# 1 – 20 (1983 Series)
The first outfit numbers in 1983 started at 1, which makes sense.
The first twenty outfits, created for the regular-sized kids, came out in 1983, and some stayed in production for many years. Many of the foreign outfits are based on the outfits in this series. (Visit: Jesmar Clothing)
When they created the first line of preemie outfits in 1984, they used the same numbering convention. Unfortunately, that means that if you don’t know whether an outfit is a preemie outfit or a regular kid outfit, they can be easily confused. You have to know by looking at it. (Jump to: Preemie Clothing Summery and 1984 Series)
Year by Number
It was eventually pointed out to me (Ref #4, Vol. 3 Issue 9/10/11, p. 6) that the code numbers used seemed to match the year they were produced.
- 500s in 1985
- 600s in 1986
- 700s in 1987
- 800s in 1988
This makes sense! For some specific lines of kids like the Toddlers, Growing Hair kids, Splashing Kids, Talkers, and a few others, this theory works.
The second preemie series (BSeries), which came out in 1985, also uses the same year-based numbering convention. They are numbered as a 500s series, but most are numbered B5__. Consequently, they are easier to distinguish from the regular kid 500s outfits. I wonder, did they consider the regular-sized kids outfits the A series?
For information on regular preemie outfits with a B in the code jump here: Preemie Clothing Summary and 1984 Series.
Year by Code Addition
The first theory about the code number being the year it came out works for many outfits, but not for all of them. Starting in 1986, some outfits no longer fit the pattern. A small addition shows up in the code to assist. To learn more jump to: Tag Codes Continued: A 2nd Theory
Series by Hundreds
Which series can be found in which hundred. To see examples of outfits in each series jump to: Series Information in Pics
The 100s include many series.
- 100 – Regular kid ‘mimic‘ windbreaker outfit
- 101-106: Transitional BBB outfits (1989)
- 119-149: Transitional outfits (all types) (1989)
- 150s: Designer Line outfits (1989)
- 160s: Series 1 Cornsilk outfits (1986)
- 160s series 2: Sipping Kids outfits (1989)
- 170s-180s: Designer Line outfits (1989)
- 190s: BBB Series 1 outfits (1986)
There’s only a handful of 200s and they are knit BBB outfits. It’s like they didn’t realize how many numbers they’d need when they started making the series, and just continued into the 200s. That’s it.
The 300s contain only the second series of Cornsilk outfits that came out in later 1986. I call these the Wacky and Layered Cornsilk Series 2. That’s it.
There are two different 400s series.
Series 1 – Sold in 1988, they have the 8- in their codes. They are all packaged regular-sized dresses produced by Coleco. So far only 4 are recorded.
Series 2 – Sold in 1990 (Transitional Period), they have the 0- in their codes and often have Hasbro tags. I have 4 outfits recorded and they are all BBB outfits.
Oddly enough, the 14″ Furskin outfits produced in 1986 are also recorded in the 430s.
Only one series of regular outfits came out in 1985. For more information visit The 500s Series.
- 650s – 660s: Regular kids Mimic outfits (1986)
- 670s – 680s: BBB outfits (1987)
- 689 – 684: PJ series (1986)
- 695 – 699: Talker outfits (1987)
- Coleco Pets (Cats, Dogs, Bears)
- 700 -702: Talker outfits
- 703 – 706: Regular kid dresses
- 707-716: Preemie Mimic series
- 718 – 730: Cornsilk series 3 and Homophome Series
- 750s – 790s (intermittent): Splashing Kids
- 760s: Cornsilk series 4
- 778 – 781: BBB outfits (bunting bags)
- 800 – 815: Regular kids outfits
- 840s: Growing Hair kids outfits
- 850s – 860s: BBB outfits
- 870s & 890s: Toddler Outfits
To see examples of outfits from each ‘series’, jump to: Series Information in Pics
For more information on clothing tag codes, jump to: What are Clothing Tag Codes
For information on how to locate clothing tags, jump to: Where are clothing tags located?
For more information on matching clothing to kids, jump to: A match made in . . . . the factory
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