing since I don’t know if it was due to high volume, or because they weren’t completely prepared.  Regardless, I was able to get in later on in the day and play with it a bit.  It took forever and was a bit frustrating.  I don’t know at that point if the problem was on their end or my end, but I persevered and manage to create a doll.  I didn’t buy though since I just got Allie and Christine.  Plus I’m waiting to read some reviews as well.

The hardest part for me was deciding what I wanted!  Finally I decided I was going to do “1st Grade Me”.

It was fun to play around with it a bit and try out the different face molds. I was surprised to see how many different “parts” were already on backorder or low inventory. Again, was this a case of them not expecting this to be quite so popular or perhaps this might explain the sudden change in date of release as it might be a case of not having all of the supplies they had hoped to have. Since I’m not in a hurry to order one it didn’t really matter to me, but I can see where this might be frustrating to someone who planned on using this as a birthday gift right away.

The only thing I would have liked better in choices was another shade of light brown hair offered. It may not even be an issue though, it’s hard to tell from just a computer screen. I did try making a “current me” version too by just changing the hairstyle, and I wasn’t all that wild about the curly haired wig with bangs. Just a minor thing though.

Xyra and I were both a bit upset with the fact that music and dance were lumped together in the favorite activities section. There are many girls that like one or the other and not both, so I don’t quite get why that was all stuck as one activity. Other things were individualized so I really don’t understand the need to put these together.

Overall, I like the whole idea. I’m just not sure they were ready for it as far as their website and inventory. For what you get, the $200 price tag isn’t completely out of line. The doll would be $115, the accessories would be about $30, subscription about $12, t-shirt $14 and the personalized keepsake box (which I don’t know quite how to put a price on). Plus if you added ear piercing or a hearing aid, and the included shipping, it’s actually right on the money if not even a little bit better, depending on what you chose. I love the idea of a little girl (and big girls too!) being able to create a doll that resembles them.

I am curious to know one thing–if you choose to do this at one of the stores where it’s offered, do you get your doll immediately, or do you have to wait for it to be shipped to you? It looks as though the only thing you can design and take home at the store is the clothing, and that is only available at certain stores. Xyra wondered if you already had a subscription to American Girl magazine, would they allow you to just extend it by 6 months? So many questions.

Did any of my readers decide to take the plunge and order a doll? I’m anxious to hear opinions on finished dolls! I was thinking this might be a fun Christmas request, but not sure that I want to get caught up in the frenzy, so I may wait until sometime after the new year. Plus by then there should be a decent number of reviews on them. Time will tell!

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14 thoughts on “Well, have you tried it?

  1. Flo and I had a previous conversation about the Dorothy Hamil haircut, which I had in 2nd grade. Looked great on her but on me it was like an early “Pinterest fail.”

    Your doll is very cute! I will post ours up soon. No plans to order one at this time though. I really like the book and character-based dolls.

    I’m really wondering where they are assembling the dolls. I saw them saw on FB it was “in the US”

    • I saw that too somewhere about the assembly. Does make you wonder.

      I actually pulled off the Dorothy Hamil cut well. In my 20’s I grew my hair out for quite a few years, then decided to chop it all off again and went for that cut then too. I had just enough wave and body to pull it off, but decided to let it grow out again because it is one of those cuts that requires constant maintenance. Once it starts to grow, it looks awful.

  2. This was a lot of fun. I plan to log in next time to save my creation. Of course, I did screen shots on my first two, s it really isn’t completely necessary.

    One of my other concerns was how difficult it was to pick out the face mold. I had a really hard time figuring out which was Josefina and which was classic. Addy was easy to identify.

    And yes, not only are music and dance lumped together DANCE is super prominent on the sign while music basically hides. 😦

    Another concern, since so many parts were already on low inventory or back ordered, I’m hoping they don’t up the price. $200 is feasible, higher – not so much.

    • Yeah, it was surprising how difficult it was to distinguish the different face molds from each other! I had to play around with it a couple of times.

      I really don’t get why there is so much emphasis on dance in AG in general. Yes, I get that there are a lot of little girls who take dance lessons of some sort, but there are a lot of them that take music lessons too!!! When I was growing up, only 1 (one) friend took any kind of dance whereas almost all of my friends were involved in music in some way or another. Which was great when we were in high school, we spent entire weekends together during football season because of marching band and a get together afterwards! Come on AG, girls like all sorts of activities!!!! We aren’t all dancers. 😦

  3. I think they will be surprised at the popularity of the pixie cut.

    I think the inflated price point is offensive personally. These dolls are still made with lower grade materials but now they’ve found a way to make people want them because of branding. It’s sad to me.

    • If you look at it that way–pricing throughout the entire company is offensive. Everything has been downgraded recently as is evident by the overabundance of plastic in items that just a few years ago would have been made from wood or metal. I was simply pointing out that if you compare the pricing to what it would be if you purchased each item individually, it’s not an inflated price at all. The problem is the over inflated prices to begin with.

  4. When we first got the internet on, around 2000, there was a Barbie create your own, it reminds me of that. I’m waiting to see if another Australian does this first to find out if they can and how, some Aussies have US postal addresses to get around the restrictions sometimes placed on us overseasians and they then pay the shipping from there (not yet game to trust this option myself). I don’t need the fancy box or the magazine subscription, but I would kind of like to get a couple of the outfits and accessories options. Skintones! would love a fairskin Sonali and Addy, a dark skin classic and Josefina, and a dark and medium Jess mold. Hmm 1200 USD in one hit, actually with the variety of hair cuts itd probably be more. Its going to be interesting to see whether AG will be able to create unique BeForever and Truly Me dolls now. Maybe they’ll make new molds, or vary Nanea, bring back Marie Grace and number 4

  5. I’ve been having WAY too much fun with the online maker. It’s dangerous! I ended up ordering my mini me – I told myself if I could get closer to me than Arista, I’d do it, and if I couldn’t, I’d make an AG version of Magic Attic Club’s Megan Ryder. Mini You looks so cute!! 😀

    • Allow yourself lots of time, the site tends to drag. It actually went completely down one day over the weekend. Looking forward to your camp pics!

  6. I have not looked at this yet. I have made it a habit to go on the AG sight as seldom as possible because it is dangerous. I also REALLY have to stop buying dolls – soon, very soon.

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