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American Girl Dolls: Samantha and Nellie are retired?

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Initial post: Oct 9, 2008 6:00:58 PM PDT
dvtjht says:
Has anyone else heard that American Girl is retiring Samantha and Nellie? i'm not sure if i should rush and buy my girls their dolls now for christmas, or if this is just a rumor...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008 6:13:49 PM PDT
FlamingoNut says:
May I ask what's so great about these dolls? I just don't get it, although my now 8yo has wanted one for years. I won't budge...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008 6:45:46 PM PDT
dvtjht says:
i'm not so sure. they are well made, but i can't see why they're worth so much money. all i know is my kids ADORE them and that's what they want from santa.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008 6:47:19 PM PDT
I hope their 401K's are in good shape, if they are retiring so early. "s'just sayin', that's all...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008 6:51:11 PM PDT
dvtjht says:
hopefully theyr 401k's are in better shape than mine at this point!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008 7:24:06 PM PDT
Yes, they are retiring Samantha (which includes Nellie). I read online that someone called Customer Service to complain and they "hinted" that she may be coming back in a few years. Maybe a ploy to get people to buy her before Christmas?

I'm not sure why girls like these dolls, but I like the historical significance of them. I have never paid full price for a doll, but have gone to the annual sale put on by the Madison, WI Children's Museum.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008 8:37:39 PM PDT
No idea. I know that our nieces who have them love them. But, we were waiting till our daughter asks for one to get it for her. This seems to be the year. If you think those are the ones they want, and they may be discontinued ... then by all means, get them now.

It could just be a rumor, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2008 7:24:19 AM PDT
Who cares. If your daughter likes Samantha (I don't know who Nellie is) type in Ball Joint Doll in google. Look for a mini so it's less money..and customize the doll to look like Samantha. You can change their wigs, eyes, eyelashes,make-up, and so on. It gets very pricey I admit, but these dolls are actually WORTH the money. I own a few. She won't even look like a baby doll with buck teeth either. Imagine that! I have bought from Dollmore and Souldoll to name a few.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2008 6:31:40 PM PDT
Megan Wrappe says:
Sadly, it is actually happening. American Girl will announce it officially on October 13th. I don't believe they have said when all of Samantha and Nellie's things will officially be retired, so I would wait and see if they release a date, and then see how much time there is before Christmas to get her, or if there is any at all. However, once the word gets out that Samantha and Nellie are retiring, it is very likely that their things will become sold out rather quickly, so if you want to get them for Christmas, and not have to worry about back ordering and such, you may just want to get them now and not have to worry about it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2008 6:45:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2008 6:47:02 PM PDT
Hi: My daughter loves the American Girl dolls and I collect dolls, wish I would have known they were going to retire Samantha.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2008 7:00:59 PM PDT
The stories that go with each of the dolls are what I loved the most about them. I'm 25 now and had 2 (Felicity and Addy) when I was a little girl. They are expensive, but it was a way for me to learn a little about different time periods at a very young age. They also spark the growth of imagination, which is becoming harder and harder to find in the most modern children's toys. Just a little info on why I treasured mine so much....

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2008 7:29:10 PM PDT
401K? Mine's a 101K now.....

one guy at work said now he only has a K.....

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2008 10:25:26 PM PDT
Jane Austin says:
Tell me this isn't so! This is like a part of being a little girl! Whether you own one or not you have probably read the stories. I am going to call them in protest!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2008 11:07:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2008 11:11:49 PM PST
Andrea says:
The very unique thing about these dolls is that they make learning American history "real" to any girl who enjoys playing with dolls. All of the historic dolls have a series of books written in their time frame that tell of the various "girls" aka American Girl doll's lives. All of the dolls have unique clothing and other well made accessories that enable a child to play out the various time frames in history. While playing with these dolls, children are learning about history. That is something special nowadays given that most dolls of our current era seem to be inappropriately dressed and/or presented for the age group of children playing with them.

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 3:05:54 PM PDT
I love the American Dolls. My Grandaughter has 5 and on her 6th Birthday she will get her 6 th one. She has something that will be a collectors item one day. I will agree that they are overpriced and the New Generation dolls at Target or Very similar for a lot less money. I will keep buying American Girl for now to keep up her collection. If money gets to tight then I'll stop. I agree with Andrea these dolls are about the History behind them.
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