Topping the Wish List - 1985
They had fat faces, stumpy arms and look drastically different from the traditional cute baby doll.
A computer randomly inserted small changes to the manufacturing process to make each doll subtly different from each other.
In the late 1980s they were one of the most successful Dolls ever. At the top of every little girl's wish list was the Cabbage Patch doll.
A Georgia sculptor named Xavier Roberts invented the Cabbage Patch dolls and first showcased them at his art exhibit. His assistants all dressed in maternity clothing were holding the dolls up for adoption and each came with an official birth certificate and adoption papers.
Roberts marketing gimmick worked brilliantly and sales exploded. They were such a hot Christmas commodity that stores had to hold lotteries to determine eligible purchasers. Sales grew dramatically from 60 million dollars in their first year to more than six hundred million dollars in 1985. Even boys wanted the dolls.
In 1985 the Cabbage Patch dolls topped the wish list.