Today, 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.
Dolls are getting more diverse all the time, and that diversity extends beyond ethnicity. Peek online or at your local toy store, and you’ll see that the doll aisle offers a wider variety than ever before, including boy dolls, ones featuring characters with interests in science and computers, and models depicting disabilities. Truly, we are living in a Golden Age of doll play, given how many niches are represented. And that’s leading to something pretty interesting: that the different niches themselves are starting to blur together.
Flipsies, a new line from VTech combining traditional role play with collectible dolls, accessories, and VTech’s proprietary MagicPoint interactive technology, is now available everywhere. Flipsies offers a variety of ways to play and has eight introductory themes that encourage girls to be anything they want to be, whether it’s a doctor, a marine biologist, a teacher, a baker, a rock star, a veterinarian, a fashion designer, or a princess.
Mattel has introduced Ever After High: Way Too Wonderland, featuring a line of four dolls and an all-new Netflix original series. The animated series follows the Ever After High royals and rebels as they adventure through Wonderland.
Mattel has released a video for “Do You Wonder,” the featured theme song from the Netflix series.
This September, children will be able to reenact the true story of Dr. Jane Goodall, whose pioneering research on wild chimpanzees helped change the way human beings perceive animals. The Queen’s Treasures has created a rainforest camp for 18-inch dolls, featuring a canvas tent and canvas cot reminiscent of the ones Goodall used at Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania.
Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) has a goal of helping girls develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as art and learning as a whole through making. To help in this effort, Laurent Doll has launched a School Days accessory set for dolls, which includes school clothes, a backpack, a book, a pencil, paper, a ruler, and a calculator.