American Girl has a major announcement that we’re totally on board with: They will be releasing its first boy character doll this Thursday on February 16. This means boys will finally be able to have a lifelike doll of their own–and girls will be able to mix and match–showing kids all over that playing with dolls is totally OK no matter what gender you are.
The company has been making dolls for over three decades, having us fall in love with each doll through their diverse stories. Each doll comes from a different time period, country, and cultural identity. So, what’s the new doll’s name? His name is Logan Everett, and he’s a drummer from Nashville, Tennessee. It’s refreshing to see the ridiculous stereotype that only girls play with dolls fade into obscurity.
Technically, Logan isn’t the first male doll ever, but he is the first standalone. In 2003, the company introduced a boy with the “Bitty Twins” (although they were retired last year). Besides Logan, the company is also releasing Gabriela McBride, an African American girl who deals with her stutter through poetry, Z Yang, a Korean-American character, and a historical Hawaiian character named Nanea. They will also be reintroducing Felicity, one of the original dolls.
Julia Parks, director of public relations at American Girl, told The Huffington Post that parents and kids often asked for dolls with “more experiences, more diversity, more interests,” and mentioned that “adding a boy to our lineup has been a number one request for a very, very, very long time.”
Can’t wait to see Logan on shelves in American Girl stores. This is definitely a toy worth supporting.