American Girl Release {June 2017}

G’day, all loyal followers of SSD! I have been excited about AG’s summer release for some time. Here’s some things to think about on their new release.

Disclaimer: I will not be sharing thoughts about Wellie Wishers, girl-sized outfits or Bitty Baby items. (They don’t interest me as much as the TM and GOTY stuff.)

Disclaimer: All opinions are mine and are not endorsed by American Girl in any way.

Disclaimer: This post will not include every single thing released (although it will contain most of them).

Disclaimer: All photos are from

Disclaimer: That was probably too many disclaimers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There. Without further adieu, let’s get to the part you guys are wanting to hear about!


First up, the new TM dolls. Iย love their new outfit! It is so versatile and cute, and finally, the dress is a good length (not too short like the Lilac Dress). #67’s true black hair intrigues me, although I wonder why they released a doll that looks similar to Gabriela McBride now. I like the choice of face mould for #68. #69 is my personal favourite though. I wish she’d had hazel eyes, because then she’d look exactly like me. Well, not exactly, because she’d need super-thick eyebrows. ๐Ÿ™‚

American Girl Truly Me™ Doll Without Hair #70 + Truly Me Accessories

The addition of numbered dolls without hair is awesome. Apparently, they’re quite popular, as all three of them are backordered! I really like how they’re accessible now instead of a ‘talk to us’ thing. And, if you wanted to make a custom, this would be how you’d do it… no wig-prying necessary!

Truly Me Accessories

Thumbs up for new accessories! Finally, these are things we can use – not crazy tutus or navy vests… I love that sweater.


I was kind of shocked to see that there weren’t very many new outfits (although there is the Mix and Match collection – we’ll get to that). I do love the colours of the new soccer outfit and the style of the Travel In Style dress! Although I do wish it were grey with blue buttons. Was I really expecting a grey dress? Heavens, no. This is for ages 8-12, right? AG won’t make stuff that doesn’t appeal to that age bracket.

American Girl Peplum Top & Tweed Shorts Outfit for 18-inch Dolls

The Mix and Match collection doesn’t appeal to me this go-round. I think that the pieces look good on their own, but rarely in the combinations they’ve put them in. (Tights, shorts and boots? I’m not feeling it.) The other thing is that these look sort of warm for summer. That may just be because it’s over 100 degrees every day where I live, though.


New school stuff! Its timing is again kind of funny, considering we’ve just gotten out of school…I like the variation in the lunch, the itty-bitty key in the backpack set, and the colour of the locker. Plus, the more traditional backpack is nice. (One-shoulder backpacks aren’t good for carrying weight.)


Petssss! That French Bulldog is so sweet! I love his droopy little mouth. The hamster is a nice variation to the usual cats and dogs. I wonder if he’s flocked velvet or convincingly-painted plastic? The Tuxedo Cat is pretty neat, too, especially because I was expecting this cat:


Gabriela's Loft Bed

Gabriela’s loft bed! I love it. The stool looks a bit small for dolls to sit on, though. Oh well. I like the paints and the posters and the comforter is a super-cool print. Nice work, particularly because it weighs in at just $200.

Gabriela's Chair & Ottoman Set

Overpriced as it is (this thing is not worth $70 IMHO), it was necessary to her collection. The mp3 player and headphones strike me as strange, though, considering that it’s more popular to use a phone and earbuds. Oh well, I can’t complain.

Gabriela's Take Flight Performance Outfit for 18-inch Dolls

Sorry, this outfit feels like a mash-up of Isabelle’s and Lea’s collections (Lime green and purple butterfly-emblazoned dance outfit. ;)). It reminds me of that red Jazz Outfit that came out a couple of years ago. But far beyond all weirdness is the fact that it has a sheer skirt and no shorts or anything to put underneath! Crazy and kind of gross.

Tenney's Sparkling Performance Outfit for 18-inch Dolls

As for Tenney Grant, someone needs to tell her to take that jacket off or dye it grey! ;D The sequin pattern reminds me of audio bars. Good association I suppose.

