Okay, I'm going to say this calmly, some people are just soo... outraged - that's not an insult. But for those of you who are getting confused with all this anger, I'll explain it for you.
American girl was created with three core dolls, Molly, Samantha and Kirsten. They, however, were closely followed by Felicity. At the end of 2008 American Girl retired Samantha, to make room for the new doll they would be releasing in June 2009. That doll was Rebecca Rubin, but anyway. Then at the end of 2009 they retired Kirsten. Many people thought that they'd introduce a new doll for 2010 (besides Lanie GOTY 2010) but, they didn't.
Everyone thought Molly McIntire would be next for the end of 2010, or possibly even 2011 seeing as American Girl didn't introduce any new dolls this year.
Yesterday, we recieved the news of Felicity Merriman and her new-ish best-friend, Elizabeth Cole. They would be joining Kirsten Larson and Samantha Parkon (with her friend Nellie O'Malley) in the Archives. Alright, so people were expecting a retirement. But not Felicity's. Felicity was 'supposed' to be after Molly, not before. And this is why everybody is so outraged.
It was confirmed this morning by American Girl putting up a sign on their website.