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Nostalgia and the next generation...
I remember as a young girl my favourite doll was a cabbage patch doll. She had woolly orange hair and a light orange/peach dress which I remember I may have lost along the way. I loved how she was so soft and cuddly and had a squidgy little bum and a cute belly button....now that's detail for you. I cant remember what happened to her, but when I had my daughter I KNEW she needed a cabbage patch doll.
Aren't they ugly???
Some people think they are ugly, but they are classically beautiful in my eyes. Over the years I have seen other dolls change their faces, tiny tears for instance has changed behond recognition, yet cabbage patch dolls still have their distinctive look. Theyre chubby and squidgy with little button noses, little bums and little belly buttons. I think I remember hearing somewhere that everyone is different, I don't know how true that is but its a nice thought. I do know they are all given names and come complete with a birth certificate.
ok...so what are cabbage patch dolls?
Cabbage patch dolls were born in 1978 in Cleveland, Georgia. They were known as little people back then, and were the imagination of Xavier Roberts. Cabbage patch kids live and play in babyland general hospital until they are adopted.... the whole story can be found here... http://www.babylandgeneral.com/about/the-legend/
Anyway.... Our daughter was given a cabbage patch doll for her first Christmas. I don't know the exact price paid as it was a gift but they seem to retail around the £30 mark. This seems good value compared to the price of dolls nowadays. Our doll....I mean my daughters doll....has shiny dark brown hair, which arrived in two cute little buns on the side of her head, a lovely sparkly fairy costume, pink knickers and purple shoes.
My daughter was 11 months when she received her, so had a quick look, cuddle, lick, chew of the nose, carried her around by her hair and then tossed her to one side. But now she is 18 months she is regularly seeking her out to play with. The buns have long since been pulled out and are now replaced by 2 plaits and the shoes have gone walk-a-bouts, but she is very well loved. Today our cabbage patch doll came to pick my son up from school and the cheeky little fairy sat in his seat so he couldn't get in.... oh what fun she has.
I can see this doll lasting years, There isn't really anything on her to break.
I would defiantly recommend this doll to anyone buying for a little girl. I understand some find them ugly, but I find them incredibly cute...each to their own I guess. But yes....she's well made, timeless and good value for money.... I wish I'd kept my cabbage patch doll....maybe I'll buy myself one next Christmas....
At five, it's fairly safe to say that my daughter is obsessed with dolls. She's ridiculously easy to buy for as everyone knows that if all else fails a doll will do for birthday or Christmas - as her mum, however, I have the task of ensuring her doll collection stays new and exciting. Everyone seems to go for the Barbie-type option when buying dolls for her so when it's my turn to look at the dolls I tend to look outside the (toy)box and opt for something a little different. This was how she came to be the first of my children to have a Cabbage Patch Kid doll, I adored these when I was small and had a reasonable collection myself - the experience of growing up led me to part with them though, and the next thing I knew they weren't been made anymore so I never had the chance really to purchase these amazingly cute dolls for my older girls given the extremely high prices on Ebay and the like. Browsing Amazon just before Christmas 2012 I spotted a familiar looking face, clicked back and realised there was a new generation of Cabbage Patch Kids available - hurrah! I closed my eyes to the price tag (extraordinarily high!) and went straight to check-out, imagining how excited Hollie would be when she ripped this little beauty open on Christmas morning.
The reaction was one of... 'meh' really. She wasn't then, and isn't now, 'into' her Cabbage Patch Kid at all. Much of this review therefore is based on my musings about the doll, along with a few choice quotes maybe from Hollie - leaving out the ones dissing me for buying such a rubbish present!
