Everyone (including me) is shaking their head about this decision. Diana brings up a very good point: AG has been using the Gotz patented doll body for years. It's possible they are not renewing the patent, but adding SEWN ON UNDERWEAR as a new feature. Don't forget, gone are the neck strings. Gabriela GOTY17 has zip ties.
Here's a look at Gotz doll Elizabeth Cady Stanton as compared to classic AG Caroline. The flesh tone is darker, but the bodies are the same.
You can see more comparisons with Elizabeth (Candace) and Marie Grace (Paige).
What are your thoughts? Is this a good idea? Is AG doing this for patent reasons or modesty reasons? Why the sudden change? Will this effect your future buying decisions?