American Girl Historical Doll Caroline Abbott

Video & photos of the actual doll! We are so excited to share our sneak peek of the brand new American Girl Historical Doll – Caroline Abbott.

We welcomed her home tonight and couldn’t be happier to have her with us.

Caroline lived during the War of 1812 on the shores of Lake Ontario. She loves sailing and obviously faces many challenges living during wartime. The British even capture her Father and he becomes a Prisoner. Caroline is gorgeous with beautiful long curly blonde hair. We love her!

The doll releases on September 4th, 2012 – 200 years after the War of 1812. Caroline Abbott will also have a 6 book collection sharing her adventures during the War of 1812.

Girls who love Colonial American will love Caroline. Kenzie and I are officially members of The Daughters o the American Revolution so we especially dig anything from the 1700’s to 1800’s. We’ll start reading the book immediately tomorrow – Kenzie can not wait and she was paging through the book tonight before bed.

Take a peek at our first look video review of American Girl Caroline Abbott below:

Here are more images of the doll up close.


You’ll notice as you peek underneath her dress, she is wearing “pantaloons” – which are this basically old fashioned underwear. My kids were really impressed with this feature!

As you can tell Kenzie is absolutely in love with her – she also has plans to take her to New York City on our next trip there to get her ears pierced. So cute!

When an American Girl box arrived from Fed Ex tonight at dinner Kenzie, Kyle and I were all screaming with anticipation as we couldn’t wait to open it all up to see this brand new doll. And I profess, getting Caroline early in advance of her September 4th sale date added to the excitement for all us!

Here’s the press kit and cover of the book.

More love for Caroline as she takes a tour of our backyard and deck tonight.


Other accessories planned for Caroline Abbott include her skiff. Very cool!

Also, a parlor set and beautiful fancy outfit as shown here.

These are some images from my press kit. You’ll notice Caroline sailing with her Dad – I presume this is before he is captured by the British.


Another image includes British soldiers in the background.


Disclosure: Thanks to American Girl for sending us this sample doll in advance of the release to facilitate our reviews. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



41 thoughts on “American Girl Historical Doll Caroline Abbott”

  1. Exactly what color are her eyes? Are they the regular AG blue like Kirsten’s? Or do they have some green in them like Marie Grace’s?

  2. Thank you so much! I am very excited about Caroline, and your review feeds that excitement! I and my fellow collectors thank you!

  3. Wow! Thanks for the review. Caroline is very pretty, and your daughter looks so excited. 🙂

    If you do another review, do you think you could should the back of the book so we could see what it says? Also, if you could show “Caroline’s family and friends” from the beginning of the book that would be great, too!

    • Kate- I’ll do another blog post / video showing the details on the book’s back cover and those 1st pages with the family & friends. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Sorry, I have no sound on this computer – does the press kit mention pricing for any of her accessories (specifically her parlor)? And does it mention anywhere what other clothes/accessories/furniture she might come with? 🙂

  5. Did American Girl really allow you to post all of this? I thought they kept it more secret until the published release date? Seems very unfair to all the other little girls out there who are anxiously awaiting more information – to show a little girls just like them who does not have to wait.

  6. Thank you for this review. 🙂 She’s sooo pretty, and I’m so excited to get her when she comes out!
    But I have one question: Is her pink dress cotton? What material is it? Thank you 🙂

    • Yes I’d describe the dress as pink cotton. It has an empire waist with a woven floral sash that is sewn into the dress.

  7. I have to say that I strongly agree with Linda who had commented above. As a parent, we ALL want what is best for our children and we try to teach them to be FAIR, HONEST, and RESPECT THE FEELINGS OF OTHERS. By posting this article of your daughter opening her doll(before anyone else has the privilege of owning one)does not consider all of the young girls who all want for the same thing. To me, that is not what the true meaning of American Girl professes to represent.

  8. In response to the earlier posts by Linda and Janine, I would like to point out that classymommy’s blog is designed for us (as mothers, grandmothers, consumers, etc.) to have the opportunity to hear opinions and reviews of products before we go out and purchase them ourselves. American Girl chose to send Colleen and her daughter this doll to drum up excitement for Caroline’s release. This site is not designed for little girls, but their mothers. I feel that if you chose to let your daughter see this post, it is your own choice. I highly doubt any of us let our 6 to 10-year-old daughters mess around on the computer without our guidance. Therefore, if feelings have been hurt, it is our responsibility as mothers to explain why this girl already has the doll, remind our daughters of the virtues of patience, and remember that we can all own Caroline in a few short weeks.

  9. Hi, I am also excited to purchase this new doll and her accessories. I have the same question as a previous post that was not answered. Do you have any idea what the price will be for the parlor. I hope it is not over $250.00. That would make it out of my price range. Anyway, I understand why the company is building up anticipation with this site. It is working on me:)

  10. Hi Colleen, I was just wondering why and how you got Caroline early.

    And everyone else, Colleen only got the doll a month early! It’s not a big deal that she got Caroline a little early.

  11. To everyone who thinks it’s unfair: It’s not really. Think of it this way: Colleen was trusted by American Girl to do a review of their new Caroline doll. She only got it just a few weeks early. It’d not like she got a few MONTHS early. We’ll all get a chance to get Caroline on September 4th and beyond. I’m personally getting mine on September 14th, which is a few weeks away, but I’m not complaining. I think it’s fair. American Girl WANTED Caroline to be reviewed by Colleen. So think of it that way.

  12. Thanks for posting, Colleen! There was a link from my adult AG collecting forum, and it’s really fun to see some “real-life” pictures of Caroline.

  13. Fun review! Caroline looks like a fun addition to the American Girl Dolls! I showed my daughter this morning before she was off to school and she thought she looked really cute!

  14. wow, she is real cute!! my only worry is my daughter renesmee has kit, and my other daughter madison has kirsten, does she look anything like them. Renesmee is ecstatic, thanks for putting this review up!!

  15. I must say that I’m surprised at all those who are so incensed that this girl got the doll a few weeks before their girl got it. It’s nothing personal, many reviewers all around the country get pre-released items precisely for the reason of reviewing them before they come out. maybe use this time to teach your daughter (or yourself) the virtue of patience? Or that everyone doesn’t get everything at the exact same time and that’s just life. She will be available to us all shortly and will be around for a long time since she’s a historical doll.

  16. There’s a site,, that has Caroline dolls for sale for $105. I didn’t personally purchase one so I’m not sure how they got them or what the specifics are but I just thought I’d pass it on.

  17. Two points… It’s a long-established business practice that a recognized reviewer with a decent audience might get the new product before others. This practice should be seen as helpful (like the restaurant reviewer who tastes the food before you go to that restaurant).

    Second, I just discovered Caroline (March 2013). My daughter is now 22 so – alas – no more AGs.

    I thought “Jane AUSTEN” when i saw Caroline in those long empire dresses. Quote from an bio site on her “…Austen’s first work to be published was Sense and Sensibility on October 30, 1811. Other works include: Love and Friendship (1789), A Collection of Letters (1791) Lady Susan (1793-94), Elinor and Marianne (1795), First Impressions (1796-1797), which later became Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (December 1815), Persuasion (1818, published posthumously) Northanger Abbey (originally sold as Susan in 1803, published posthumously in 1818),”

    Sooo…one could also use the Caroline doll and its dress as a starting point to go into an easier version of Jane Austen…and later in to the full novels!

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