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Fluff - American Girl Dolls

Are American Girl Dolls worth the price? Do your kids play with them any more than a normal doll? Would you buy one for your child?

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I'm hoping to never have to spend $100 on a doll. Sadly my daughter is now aware of them, but I'll hold out as long as I can. The price seems absolutely outrageous to me.

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We have a big American Girl store at the mall near where I live. I've heard that you can take your kids in for a tea party with their dolls and it's actually pretty fun. But over all, $100 American Girl dolls make me happy that I have boys. LOL

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My niece 8 and best friends daughter 12 each have one. Their mom's both made them earn the money for them. They play with them alot. The 12 year old has multiple ones that she has bought with holiday money. She still loves them.

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My daughter has an old knock-off, it's actually probably vintage something from before American Girl even existed but it's not worth anything after she "did" the hair, LOL. Someone gave it to her when she was three and she loves that doll and plays with her all the time. Then last year a bunch of her friends got American Girl dolls and she just *had* to have one, and we resisted for the better part of a year. Then Grandpa gave us birthday money to spend for her, so we broke down and got the damned thing. And now she plays with both of them equally because they are her twins. The American Girl does have much better hair, I'll give them that. We did NOT buy any of the accessories; for those, we go to Target and get their "Our Generation" stuff. The Our Generation dolls seem to have decent hair, too.

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Alyssa has not asked for one, but mentioned that all her friends have one. If we got her one for Christmas it would be all we got her. I might see what I can find on craigslist or eBay for cheaper.

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My niece, who is definitely not a girly-girl, has one she got from my parents a few Christmas' ago. Each year for her birthday and Christmas she asks for money/gift cards to spend there, and we go down there when they're here for the holidays and have lunch there.

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Too much for me to spend but DH received an American Girl catalog in the mail yesterday ROFL And we are in Canada! We have a Canadian version called Maplelea dolls.

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I asked MIL to get DD a Designa Friend Doll, see below..

I thought she would LOVE it as it comes with 3 outfits and a bracelet for DD. I figured she'd love doing their hair with her little hair dresser set she has..... Not a chance!

She ALWAYS goes back to her very first doll....

I say it's not worth the money!

xx

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I asked MIL to get DD a Designa Friend Doll, see below..

I thought she would LOVE it as it comes with 3 outfits and a bracelet for DD. I figured she'd love doing their hair with her little hair dresser set she has..... Not a chance!

She ALWAYS goes back to her very first doll....

I say it's not worth the money!

xx

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My DD got one as a gift from her grandmother a few years ago. She really never played with it much. Although none of my girls have ever been much into dolls.

I see a lot of moms really getting into the American Girl doll stuff with their daughters. Maybe that makes a difference too.

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"Spacers" wrote:

My daughter has an old knock-off, it's actually probably vintage something from before American Girl even existed but it's not worth anything after she "did" the hair, LOL. Someone gave it to her when she was three and she loves that doll and plays with her all the time. Then last year a bunch of her friends got American Girl dolls and she just *had* to have one, and we resisted for the better part of a year. Then Grandpa gave us birthday money to spend for her, so we broke down and got the damned thing. And now she plays with both of them equally because they are her twins. The American Girl does have much better hair, I'll give them that. We did NOT buy any of the accessories; for those, we go to Target and get their "Our Generation" stuff. The Our Generation dolls seem to have decent hair, too.

I haven't tried it but I have heard that if you spray fabric softener on doll hair that it helps fix it.

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Claire has a Maplelea doll. She got it for xmas last year from my parents. That was their one big gift to her. We got her some outfits and accessories. I don't know about American Girl, but the Maplelea clothes are very high quality. Claire loves her Leonie doll. She's into it, so I see nothing wrong with buying her outfits and stuff for her doll. At least the doll is a truer representation of what girls actually look like. I love that there are dozens of dolls in all ethnicities, hair types, skin tones, etc. Barbie, Monster High, Bratz, ugh.

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

I haven't tried it but I have heard that if you spray fabric softener on doll hair that it helps fix it.

And using a metal brush, apparently. Not one of those really fine barrel brushes, but a flat brush that has the little metal nubs at the end of the bristles.

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

I haven't tried it but I have heard that if you spray fabric softener on doll hair that it helps fix it.

"ClairesMommy" wrote:

And using a metal brush, apparently. Not one of those really fine barrel brushes, but a flat brush that has the little metal nubs at the end of the bristles.

Thanks for the tips, I might give those a try!

"ClairesMommy" wrote:

I love that there are dozens of dolls in all ethnicities, hair types, skin tones, etc. Barbie, Monster High, Bratz, ugh.

To the bolded: ITA! Tiven loves that her AG doll has freckles on her nose just like she does. And to the unbolded, yes, UGH!

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This is Claire's doll, Leonie. She wants this outfit for xmas. Mostly she likes the clothes for Alexi though. Claire picked this doll because it was the one that looked most like her. :)

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My DSD just doesn't pay much attention to her dolls, so I wouldn't buy her something expensive because she wouldn't take care of it. Luckily Kylie looks just like Boo from Monster's Inc, so I got her a Boo doll and it looks just like her.

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

My DSD just doesn't pay much attention to her dolls, so I wouldn't buy her something expensive because she wouldn't take care of it. Luckily Kylie looks just like Boo from Monster's Inc, so I got her a Boo doll and it looks just like her.

Kaiya has that one. It is so cute.

We have been getting the Hearts for Hearts dolls. They are not too spendy (at $35 a piece) and some of the money goes to World Vision. They represent girls from 8 different countries. They are good quality and have nice hair. I can't deal with pics at work but here is the link Hearts For Hearts Girls - Welcome!. Kaiya plays with her all the time!

I wouldn't get a doll that expensive for her. Even if she does play dolls a lot. I would rather get her a few less expensive ones than splurg one one $100 doll. She plays all sorts of games with all her dolls (mommies, school, hospital etc) so only having one would hold back her play. And honestly, she doesn't need me to spend that amount on one toy!

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Just a side note, Juliet's nickname is "Boo" because of Monsters, Inc. Smile

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All 3 of my girls have multiple american girl dolls, all bought by grandmothers for different events. Molly and Mia both have the doll with their names. They all have an additional doll that is the "looks like me doll" My girls have never been that into dolls, but the American girl dolls seem very special to them. I love the book series that is with the dolls.

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I love the books that go with the dolls and think the idea of having tea at the stores is so much fun. They are opening one by us soon.

I can't wait for her to get her first one. Smile

I like them, but I think one or two is enough as a special gift.

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