American Girl has been making adorable dolls with inspiring stories for over three decades now — from Felicity to Molly to Samantha. They each hail from different parts of the country, different moments in time, and in many ways, very different worlds; but until now, all of the dolls had one thing in common: They were girls. According to the company’s website, though, that’s all about to change — American Girl will release its first boy character doll this Thursday, February 16.
His name is Logan Everett, and honestly, he couldn’t be a more welcome addition.
As for Logan’s backstory? He’s a drummer from Nashville, Tennessee, who plays alongside his friend Tenney Grant, a singer-songwriter. He’s pretty stylish, too — with his laid-back button-down shirt and cool graphic tee.
But the real reason why Logan’s entrance into the collection is so significant is because in his own small way, he helps shatter the longstanding stereotype that “dolls are just for girls” — and that’s huge.
While some may note that American Girl did technically introduce a boy in 2003 with the “Bitty Twins” (who were retired last year), Logan is the first full-sized boy character to be sold on his own, and come with a backstory just like the original American Girls.
Logan’s addition is actually just the first step in American Girl’s mission to diversify its collection — in fact, the company will be releasing many more diverse dolls this year, including Gabriela McBride, an African American girl who manages her stutter with poetry, Z Yang, a Korean-American character, and later this year, a historical Hawaiian character named Nanea.
Additionally, they will be reintroducing Felicity — one of the original American Girl dolls.
Julia Parks, director of public relations at American Girl, told The Huffington Post that the company regularly receives feedback from parents and kids asking for dolls with “more experiences, more diversity, more interests.”
She added, “Adding a boy to our lineup has been a number one request for a very, very, very long time.”
We’re sure Logan will be very welcomed into the arms of both little girls and boys this year — making playtime more fun for everyone.
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