First, here are all the catalogs together. 🙂
I’m not going to use pictures from all the catalogs in this post, since a lot of it is just the same stuff over and over. But I picked out four of these to show you all what AG had for the historical characters in the past. 🙂
First, let’s start off with the Holiday 2004 catalog!
Right here we have an advertisement for the Samantha movie, which was just being released at the time. (If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I highly recommend checking it out!) Don’t Samantha and Nellie look so cute on the right? 🙂
Here’s Nellie in a full-page spread! (Sorry about my finger being there, I had to flatten the page down a little. 😉 ) Nellie was such a cute doll, and I really wish AG still sold her. (Fun fact: I actually almost got Nellie the year she was retired, but she was sold out, so I got Kit instead. 🙂 )
Here are all the other lovely Historicals that were being sold at the time. Except for Samantha, none of the girls’ book covers had been changed yet!
I thought this little quiz was interesting. (In case you’re wondering, I’m most like Josefina. 😉 ) But what bugs me is the little paragraph at the bottom of the page. This is what it says:
We strive to make the accessories in The American Girls Collection with the most authentic materials available, which is why we recommend them for girls 8 and up. So please handle them with care! We hope you’ll be able to cherish these playthings for years to come.
Well, that sure isn’t true now, is it?
Here are Samantha and Nellie in their beautiful sleigh…
…and in their winter coats!! 😀 I like Samantha’s old winter coat way more than her new one.
Here are some of the girls in their “special edition” outfits that were out at the time. Molly looks so cute in her dude ranch outfit!!
Kit and Addy have adorable new outfits, too! Blue is definitely Addy’s color. 🙂
Kaya didn’t get a special outfit (sadly 😦 ), but she did have this breathtaking shawl outfit at the time. So pretty! Why did they retire this?
All right, let’s move along to the summer 2005 catalog.
Nellie, Kaya, and Addy each got new dance outfits that summer. Kaya got a Pow-Wow Dress of Today, Nellie received an Irish Dance Outfit of Today, and Addy was given an African Dance Outfit of Today. My favorite is definitely Nellie’s. The picture of her Irish step-dancing is too cute! 🙂 It seems that Kaya and Addy were a lot less neglected by American Girl at the time-especially Kaya. I think it’s really sad how she barely has any outfits now!
The historical characters’ pages had updated a bit since the last catalog. They all had the new covers by this point, too, which was great! Felicity still didn’t make her reappearance until fall of the same year…with Elizabeth, but we’ll get to that in a second. 😉
Here’s something really cool: that summer, Kit, Samantha, and Molly got new beach outfits and accessories. Molly’s must have been the most popular, because hers was around until she retired a few years ago. I personally think Kit’s outfit is super cute, although she does remind me a little bit of a bug in it. 😉 And Samantha looks gorgeous as always! Somehow, I get the feeling that if they released a “bathing outfit” for her now, it would be pink. Who’s with me on that one?
Skipping ahead to the December 2005 catalog… and Felicity is BACK! 😀
Here’s Felicity and Elizabeth together, along with an ad for Felicity’s movie, which was released at this time. (That’s a really good movie too! The only historical AG movie that I don’t have. 😉 )
Introducing Elizabeth! (ignore my hand 😉 )
Here are some more pictures of Felicity and Elizabeth’s collection. The last picture is my favorite. 😉 Felicity’s Tea Lesson Gown is so beautiful, I wish I had gotten it before she’d retired.
Merchandise revolving around the American Girl mystery books, which were pretty new at the time. Those puzzles look super fun!
Finally, the last catalog we’ll be looking at today…July 2006 (which also celebrated AG’s 20th anniversary!).
A little blurb about the woman on the cover and her American Girl memories. Apparently she’d been on the spring 1990 catalog cover too, which I thought was pretty cool.
The Historical Character page changed once again in this catalog. 🙂
Here’s something that I thought was really cool: Kirsten’s recess set! I’d never seen this before, so I’m assuming that it wasn’t a very big seller. To me it looks like it would be a fun item to have, though. Plus I absolutely love that picture of Kirsten “playing” at recess! 😀
A spotlight on Josefina! American Girl should really be ashamed of the way they’ve been treating her lately. It seems that back around this time, they gave her much more attention than they do now.
Kit, Samantha, and Molly once again got new outfits that year (I’m assuming they were the most popular dolls at the time). This time, they received new outdoor play outfits! Kit’s was a Scooter Outfit (so cute!), Molly’s was a Roller-Skating Outfit, and Samantha’s was a Bicycling Outfit. They also, of course, got a scooter, roller skates, and a bike, respectively. Doesn’t Samantha’s old bike look so much more historically accurate than her new one?
And finally, a two-page spread dedicated to Samantha (and Nellie)’s collection! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed seeing what was available for the Historical Characters from 2004-2006. Next time, we’ll take a look at the Girls of the Year during those three years (Kailey, Marisol, and Jess)!
Have a great rest of your day!