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Retired American Girl Dolls For Sale

Updated on May 2, 2014

How to Find the Best Prices When Shopping for Retired A.G. Dolls

Historical American Girl dolls, accessories, and books have always been popular with young girls. Grown-ups love them, too. The dolls represent girls from different stages of the USA's history. The detail in these dolls is truly amazing, and that is one reason that collectors have embraced this hobby.

Limited Edition "Girl of the Year" dolls were introduced in 2001. These extra special dolls feature smaller, specific collections and individual storybooks. Each collection is created specifically for the individual doll's character and features accessories based on the book's plot line. The "Girl of the Year" dolls remain available for only one year.

Adults seek to purchase the discontinued dolls because they love to collect them and are also interested in a good investment. The dolls go up in value after they are discontinued and become much more difficult to acquire.

When an existing doll model is no longer being manufactured and available for direct purchase from the company, those that were too late must resort to purchasing the archived A. G. dolls that are already in circulation.

Collectors often rush to buy the brand new dolls just as soon as they are released. Serious collectors also scour around for discontinued and other rare, retired dolls to add to their personal collections.

Other times, youngsters may show an interest in a retired doll they've read about. In those cases, their parents (who are anxious to grant their beloved daughters' wishes) must turn to searching for the particular desired retired A. G. doll either locally or online using the Internet.

Below you'll find retired A.G. dolls for sale at great prices, oftentimes with free shipping offered. These collectible dolls are rarities and definitely great additions to anyone's collection.

Image Credit: Detail from "8 year old Amelia and her A. G. doll Kristen on the cover of LIFE 12-03-2004" at AllPosters.com

Felicity Merriman and Elizabeth Cole
Felicity Merriman and Elizabeth Cole

Viewpoint of a Retired American Girl Dolls Collector

Discontinued/Archived Dolls Can Be An Excellent Investment Choice

Every day it becomes harder to predict the future. Who knows who will win the election or what the stock market will be doing a week from now? However, as a doll collector from way back, I can predict what's going to happen in American Girl Land...

As time goes on and the Pleasant Company begins to use up their available Samantha and Nellie and other discontinued inventory, the value of these dolls and their wardrobes is going to escalate faster than a feverish temperature during cold and flu season. If you were looking for a good investment, this is it.

I hope that no one tries to hoard these beautiful toys just for their cash value but by the same token, Samantha may be a particularly good choice for savvy little girls and doll collectors this holiday season. I must add that I have noticed a distressing tendency on the part of some people to cavalierly give their kids' toys away or sell them for a few dollars at garage sales.

If there is a Samantha (or any other kind of American Girl Doll) in your family at the present time, you might want to hang on to her because as a doll collector from way back, I can assure you that today's beautiful doll may someday be a future generation's priceless antique.

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........."It is better to play than do nothing." ~Confucius

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Lindsey Bergman - 2001 American Girl of the Year

Lindsey Bergman - 2001 American Girl of the Year
Lindsey Bergman - 2001 American Girl of the Year

Lindsey was the first of the "Girl of the Year" Limited Edition Series. She was introduced in the 2001 Holiday catalog and her items were available through Dec. 31, 2002. Back then the phrase was "Girls of Today" instead of "Girls of the Year" or "Just Like Me" dolls. A small collection consisting of a scooter set and laptop accompanied Lindsey's release.

Lindsey is described as a funny, good-hearted ten-year-old girl who is "eager to help." Lindsey's book is about her -- trying to turn her teachers into lovebirds, keep her school safe from bullies, help to plan her brother's Bar-Mitzvah, get her grumpy uncle to cheer up and smile, and find her lost dog -- all at once. However, her impulsive attempts at "helping" can sometimes get her into trouble and create more difficulties than success!

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"The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery." ~Erik H. Erikson

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Kailey Hopkins - 2003 American Girl of the Year

Kailey Hopkins - American 2003 Girl of the Year
Kailey Hopkins - American 2003 Girl of the Year

Kailey was introduced in the Summer of 2003 and retired in July of 2004. Kailey's collection included various beach outfits and accessories.

Kailey Hopkins is a compassionate, athletic ten-year-old girl who loves the ocean more than anything. She lives near tide pools in California and is an avid swimmer and surfer -- she feels right at home boogie boarding in the crashing waves.

