Beany Butt Baby (BBB, Babies)
Designer Line Kid
Hong Kong Kid (Double Hong Kong, Triple Hong Kong)
P’tits Bouts De Choux (PBDC)
Triang Pedigree Factory (TP)
USA Factory/Tags .
Aftermarket: An item that was commercially manufactured and intended to be used with Cabbage Patch Kids, but that was not licensed by OAA (see below).
Beany Butt Baby (aka BBB, aka Babies): These kids originally came out in 1986 and were much smaller than the regular kids. They are called “Beany Butt Babies” by collectors as they have a small package that feels like beans in their bum. They originally came in knit outfits and blankets, but later outfits were terry and cotton. They came with little white fabric diapers instead of regular diapers. They continued to be produced by Hasbro for a while.
Coleco: The company which produced Cabbage Patch Kids dolls between 1983 and 1989. For more information about the company visit Coleco: The Official Book .
Fun fact: Coleco stands for: COnnecticut LEather COmpany.
Cornsilk Kid: These kids came out in 1986-7 and had rooted nylon hair. They only made girls and came in 4 different types of clothing. Originally, they started out in fancy satin dresses in 1986 (160s series) but later in the year moved on to ‘mod’ sportswear cotton outfits (300s series). They then went back to dresses (720s series) and finally returned to the layered look (760s series). These kids did not come with diapers, they came with panties or a pair of heavy white underwear.
The head molds used for these kids, their accessories, their hair styles, and the shape and look of their boxes also changed over time. While most of the original kids were produced by the OK factory, later they were also made by the P and KT factories. (Ref. #3, p. 150)
Hong Kong Outfit/Kid: The manufacturing facilities for Coleco’s CPK’s was originally located in Hong Kong. For some reason, that I don’t know, it was moved fairly soon after production began to mainland China. Kids that have a head mould stamped “Made in Hong Kong”, a tag that says the same and an outfit with that on the tags is called a ‘Triple Hong Kong’. These kids and their outfits tend to be very well made and are generally sought after.
Kids are considered ‘Double Hong Kong’ if their body tag has “Made in Hong Kong”, and their neck says “Made in Hong Kong”. A doll is considered ‘Triple Hong Kong’ if its outfit tag also says “Made in Hong Kong”. Shoes do not count as many say, “Made in Hong Kong”, not just those that were made there. The kid must be a double, before adding the outfit to make a triple. The outfit, with one of the other two, does not count as a ‘double’.
For more information on HK clothes, visit here.
Jesmar: A name that was given to dolls made by the Jesmar factory in Spain. For more information read my blog post: Jesmar Tags and Clothing.
Koosa: A Cabbage Patch friend produced by Coleco from 1984/85. They came in cat, dog and lion options and were a variety of colours. For more information on them and their clothing visit: PTP: Koosa Clothes.
LTEE Tags: This acronym is on many tags that are both French and English. This is the French version of the acronym for the word Company. It does not denote a factory. This wording was required on kids or clothes sold in Canada due to the country’s bilingual language laws. There is some evidence that there may be differences between clothing made for Canada and other clothing, but this is not yet proven.
Mimic Outfit: An outfit that looks very similar to one produced earlier in CPK history. For example, Outfit #1 Swing dress and outfit #655 Mimic Swing Dress
O.A.A. (Original Application Artworks): This was a company owned by Xavier Roberts, which was incorporated in 1978. He took out the first patent on his Little People that same year. Then, working with Coleco, the mass market dolls were produced and copyrighted in 1982. This is why many CPK related items have one or both of those dates as part of the copyright information stamp. It does NOT mean the doll was produced that year. OAA continues to hold the rights to the mass market dolls, moving the license to a new company occasionally for various reasons.
P’tits Bouts De Choux (PBDC): This is the French Canadian translation of â€œCabbage Patch Kidsâ€ that was used on all Cabbage Patch related material marketed in Canada. These dolls are not considered foreign unless the doll itself is a Jesmar, which was sold in a Canadian Box. For more details about Jesmars in Canada, visit HERE.
PMI Factory: This was a factory in China contracted to produce kids in 1984 and into early 1985, in response to high demand. It did so for only about one year, making these kids harder to find. PMI kids tend to have thin bodies, small hands, a tan peach complexion, and beautifully soft and thick hair. Most of the body tags were made out of a rougher material that is very different from the regular silky cotton type body tags. (Ref#3, p.35)
Some PMI kids will develop sticky faces and many develop reverse pox on their faces. In some cases, reverse pox has been known to develop with the touch of a finger or wet washcloth. Unfortunately, it cannot be treated. Click here for more information on pox.
PMI outfits tend to be made in unusual colours and patterns that the other factories didn’t use. It produced dolls, 1983 series outfits (letter S and T), and some of the World Traveler outfits.
Specialty Outfits: These are series of outfits that focussed on a specific theme. Most of them appeared around 1985 and 1986. They include:
- Sports Outfits
- Western Wear
- World Travellers
- Clown and Ringmaster Outfits
- Sleeper Animal Costumes
- Occupation Rompers
- Fun Furs
Many, but not all, of these outfits, were created by the IC factories. For details about a specific specialty outfit, click the links above (where available).
Transitional: Visit The Transitional Period – A Summary
Tri-ang Pedigree (TP): The name that was given to dolls made by the Tri-ang Pedigree factory in South Africa between 1984-1985. (Ref#2, p. 54) These dolls were made under the Cabbage Patch brand name and sold throughout Africa and the middle east, and then later in the United States. They were created without using the Coleco clothing or doll matrices and therefore have unusual combinations that collectors value. Their most distinctive feature is their eyes, which often cloud over. The eye paint never completely dried, so dirt and particulates often cloud them over time.
Tsukuda: These kids were manufactured at the Tsukuda factory in Japan between 1984-1985. These dolls were made under the Cabbage Patch brand name and sold throughout Japan and Australia. They were not created using the Coleco clothing or doll matrices and therefore have unusual combinations that collector’s value. They typically have a very white complexion, and their vinyl is said to be softer. Some of the more unique outfits include the wedding set, kimonos, the Elegance dress line, and regular outfits that say Twin on them. (Ref #3, p. 232-252; Ref#2, p. 39-44)
USA Factory/Tags: Refer to Made in the USA post.