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‘Aspiring astronaut’ doll lands in the spotlight

Luciana Vega doll
A doll named Luciana Vega is unveiled as the American Girl of the Year for 2018 on ABC’s “Good Morning America” as Space Camp girls look on. (ABC / GMA)

American Girl put a Space Age spin on the centuries-old tradition of dress-up dolls today by unveiling a spacesuit-clad character named Luciana Vega as its “Girl of the Year” for 2018.

The big reveal came on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” when the 18-inch-high doll was lowered to the set amid a throng of girls wearing Space Camp uniforms. Each of them got a doll.

American Girl, which has been putting out dolls and accessories with elaborate stories behind them since 1986, says Vega’s character is an 11-year-old “aspiring astronaut who dreams of being the first person to go to Mars.”

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By Alan Boyle

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