I have only focused my collection on vintage mass market Cabbage Patch Kids from the early 80s, so I will only share info about CPK from that time period.There are many places to find info, and I don t want to just copy from other sites, so the info on this page is only what I know.After collecting for 10 years I can tell what factory a kid is from without looking at the tags.
The very first Coleco Kids had embroidered tags, they are very rare. Coleco A/A Preemies had brown tufts and Caucasian Preemies had tan or yellow tufts. Special Editions of full size kids in 1986: Astronauts, All Stars, Circus Kids, and Cornsilk Kids Preemies re-introduced in 1987. Splashin Kids, kids that were meant to be played with in the water and Talking Kids came to market in 1987. A lot of the Designer Line Kids are marked Coleco, including the boxes.
Coleco Boxes 1983 Coleco boxes have no date banner on them. 1985 Coleco boxes have a 1985 date banner.1986 Coleco Boxes have a banner that says The Official instead of a date.19 the box colors changed and the Banner stays The Official like in 1986. Couture Kids appeared in Canada wearing fur coats and hats in 1984. Cabbage Patch Babies Bean Butt Babies were introduced in 1986. In 1988 13 inch Toddlers The Kid in the Middle and Growing Hair Kids were introduced. Coleco Factory Characteristics The Good, the Bad the Ugly After collecting for awhile, you may prefer certain factory kids, I love Jesmar and Tsukuda kids.
I have seen A LOT of common Colecos in foreign boxes, so you cannot always rely on what is on the box. They did not have strict combos, clothing fabric patterns, and gender assignments.
Jesmar only made CPK with head molds 1-4 and only Caucasian kids.
But for some reason they get what collectors call sea-sickness.
The beautiful porcelain color can shift to a yellowish/green color.
Coleco Editions 1983-1989 Cabbage Patch Kids were introduced in 1983. Specialty lines introduced in 1985: Twins, World Travelers, Western Kids to go with Show Ponies. When it comes to Coleco kids I like OK factory kids the most as they are generally not prone to any skin conditions.
Kids were 16-18 inches tall depending on the factory. P and PMI factory kids are taller and have skinny hands and feet, the eyes are smaller looking, but have nice rich eye paint and good blushing.
OK kids are big and firm with big hands and chubby feet and legs. Foreign Factory Information Coleco kids were mainly sold in the United States and Canada, so the Cabbage Patch Kids sold in other countries are considered foreign to US collectors.