Logan joins the American Girl doll family
The beloved American Girl doll company has created its first-ever boy character — and his name is Logan Everett!
On Tuesday, the company announced the release of the doll, saying that customers have been requesting such a character for decades.
“Our first-ever, 18-inch boy doll,” an official said of the character in a Facebook video. “We are thrilled to bring him to life.”
Logan sports short, brown hair and is dressed in jeans and a button-down plaid top worn over a t-shirt.
The doll was created to complement the company’s Nashville musician character doll, Tenney Grant. Logan is billed as Tenney’s bandmate.
The new doll comes as the company faces backlash for its newest change to the beloved dolls: sewn-on underwear.
However, an American Girl spokeswoman told PEOPLE that Logan’s underwear will not be sewn on. The doll will wear “boxer briefs with an exposed, elastic waistband.”
“He is Tenney’s bandmate and drummer and eventually they become friends in her stories,” the official said of the pair. “They’re not boyfriend and girlfriend. Tenney’s 10 and really she’s focused on her singing character.”
Both Tenney and Logan will be available on Thursday.
The spokeswoman told PEOPLE that the change to the underwear among the dolls will happen gradually during manufacturing. And another official added that while some of the newly released dolls will come with the attached underwear, others will not.
The company announced last week that the dolls will now have their underwear sewn on to their bodies rather than selling them separately. Many customers slammed the change, with many lamenting, “Why change something that didn’t need fixing?”
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Officials defended the decision, noting that American Girl would never “change our dolls without careful consideration.”
“Doll play is fueled by imagination and the new underwear design should not hamper a girl’s ability to create limitless play opportunities,” the company said in a statement.
This isn’t the first time the decades-old company has made waves in recent months.
Late last year, American Girl drew praise when it released its 2017 Girl of the Year doll, Gabriela McBride, an African-American character who has a stutter.