As of 2010, American Girl dolls were manufactured in China. When the company was founded, the dolls were manufactured in Germany, but the company has since switched to China for its manufacturing purposes.
The original American Girl dolls came in a variety of characters and were sold together with series of chapter books that told their stories, which were based largely on historical events. While sold at a higher price point than many other dolls, American Girl dolls are high quality and designed to last for many years. American Girl dolls are aimed at girls ages 8 and up who are independent readers.