Okay, yes, fine, objectively speaking we may be getting a tiny bit old to play with dolls but, oh man, 2016’s American Girl doll is tempting us like never before! The celebrated line of diverse dolls for girls has added a new heroine, and her interests are pretty cool: meet Lea Clark, an avid photographer and animal lover!
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 31, 2015
American Girl dolls all have an intricate story, and Lea’s is fascinating. According to press releases, Lea becomes enamored with both photography and animals during a trip to the Brazilian rainforest where her older brother, Zac, is a researcher. An encounter with an injured baby sloth turns Lea into a life-long animal lover (why do we get the feeling this might be the perfect American Girl doll for Kristen Bell?).
— Good Housekeeping (@goodhousemag) December 31, 2015
As with all new American Girl dolls, Lea is more than just a dress-up toy. So far, three new books, a movie, and a paid app have all been announced to help tell Lea’s story. On the American Girl website, there’s also a host of Lea-related activities, crafts, quizzes and even downloadable wallpapers.