The Little People: Cabbage Patch Kids


Mirim Kim, Author

Cabbage Patch Kids was the most popular toy in the 1980s and one of the longest-running doll franchises in the United States. A Cabbage Patch Kids doll was a 16-inch doll that usually had a plastic head, a fabric body, and yarn hair. It was claimed that each Cabbage Patch Kids doll was unique. 


Roberts, who invented this doll, developed his own fabric sculpture line using a technique called “needle molding” learned from his mother. He called the unique soft cloth sculptures made of hand-sewn them “The Little People.” He set up a company with his five friends to sell “Little People,” and his dolls gained huge popularity. In 1982, Roberts and his friends signed a contract with the toy manufacturer Coleco, it became called the Cabbage Patch Kids. 

Popularity and Information

When Cabbage Patch Kids made their debut in 1983 they became the most popular toy fad of the year, and one of the most popular in all of the ’80s. The unique doll was followed by a vicious fight among buyers, with about 3 million cabbage patch kids dolls being “adopted” by the end of this year.

This doll has the advantage of promoting soft design and creativity. Some Cabbage Patch Kids dolls include accessories or have thumb sucking features, adding fun to children. But some people find that when they first open the doll, it smells. Also, there are times when the ears get a little crushed during delivery.

Some dolls bring more than $100 and even more than $1,000. Most dolls, however, are on the cheap side, ranging from $10 to $30.