When development threatens to destroy her beach's tide pools, she has to find courage she didn't know she had. Along with her best friend, Kailey engineers a protest in order to make a difference.

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"The first steps we take toward collecting anything are tenuous at best. All we know is that we have 'fallen in love' with a particular object and find that it has touched off a harmony in our spirit that we never knew existed."
~Valerie Fogel

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Marisol Luna - 2005 American Girl of the Year

Marisol Luna - 2005 American Girl of the Year
Marisol Luna - 2005 American Girl of the Year

Marisol was introduced during the Christmas season of 2004 with an extensive collection of dance outfits and accessories. She became retired due to sell out on December 15, 2005.

Marisol is a lively 10-year-old girl who was born to dance. She's a fourth-grader who lives with her loving parents in a busy and largely Hispanic neighborhood in the heart of Chicago. Marisol goes to school (where she is a Two-Square champion) takes care of her cat, Rascal, plays with the kids in her neighborhood, and takes dance lessons.

Ballet folklorico (Mexican folkdance) is her favorite type of dance -- and where she really shines -- but she's been exposed to some jazz and a little tap. She's also taking ballet, but she's new to it and a little impatient with its rigors. Her attitude towards ballet changes only slightly when she meets a wonderful new neighbor. Miss Mendoza is a former Rockette who gently reminds Marisol that ballet is worth working hard at, because it's the basis for all serious dance.

The upsetting news that her family is moving out to the suburbs is made worse when Marisol learns that the dance studio in her new neighborhood has closed. No tap, no ballet folklorico -- not even ballet. She may have to take karate lessons!

Instead, with the help of new friends, resourceful Marisol finds a way to keep dancing. She learns how to combine the best of her old world with a renewed commitment to stretch and grow and try her hardest, no matter how challenging it might be.

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"Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size." ~Mark Twain

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Jess Akiko McConnell - 2006 American Girl of the Year

Jess Akiko McConnell - American 2006 Girl of the Year
Jess Akiko McConnell - American 2006 Girl of the Year

Jess was introduced December 26, 2005 and she became sold out December 30th, 2006. To illustrate her mixed Japanese-American and Irish heritage, the Jess doll debuted with a unique face mold.

Jess McConnell is a curious and adventurous 10-year-old girl who's full of energy. She can't wait to explore Belize with her parents! They come from different backgrounds - her dad's Irish American and her mom's Japanese American - but they both love archaeology.

With her first step off the airplane and into bright tropical sunlight, Jess McConnell begins an adventure. She and her parents are spending five months at an archaeological dig of ancient Maya ruins in the Central American country of Belize.

It's Jess's first time out of the United States. It's her first time being home-schooled. And it's her first trip without her older brother and sister to keep her company. But Jess is excited to explore a new place all on her own. She's ready for adventure and anxious to discover just who Jess is.

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"Children's games are hardly games. Children are never more serious than when they play." ~MONTAIGNE, Essays

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Nicki Fleming - 2007 American Girl of the Year

Nicki Fleming - 2007 American Girl of the Year
Nicki Fleming - 2007 American Girl of the Year

Nicki was introduced January 1, 2007 and she sold out in mid-December 2007 along with her extensive clothing and accessory collection.

Ten-year-old Nicki Fleming is a natural with animals. She's also compassionate, dependable... and very busy! When the chance to train a service dog comes up, she just can't say "no," even if it means taking on more responsibility and having to give up some of the things she loves doing.

When Sprocket the puppy turns out to be a handful, Nicki has to muster all of her compassion to continue his training. She knows that one day Sprocket will make someone else's life better--and that makes all the difference. When she isn't training Sprocket to be a service dog, she's helping her mother, who is expecting twins soon.

Yet Nicki is dreading the fall -- that's when Sprocket will have to leave for more training and eventual placement with a person with special needs. The beginning of the school year also means she's stuck in the middle -- caught between her two best friends, Kris and Becca, who can't seem to get along. Can Nicki find a way to let Sprocket go and keep both of her good friends close?

