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WellieWishers is a line of all-vinyl dolls released by American Girl in June 2016. The line is named after wellies, a term for Wellington boots/rubber rain boots that was popularized in the United Kingdom. They are, as a line, designated to cover the span of elementary-aged children five and up who may be too young for handling the mainline American Girls, but feel too mature for the preschool style clothing and infant focus of the Bitty Baby line.

Overview

The line has five main characters: Willa, Kendall, Ashlyn, Emerson, and Camille. They are all characterized as young girls of about early elementary age (5-7) who meet together in a backyard garden (supervised by Aunt Miranda) to play with each other. While they each have unique personalities and interests, they play together freely and enjoy each other's company; the line characterizes them as all wanting the same overall goal of being a good friend and taking a step in each other's "wellies" to understand each other.

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The group of WellieWishers dolls. Left to Right: Emerson, Ashlyn, Willa, Kendall, and Camille.

Doll Anatomy

The WellieWishers dolls are all vinyl: vinyl limbs and head and harder plastic torsos. At fourteen and a half inches tall, their overall shape is smaller than standard sized American Girl Dolls. They have fixed set eyes that do not close with no lashes (though lashes and eyebrows are painted on) and wigged Kaneklon hair. The face molds, like most of the 18" dolls, have two visible front teeth; the face molds vary slightly, but are overall designed to resemble a young early elementary school aged child. Ears are visible. The heads turn on the neck but do not tilt, and the arms and legs are set to the torso so that they are flange jointed; while slightly poseable, it is not to the strung-style degree of the 18" dolls. The plastic torso has a navel, slight waist shape, and molded underpants of the doll's skin tone with the WellieWishers "W" logo over the right hip. The hands have small unpainted fingernails and the toes have unpainted toenails.

Each doll comes in a meet-style outfit consisting of a cap sleeved tee, gathered-waist skirt, pink knit panties, and rubber/plastic wellies that are slit up the back to facilitate removal. The wellies are also lined inside to prevent staining doll's legs.

Outfits and Accessories

See List of WellieWishers Outfits and List of WellieWishers Accessories and Furniture

The characters overall share items, clothing, and accessories; items are not titled by character name, though it appears that some items are strongly associated with a particular character. Others are intended by design to help flesh out the world and serve as playsets for all the characters. Some outfits come with plastic shoes.

Books

The books are written by Valerie Tripp and illustrated by Thui Tai. They are written as short-chapter books with full illustrations on each page.

The first three books were released in late summer 2016.

Animated Series

An 11-minute per episode[1] animated series is in development,[2] and scheduled to debut in Fall 2016.[1]

App

A free app through the Apple Store is available.

Promotional Images

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Promotional image, from left to right, of Camille, Ashlyn, Emerson, Kendall, and Willa.[3]

See Also

Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Meet The WellieWishers Dolls by American Girl, about.parenting.com, accessed June 19, 2016.
  2. Mattel Centralizes Content Output in New Division, kidscreen.com, accessed April 2, 2016.
  3. This image shows the characters before the outfits were designed for the widespread line.

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