Cabbage Patch Kids (originally Coleco, 1982-1988)
This line of dolls were created by American art student Xavier Roberts in 1978 and called “Little People.” The original Cabbage Patch Kids were made of all cloth and sold at local craft shows. Later, they were sold at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia. These dolls then went on to become one of the biggest fads of the 1980s and one of the biggest doll franchises.
Roger Schlaifer changed the dolls to “Cabbage Patch Kids” when he bought the worldwide licensing rights. In 1982, Schlaifer and his wife Susanne created the backstory for the dolls where each “child” were born in the cabbage patch. Coleco began mass production in 1982. Coleco gave the dolls large, round vinyl (hard plastic) heads and fabric bodies. The dolls were produced in a Gloversville, New York factory until the company went bankrupt in 1989. Hasbro, Mattel, Toys’R’Us and Play Along took turns producing the Cabbage Patch Kids. As of right now, the dolls are produced by Wicked Cool Tools. Cabbage Patch Kids have never been out of production since 1982, though they aren’t remotely as popular now.
Cabbage Patch Kids weren’t just dolls, they had books, movies/TV series, board games, albums. You name it, the Cabbage Patch Kids were all over it. They were everywhere in the 80s!