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.."It's every little girl's dream to have an exact look-alike doll.
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Mia St. Clair - 2008 American Girl of the Year

Mia St. Clair - 2008 American Girl of the Year
Mia St. Clair - 2008 American Girl of the Year

Mia was first unveiled on the November 21, 2007 episode of The Oprah Whinfrey Show. However, Mia and her extensive collection and two book were officially released on January 1, 2008. She was available for only one year and sold out on the A. G. website on December 17, 2008.

Ten-year-old Mia loves skating. She has grown up playing ice hockey with her three older brothers and has the skills she needs to become a star hockey player. But she's tired of skating in her brothers' shadows and has decided to pursue her passion for figure skating instead.

With the help of a new coach, Mia finds out whether she has what it takes to grow and compete as a figure skater.

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FYI....

Retirement is when a doll, outfit, book, accessory, collection, or product line is discontinued and no longer available for purchase direct from American Girl.

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Chrissa Maxwell - 2009 American Girl of the Year, Plus Her Best Friends Sonali Mathews & Gwen Thompson

Chrissa Maxwell - 2009 American Girl of the Year, Plus Her Best Friends Sonali Mathews & Gwen Thompson
Chrissa Maxwell - 2009 American Girl of the Year, Plus Her Best Friends Sonali Mathews & Gwen Thompson

Chrissa Maxwell is the seventh Girl of the Year. Her collection was released on January 1, 2009.

An accompanying direct-to-DVD film entitled "Chrissa Stands Strong" based on her story premiered January 5 and became available for purchase the next day. Chrissa's books and DVD focus on peer bullying issues. Both books are written by Mary Casanova.

Chrissa is the first Girl of the Year to have any "best friend" companion dolls. The two characters, Sonali Matthews and Gwen Thompson, are from the books and movie, and neither had a separate collection.

Gwen Thompson is white with blond hair and brown eyes. She is a lonely girl in her class; Chrissa is the first to befriend her. Gwen lived at the homeless shelter and felt that her situation made it too embarrassing for her to make any friends. The doll has the classic mold, blond hair with bangs, and brown eyes.

Sonali Matthews is at least partially South Asian/Indian, as her mother's parents are from India. She was part of the Queen Bees with Tara and Jadyn, but stopped being their friend after their cruel pranks and became Chrissa's friend. The doll has an all-new face mold with dark skin, dark eyes, and long wavy dark hair to represent her Indian heritage.

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Lanie Holland - 2010 American Girl of the Year

Lanie Holland - 2010 American Girl of the Year
Lanie Holland - 2010 American Girl of the Year

Lanie was the 8th Girl of the Year. She was available for only one year and was archived by the American Girl Doll company in 2011.

Living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lanie is 10 years old and loves nature and science. She even considers herself to be a scientist! She is a middle child with both an older and younger sister.

Lanie is very energetic and loves to explore the outdoors, but she has the feeling she is the only one in her family who feels this way.

She communicates with her best friend via email because she is far away with her father, who is rescuing orangutans in the deep jungle of Indonesia.

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........."So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always
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Kanani Akina - 2011 American Girl of the Year

Kanani Akina - 2011 American Girl of the Year
Kanani Akina - 2011 American Girl of the Year

Kanani was the 9th Girl of the Year. Just like her 2010 predecessor Lanie, she was available for one year only and then she was archived in 2012.

Kanani lives in Hawaii, Kauai with her Hawaian dad and French mom. She helps out in their family's shaved ice store and loves to share special things about Hawaii with visitors.

She is very excited when her cousin from Manhattan comes for a month-long visit, but her cousin never seems to feel at home. Kanani must figure out a way to reach and connect with her, and in the process she comes to understand the true meaning of the aloha spirit.

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"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." ~Fred Rogers

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Felicity Merriman, 1774 Historical American Girl Doll

Felicity Merriman, 1774 Historical American Girl Doll
Felicity Merriman, 1774 Historical American Girl Doll

Felicity was added to the collection in 1991 and archived in 2011, with her best friend Elizabeth (below) joining the collection with her in 2005.

Felicity represents the year 1774 and she was a red-headed colonial girl who lived in Williamsburg, Virginia right before the onset of the American Revolution.

She was a spirited girl who believed the American colonies should be free. Because her best friend feels differently, Felicity must find a way to hold both love and loyalty in her heart.

