American Girl is introducing a new series of contemporary characters and stories designed to speak to even more girls' interests, backgrounds and experiences. First up, as of today, the company is making available its first 18-inch boy doll, Logan Everett, who is the drummer for the new Nashville-inspired doll, Tenney Grant, also launching today.
Tenney is a rising star in the Nashville music scene, a breakout songwriter finding the heart to be herself, according to the company. Tenney has long, curly blond hair and brown eyes, an exclusive outfit that reflects her artistic side, and a book chronicling her story. The Tenney collection also comes with several music-inspired outfits and accessories, including a miniature version of an authentic Taylor GS Mini guitar that can be strummed and plays three songs, and a two-sided stage and dressing room that features more than 40 pieces, such as an amp, microphone and working spotlights.
Logan keeps the beat as Tenney's drummer. 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.
Published by Scholastic and written by award-winning author Kellen Hertz, the Tenney book series is designed to inspire girls to share their authentic selves and find the courage to pursue their dreams. Tenney has a world of feelings, ideas, and music welling up inside her-all she needs now is the right stage to share what's in her heart. As her star rises, Tenney goes from writing songs in her family's backyard, to taking center-stage at her school Jamboree, to playing her music in a professional concert. She learns quickly that it takes hard work and grit to stay on the path to becoming a great performer-but it's going to take extra determination if she wants to stay true to herself and her music.
The collection is available starting today through American Girl's catalog; at americangirl.com; at all American Girl retail locations nationwide; and at American Girl specialty boutiques. The Tenney books can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers.
According to an AP article, Logan's debut is American Girl owner Mattel's response to be more relevant to iPad-playing kids and their parents. A boy appeared in a Barbie commercial for the first time two years ago. (Mattel owns Barbie, too.) Barbie also recently got a makeover an now comes in a variety of body shapes and ethnicities.