Dear American Girl,

I have just two words to say to you about your new 'historical' dolls from the 1990s - too soon.

As a young girl growing up in the 90s, I wanted nothing more than to have an American Girl doll of my very own. I dreamed of having a Molly doll representing the 1940s while my older sister wished for Samantha from the Victorian era.

Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for American Girl
Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for American Girl

Those seemed like far off times we could only live in through a doll and now that my actual childhood era falls in the same category, you are breaking my heart.

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Scrolling through your new 90s shop page I felt myself get older and older as the dolls, their clothes and the accessory sets you can get for them just hit too close to home.

I mean the Pizza Hut set complete with Book It pin? Are you kidding me?

Not to mention the bedroom accessories that include an inflatable chair, discman and CD mixes to play on it?

Plus the media photo shows the girls dividing their bedroom with masking tape? Were you spying on my childhood?

Courtesy Mattel Newsroom
Courtesy Mattel Newsroom

It's not that these sets don't knock nostalgia out of the park, it's that you are selling them under 'Historical Characters.'

Nothing has ever made me feel older and I don't think I like it.

Sure, I've left 40 behind me, have more gray hairs than I want to admit and get the occasional AARP email. But this doll was too much.

I am completely on board with Isabel and Nicki the 90s twins, but can we please find another heading to sell them under?

How about 'Recent History' or 'Not So Long Ago'? Can we please do something about calling them 'Historical Characters?' Because you're really making this mom feel too old for words.


Nancy Hall

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