American Girl Releases Newest BeForever Character

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American Girl released its newest BeForever character, Nanea Mitchell. Nanea is a Hawaiian girl growing up on the island of Oahu during the Pearl War Era.

The Nanea collection features an 18-inch doll with an all-new face mold, hazel eyes, dark brown hair, and several 1940s-era Hawaiian-inspired doll outfits and Nanea-inspired apparel for girls. To help ensure the historical accuracy and cultural authenticity of Nanea’s story and products, American Girl worked closely with an advisory board who provided their expertise in Hawaiian culture, language, and history.

In addition to the collection, the Nanea book series details the character’s love for her family, dancing the hula, fishing with her father, and playing with her dog.

From now until the end of 2017, American Girl will be collecting donations for the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program to help provide comfort and care to the members of the military, veterans, and their families. The company will match every dollar donation made at americangirl.com or at any American Girl store in the U.S. up to a maximum total donation of $75,000. American Girl is also giving $575,000 worth of its signature 18-inch dolls to the American Red Cross.

To engage girls in Nanea’s world and her inspirational message, American Girl is also introducing Nanea themed sweepstakes, retail events and online play. The Nanea doll is now available in stores and online nationwide.

 

Scholastic, American Girl Sign Global Publishing Deal

American GirlScholastic will launch a publishing program based on the American Girl brand. The multi-year agreement includes the right to publish books in print and digital formats in 2017, and the deal marks the first time that American Girl has licensed the rights to publish books based on its characters. The books will be published and distributed in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, the UK, Australia, and Asia. [Read more...]

Amazon, Mattel Ink Production Deal to Greenlight American Girl Specials

Amazon has signed a multi-year, multimillion dollar production deal with American Girl to produce four live-action specials and options to produce multiple seasons of episodic content.

The episodes will feature characters from the BeForever and Girl of the Year franchises. The first special is scheduled to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria later this year.

Nifty ’50s American Girl Maryellen Larkin Debuts

AmericanGirl, Maryellen LarkinToday, American Girl is debuting its latest BeForever character, Maryellen Larkin.  An 18-inch doll with strawberry-blonde hair and hazel eyes, Maryellen comes with historically accurate 1950s doll outfits, including a poodle skirt and saddle shoes. American Girl is releasing numerous accessories to go with the doll, including a 30-piece diner set, a TV console that works with an iPad, and a jukebox that plays ’50s-style songs and connects to electronic music players.

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American Girl Hosts Nationwide Casting Call with Tongal

American Girl is utilizing the creative crowdsourcing platform Tongal, along with a nationwide casting call, to bring its BeForever historical characters to life through short films. From August 14 to August 24, girls ages 8 to 14 and their parents can visit tongal.com/americangirl2015 to register and submit audition videos.

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American Girl Opens Its Doors in Mexico with El Palacio De Hierro

AmericanGirl,MexicoboutiquesAmerican Girl is opening its first-ever American Girl shop-in-shop boutiques in Mexico with El Palacio de Hierro, the country’s largest and best-established high-end retailer. Located at El Palacio de Hierro Interlomas and Perisur locations, the new boutiques range in size from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet. Opening on July 4, they mark the second international retail presence for American Girl.

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American Girl’s BeForever Line Connects to Stories and Characters from Times Past

AmericanGirl.BeForeverToday, American Girl introduces BeForever, a new line of historical dolls, books, and related accessories that connects girls ages 8 and up with characters and timeless stories from America’s past. First introduced in 1986, and now with a new look, BeForever provides opportunities to explore the past, present, and future.

The BeForever line will debut with eight characters; all-new, historically accurate outfits and accessories for dolls; new and refreshed fiction books; and an original line of historically inspired clothing for girls. The characters include a Nez Perce girl who does her best to be a friend to the earth in 1764, to an optimistic girl who stands up for what’s right in the mid-1970s.

To celebrate the launch of BeForever, American Girl is welcoming back Samantha Parkington to its lineup of historical characters. One of the company’s original characters introduced in 1986, Samantha will be reintroduced with new products, including an ice cream parlor, a bike, a bedroom set, and several new outfits and accessories. [Read more...]