American Girl presents Melody Ellison from Mo-Town
On CBS today, American Girl (Mattel) unveiled the upcoming new addition to their doll line up:
Melody Ellison is a 9 year old African Girl in Detroit in the 1960s – she loves her music, but she also stands with her friends and family to fight for civil rights and equality.
Introducing Melody Ellison – Release date and more
While the doll is not yet available for purchase (she will be available in late July 2016), her first book is available on Amazon. Here is the description:
Melody Ellison is an optimistic, enthusiastic girl growing up in Detroit, Michigan during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. She’s excited and proud to share a special surprise with her family—she’s been chosen to sing a solo for Youth Day at her church! But what song will she choose? She gets advice from her big brother, and is also inspired by her older sister, but it’s the inspirational words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that help her pick the perfect song.
There are many unfair things happening during Melody’s time, even to people in her own family. But it’s an unimaginable tragedy in the South that leaves Melody silent. Who can help her lift her voice and sing —who will inspire her to “keep stepping”?
Melody will be American Girl’s third African American doll in the line up.
Other African American dolls from the line up include:
- Other dolls in their Truly Me/Just Like You collection are available which can be considered African American.
About the doll:
- It appears the doll comes from the Sonali mold, who was a friend of 2009 Girl of the Year, Chrissa Maxwell.
- American Girl claims they worked with an advisory board to ensure as much authenticity in the story, and the doll’s look and accessories.
- It is said they consulted the advisory board 6 or 7 times specifically about Melody’s hair.
- There are complaints that while the model for the books has dimples, this doll does not
- 18” tall
- Fits standard mold
- To be determined if her face will be different on various dolls like many are finding variations on the current Lea doll (good girl, versus resting b!tch face)
Melody will be available later this year in late July. At that time Melody will become the newest Historical doll (now known as BeForever dolls), and Maryellen Larkin, who was the fourteenth Historical Character, and the firstBeForever exclusive character, representing the 1950s. Maryellen was released in 2015.
Now, in case you weren’t aware, on March 1 we will be launching our first giveaway! Addy Walker, an actual 1993 Pleasant Company doll, with almost her entire meet will be available for someone to try and win! (Bloggers, cohost spots and promotional spots are still available, click here to sign up).
I loved American Girl when my daughter was young. We always eagerly awaited the new catologs. We loved the books and this new addition sounds like a great story. So great they include actual history. Wish I still had a little girl to share them with! 🙂
Lisa, you know there are plenty of adult collectors out there, right 🙂
I love the recording studio that is available with this set – too cool. I also love the historical significance of the doll!
I like this too! It plays music too!
I know these dolls are big for collectors. I love how this doll stands for equal rights.
This is really cool. Would it be weird if I bought one for myself, as a collectible?
Not at all. I have considered it for myself!
I like that she is from Motown. Great idea!
I didn’t know the doll is from Michigan. That is pretty neat. My girls love American doll dolls. They each have one. However they are getting older now and don’t play with them as much as they used too.
I know many who keep them for their kids! Like those who got them in the early 90s have kept them for their daughters now. So sweet! Of course, i fyou want to pass them down to me, I’m interested! We love them!!
I love that these dolls are collected by both kids and adults. Melody is a “doll” – lol
I like that she’s from this area. I wish my girls would play with their dolls that I spent a fortune on.