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.............."It's teatime and all the dolls are at the table.
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Elizabeth Cole, 1774 Historical American Girl Doll

Elizabeth Cole, 1774 Historical American Girl Doll
Elizabeth Cole, 1774 Historical American Girl Doll

Elizabeth joined the American Girl collection in 2005. Elizabeth was created as Felicity's best friend and she was archived in 2011. Both Elizabeth and Felicity represent the year 1774.

To her dismay, Elizabeth discovers that a family marriage could very well mean that she might have to move back to England. As a result, Elizabeth and Felicity put their heads together and invent a plan that might allow her to stay.

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......."Collecting is my joy; it gives me great satisfaction."
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Kirsten Larson, 1854 Historical American Girl Doll

Kirsten Larson, 1854 Historical American Girl Doll
Kirsten Larson, 1854 Historical American Girl Doll

Kirsten was archived from the collection in 2010.

She brings to life the story of a young girl in an immigrant family, learning how to deal with different languages and traditions while settling in the New World.

In the process, Kirsten discovers the richness of her new land and the true meaning of home.

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Samantha Parkington, 1904 Historical American Girl

Samantha Parkington, 1904 Historical American Girl Doll
Samantha Parkington, 1904 Historical American Girl Doll

Samantha was one of the three American Girls that launched the collection in 1986 along with Molly and Kirsten.

American Girl used the term 'archive' when it ceased production and sales of Samantha, her friend Nellie, and both their collections in May 2009. This was a unique move in the company's history for its Historical Characters.

Samantha is an only child -- a bright, compassionate girl -- growing up during the Edwardian period (although American Girl designated her as Victorian). She was orphaned at age five and is being raised by her wealthy Victorian-era grandmother in fictional Mount Bedford, New York.

Samantha's world is filled with frills and finery, parties, and play, but she also observes that times are not good for everybody. She befriends a poor servant girl named Nellie O'Malley, whose life is nothing like Samantha's. That's why she tries to make a difference in the life of her friend.

Eventually Samantha, Nellie, and Nellie's young sisters are adopted by Samantha's uncle and aunt. Samantha book themes include women's suffrage, child labor, and classism.

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............"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
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Nellie O'Malley, 1906 Historical American Girl Doll

Nellie O'Malley, 1906 Historical American Girl Doll
Nellie O'Malley, 1906 Historical American Girl Doll

Nellie was added to the collection in June 2004 as part of a new line of BEST FRIEND dolls. She debuted as Samantha's "Best Friend" in conjunction with the Samantha DVD release.

Even though Nellie was the ninth historical girl added after the collection was launched in 1986, she is really part of Samantha's collection. Nellie is not a limited edition doll; however, she was "archived" at the same time as Samantha. Sales of Nellie and her collection officially ceased as of May 2009.

Nellie is a resourceful, smart and resilient orphan girl growing up in 1906 New York who is trying to find a way to keep the promise she made to her dying mother -- to keep her family together.

Orphaned and abandoned by their uncle, Nellie and her two little sisters are living with her best friend Samantha Parkington's family. Best of all, Samantha's Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia want to adopt all three of the O'Malley girls along with Samantha.

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American Girl Felicity's Cardinal Cloak
American Girl Felicity's Cardinal Cloak

Shopping for Authentic Retired A. G. Dolls

The Pleasant Company (now owned by Mattel) started American Girl in 1986. It may be hard to find the specific A.G. doll models that have been discontinued.

You can buy some of them (as well as accessories for them) on Amazon, but the truth is it becomes much harder to find a specific type of American Girl doll when it has been retired. They become much more expensive, as well.

Also be careful that you do not buy an A.G. doll that is actually a fake or a replica. If you are purchasing from a trusted eBay seller with some decent feedback, then you should be okay.

However, don't just trust someone because they say a doll is authentic. Look for evidence such as photos of the Pleasant Company label sewn into the doll's body.

Often you will be able to buy clothes or outfits for the dolls that may be generic, so determine if you mind this or not and proceed. You can find some great deals on dolls' clothing for 18-inch dolls that are handmade and quite beautiful.

Of course you can always contact the seller to see if an item is authentic. If they do not get back to you, then you'll realize you are probably wasting your time.

