Side by Side Comparison of American Girl #39 and McKenna

Everyone has been saying the the new American Girl of the Year for 2012, McKenna, looks a lot like the MyAG #39. My daughter got the MyAG #39 for Christmas and one of her best friends just got McKenna this week. She brought McKenna over today for a quick photo shoot before swim practice.

American Girl #39 compared to McKenna

Once I got to hold McKenna and stand her next to Calista (MyAG #39), I immediately saw more differences than anything else.

  • McKenna’s skin tone is paler than MyAG #39
  • They have different face molds
  • Their mouths are completely different

American Girl doll McKenna and MyAG #39 from the back

The color of their hair is definitely similar, but I think McKenna’s is a little lighter – and much longer than Calista’s.

American Girl dolls MyAG #9 and McKenna

From the side you can really see the differences in their faces – especially in the cheeks, chin and mouth. Yes, they both look like the come from the same doll family, but each one is unique – just like every one of us!

Now that Natalie has seen McKenna I would be surprised if she doesn’t start saving for her, too! We may just have to take another trip to the American Girl store later in the year and pick out that perfect McKenna. In the mean time, the rest of our dolls are having a blast working out on McKenna’s bars and beam. Look for more photos tomorrow!

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  1. Thank you for the side by side comparison! It really makes a difference!

  2. Char says:

    Gladly Karen!! They are definitely different dolls.

  3. LISA K says:

    Thanks for sharing! My dd is planning on buying McKenna with her saved money as well.

  4. tyne says:

    Really, the only thing they have alike is their coloring. I think the complexion, hair, and eye (if there are any differences) have differences just as different lots of the same dolls differ. They are of the same coloring.

    McKenna is Chrissa or Elizabeth with a different wig, but even then, there are complexion coloring and eye variation even as all Chrissas and all Elizabeths are not alike.

  5. Nell says:

    Could you do do a review with Marie grace and mckenna

  6. Kalina says:

    The side by side comparison is awesome, and thank you for it.
    But I think I was gonna buy McKenna anyway XD Thanks for the comparison though 😀

  7. Char says:

    Nell – We do not have Marie-Grace yet, so I can’t do that comparison. I can check with a few people and see if anyone else has them.

  8. Caitlin says:

    Could you do one with Emily and Mckenna? I bet they look very different

  9. Caitlin says:

    Its funny for me to look at them together. It looks like two of me!

  10. Caitlin says:

    I’m wearing my hair like McKenna right now! I think its weird how American Girl relased McKenna an Marie-Grace in the same year and they look so much alike. And their names both start with M.

  11. Hayley says:

    Char thank you for the comparasing it really helped my friend out with what doll she wants to get for her birthday on the 30

  12. Dakota says:

    Thanks for showing this! I should be going to the AG place in April or May and I’ll probably get Mckenna or a JLY!

  13. Niah says:

    MAG #39 has tanner skin compared to most of the other dolls.

  14. Char says:

    I meant to get Emily in those pictures too!! I will take more pictures next week when she comes over again.

  15. Meline says:

    And here I was, thinking i wasn’t going to get McKenna. Silly Me! although now I must decide between getting her and twin MyAG#41’s. any help?

  16. Meline says:

    And here I was, thinking i wasn’t going to get McKenna. Silly Me! although now I must decide between getting her and twin MyAG#41’s. any help?

  17. Erica W. says:

    Know i dont know which one i like best! Im thinking of asking for Mckenna for my bday/

  18. Erica W. says:

    For my birthday insted i might ask for MAG Josie mold, Short blond hair, brown eyes, for Julie’s twin. And i want to get the weelchair for her. If i get her… what about these names? Kendall, Julia, Logan, or Cassie. which do you like best?

  19. Erica W. says:

    how do you get the number on a MAG? Like what number is the the doll i was dicribing?

  20. Thank you for that. I love both dolls and they both look like me but thanks to your comparison I can see their differences.

  21. Char says:

    If you go to there is a page where they identify each of the MAG dolls and their numbers.

  22. emma says:

    Erica- I like the name Logan or Kendall. I wouldn’t name her Julia if it’s going to be her twin but that’s just my opinion. Name her whatever you like!

  23. Paige says:

    Erica- i like the name Logan!

  24. Caitlin says:

    Hayley- Your friends birthday is on the 30? My moms is too!

  25. Mary says:

    Char, do you think Emily and McKenna would make good sisters? I don’t want them to look exactly alike or anything, just have enough similarities to be able to be passed as sisters.

  26. Sarah says:

    They do look alot different after all. : )

  27. olivia says:

    Thank you for the side by side comparisson. It really helps alot. I can’t wait till I’m able to get Mckenna. (Not sure when though… somepoint this year) Anyways I noticed the differences when I saw them.

  28. Melody says:

    Mckenna should have had purple eyes random but it would be beutiful. To similar to me. Girl of the years have looked diffrent and unique until Chrissa came back with #39’s wig. She also looks like Elizabeth

  29. Melody says:

    Hey I just thought of something they could be twins.

  30. Jessica says:

    Yeah, I definitely found a lot of differences between the two. I just got Mckenna two days ago, and I absolutely love her.

  31. Dakota says:

    Melody, some people actually do have purple eyes, thought it’s very rare. I’d like it if Mckenna had purple eyes, too.

  32. Victoria says:

    I have JLY#39 and I’m saving up for McKenna. Should I make them Twins?

  33. Lulu says:

    My daughter has the MAG doll with Carmel hair, light skin and blue eyes. The McKenna doll is way to similar. Same hair and eye color. Hair only slightly longer. I see the slight chin difference, and longer hair. Not enough difference to spend money on another AG doll. Sad, as she has collected the doll of the year for 3 years now. And she is a gymnist – VERY DISAPOINTED!

  34. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t care what people say 😛 I still think McKenna is a copy of jly 39. They just took jly 39 and changed a few things.

  35. vallorey777 says:

    char do you recommend jyl # 39 or ivy or mckenna i already have 3 jly 3 historical 1 goty so wich one