MIDDLETON, Wis. — American Girl’s newest doll is a boy.
The beloved toy maker known for its 18-inch female figurines that hail from different eras in American history is about to release its first male doll.
His name is Logan Everett, and he’s part of a “new series of contemporary” characters that will be up for sale starting Thursday. Logan’s character plays drums for Tenney Grant, a girl trying to make it big in Nashville’s music scene.
Logan has a couple of looks incuding a leather jacket over gray T-shirt or a T-shirt that says “Play Loud” under an unbuttoned plaid shirt.
“A boy character has been a top request from our fans for decades,” American Girl spokeswoman Julie Parks said in a statement Tuesday.
“We do an enormous amount of research with girls and their parents, and the one thing we’ve heard loud and clear is a desire for more — specifically more characters and stories from today — with more experiences, more diversity, and more interests,” Parks said.
Thursday will also mark the return of one of the classic American Girl dolls — Felicity Merriman, a young colonial girl who was archived in 2011.
In addition, American Girl will begin offering two new dolls later in 2017. A contemporary doll named Z Yang, who’s a filmmaker, will be released in the Spring. And Nanea, a historical doll who lives in Hawaii during World War II, will be released this fall.
The 18-inch figures sell for $115 each or about $140 for the doll, a collection of accessories and the doll’s book.