Cabbage Patch Kids - Size:
Standard Cabbage Patch dolls (also known widely as Cabbage Patch Kids) run 15 to 16" in size. However, many variations of the dolls in many sizes have been made.
Companies That Have Produced The Cabbage Patch Kids:
The dolls were created by Xavier Roberts, and he began to produce his dolls through his Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia in 1979. The dolls were displayed in a hospital-like setting with the dolls "up for adoption," and they were a hit. Coleco bought the rights to mass market the dolls in 1982. After Coleco filed for bankruptcy in 1988, Hasbro produced the dolls, and then Mattel starting in 1994. In 2004, Play Along Toys and 4Kids Entertainment re-introduced the dolls.
Cabbage Patch Kids - Years of Production:
The Cabbage Patch Kids commenced production in 1979, went mass market in 1982, survived Coleco's bankruptcy in 1988 and then were produced by Hasbro and Mattel until early 2003. After the initial doll craze in the 1980s, the dolls never recaptured their former glory since the dolls started to get gimmicky and away from their original concept of being sweet, huggable and adoptable. The re-introduced 2004 dolls have tried to return to this concept and are very similar to the original dolls
Materials and Characteristics of Cabbage Patch Kids:
The Cabbage Patch Kids, in their classic vintage Coleco form, had soft cloth bodies and vinyl heads. The Xavier Roberts Babyland General Cabbage Patch Kids were all cloth, with cloth-sculpted faces. Several all-vinyl versions were made by Hasbro and Mattel, and the latest incarnation released in 2004 have gone back to the classic soft cloth bodies with vinyl heads. A few collector Cabbage Patch Kids have been made in porcelain. The dolls generally have decaled features and yarn hair.
Prices and Secondary Market for Cabbage Kids:
Because so many of the vintage Cabbage Patch Kids were made by Coleco, prices on the secondary market are generally low, although there is a huge secondary market as searching for Cabbage Patch Dolls on eBay would show. Certain dolls, such as some "Baldies," "Red Fuzzies" (rare red yarn-like fuzzy hair) and some other of the very earliest Coleco dolls bring over $100, while pre-Cabbage Patch Xavier Roberts dolls can bring over $1,000. Most dolls sell for between $10 to $30, however.
Cabbage Patch Kids - History:
What can I say? Cabbage Patch Kids defined the word "fad" in the 1980s. Every child wanted one, and it seemed that every mom and dad in the United States spent frantic days searching for Cabbage Patch Kids to put under their Christmas Trees. The dolls clicked with the general public because they were so ugly they were cute, because they were very huggable, and because the adoption aspect of the dolls was highly appealing.
What goes up must come down, however, and after the boom came the bust, with Cabbage Patch Kids very much yesterday's news by the late 1980s. Even with doll companies such as Hasbro and Mattel trying to make a go of it with the Cabbage Patch Kids, they never regained their former glory.
Well...perhaps until now. The late 2004 re-release of the Cabbage Patch dolls has been quite successful, with a new generation of children clamoring for the dolls under their Christmas Trees, and Gen-Xers with fond childhood memories also buying the new Kids. Although the new Cabbage Patch Kids haven't quite reached the "fad" stage in their latest incarnation, they have gotten a fair amount of press and only time will tell if they will again be a lasting and influential presence on the doll scene.