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Goetz v. American Girl – Which is Better?

Götz (Americanized to “Goetz,” although sometimes misspelled Gotz) was the original company that produced the American Girl Dolls back when they were first created. This was the Pleasant Company era in the late 80s and early 90s when the dolls had white or tan bodies, flat neck strings, and were marked “Made in Germany.”

Although Götz has not produced American Girl Dolls in many years, their modern dolls are quite similar and have the same individually strung joints. Götz remains a highly respected doll manufacturer. If American Girl is the Cadillac of play dolls in America, Götz is a BMW. Recently, Pottery Barn Kids has been importing them.

We thought it would be very interesting to compare a Götz Pottery Barn Kids doll to a modern American Girl doll to see how far each of these companies have come, and which is better. We have a Just Like You American Girl Doll from 2010 and a 2016 Penelope Goetz doll purchased through Pottery Barn.

American Girl v. Goetz

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Pleasant Company v. American Girl

A Guide to PC & AG Differences

For those who aren’t experts at American Girl Dolls, it may be confusing to understand the difference between the earlier Pleasant Company brand of American Girl Dolls and today’s brand of American Girl Dolls.

To better understand, we need a little history lesson. American Girl started producing the first AG dolls in 1986. There were 3 historical dolls: Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly. They were manufactured in West Germany and had white bodies.

In the early 90’s the doll bodies were changed to be tan, to match the color of the doll arms and allow for outfits with lower necklines. At some point, the production center was shifted to China.

In 1998 the entire American Girl enterprise was sold to Mattel (the makers of Barbie). Once the original creator retires from the board in 2000, substantial changes start happening to the American Girl Doll line. In 2004 Pleasant Company was officially renamed as American Girl, and items are now produced tagged as “American Girl” instead of “Pleasant Company.”

There are some occasional exceptions to this rule. For example, the Logan doll released in 2017 is stamped Pleasant Company. Continue reading Pleasant Company v. American Girl