People love their American Girl dolls, but the company has announced that their dolls are now going to have their underwear sewn onto their bodies, and some customers are really upset. Undergarments for these dolls used to be bought separately and could be changed, like the rest of their clothing and accessories. But now they’re changing all that.
American Girl writes in a Facebook post that the new undies design will “eventually affect all of our Truly Me dolls; the BeForever characters Julie, Melody, and Maryellen; and some of our contemporary dolls to come.” And they include a side-by-side photo showing the old, unattached underwear, next to the new design. But people aren’t happy with the change to the 18-inch dolls.
Facebook users rushed to complain about the new design. “The boxes, zip ties and now sewn-on underwear are all cost cutting measures that reduce the quality of these dolls from heirloom quality to be passed down for generations to low-quality retail,” one writes. And another points out that “girls 8-12 can keep track of their dolls’ panties.” She adds that her “girls are really disappointed by this unnecessary change.”
For their part, American Girl is doing what they can to keep fans happy, saying the new underwear design “shouldn’t hamper a girl’s ability to create limitless play opportunities.” And assuring customers that “We love our fans and love how passionate this community is about American Girl.” And since they’re paying $115 for a doll, there’s a whole lot to be passionate about!