American Girl Courtney 1986 Review (American Girl)

American Girl Courtney 1986
What It Is

American Girl is going back to the '80s and its historical roots with the American Girl Courtney doll from 1986. Courtney Moore's story and look reflects the pop culture of the decade. She wears her curly blonde hair pulled up with a scrunchie, and her graphic T-shirt with denim skirt are "totally cool". Leggings and white boots complete the look.

The 18-inch doll also comes with a book called Courtney Changes the Game written by Kellen Hertz. The first book in a two-book series, it introduces readers to Courtney, who loves playing video games and dreams of creating her own someday. When she's not navigating through levels of her favorite video game, she's navigating changes at home: Courtney and her stepsister, Tina, don't always get along. And Courtney's mom is running for mayor.

Courtney's Sleepover Accessory set can be purchased for the doll, and it comes with totally tubular '80s gear. The multicolor boombox plays radio sounds and songs on Courtney's cassette tapes. Four cassette tapes are included, and they each have handwritten mix tape notes in the cases. Plus each tape plays two original songs in the boombox. Other accessories include two fruit punch cans with straws, a bowl of tortilla chips, a foldable "cootie catcher" that helps you choose a hairstyle, and a friendship book with a pretend pen so Courtney can draw pictures and notes.

For even more '80s fun, kids can help Courtney beat her best score on the Courtney's PAC-MAN Arcade Game. This arcade game plays just like the real thing - no quarters required - with a working joystick and buttons, authentic arcade sounds, multiple levels, ghosts, and fruit. It includes a built-in rechargeable battery.

Is It Fun?

Courtney Moore certainly has a nostalgia factor with today's parents, and she's a great introduction to the 1980s for today's kids. Not only does the doll reflect the decade's passion for neon fashion and music television, but Courtney's story is also an empowering historical lesson on women in government and emerging technology. As with every American Girl doll, Courtney has amazing detail in her fashions and accessories, and kids will love playing out the story from the book or imagining their own adventures for the character.

Who It’s For

The American Girl Courtney doll is for ages 8 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

Three AAA batteries are required for the boombox. They are not included.

The PAC-MAN Arcade Game has a rechargeable battery that you charge using the included USB cable.

There are a lot more accessory packs and playsets available for Courtney. Each is sold separately.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    3 AAA batteries required