Good news for American Girl lovers. The company announced today that it would be releasing six new characters in 2017 that speak to a variety of interests, backgrounds, and experiences—one of which will be the first ever boy doll.
The doll, Logan Everett, is the drummer for another newcomer, Tenney Grant, who is a rising Nashville music star. Logan, an 18-inch tall doll with short brown hair and grey eyes, comes with his own drum set. Both dolls will be available beginning Thursday on the American Girl website.
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The brand will also be rolling out more diverse girls during the year. Two of the new modern characters include the 2017 Girl of the Year, Gabriela McBride, an African-American girl who gives back through her love of the arts, and Z Yang, a tech-loving doll version of the Korean-American girl that fans will recognize from American Girl’s YouTube channel. A more history-focused Hawaiian character by the name of Nanea, whose story takes place during World War II, will also be unveiled.
In addition to each doll, American Girl is revealing a variety of books, online videos, web series, and apps that tell each character's stories.
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For older fans, the company will also be bringing back one of their most beloved historical characters, Felicity, a 1774 colonial girl who fought for freedom. The Felicity doll was retired in 2011, but will be available for purchase again starting on Thursday, February 16.