First, I’m going to copy and paste what I think about each doll to remind you.
Rebecca has been one of my favorites ever since she came out. She was the doll that was coming out as I was getting into AG, and since then I wanted to be an actress and dancer, she really appealed to me. I still love her, and I love to learn about the world during WW1, and so I just like her overall.
I love Addy, and I think her character is a very good role model. We would love to have her, and she brings some much needed diversity to BeForever.
Kit is a really strong character in the books and some of the historical characters seem a bit conceited and bratty, so I hope that they keep her. Plus, the woman reporter in the 1920’s/30’s plot is becoming a trend in books (e.x.- Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson.) She has also been a big seller in the past, so AG might not retire her in the hopes that she will become really popular again. I think that a lot of girls in the target age range (target age range is 8-12 for the 18″.) really like her, Claire and I included. The thing that pushed me to put her on my wishlist was when I found out that she had the dark blue eyes (which only three AG dolls have ever had.) Her character is really fun.
Josefina wants to be a healer, (1824 equivalent of a more natural doctor) so I think it is partially important for her to keep her because of that. Seeing as how basically none of them are anything very STEM-focused (not that they really knew much about how the human body worked in 1824) it is nice to see that in a girl’s toy line. I mean, we have a reporter, an actress, a girl’s rights activist (or two? Would Samantha count as one? Or more of an equality activist?), and a sailor. (I don’t know what Addy and Kaya would really grow up to be.) A girl’s rights activist is a very good cause, but I’m glad that there is someone focused on science. Another one of the things I really like about her is that she is one of the non-Caucasian dolls in the BeForever line.
I’m not super fond of Caroline. Releasing a second doll with blond hair and blue eyes in the BeForever line was pretty risky in my opinion. I don’t really like her character (she is one of the ones who sounds really bratty in bits of her books) and a lot of her newer clothes are either really cheap looking, aren’t historically accurate, or just not at all appealing. The only things I would even want from her collection is her Travel Outfit, her Nightgown, and her Winter Coat.
I think this is the order from most likely to least likely that they will retire:
1. Josefina and Caroline
3. Addy and Kit
I think these are 5 of the most popular characters (though all the BeForever characters are) Caroline and Kit especially seem to sell well.
Josefina not having her official BeForever release till this spring seems very fishy to me. I think it is either a “Say she will have one this spring to get everyone to calm down and therefore make the retirement an enormous deal” or a “We were going to retire her around the time BeForever was released, but decided not to. Working on her collection was postponed, so things weren’t ready in time” However, Cecile and Marie-Grace were supposed to have some things released last summer according to AG, but they were retired instead. I think it very odd that she did not have a big BeForever release. I know lots of people think she is perfectly safe because AG has said that she is having a big release in spring (is February 12th a winter release? Will they have another spring release?) but I think people should be a lot more worried than they are about her.
Kit is not at all doing well. They’ve done every single thing to help her sales already (i.e.-she already has a movie, she has tons of mysteries, tons of clothes, had a BFF doll, etc.) They put her in the “BeForever Spotlight” (which I’m suspicious they came up with just to help her sell) which basically sounds like “Hurry! Get her! If she doesn’t sell well with this she will be retired!” to me. I think her new BeForever collection has had the most negative comments about her new clothes, which is big for AG since she typically sells so well. She used to be one of their biggest money-earners, and now they’re flailing to regain her sales.
Rebecca also has sold pretty well. She has not done as well lately, but she also hasn’t been their best seller overall. I think the fact that she is Jewish is both helping and hurting her sales. Not as many girls relate to her because of that, but it is also a quite underrepresented niche in terms of dolls. The fact that she got a LE set (I’m talking about the 2014 ones, not 2015) for her sounds like they’re trying to put more attention on her. Another thing that might be hurting her sales is that some girls, including a few of my friends, weren’t allowed to read her last book for a few years after she came out because they mention some difficult topics. I think that the factory conditions and the strikes surrounding them are one of the things that has changed in the U.S., but some people might not want their younger girls reading abut the Triangle Factory Fire and such. I think it is a difficult topic to tackle, but surprisingly, AG handled it well.
I think there is a lot of controversity about Addy possibly being retired. Because of AG’s “black dolls don’t sell” misconception, when they come out with the next African American doll, it is very possible she could be retired. However, she has been flying off the shelves since her BeForever makeover. I think they will want to keep her, but they might wait to see if she is still selling this well in the long run.
There are a lot of people with different opinions about whether Caroline is going to be retired. She too sells well, but I think the War of 1812 isn’t as well known, and for younger girls who have no clue that it even exists, that can be a big deal. Less parents are going to want to buy a $110 doll whose hair could be wrecked in a matter of days, though, so she is missing out on a lot of sales because of that. However, there is the fact that she sells well, especially to adult collectors. She does have some issues with her cousin though, and the fact that Grace does too does not seem to be helping her.
Some more things to think about:
In the February 12th release, neither Josefina nor Caroline got anything (at least not doll stuff.) True, Caroline got a mystery, but they keep selling the mysteries even after the doll is retired. Josefina’s Journey book does have a slot waiting on Amazon, so maybe that is a sign that she will be having a re-vamp. Her book is set to be released August 27th (I think we know the date for the summer release now) and I bet that they will do a big release for BeForever at that time, and most likely add the 2015 historical.
Remember Cecile and Marie-Grace? Remember how AG said that they would get more Summer 2014? They were retired Summer 2014. Is it just me, or does that sound like Josefina? Everyone is saying that Josefina is safe, but what if they’re wrong? What if AG is trying to make everyone think she isn’t going anywhere, but it is all a ruse?
Josefina has barely anything left in her collection. If you think like AG, then you have to wonder why they would make a whole re-vamp for a doll that is about to be retired. Making a new pattern, choosing materials and color schemes, sending it to the factory to be mass produced, having it go through customs, sending it to all the stores, writing descriptions, catalogue pages…… Why would you go through that much work if she will be retired in a matter of months?
I think that Josefina could very well be on her way out, but Caroline has been having some issues also.
What do you think? Who will be retired? Do my predictions sound accurate to you?