Disclaimer, this has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween aside from the fact that I sometimes like to see if American Girl is releasing any Halloween costumes for their dolls, this year I did not see any. Which is a bummer, I recall one year they released a cat suit with miniature pumpkin candy bucket & miniature candies – super adorable. That being said, I stumbled upon their newest doll Courtney an 80’s era doll that comes with a slew of 80’s themed playsets with everything from Care Bear pajamas to a Pac Man arcade game & I have never, ever wanted a child’s toy more in my entire adult fucking life. Are you kidding me?!
American Girl & I go way back, I never had one nor did I have any other toys that weren’t hand me downs. Ratty-haired Barbies, a Teddy Ruxpin with no tapes, a stick horse, Monopoly without the money because my older brothers used it to start fires with shotgun scopes. You know – farm kid shit. We just didn’t get toys, we were often gifted practical things like clothing, socks, toiletries & tons of books, which was fine. Nothing is more shameful to a child than being made fun of for the clothes that they are wearing or appearing unkempt. My parents really worked hard to ensure that we did not look poor and I appreciate that. They spent a lot of money on rodeo stuff for us as well so we did receive fun things too. I also grew up with mostly other farm kids so it’s not like every girl my age was walking around with the oh so coveted American Girl doll. But the few who did have them were the envy of every young girl at recess & pretty much life in general. One of them was the prom queen her junior and senior year (older boyfriend) so girls with American Girl dolls were clearly going places 😛
In my youth, I wanted Felicity – an American Revolutionary War era doll that came with many flouncy dresses & accessories that were to die for. From hats to little leather slippers, a candlestick and bed warmer for her canopy bed *sigh* Apparently, they do not make the historical dolls anymore with their full collections which is such bullshit. The historical accuracy and meticulous detail of the collections is still what makes the dolls appeal to me in my adulthood. I think that they are really doing a disservice to young girls who might be interested in the stories & context of the historical dolls by discontinuing them. Also, I am a complete hypocrite because I about peed my pants when I saw the 80’s themed doll & to my knowledge her books aren’t about the Red Scare, fall of the Berlin wall or the Iran Contra Affair & that doesn’t really bother me 😛 Courtney is the embodiment of 80’s excess with her big hair, jean jacket, mini Caboodle (shut up) & neon Walkman. To be fair, it does look like the Challenger launch is included in her book but the newer dolls just don’t have that educational appeal that the older dolls did. I still want her.
The question is, as a 30’ish year old female who can afford to buy herself nice things, is this what I am getting myself for Christmas this year?! I mean, she is still expensive & I probably need the whole collection plus I can never tell any of my mom friends (or anyone) because most of them have a strict NO AMERICAN GIRL DOLL rule in their households (believe me, we’ve talked about it). Plus, what would I do with it? I can’t imagine that I would be posted up on my bed watching Netflix, dressing my new doll. Or is that exactly what I am imagining? I mean, people collect vintage toys (Star Wars) and that’s not seemingly weird…? I’ve also watched a few toy unboxing channels that are run by adults, it could be for review purposes 😂 Had you asked me this back in March when quarantine just started, shit yeah I would have been at home dressing my doll & fixing her hair – fuck society. But now I’m torn, maybe if we go back into quarantine I’ll treat myself 😛
What’s your stance on expensive children’s toys? I feel like kids in general are so expensive, I don’t know how parents keep up. Is there a toy from your youth that you never received but still want, would you splurge if you could? I need to know, final thought – I really hope they do release a Halloween costume because I’m gonna need it for my new doll 🧡
Tonight’s film is Poltergeist (1982) Carol Anne makes contact with supernatural beings through her families television. All hell busts loose & she is sucked into the other side. Of course, we come to find out that the property where the housing development was built is on top of a cemetery. After rescuing Carol Anne, the family promptly packs up & moves.