American Girl BeForever Samantha Doll Review (American Girl)

American Girl BeForever Samantha Doll
What It Is

American Girl is relaunching one of its original and most popular dolls, Samantha Parkington. Samantha will be the first doll in American Girl's newly enhanced BeForever historical line, which was first introduced in 1986. The newly enhanced BeForever line will debut eight characters from history complete with outfits, books, and accessories.

As with all American Girl dolls, this updated Samantha comes dressed in an outfit fit for her era of 1904 and one that also matches the one she wears on the cover of the BeForever book. She wears a pink party dress with a lace overlay and frilled collar, sleeves, and bottom trim. She also wears white stockings and black patent leather shoes. The dress is cinched at her waist with a red velvet ribbon, which is tied back into a bow and matches her red velvet hair tie. The doll features sleeping eyes that close when the doll is placed on its back or tilted backward.

The doll comes with a book entitled Beforever Samantha Manners and Mischief Vol. 1, which introduces new fans to the character. It is a 147-page chapter book.

As one of the original American Girls, the re-release of Samantha will offer American Girl fans young and old additional new products to engage with the character including an ice cream parlor, bike, a bedroom set, and more.

Is It Fun?

For American Girl fans, it's always exciting when the company introduces a new character to the line, but this one holds additional significance for fans young and old. For older fans and collectors, such as millennial moms who grew up with the character, it's a way to share in the experience with their own kids. And, of course, for young American Girl fans, it's the introduction to a whole new character and storyline to engage with.

As with all the American Girl dolls, we think this doll will continue to encourage roleplay and hands-on play with added historical educational benefits.

Who It’s For

American Girl dolls are for ages 7 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

Additional doll accessories and playsets are sold separately, including historically accurate clothing, furniture, as well as modern clothes to style the dolls in.

Additional dolls in the BeForever line include Kaya, Caroline, Josefina, Addy, Rebecca, Kit, and Julie.

With accessories the doll retails at $129.00 ($110 with just the book), available exclusively at or through its catalog.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy