Cabbage Patch Kids

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Cabbage Patch Kids is a doll line created by Debbie Morehead and Xavier Roberts in 1978 and originally called "Little People". The original dolls were all cloth and sold at local craft shows, then later at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia.[2] The doll brand went on to become one of the most popular toy fads of the 80's and one of the longest-running doll franchises in America.[3]

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Cabbage patch universe

The Cabbage Patch Kids brand of products originally started as dolls called Little People created by Xavier Roberts with the help of four women and inspired by Tennessee artisan, Martha Nelson. [4] [5]

The name change to Cabbage Patch Kids was instigated by Roger Schlaifer before he secured the worldwide licensing rights to "Little People" and was the basis of the story co-authored in 1982 by Roger and his wife, Susanne Nance Schlaifer.[citation needed] An abbreviated version of the story was reproduced on every Cabbage Patch Kids product from 1983 going forward. 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.

Xavier Roberts was created as a ten year old boy who discovered the Cabbage Patch Kids by following a BunnyBee behind a waterfall into a magical valley where he found the Cabbage Patch babies being born. To keep them from falling into the clutches of the evil Lavendar McDade (and being enslaved in her gold mine), he sought to get the babies adopted into the homes of loving families outside of Mount Yonah.

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