"A boy character has been a top request from our fans for decades."
It’s a boy for American Girl! Mattel recently announced two new additions to its lineup of iconic dolls: an aspiring country singer named Tenney Grant, and her male (gasp!) drummer, Logan Everett. Logan is the first boy to join the American Girl doll ranks in the brand's 31-plus years.
"A boy character has been a top request from our fans for decades,'' American Girl spokeswoman Stephanie Spanos told USA Today. "We're hopeful Logan will appeal to both girls and boys. For boys, we know Logan can speak directly to them and give them something unique and special to call their own.''
Logan's assortment includes an 18-inch doll with short brown hair, gray eyes, and an original outfit, as well as his very own rhythmic drum set.
Spanos added that in addition to two new historical characters, the toy line plans to roll out a larger number of dolls with modern storylines than at any time in its 31-year history.
“In response to thousands of impassioned requests from fans for more options, American Girl is introducing a new series of contemporary characters and stories designed to speak to even more girls' interests, backgrounds, and experiences,” Mattel said in a statement. “The fresh approach gives voice to a diverse range of personalities and backgrounds and new ways for girls to connect with smart, compelling, and aspirational characters that they can relate to and love.”
Tenney and Logan are available starting February 16, 2017, through American Girl's catalogue; at americangirl.com and at American Girl retail locations nationwide