Molly McIntire and Emily Bennett are moving into the American Girl Archives. This is truly a loss, not only doll-wise, but historically. World War II is one MAJOR event in America. The recent new American Girls have been in less-important eras in America. Caroline is from the Second War of Independence which didn’t last very long, Rebecca is another Samantha with an immigrant background, and Marie-Grace and Cecile aren’t even from an important era at all. While I wouldn’t consider Kirsten and Samantha major historical dolls, Molly and Felicity were among the MOST important for young girls. World War II and the American Revolution are major wars that effected our nation. Without those two dolls, how can they expect to educate young girls about major times that shaped our nation? It’s the saddest thing. I know most American Girl fans are just waiting for a replacement, but there won’t be a better replacement for an event as important as WWII. While Caroline was considered the “Felicity” replacement, her era was not even as important as Felicity’s. WWII is what connected grandparents to their children. It was the bridge. To add, Molly is an old-time favorite, and will be missed. Her personality was so different from all the others. She wasn’t the ‘I’m so perfect, kind, and brave”. She was very realistic of a young girl of ten years of age.
Yet, we knew this was coming. The first two original American Girls (and Felicity) were archived, and many predicted Molly was the next to go. All I can say is American Girl breaks my heart when they archive valuable girls who can teach important history. But hey, at the end of the day, it’s money that keeps American Girl alive. People want new historical dolls, and that’s what American Girl is trying to do. I suppose they plan on doing the 1950’s next. Or make more “pretty dresses” instead of focusing on the historical value, like they’ve been doing. They are covering up basically all the important history. You might as well not even have the historical collection without WWII. And I doubt they’ll redo this era. You might as well have Molly, if that was the case.
While I’m glad at least the books will still be sold, what about the accessories and doll that bring history to life? Those play things bring history to life. What about that? Or maybe kids don’t have an imagination anymore…Or maybe Mattel doesn’t care. Either way, while I still do think American Girl is a better influence than all the other dolls, I’m not impressed with their new historicals. They just aren’t as important to history as the ones they retired. Replacements don’t make it better. All the new ones are the “pretty curls, and pretty dresses”. No dolls that actually relate to girls who don’t look like that. And what are they going to do about Molly’s one-of-a-kind glasses accessory? No historical dolls wear glasses, or are marketed that way.
Well, if you want to get Molly, now is the time to get her. World War II is officially knocked off of American Girl’s list. Looks like I’ll be purchasing dolls from another company that sells World War II dolls…