First things first, the hair is completely different. Gone is the woollen hair which make the Cabbage Patch Kids so unique, this has been replaced with standard synthetic dolls hair - only the most awful standard synthetic dolls hair EVER. Even when it was brand new in the box I noticed the back of the hair (where it touched the box) was starting to lose the spiral curls and look slightly frizzy - now, after three months of not-very-much play, it looks an absolute mess. It's frizzy and knotted, the curls have dropped out to give the doll the look of an old alcoholic and it has just generally completely wrecked the appearance of this very sweet doll - the best you can do is gather it up into a bunch at the back really, and even that isn't ideal as she ends up with a frizzy puff of hair sticking out on either side of her head! Bah! Bring back the woollen hair, this is a shambles of moderninity!
The doll has a plastic head and completely soft body; the fingers, toes, knees and elbows are all stitched in nicely and like all Cabbages she has a sticky-out belly button and a bottom that's designed to look like, well, a bottom. Although I recall the older Cabbage Patch Kid dolls all had names, it appears this one doesn't (or rather she probably does, but Hollie hasn't bothered to keep the adoption certificate safe and I can't find it) - she's referred to as Sporty Girl on various websites thanks to her sporting attire, Hollie hasn't deigned to give her a name so in this house she's simply known as 'the Cabbage'. That's the doll, not Hollie. She's wearing a cute little outfit which isn't at all unique to this doll, I know this as a friend has a black Cabbage Patch Kid who is wearing exactly the same clothes and a quick browse online reveals a blonde Sporty Girl too - ours is the auburn haired doll with big blue eyes, I find it a little annoying that the clothes aren't original if I'm honest and feel the manufacturer isn't really showing the love for these new Cabbage Patch creations.
The outfit is really sweet actually; a grey sports top with long striped sleeves teamed with a candy pink gym skirt and pink knickers, on her feet she's wearing striped socks to match her sleeves and a pair of pale pink plastic shoes which to me look like they've been designed in the Crocs style. It's all fully removable for washing/play and all items are loose fitting enough for small children to dress and undress the dolls themselves - I'm always surprised actually by how well the shoes stay on her feet as Cabbage Patch Kids feet are absolutely tiny, but even on the odd occasion when Hollie is playing with her the shoes never drops off at inopportune moments. The waistband on the knickers is a little loose, and they DO drop down sometimes - but this isn't an issue for us, as Sporty spends most of her time sitting on a shelf waiting for Hollie to notice her again.
Hollie doesn't seem to have any imagination whatsoever when it come to this doll, the most exciting thing she does with her is puts her into her dolls prams and wheels her around the house - she always picks a more beloved doll to bring to the shop when we're both wheeling our respective pushchairs but Sporty Girl does get to have a little go as the 'baby', mainly I suspect as she's the perfect length for the pram and when the body (and hair) is covered the face looks just like a sweet little cooing baba.
Obviously the doll is still in superb condition, simply because it hasn't been the hit I imagined it would be. It made a fabulous ornament on Hollie's bedroom shelf until the hair went completely weird - now it's kind of thrown into the toy box when she wants to display her prettier, or more interesting dollies. I know it can be wiped clean because David threw milkshake all over her last week, the clothes went into the washing machine and it look a few short minutes to wipe a damp cloth over her legs and chest (where the milkshake had landed) which removed all traces of it.
I'm undecided about whether I recommend this doll or not. From a reminiscence point of view then I probably do, as (aside from the nasty hair) this is a really cute looking doll which has been a complete blast from the past for me. From a playability angle I'd suggest you spoil the surprise and ask your little girl (or boy, they do male Cabbages too!) whether they actually like this style of doll before purchasing as frankly this has ended up being one huge disappointment for Hollie - and I found out today that this is purely because of the way she looks, 'scary' to quote Hollie.
I paid a whopping £33 for this doll just before Christmas and wish I hadn't now as it simply hasn't been played with enough to justify the cost. I think I'm going to try to sort the hair out somehow and either resell it (prices have dropped only by a couple of quid) or place it on an unobtrusive upstairs shelf to brighten the landing up a little. Whatever, I'm bizarrely disappointed by Hollie's disinterest in this gorgeous little doll - I think she's ace personally, but I suppose that doesn't count.
