The fact that American Girl Samantha is going to be retired has been a subject of moaning, wailing and nostalgia on several sites I visit. I read as many of the "Samantha" books that I could as a 10 year old; my parents didn't really mind my reading those stories, but they were outraged at the cost of a "Samantha" doll. And her outfits. And her accessories. And the cute dresses that I could possibly wear to match her.
But I digress; I believe these mournful sentiments are best expressed by my friend, ilovemygeek, on her blog: http://www.dinklifestyle.com/?q=node/21
(I'm working on the hotlinking thing... sorry!)