The Molly McIntire doll.

The Molly McIntire doll was released in 1986, along with Kirsten Larson and Samantha Parkington. They were American Girl's first three Historical Characters. Molly was retired along with Emily Bennett in 2013.

Molly was rereleased for BeForever in 2018, exclusively via Costco. This set was also briefly sold on American Girl's site in 2019.

Molly Doll

  • Face Mold: Classic Mold
  • Skin: Light
  • Hair: Light Brown, straight, bangs, comes styled in two pigtail braids.
  • Eyes: Gray

Meet Outfit

Classic Meet Outfit

The Molly doll with Meet Molly.

Molly's meet outfit reflects the need for versatility in one's wardrobe during a time when clothing restrictions were in place and outfits needed more versatility than before.


Navy blue knit sweater. with a navy blue, red, and green argyle pattern knitted on the front.


Navy blue wool skirt.


White dickey collar with blue rickrack trim. This is in place of a full shirt under her sweater.


White ankle socks.


Black plastic Mary Jane slip-on shoes. Her shoes are identical to Samantha's and Nellie's.

Hair Ribbons

Molly's braids are tied off with red ribbons at the end.


Silver glasses with round frames. They have been changed twice. The first change in the late 1990s was to the arms - rather than curving down like real glasses, they became straight. The second change, in the mid 2000s, was to the shape of the frames: they are no longer perfectly circular. They come in a red soft slipcase with a white, elastic that can fit around her wrist.


White cotton bloomer style underwear. While authentically Molly would have had ties on the side to hold them up (rubber was being reserved for war materials), the elastic makes for ease for doll's clothing.

BeForever Outfit

Molly with A Winning Spirit.

Molly for BeForever in a new meet outfit was made exclusively available in a Costco set in 2018. The set included the doll, accessories, Molly's Write to Sleep Pajamas, and her first book for $119.

The full set was briefly sold on American Girl's site in 2019 for $125. The outfit alone was briefly sold as Molly's Outfit for 18" Dolls in 2020. It had a listed retail price of $36 and a sale price of $28.


Dark blue sweater with red buttons in the front and a blue ribbon at the top of the collar. The buttons are non-functional; the sweater closes in the back with velcro. Sweater also features an argyle pattern in the knitting on the front, with white showing through the holes.


Navy, red, and white plaid skirt. Skirt has pleats in the front.


White ankle socks.


Red and white saddle shoes with red laces. Light brown rubber soles.


Molly's braids are tied off with red ribbons at the end.


Brown plastic glasses with round frames.


Plain white panties like Maryellen and Melody.

Meet Accessories

Classic Meet Accessories

Molly's Meet Accessories.


Navy wool beret.


Shiny red vinyl-like bag with a long cloth strap and a snap.

Embroidered Handkerchief

White cotton handkerchief, trimmed in red. Molly's name is monogrammed in red.

Steel Penny

Molly's coin is a replica 1943 steel penny; during the war, pennies were not made of copper due to shortages. Originally, this was an authentic coin.

Silver Locket and Photo

Silver heart-shaped locket on a matching chain with space for her dad's picture, which is included.

BeForever Meet Accessories

These were exclusively available in the Costco Bundle.


Red wool beret.


Red vinyl bag with long vinyl strap. The vinyl is matte rather than shiny (unlike Molly's historical purse). It has a faux snap on the front of the bag, but actually closes with velcro.


Two contemporary-styled[1] $US one-dollar bills.


Silver heart-shaped locket on a matching chain. The locket has a design on the front with the Great Seal of the United States.

Dress Like Your Doll

Sporty Separates.

The matching outfit for children was available, with the first three being part of the Sporty Separates:

  • Blouse: $26
  • Skirt: $30
The above two were also sold together for $70.
  • Sweater: $30 (later $36 and $40)
  • Sterling Locket: $20
  • French Beret: $10 (also available in red and white)
  • Navy Knee Socks: $8 (also available in red and white)
  • Saddle Shoes (Blue and White Only): $30

The components were retired around 2000.

Pre-Mattel, Mattel, White-Bodied Doll, and BeForever Differences

  • White bodied Molly dolls have a white muslin cloth body; both Mattel and Pre-Mattel Mollys have matching cloth bodies.
  • The eyes are more gray hued in a White Bodied Molly.
  • BeForever Molly dolls have feathered-styled eyebrows while older versions have the thinner line brows.


  • In the books, Molly is described as having brown eyes, but the doll was given grey eyes. The same thing happened with the Ruthie Smithens doll. No official reason was given for the discrepancy, though it can be assumed that this was to further differentiate Molly from Samantha at the start of the line, as both dolls share a similar hair color.


  1. In 1957 In God We Trust was added to the back of the bill and a floral border design was added to the front of the bill in 1963, features that would not have been on extant bills of the era.
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