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American Girl 90's Historical Characters: Theories About Nicki and Isabel Hoffman

It doesn't feel like it, but we're almost a month away from the release of 2 new American Girl dolls- American Girl's first twin dolls! They will release on February 22nd, and I have a few theories about these new 90's historicals, rumored to be named Nicki and Isabel Hoffman.


The first theory, one I've talked about before is that these 2 new characters are Jewish due to their Jewish last name. These will be the first Jewish dolls since Rebecca Rubin. I looked up Jewish-American history during the 90's, and I found out something interesting: about 300,000 Jewish people from the former Soviet Union, which broke up in 1991, immigrated to America in the 90s. I'm not sure if another Soviet-area immigrant would be in the cards considering Rebecca already is a Russian immigrant, but it is definitely something to note!


Another theory I've heard is that these 2 dolls will have polar opposite personalities. Nicki is rumored to be interested in sports, while Isabel likes the arts. I think that is interesting because if they had the same personality, it would be kind of pointless to get both dolls, which I'm planning to do!


Pop culture was very powerful in the 90s, even more so than the 80s. Tamogatchi toys, a type of virtual pet made by the Japanese company Bandai, were very popular in the US in the late 90s, but even more powerful were the Beanie Babies, which were so popular that they eventually became collector's items. American teen pop groups like Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and Destiny's Child were popular, and Nickelodeon cartoons were the most popular shows for kids. (Not SpongeBob, though. That didn't start until 1999.) Popular movies included Space Jam starring famous-in-his-own-right basketball player Michael Jordan, Titanic (which is still the third highest grossing movie of all time), and simple toys like yo-yos and visits to children's playplaces were popular.


Historical events between 1992 and 1996 include the end of the Cold War, the LA riots after the police killing of Rodney King, the appointment of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second women ever appointed to the Supreme Court, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the bombing of the World Trade Center, a crash of an airplane in New York, and the appointment of Madeleine Albright, the first woman to be Secretary of State and at the time, the most powerful woman ever in American politics.


As for their appearance, considering their Jewish ancestry I think they will have light skin and dark brown or black hair, with either brown or blue eyes. They'd probably look more similar to Lindsey Bergman, Girl of the Year 2001, than Rebecca. I think they'd either have the Classic or Joss mold, but for my prediction picture I will use the Classic because the Joss mold isn't available on Create Your Own.


This is my prediction for what Nicki will look like:


And this is my prediction for Isabel:

What do you think these new dolls will be like?



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Michele Lachner
Michele Lachner
13 feb. 2023

Hi! The attack of the World Trade Center was in 2001!

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Raven
Raven
13 feb. 2023
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There was a bombing in 1993 as well.

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kerrvillegirl
kerrvillegirl
25 jan. 2023

Today (Wed Jan 25, 2023) we are 29 days away from the release. Hopefully more leaks will show soon. I was recently shopping with my daughter and boyfriend. And what did I find? 2 Tamogatchi toys, I remember having one to play with in the 90's (I was in my 20's).


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These are some great predictions for Nicki & Isabel! I think they'll have the same face mold, either Classic or Joss. I think maybe one of them (And if this happens I think it'll be Nicki) Will have bangs, because they were a very popular haircut in the 90's. From the silhouettes American Girl released, Isabel will have short, shoulder length hair. The most recent 8 dolls (9 counting Bryant) Were dolls of color. American Girl had tons of backlash when Kira Bailey was released, but since they have released so many DOC I think there is a good chance for them to be Blonde. And I know this probably won't happen, but I really really want them to bring…

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Gina Dubner
Gina Dubner
25 jan. 2023

I’m looking forward to this release, but Hoffman is not necessarily a Jewish name. It could be a Christian German family, or their father could be Jewish and mother not ( in which case they would not be Jewish).

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Koda G.
Koda G.
21 jan. 2023

Great, well researched article. I hope one of them has bangs 🙂

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