As an Accessory (1995-2000)
Mini dolls were released in 1995 and originally were advertised as dolls for the American Girl Dolls of Today. The five available at the launch were:
Each came with a mini-pamphlet and abridged, hardback copy of the character's meet book that are not sold elsewhere. Each doll had fixed glass eyes, wigged hair, and came in her meet outfit at a cost of $20. Mini dolls, like their larger counterparts, had soft cloth bodies, neck strings and jointed vinyl limbs.
A mini Josefina was available after her release.
As a Separate Line (2000-2014)
With Mattel's purchase, the dolls were modified both in marketing and features. Dolls were advertised as smaller versions of the full sized dolls as well as dolls for dolls.
Clothing was modified to fit on a smaller, less bulky scale; for example, Kit's sweater and cardigan came as one piece. Clothing was fully removable. The Molly mini doll came with small silver plastic glasses, but no other accessories were available for mini dolls, such as miniature meet accessories.
Kit Kittredge, Kaya'aton'my, Julie Albright, Rebecca Rubin, Cécile Rey, Marie-Grace Gardner, and Caroline Abbott were each released at the same time as the main doll was launched. Dolls were also released for the Best Friend Characters: Ruthie, Emily, Nellie, Elizabeth, and Ivy.
When Felicity Merriman's meet outfit was changed in 2005, the outfit on the mini doll was changed to match. Around 2005, the buttons on some clothes was replaced with embroidery. Book covers changed to match the full sized versions and remained hardback even when larger hardback books were phased out.
The price on mini dolls eventually rose to $24. Originally, it was possible to purchase all the mini dolls at a discount as each new doll became available, with the group price rising to include the new doll. After Julie was launched, only the Historical Characters were sold as a group at a cost of $183. This was discontinued with the release of Rebecca's mini doll and dolls are now only available individually.
BeForever Mini Dolls (2014-present)
With the launch of BeForever, Mini Dolls were changed to all vinyl with flange joints and all older Mini Dolls were retired. If a character was not part of the BeForever line, the mini doll was not rereleased in a new form. New outfits were released for dolls that changed meet outfits and will fit on older dolls. Costs rose to $25. Dolls are bundled with an abridged copy of the first volume in their Classic Series. Josefina's Mini doll was not initially available. As characters are released so are their mini dolls, including rereleased characters.
Girl of the Year and Contemporary Characters Mini Dolls
No mini dolls for the Girl of the Year line were made prior to Saige Copeland's release. Mini dolls for the Girl of the Year line are released on January 1 with the launch of the full-sized doll. Unlike the mini dolls for the Historical Characters/BeForever line, the Girl of the Year mini dolls are generally only available through websites such as Amazon.com or physical stores such as Barnes and Noble or Target; they are not sold through a character's collection or American Girl's online store (though following a Girl of the Year's retirement, mini dolls may be sold at a discount on American Girl's online store.) They are also sometimes sold in warehouse bundles with the first two books.
Both Saige Copeland and Isabelle Palmer mini dolls had fabric bodies; starting with Grace Thomas, Girl of the Year mini dolls have all-vinyl bodies.
In 2016, a second mini doll of Lea Clark in her hiking outfit was released with a unique stand resembling a tropical tree. This was only available at stores.
|Girl of the Year Mini Dolls|
|Saige Copeland||Isabelle Palmer||Grace Thomas||Lea Clark|
To date, there has never been a miniature version of any modern, Bitty Baby or Bitty Twins dolls; while there have been smaller versions of the Bitty Baby dolls used in other products, there has not been a concentrated line.
25th Anniversary Limited Edition Mini Dolls
For the 25th anniversary in 2011, American Girl released a collectible Mini Doll line. One doll was released each month, along with the Mini Doll Display Shelf. Retail cost of the shelf is $48. Each doll was dressed in their holiday outfit and came with an abridged copy of their Holiday books. Retail cost of each doll was $22. When the dolls were retired at the end of 2011, the shelf remained available.
