I must say, I like this set a lot. I don't have much experiences with past dish sets released, but I am pleased that the plates, mugs and utensils are heavy metal. The pitcher is ceramic, so that could be prone to breaking. I think nararabbit covered most positives and negatives. Should also mention that the plates also have text printed on the bottom:
F1330 c 2012 American Girl Made in China 1842TPT
A- due to the cake. All the other pieces are wonderful.