Monday, July 3, 2017

*REVIEW* GOTY 2012 McKenna Brooks Starter Collection

McKenna Brooks  was Girl of the Year 2012.  I took my granddaughter to the opening of the American Girl Store Houston to pick out a doll. I am glad that she choose McKenna. 


I also purchased McKenna's Starter Collection and held it back in order to give some of it for her birthday and Christmas presents.



The Warm Up outfit and fishtail braids Hairstyle Card were only available with the Starter Collection.  This was my first attempt to use the instructions on the card.  One side came out fairly well, but the other side needs work.

We have misplaced McKenna's headband, ankle brace and twist sweater.  

McKenna is a great doll and her outfits and accessories are nicely detailed.  I would have loved her Loft Bed, but it was too expensive for me at the time.  I did find a substitute loft bed at Goodwill that is very similar in white.  I believed I paid about $7.00 for it.  Can't beat a bargain like that!  I plan on recreating her beam and bar.


  1. Love this! I wish i had her, but i began collecting only in 2014.

  2. Thanks for showing us all of this.

    Any chance you could post the back of the card showing the fishtail braid instructions?

  3. Love McKenna, we started collection in 2013 February. Ours 1st Doll was 46, Julie,then Saige.........we are still trying to get McKenna.

  4. DebbieSoCalif, I will email the picture of the back of the hair styling card to Rhonda.

  5. McKenna is such a beautiful doll. I wish I'd paid more attention to her collection when she was available. Trying not to make the same mistake with Gabby. Your daughter made a great choice with McKenna. Her doll is adorable in all her outfits.

  6. McKenna is a great doll. E and I had many happy memories with her. Madelon

  7. McKenna was a fun year. I liked her movie.