- January: Samantha Parkington in the Cranberry Party Dress with Samantha's Surprise
- February: Felicity Merriman in the Christmas Gown and Stomacher with Felicity's Surprise
- March: Kirsten Larson in the Winter Skirt and Blouse with Kirsten's Surprise
- April: Addy Walker in the Tartan Plaid Dress with Addy's Surprise
- May: Molly McIntire in the Evergreen Velvet Dress with Molly's Surprise
- June: Josefina Montoya in the Christmas Dress and Mantilla with Josefina's Surprise
- July: Kaya'aton'my in the Adorned Deerskin Dress with Kaya's Hero
- August: Kit Kittredge in the Christmas Outfit with Kit's Surprise
- September: Julie Albright in Julie's Christmas Outfit with Happy New Year, Julie! and Rebecca Rubin in Rebecca's Hanukkah Dress with Candlelight for Rebecca
- October: Cécile Rey in Cécile's Special Dress with Meet Cécile and Marie-Grace Gardner in Marie-Grace's Party Outfit with Meet Marie-Grace
|Visual Gallery of the 25th Anniversary Mini Dolls|
|Samantha Parkington||Felicity Merriman||Kirsten Larson||Addy Walker|
|Molly McIntire||Josefina Montoya||Kaya'aton'my||Kit Kittredge|
|Julie Albright||Rebecca Rubin||Cécile Rey||Marie-Grace Gardner|
2016 Special Edition Mini Dolls
In 2016, American Girl released several Special Edition Mini Dolls of the BeForever characters in alternate outfits that had not been released before. Caroline and Melody are the exceptions as Caroline was archived and Melody had not yet formally debuted at the time of the release. The 2016 Special Edition mini dolls come with abridged copies of their My Journey Books and each cost $28.
The Special Edition mini dolls are dressed in the following outfits:
- Kaya'aton'my in the Adorned Deerskin Dress with The Roar of the Falls: My Journey with Kaya
- Josefina Montoya in the Feast Day Finery with Song of the Mockingbird: My Journey with Josefina
- Addy Walker in Addy's Sunday Best with A New Beginning: My Journey with Addy
- Samantha Parkington in Samantha's Special Day Dress with The Lilac Tunnel: My Journey with Samantha
- Rebecca Rubin in Rebecca's Holiday Outfit with The Glow of the Spotlight: My Journey with Rebecca
- Kit Kittredge in Kit's Reporter Dress with Full Speed Ahead: My Journey with Kit
- Maryellen Larkin in Maryellen's Birthday Dress with The Sky's the Limit: My Journey with Maryellen
- Julie Albright in Julie's Mix-Print Maxi Dress with A Brighter Tomorrow: My Journey with Julie
|Visual Gallery of the 2016 Special Edition Mini Dolls|
|Kaya'aton'my||Josefina Montoya||Addy Walker||Samantha Parkington|
|Rebecca Rubin||Kit Kittredge||Maryellen Larkin||Julie Albright|
Mini dolls are available through American Girl directly and places where American Girl books are sold. Sometimes they are sold in bundles at discount warehouse stores with a full set of character books. Felicity, Kit, Molly, and Samantha were also sold with their movies.
References and Footnotes
- ↑ The only exception was the 2009 and 2015 releases of the Doll School kit, which came with a mini Meet Rebecca paperback book.
- ↑ Ivy was not released with a mini doll at the same time her collection was released and did not get her own mini doll until 2011, four years after she was introduced in 2007.
- ↑ Saige Copeland's mini-doll was made available in July 2013 with the release of her movie Saige Paints the Sky; Gabriella's Mini-doll was delayed by several months.
- ↑ In the case of Saige, her only two books.
- ↑ Kirsten is the exception, as she is wearing her Winter Skirt and Blouse rather than her Saint Lucia Gown.
- ↑ Cécile and Marie-Grace are the exceptions as they come with abridged copies of their Meet books.
- ↑ Kaya was not given a new outfit and was once again given her Adorned Deerskin Dress.