In 1985 I received a Cabbage Patch Kid for my third Birthday. She had wooly brown hair, a hard plastic head with a pretty little face and a soft squishy cloth body, which had little fingers and toes sewn into it, and even a little sewn bottom! This line of dolls was created by an American art student, Xavier Roberts. His signature was printed onto the bottom cheek of my doll!
Throughout the following years my beloved doll went everywhere with me. She was cuddled, dribbled on, dragged around, accidently flung out of bed during the night, took tumbles down the stairs, was sat on and squashed. She survived a fair few cycles of the washing machine too when she started to look a bit grubby. When I was really ill with Chickenpox, she even got them too! ....Ok, I confess I actually got a felt pen and covered her in little red dots.
When I got too old to play with dolls, my Cabbage Patch Kid was packed away in a box. This year my niece turned three. My old doll has made a reappearance. I must say, the old doll looks good for her age. She is nearly 28 years old now. When my niece comes to visit she enjoys pretend play with the doll. She has a vivid imagination and enjoys setting up tea parties, taking the doll to the imaginary shops in her toy shopping trolley, and pretending the doll is at the hairdressers while she brushes her wooly hair. She also likes to dress the doll in different clothes. She still has her original outfit, though the dark blue dress and bright red tights do look a little dated. The Cabbage Patch Doll has acquired a few outfits recently. It was hard for us to find clothes specifically for Cabbage Patch dolls, but luckily I was able to purchase a couple of brand new outfits from a charity shop that fit the doll perfectly.
28 years after my doll was purchased for me, Cabbage Patch Kids have been revived and are available in shops again. Of course their fashion has been updated. Little boy or girl dolls are available in various skin tones. They now have shiny looking synthetic hair that is maybe a little more realistic in comparison to the wooly hair ones. Not all of the dolls have the soft squashy body either. Some have plastic bodies which does make them easier to clean, but personally, I prefer the squashy ones. They still have different facial expressions making them all unique, but dare I say it, some do look a little ugly... but in a strangely cute way. They also still come with an 'adoption certificate' making them part of the family.
I have seen Cabbage Patch Kid dolls in the shops recently priced at around £30. I think this is quite expensive. Admittedly, the dolls are of good quality. They can certainly endure a lot of rough play. However, there are so many other dolls on the market in this price range that children may find a little more fun to play with. They do encourage imaginative play, but children are spoilt for choice now and there are dolls available with a little extra something, such as crying dolls, crawling dolls, dolls that 'wet themselves' and need their nappies changed, dolls that need 'feeding' and so on. My niece does enjoy playing with the Cabbage Patch Kid, but it is not her absolute favourite toy.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Cabbage Patch Kids are an old American doll that have recently been rereleased with a new up to date look and new clothing styles.
The Cabbage Patch Kid I bought for my daughter has got a cheerleaders outfit on and brown hair. The hair is made from wool and the body, arms and legs are soft with a hard plastic head. It has got a very cute face with dimples, a goofy smile and big brown eyes.
WHAT I THINK
I think all Cabbage Patch Kids are beautiful and this one is as well. Not everyone likes them but I think they are a change from other dolls and because of the body being soft my daughter can take it to bed with her if she needs comforting. The doll sits up quite good and that is good because my daughter does not keep her dolls in the toy box and has got shelves in her bedroom for them instead so she sits this one on the end so that her legs dangle and she looks like she is lounging about.
The outfits are different on all the dolls and if you are buying the new ones there are a lot more boys to choose than there used to be. I liked the doll that had a pink dress on but I couldn't get it because they were unavailable at Christmas but I am going to buy that one for my daughter for Easter.
They are easy to keep clean because the material is a bit shiny so you can wipe marks and stains off with a cloth and then just let it dry. It doesn't matter if you get it too wet but you can't put it in the washing machine and the doll takes quite a long time to dry when it gets wet.
This Cabbage Patch Kid cost me £29 before Christmas but I think they are a bit cheaper now. I think it's worth the money because it's different from other dolls and can be used for lots of different games.
5 Dooyoo Stars.