My younger daughter was born in 1980 and by the time she was 4 years old, the Cabbage Patch dolls were the Biggest Thing Ever! There were riots in stores as mothers tried to purchase them for their kids and I remember trying to find two of them at Christmas in 1984 - one for her and one for her 7 year old sister. I was finally successful and they absolutely adored those dolls, who came with names and adoption papers. My older daughter still has hers which is named Annette and I still have the minis they produced in later years. Younger daughter's doll was named Becky. Here's the background to these dolls, which I never knew about.
Cabbage Patch Kids were one of the most popular toys of the 80s. Over the course of the decade, the dolls reportedly generated about $2 billion in sales.
Xavier's dolls, which each had his signature printed on the ass, became wildly successful over the next few years. Their popularity reached its peak in 1983, when shortages of the dolls over the Christmas period led to mini-riots in toy stores across the country. Martha Nelson didn't make a single penny from her creation.
In my opinion, Martha's dolls were pretty ugly, and I don't think they'd have been successful with little girls or boys. However, Roberts had a great design and merchandising team as their dolls were so cute and simply adorable. These are the ones from 1983:
Currently, Jakks Pacific, the California-based toy maker that owns the Cabbage Patch Kids brand, announced a licensing agreement with footwear company Skechers, which will see the dolls wearing miniature versions of Skechers’ Twinkle Toes light up shoes, as well as backpacks and other apparel.
Here is a photo I found on Google:
Tell me about your experiences with Cabbage Patch Dolls.
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