Lissie was the first American Girl doll I ever owned, and the only one I owned as a child. She's fierce, independent, wild, and does as she darn well pleases. She does not know if she's obsessed with horses because she has yet to meet one, but she does like dogs very much. She has no time and manners to sit quietly and let people ramble. Lissie prefers for others to address her as General Washington, or Her Most High and Imperial Majesty. She is the one most like my own personality and the one I can get into the most scrapes with. She'll turn her nose up at no adventure except for polite society and we wouldn't have her any other way.
Sawako Lilly was the first doll I purchased for myself as an adult, and my first non historical doll as well. I wanted her to keep me company as I studied in medical school and she has proven to be a most focused, and smart companion. She was originally supposed to be a mini me, but I decided I couldn't be as sweet and wonderful as she is so she stayed true to herself. The Sawako part or her name is after the female lead in the series Kimi ni Todoke, and the Lilly part of her name is after me. ^_^ Sawako Lilly is a genius at science and math, and soft-spoken and demure, which makes people think she's a pushover. But then they meet Lissie.
Samantha was the doll that I wanted right after Felicity when I was a child. I felt that she was incredibly classy, elegant, and perfectly proper and good. As a adult, I searched for a while to find the right Samantha. For now, I still don't know if she is British Victorian, or American Victorian, but she can fit in the best of society. Her speech is eloquent, without contractions, and her posture perfect. Underneath all of that propriety though is a very good, kind girl who loves her family above all else (except perhaps chocolate), and no one is turned away at her afternoon teas, though she draws the line at Lissie bringing the cattle into the parlor.
When I left American Girl, the latest historical I was aware of was Julie. Many years later when I rediscovered American Girl, I was floored by the bevy of new characters that had appeared in my absence. Out of all of them, I was instantly drawn to Cecile. I hold with great certainty she must be the most beautiful doll every created by American Girl, and after reading her story, I knew I must have her. She joined my doll family with her friend Marie-Grace, all the way from France. Filled with spunk and enthusiasm, Cecile loves stories, whether she is listening to them or telling them. She gets along with Lissie particularly well and they two of them are not afraid to be bold and daring in action and thought.
I didn't know how I felt about Marie-Grace when I first saw her. She didn't leave a deep impression on me, especially standing next to her friend Cecile. But over time her sweet heart shaped face, her perfectly curled hair, and her gentle demeanor won me over. She doesn't say much, but that's alright because all the other girls know what she's thinking and feeling, and they all love her for it. Marie-Grace doesn't like to be in the spot light, but she will cheer with all her heart when her friends are standing in it. Reliable, and steady, all the other girls know they can trust her to come through for them. As shy as she is, the sassy, French fire is still within her and she can laugh with the best of them.
Lydia Charlotte is very special to me. She is the first American Girl doll I received as an adult from a very precious friend. This is also the first time I changed an AG character into one of my own. I just didn't relate at all to the original character and in the end I am absolutely in love with my girl. Lydia Charlotte embodies the qualities our friendship makes me feel, serene and relaxed, something steady to hold on to when I get stressed. Her musical talents knows no bounds and she has yet to come up against an instrument she couldn't tempt a heart wrenching melody from. Very polite, very English, and very talented, Lydia Charlotte is the soul of the group (when Lissie isn't trying to steal her soul!), and a dreamer after my own heart. ^_^