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How To Tell If You Have An Authentic American Girl Doll

Four or so years ago, I posted my email address on the Internet so people struggling with figuring out what American Girl doll they own could send pictures of their dolls to me so I could identify them. Every so often, I get emailed photos of dolls that are 18 inch dolls and seem like they could pass for American Girl dolls, but they aren't American Girl dolls, so I figured I'd post an easy guide to how to tell if you have an authentic American Girl doll:


First, if you can remember where you purchased your doll, that might help in figuring it out. American Girl dolls aren't available in toy sections in stores like Target and Walmart- Target carries Battat's Our Generation line and Healthy Roots dolls, while Walmart has the My Life As line in stock. American Girl dolls are primarily available on the American Girl site, the American Girl stores in malls across the country, and at select external sites like Amazon, Kohls (2016-2018) and Toys R Us (2016-2018).


If you can't remember or just want an easy guide, that's fine as well!

First, check the doll's neck. If it says "American Girl" or "Pleasant Company", then the doll is an authentic American Girl doll.



Another way to check the doll is to check the doll's body for a body tag. Body tags are more prominent in Mattel-era dolls, but they exist:

Hope this helped!

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Where can i look up her tag number

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So what is a "TBKI 1998 Made in China" that looks exactly like an American Girl doll (white body)"?

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moorlandflower
moorlandflower
Sep 05, 2022

there are actually fake dolls that have the neck stamp.

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I remember seeing a YouTube video with a fake AG doll with HUGE eyes and the poster also took both the fake doll and one of their real dolls apart and showed many more differences in how the fake doll was built.

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violet.stories
violet.stories
Sep 05, 2022

Also, the create your own doll's have a gold star with the words "one of a Kind" on bottom of their right foot.

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violet.stories
violet.stories
Sep 05, 2022
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Oh thank you, catching my mistake😅. it is "One of a Kind."

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