American Girl’s Claudie Wells at Angelo’s Bakery. | Source: Mattel

Mattel‘s American Girl is welcoming a new member to its lineup of historical character dolls.

Claudie Wells celebrates the Harlem Renaissance with a backstory rooted in New York City, circa 1922. The 18-inch doll features an all-new face mold and has shoulder-length hair styled in bouncy ringlets and a hairbow. Claudie comes dressed in a blue-and-white plaid dress and knit cardigan, and features several accessories, including a heart-shaped necklace, a cloche hat, a journal, and a vintage-style Baby Ruth candy bar alongside a companion book.

American Girl’s Claudie Wells cruises Harlem. | Source: Mattel

Mattel says that its American Girl designers were inspired by a host of authentic, 1920s archival materials and other resources like The Brownies’ Book, a magazine for Black children published by W.E.B. Du Bois, a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

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American Girl fan and New York Times best-selling author Brit Bennett penned Claudie’s story.

“Before I ever sat in front of a computer to type, I had already started telling stories each time I played with my dolls,” Bennett says. “My sister and I were in love with our American Girl dolls and books, especially Addy. While the doll itself was beautiful, what enchanted me was Addy’s courageous story written by the trailblazing author Connie Porter, so creating a new historical character for American Girl has been a dream come true. As a girl, I always loved studying the Harlem Renaissance, an outpouring of Black artistry that emerged alongside larger struggles for equal rights. I hope readers will enjoy exploring this fascinating era through Claudie’s eyes.”

American Girl’s Claudie Wells snaps a selfie with the rest of the historical doll lineup. | Source: Mattel

Additional toys in Claudie’s collection include a doll-sized kick scooter, a plush version of her dog, and an elaborate bakery playset that comes with more than 60 pieces. Additionally, a trio of outfits designed in collaboration with Harlem’s Fashion Row and designer Samantha Black is also available. A second Claudie book will be released next year.

The full collection is available now at American Girl stores and online.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.