I got my Samantha for Christmas in 1989 when I was 7 1/2. She was very loved and played with and it definitely shows on her. She's the lighter haired version and almost 20 years later her hair is pretty fuzzy but it still stays curled (I just picked her up from my mom's house where she was sitting on a shelf and her hair was curled, but I'm not sure exactly when the last time I curled it was). Not sure exactly how long her bangs were, because I found a note in her truck that said I had cut them in 1990, I don't think it I took off a whole lot though. Her right leg is detached but both her eyes still open and close smoothly. She was my favorite American Girl doll and I took her everywhere with me, most notably to Scotland when I lived there for a year when I was 13. Even with her broken leg, she gets an A+ from me.
I think my Nutcracker doll is from the early Pleasant Company era. I got her in either 1989 or 1990. From all the AG sites I've checked out recently, I can't seem to find a picture of my doll, which has blue eyes instead of brown. Even in the summer 1990 catalog the doll is shown with brown eyes, so I'm guessing I got her when I got my Samantha doll in 1989. I loved this little doll for Samantha especially because she had so much detail. Her top felt like velvet and her skirt and pants were silky. My doll's hair is still very shiny and still feels soft except for the ends. Unfortunately both of the Nutcracker's arms fell off, but I still have all the parts and it'd be easy to fix. Also, the lace is coming off of the bottom hem of her dress, but it's still mostly attached and she has a small spot on her lower lip, which I might be able to scratch off. I don't think she was easily breakable, yes she is porcelain, but is very sturdy and mine's held up for over 15 years (only played with for about 7-8 years when I was 7-14 though). A.