Logan's Performance Outfit for 18-inch Dolls

Logan looks kind of uncomfortable in this photo! This outfit looks sort of bland to me, though I love the jacket. That logo evokes memories of 2005 AG…what’s with the boots? They look OG :/.

American Girl Tenney's Music Cartridge Set

These are neat, though! Apparently, if you have Tenney’s Dressing Room, then you can plug these little cartidges into her amp and they’ll play music, which you can adjust with the knob on the amp. Such a cool idea!

American Girl Grand Hotel

But this is, by far, my favourite new release. I’m just in love with the Victorian furnishings and the colour scheme. This is giving me ideas for making my own!

It even folds up to look like this. How cool is that?


I love all the accessories that go with it, too. That breakfast is so real.

All in all, I feel like this was a terrific release, the only strikeouts being Gabby’s newest outfit and the new mix and match collection. But hey, that frees up the old one to go on clearance, right?

It feels like the new TM colour scheme is aqua, royal blue and magenta.

Any thoughts? Are you getting anything from the new release? I know that I am!

Signing off for now,



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37 thoughts on “American Girl Release {June 2017}”

  1. Oh my gosh, I totally agree with you on almost everything! I think the main thing I want is the grand hotel… I can only dream of having it… XD I actually really like the new mix and match line, but I’ll probably wait until Fall to really want it. ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s 110 degrees outside where I live. XD I’m also SO excited AG came out with a new kitty!

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    1. Great minds think alike, right?
      LOL, same for me on the Grand Hotel. Right now I’m calculating how many yards I’ll have to mow to get $275. ๐Ÿ˜›
      Wow, what part of the US do you live in? Is it close to West Texas? ๐Ÿ˜€
      IKR. Now we can choose between it and the Siamese!

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      1. Yeah! I took a CPR babysitting class a few weeks ago, so I’ll make some money babaysitting, and me and by brother make a lemondae stand every year and each earn roughly 40 bucks, so maybe, just maybe I can buy it after the holiday hubbub dies down and it’s not on backorder. ๐Ÿ˜›
        Aww, sorry, but I live in California…. but I’d love to meet you someday! I’m definitely asking for the Tuxedo cat for Christmas! But in my opinion, I think that Siamese is cuter in the dollhouse.


      2. Definitely…good luck with the babysitting! (The only advice I can give you is to make sure they haven’t seen “The Croods”. I babysat a kid who bit me – I asked her why, and she said, “The baby on The Croods did it!”)


  2. Your disclaimers had me laughing by the time I reached the last one. ๐Ÿ™‚

    From what I’ve seen so far I have three maybe four things that I have on my wish list. The hamster, room service tray, the graphic fashion tee, and maybe Gabriela’s chair and ottoman (next year on clearance).

    I love that the bald dolls are openly available now! And you are so right about ho making customs will be easier now. Do we know if they all have the same face mold?

    The new TM accessories are great! Definitely worth the extra cash.

    While I like the new travel dress it doesn’t quite sit right with me. That seam on the one shoulder makes it look like it doesn’t fit quite right.

    Thanks for a great post.


  3. Nice post! I don’t know how I feel on the new TM outfit๐Ÿ˜• I liked the lilac dress better. Yes, I agree with Sam! When I saw all the layers I was like it looks so sweaty ๐Ÿ˜ฉ It’s really hot where I live, too!

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  4. I was thinking how the whole release was all purple and blue right as you said so! I’m not complaining since I think it’s really cool that AG HAS been listening to what bloggers and customers have said about not liking all the pink (even though I love pink). I’m not getting anything from the new release, I don’t think, but if I was I like Logan’s outfit! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I really like the new mix-and-match collection, just not the way AG mixed and matched them… ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Love the new pets! Really surprised they came out with a hamster! Really glad, too. Now they just need a fish! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hotel? Ehh. Not really my thing. I don’t really have a use for it.
    Really like this post! Good job! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    And thank you SO MUCH for following me! It means so much to me! ๐ŸŽ‰


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