Chad posted a creepy trailer about a children's book, and I use that as justification to post this.
American Girl announced the retirement of their most popular doll, Samantha Parkington. Though the company released a statement October 13, the media has not covered it properly.
Fans were sent an email last October explaining that although Samantha was vastly popular since her birth (if you will) in 1986, American Girl Co. decided that it was time "to preserve her place in American Girl's history making it possible to introduce new characters and time periods for our customers to enjoy."
I never had an American Girl doll, but I always wanted one. I started numerous "Samantha funds" to buy my own. She was $98 worthy of my affection, but I never saved beyond $23. I suppose I grew tired of waiting and wanted to spend my money on the latest Amy Grant tape.
American Girl was founded in 1986 by Pleasant Company with the goal of reaching young girls with historically-inspired characters. They first marketed character dolls with their own set of books, encouraging girls not only to continue playing with dolls, but to increase their love for reading. Over the years, American Girl added on a literary magazine for girls. Most recently Warner Bros. has produced movie versions of the books for network television.
I can't count how many girls I knew that had American Girl dolls, but I do remember how significant they were to "girl culture" in the past 20 years.
Grieve Samantha if you must, and pass the word along to a girl in college if you have the opportunity. Chances are the news might feel a bit like a childhood friend's death.