Back in 1989 I got my first American Girl® doll, Molly, as well as, her original Pajamas, her Plaid Jumper & Blouse School outfit, School Lunch (1st Release), School Bag and Supplies. I always liked Molly’s Pajamas.
I did not receive or ever get, nor did I want, Molly’s original bed which was red with red/white pin-stripe accents and was retired in spring of 2006 according to AGPlaythings.
In summer of 2006, according to AGPlaythings, American Girl® released a revamped version of Molly’s bed. It was similar to her original bed, but it came with an extra accent pillow and rug. I still didn’t want it.
I’m not sure why I was never drawn to Molly’s bed. Molly is my favorite American Girl® doll, but her bed never resonated with me. Perhaps it is the fact it has a fabric covered headboard and is overall very red. There is very little contrast or variety in this bed, in my opinion.
Probably around the same time as the revamped bed was introduced, Molly’s Robe and Fuzzy-Wuzzies (slippers) were introduced. The red, white and blue is very patriotic, perfect for Molly’s wartime era, but seemed a little over the top to me, so I didn’t get these when they were available.
But now, in spring of 2013, American Girl® has introduced a completely new look for Molly’s bed and pajamas. Gone are the patriotic red, white and blue. Now a much more delicate look has emerged in the form of pastel blue and white pajamas (named Molly’s Floral Pajamas for Dolls) with a delicate floral pattern and a pale yellow bed (named Molly’s Bed & Bedding) with a “dainty lattice print” to quote American Girl®. The pajamas come with blue sling-back slippers and seem to be a good value for the price ($24).
Both Molly’s Floral Pajamas for Dolls and Molly’s Bed & Bedding are available for a limited time only so get them while you can!
Correct me if I am wrong, but this appears to be the first time American Girl® has ever revamped a historical doll’s bed and pajamas, one of the staples in the American Girl® historical collections.
I’m not sure how I feel about the new look for Molly in particular but I will definitely be getting the new pajamas. I probably won’t be getting the bed, although I do like it.
There have been rumors flying around that Molly’s collection will be retiring soon. With the new introduction of these limited time only items, I wonder if this is a last attempt to increase interest in Molly’s collection before retiring her for good. I know that I for one love Molly and the time period she represents and think she should continue to be available so that other girls can enjoy her for generations to come.