13. American Girl
These dolls were great as they encouraged little girls to read books, which is probably why a lot of parents bought into it, to be entirely honest. The American Girl dolls for purchase were characters in these story books, which featured girls from various historical backgrounds. Eventually, more dolls were released to include dolls that were customized to look like the individual. The dolls were gorgeous and surprisingly realistic with long hair, defined features, and sometimes even freckles! The American Girl company experienced tremendous success, and they still have stores open today.
These dolls were surprisingly high maintenance with their long hair needing to be brushed to keep silky and untangled. Many outfits and accessories were available for purchase with these dolls, from snowboard outfits (complete with a snowboard), to a spa chair and hair rollers, to the infamous sidekick pup, Coconut. American Girl thought of it all. These dolls even had a “Doll Hospital” you send them into if their arm dislodged from the socket, among other injuries.