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July 2008

July 6th, 2008/Launching of the AG Wiki
The AG Wiki was created on July 6th, 2008.

August 2008

August 11, 2008/Spotlight: American Girls Wiki!
The AG Wiki is now in the Wikia Spotlight!

September 2008

September 3, 2008/ New Stuff Released!
New stuff has been released by American Girl for both Historical Characters and Just Like You dolls, including four brand new dolls and a new Meet Outfit, the Star Hoodie Outfit. At the same time, Just Like You 3, Just Like You 6, and Just Like You 18 have been retired. Mia St. Clair received a new outfit and her whole world collection is now avaliable. Bitty Baby recieved a new Meet Outfit, the Pink Bow Sleeper, as well as several new outfits, and the Bitty Twins received new outfits.
September 10, 2008/ 300 Articles!
The AG Wiki has reached 300 articles! Good work, contributors!

October 2008

October 4th, 2008/ Kit's Movie on DVD
"Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" will be released on DVD on Oct 29th, 2008, by New Line Cinema. [1]
Oct 6th, 2008/2009 Chrissa and the Archival of Samantha
  • 2009 will bring Chrissa as the Girl of the Year; as of right now there is no information other than a straight to DVD movie called Chrissa Stands Strong [2]. It can be assumed that she will be white, with dark hair and light blue or grey eyes.
  • American Girl has announced that they will "archive" Samantha Parkington's entire collection; she, Nellie O'Malley, and their collections will no longer be available for purchase online, at stores, or through catalogues with the exception of any books. It is unknown when this will begin or take effect. The email from AG is as follows:

Dear Samantha Fan,
We're writing with important news about an American Girl original, Samantha Parkington. As one of her biggest fans, we wanted you to be among the first to know that soon, Samantha's complete collection—including Nellie and her accessories—will be moving into the American Girl Archives.
While Samantha has been one of American Girl's most popular historical characters since her introduction in 1986, we felt the timing was right to preserve her place in American Girl's history, making it possible to introduce new characters and time periods for our customers to enjoy.
Starting today, we're inviting American Girl fans to share their favorite Samantha memories (see below) as a way of commemorating Samantha and the impact she's had on girls for more than 22 years. Whether it's remembering your beloved Samantha doll or an important lesson learned from her books, we want to hear your story.
We hope you'll join us in celebrating Samantha! Watch for more information via our catalogues or at americangirl.com. In the meantime, don't miss the opportunity to purchase items from Samantha's collection before it's too late. Thank you again for your continued support.
Sincerely,
American Girl

October 17, 2008/ Farewell to Samantha

The American Girl website has placed a page up for discussing memories of Samantha Parkington.[3]; it explicitly says on the site that she will not be available after the holiday season. Several things of Samantha's have become archived already.

October 21, 2008/Samantha Sell Outs, Catalogues, and $10 off Code
October 29th, 2008/ Kit's Movie Out!
"Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" was released on DVD today.

November 2008

November 1st, 2008/ Retirements, Purchase Limits, and Backorders
  • The following items are now retired:
The end is nigh, people! Molly's Beach Chair was also retired. A list of all retirements and backorders can be seen here: [4] (Samantha's Velvet Dress is on backorder til April 2009!) American Girl now restricts all Samantha/Nellie items to three of each item per order maximum.
November 20, 2008/ Free Shipping Code!
(This code has since expired and is no longer available for use.)
November 25th, 2008/Samantha Retirements and Backorders
  • Several of Samantha's items are either retired or on back order. Meanwhile, the Silver Belle Outfit is around only while quantities last. It looks like AG is warning us of retirements again.
November 26th, 2008/Preordering books
The following books are currently avaliable for Preorder on amazon.com:
  • Lady Margaret's Ghost: A Felicity Mystery [5]
  • The Cry of the Loon: A Samantha Mystery [6]
  • Clues in the Shadows: A Molly Mystery [7]
  • The Tangled Web: A Julie Mystery [8]
  • Chrissa [9]
  • Chrissa Stands Strong (American Girl Today) [10]

Odd that they are making new Sam books when she's on her way out. Also, it looks like it will be the pattern for each Girl of the Year to get two books.

December 2008

December 2, 2008/Cyber Monday, Retired and Backordered items, and 400 articles!
  • This Monday was Cyber Monday, with several decent deals on clothing, accessories, books, and items.
  • Several items are on either backorder or have been fully retired [11]. Mia St. Clair is starting to retire as well; it is quite possible that she might sell out fully before the holidays, not unlike Nicki before her. This does not mean that Chrissa will debut early, however.
  • 400 articles!
December 3, 2008/So Long, Samantha and Mia.
  • Sam is on major backorder, and Nellie's about gone. I think we can all but call it as over. Alas, poor Samantha. I knew her well, Horatio.... The same can be said of Mia.
December 5, 2008/So Long, Nellie
  • Nellie O'Malley has officially become sold out and is no longer available for purchase.
December 9, 2008; Molly's Desk Gone, Sam's Reprieve, More Lost on Mia, and Chrissa's Article Started
Information about retirements come from The Forgotten Playground
  • As Chrissa Maxwell has been somewhat confirmed as the next Girl of the Year, I have gone ahead and started her article. Of course, it will be filled out more on the release date.
December 13, 2008/Licorice and Grand Piano Missing
  • Licorice and the Grand Piano are both missing from the site. However, Licorice is still in the Coconut Carrier Collection.
December 15, 2008/Chrissa's Page Up!
  • Chrissa's page is currently up on the AG website here: [12]. It has a preview of her movie and a reveal-a-day image that will show the doll in her entirety by Dec 31, 2008. I've already decompiled it, so the majority of the image is on Chrissa's article around here, bar the fact that AG has hipped to our stuff and left the last three blocks on. Good times, AG. Good times.
December 18, 2008/USA Today and Chrissa, No More Mia
  • USA Today released an article that gave more information about Chrissa, along with a full image of Chrissa and her two books. [13] We can now see her entire face. Her article has been put in the sidebar for quick access.
  • Mia has sold out as of December 17. *waves bye bye*
Dec 26th, 2008/End of Year Sale, Discount code, and More pictures!
  • Hope you had a happy holiday (or are still having one, as the case may be).
  • American Girl is having an End of Year sale with prices slashed nicely! [14]
  • Til February, the code 153302 from the Kit DVD will take $10 off any $30 or more purchase.
  • A picture has been released of the two companion dolls to Chrissa, Sonali and Gwen. It is unknown if they will be released with Chrissa or later in the year.
Dec 29th, 2008/More Chrissa Information!
More information about Chrissa has come out, thanks to some early catalogues. Firstly, Sonali and Gwen will be avaliable from Chrissa's launch. Secondly, some items in Chrissa's collection will be:
  • Chrissa's Warm Up Set
  • Chrissa's Swim Team Gear
  • Chrissa's Pet Llama
  • Chrissa's Sundress
  • Chrissa's Party Treats
  • Chrissa's Party Table
  • Chrissa's Pajamas
  • Chrissa's Craft Studio
  • Chrissa's IM Me for Girls
Scans also give information about new outfits and an accessory set for Kit Kittredge, a new Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins outfit, a new Just Like You dress, and a revamp of Coconut including new pets. Of course, full details will arrive in only 3 more days!

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