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Lots of Fun Doll Clothes and Accessories...

They Can Also Be Used With OTHER 18" Dolls, Too!

When the budget doesn't allow 100% brand loyalty, it's nice these standard size dolls fit accessories universally available. And the reverse, that American Girl items often work well with old favorites.

My mother, 90, was absolutely delighted with the early 1900s fur trimmed wool coat and matching hat I found from American Girl for her original precious, now antique, 18" china doll. It was a perfect match for a 1920 photo of her own mother in the same outfit.

I framed the picture and presented her with her forgotten doll dressed in new American Girl clothes for Christmas (while my granddaughter was simultaneously receiving a new coveted AG collectible set). They brought tears of joy as she cried, "I never thought I'd ever see her again!" ~ Anonymous

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Pleasant Company American Girl Mini Dolls are wonderful! These dolls have been a favorite of both young girls and collectors for years. Now they are more affordable for the average person to purchase in their new 6-1/2 inch size.

A. G. dolls come with historic clothing and a book of their family history. They were first made popular because of their high quality and their wholesome nature. They're perfect for young kids to adults.

"You'll love these dolls," said one reviewer. Parents and collectors agree that you can't go wrong with the Pleasant Company Miniature American Girl Doll Collection.

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FYI....

There are three categories of dolls sold by American Girl:

1) Historic Dolls (based on a historic time period)

2) Doll of the Year (only sold for one year and then retired)

3) My American Girl (or Just Like You) Dolls (have different coloring and features to look like their owner)

Which one Is YOUR Favorite... and Why?

How and Why Did You Begin Collecting Retired American Girl Dolls?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I didn't notice felicity and samantha were retired. If I was a collector it would have been first on my list, not the look-a-likes. If I can find the books that would be the next best thing. Thanks for your help

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      LaurieKristensen 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow, thanks so much for sharing your story and your love of these dolls. That truly WILL be awesome to pass them on to your daughters!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I got Kirsten for my 7th birthday, Kit for another, and saved up for Kaya and Kailey by myself. (The all Ks were a coincidence). I can't wait to pass them on to daughters, and just took them out and cleaned them today. My grandmother even reproduced some beautiful clothes because we couldn't afford to buy them all from AG. Now I'm 21 and would love to buy more, but the two I want, Felicity and Samantha, are retired and the prices too high. :( But I am so glad I have the ones I do and will cherish them forever.

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Great collections of Dolls.

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      RitaAnne 4 years ago

      Great collection of American Girl Dolls! I like the historical dolls collection :)

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Great dolls collection, my mother loves old fashioned dolls.

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      joancol lm 4 years ago

      My daughter will love any of these.

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Great collection of info here!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have the first four dolls, Samantha, Felicity, Molly and Kirsten, I also have their books and little accessories and still in their original condition! I saved up money for them when i was little, and they were my "nice" dolls. I played very carefully with them. i didn't mess up their hair or anything. I was wondering what their value is today or what they would be worth? i plan on keeping them but was just wondering!

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      Laura45 LM 4 years ago

      What a wonderful collection of American Girl Dolls information! Beautiful lens!

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      I love Lindsey, as we are Jewish and my daughters had a doll just like them!

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      SquidooDolls 5 years ago

      What a great tribute to retired American dolls!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Beautiful and informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      What a fun lens! My daughters love their American Girl dolls. I was fortunate enough to have been able to find a mint condition Samantha on ebay last Christmas for my youngest. Now my middle daughter is begging me to find her a Kirsten :)

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      RuthMadison 5 years ago

      I got a Samantha doll in 1989 back when there were only three dolls. She and all her items are packed away in my parents' attic now, waiting for when I have a daughter to give her to. I am so sad to hear that she is being or has been discontinued!

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      Eva Varga 6 years ago from NorCal

      Great lens! I have a question though ... years ago, I purchased on eBay the Kirsten doll for my daughter (before Kristen was retired). She was in relatively good condition though her hair had been unbraided and was a little frizzy/mattted. I sent her to the hospital and they combed her hair and rebraided it. I still wasn't pleased with her appearance however and my daughter didn't like to play with her. So, I sent her back again just recently for a new head (now in transit). From the perspective of a collector, was this NOT a good idea?