Historical Characters

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Over the years, we (my daughters and I) have owned 18 Historical Character dolls: Kaya, Felicity (x2), Elizabeth, Caroline, Josefina, Kirsten, Cécile, Marie-Grace, Addy, Samantha, Nellie, Rebecca, Kit, Ruthie, Molly, Julie, and Ivy. (American Girl has renamed this line BeForever, but all our dolls are from before that change, so I am sticking with the previous name.) We currently own 12 since we have sold some, but these albums contain pictures from across the years.

Currently, I collect for the first 7 dolls/eras produced in the Pleasant Rowland years, so up until Kit. I like the dolls from this timeframe because of the quality and because of the way the different themes (like school and holidays) were explored in parallel in the books and collections. I am close to having complete collections for these dolls up until when the friend characters started being introduced (2004), at which point large items began to be added (like Samantha's Central Park Sleigh and Kit's Treehouse) and the quality started going down in my opinion. Not having room for the large items and since the new products were often similar to retired products or don't appeal to me, I now cherry pick from items produced after 2004. We also have the "friend" dolls Nellie, Ruthie, and Elizabeth, and have Kaya and Cécile dolls who play Singing Bird (Kirsten's friend) and Harriet (Addy's friend) respectively. Several of our historicals also have friend characters who are played by dolls from other clothing-compatible brands (mostly Götz and Heidi Ott). So, I also cherry pick from eras I don't collect for (like Caroline and Rebecca) for these friend dolls and sometimes even for my contemporary era dolls.

Because Kirsten was retired in 2011 and hasn't been re-introduced (yet), hers is the only complete historical collection I own, with the exception of a few missing pieces from her Pottery Set.

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Nonna
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I'm not a fan of the BeForever changes either. What a great historical collection!

Nonna @ mommysdollclub.com

JustMagicMaria
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Thanks, Nonna! We do have fun with them. I sounded kind of negative in the album description, but they really are the favorites around here and adventures usually revolve around them.

Maria
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