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Cabbage Patch Kids

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Cabbage Patch Kids are a line of copyrighted soft sculpture dolls created by 21 year old American art student Xavier Roberts in 1978. They were originally called "Little People" and were adopted rather than sold. Each came with its' own adoption paper and birth certificate. Xavier's Little People were his own original design as evidenced by his registered copyright, but were inspired by numerous other fabric dolls that had been being made for centuries. Xavier learned the craft of quilting from his mother, Eula Roberts, and utilized those techniques along with needle molding and sculpting techniques he learned in art classes to create his distinctive look. These hand stitched to birth fabric dolls were designed as fabric sculptures and were first offered at art and craft shows, then later at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia. The doll brand went on to become one of the most popular toy fads of the 1980s and one of the longest-running doll franchises in America. The name change to Cabbage Patch Kids was made in the early 1980s when Xavier's company, Original Appalachian Artworks began to license a smaller version of the hand made creations to a toy manufacturer named Coleco. Xavier's Fantastic Discovery. Parker Bothers. An abbreviated version of the discovery legend was reproduced on every Cabbage Patch Kids product from 1983 onward. Parker Brothers published the original story retitled "Xavier's Fantastic Discovery" in 1984 and their Parker Records produced a Gold Album using the characters. The characters appeared in many other Cabbage Patch merchandising products ranging from animated cartoons to board games.

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