American Girl Makes It Harder

18" American Girl Doll Clones

Portraits of the current 18″ Dolls of Color Selection from The Pattycake Doll Company

Many years ago The Pattycake Doll Company got a call from a mother looking for “Black American Girl’ type dolls. (We specialized in dolls of color at that time too, but mostly for babies and toddlers. American Girl® dolls start at age 8)

And although we carried a Madame Alexander Black American Girl clone ( at less than 1/2 the price no less and safe for ages 3 and up,) we simply asked why she didn’t buy the American Girl Addy doll, it was so beautiful?

Well the answer shocked us: “I don’t want to buy a slave girl doll for my daughter.” One of my favorite expressions is: ‘You don’t learn a heck of a lot from the second kick from a mule.” I sensed a business opportunity, and today The Pattycake Doll Company is the largest seller of ethnic 18″ dolls of color.

So we found it interesting today to read that American Girl is retiring (read that as cutting the number of 18 inch dolls of color available) while they revamp their historical line-up: Post by American Girl. Their Asian 18 inch doll is American Girl’s Ivy Ling, and Cecile Rey is a Black American Girl Doll.

I, like everybody else, will be interested to see what dolls they come out with to replace American Girl® Ivy Ling and American Girl® Cecile Rey.