Happy Canada Day 2024!

Happy Canada Day to everyone who helps make this country amazing!

Canada is a patchwork quilt of wonderful people, each set of hands creating a small part of our amazing country. The outfits worn by Zara, Brekke, and Delilah in this picture were all made by loving hands and hearts. Their creation took skill, dedication, and a desire to create something amazing.

Three cabbage patch kid dolls wearing red and white dresses of differing patterns are standing in front of a Canadian Flag and holding green maple leaves. The flag has "Happy Canada Day" on it.

Let’s celebrate those who create, innovate, and elevate our country to be the best it can be. Happy Canada Day everyone!

Hmm . . what is she doing?

I’m back! Between semesters and getting caught up. Take a look at what’s been added or updated.

Hello everyone! Yes, I’m still alive. Once again, apologies for the lack of updates but life is busy. I’ve been working full-time, going to school full-time, and recently I had a pet crisis. However, I’m between semesters, the cat is getting better, and I’ve been able to get a lot of long-overdue updates completed. Here’s a list of what was updated in the last few days.

Thank you to everyone who has sent me information or provided information in Facebook or Messenger conversations. If you think I’ve missed updating something, please let me know. I’m human and sometimes things do fall through the cracks.

Keep it coming, everyone! Make sure to check your tags, take pictures and enjoy your cabbie experience. May your cabbies bring you joy and happiness every day.

My newest kids (well in the last 6 months or so). Thank you to everyone to helped me find them.

A Complete Set of 25th!

Celebrate with me! I now have all the 25th Anniversary outfits!

To learn about the 25th Anniversary outfits visit 25th Anniversary CPK Outfits

One Resolution Complete!

I’ve already completed one resolution, can you figure out which one?

I don’t think I’ve ever completed a New Year’s Resolution so quickly before!

Thanks to the fantastic Win Liew, the grey-eyed kid whisperer, I’ve already completed one of my New Year’s resolutions, to find a grey-eyed kid.

She was helping me by searching for possible grey-eyed KT kids for sale. She’s amazing! She found so many possibilities, all over the world. Clothes are my specialty, so I was sending my top picks to a friend, who’s a KT expert (it’s her favourite factory).

This reminded my friend about her 1st grey-eyed kid that she had found, as I’d helped her find it! But she had two now, and she preferred the second over the first. So, she and Kismet had a discussion and decided that Kismet would make the perfect Christmas present for me (3rd actually, but who’s counting). They were right! In an ironic twist of fate, my friend hadn’t had time to read the New Year’s Post I’d put up, and had no idea about my resolution! It was only me messaging her, because Win messaged me, that she thought of it. Kismet for sure.

As a bonus, she also came in a purple outfit (the tights are purple on this heart dress outfit), so she helped complete another resolution as well! Thank you so much, Michelle, I love her!

In honour of her two fairy godmothers, she’s named Kismet Winnie.

Kismet would like to note that she loves her new hair ties.
Mama Michelle had forgotten to put them in. For shame Mama Michelle.

For more information on KT grey-eyed kids refer to Reference #3, pg 64, 33.

The many definitions of Transitional

The term transitional is used a variety of ways within the Cabbage Patch collecting community. It can be very confusing. Here’s an [attempted] explanation.

The term transitional has a variety of meanings in the Cabbie Collecting Community. It can get incredibly confusing. I’m going to try and explain.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online

Cabbage Patch Collector Definitions

Time Period Definition

The term refers to the change from Coleco, as the manufacturing company, to Hasbro. This change occurred in steps, as displayed by the tags used on CPK products of the time, so it took a while. The period typically referred to as ‘transitional’ is from 1989 to 1990. Some collectors will also include late 1998 (see clothing definition below).

Oddly enough, although there have been many similar transitions as CPK manufacturing moved from company to company (see the list here) over the last 40 years, none of the others are referred to in the same fashion. When we use the term transitional as a label, it’s always the FIRST transition from Coleco to Hasbro.

Doll Definition

As I mentioned, the tags on their products of this time displayed the steps taken during the move from Coleco to Hasbro, and this included the dolls.

When referring to a ‘transitional doll’, a collector can be referring to any doll produced between 1989 and 1990. That means they have a light pink (rose-coloured) signature (Coleco 1989), or they have a mauve signature (Hasbro 1990). To see all the signatures visit HERE.

However, a doll can have more than one label, and those labels typically take precedence when describing the doll. For example, Designer Line Kids came out during the Transitional Period, but we don’t generally call them ‘Transitional Designer Line Kids’. We call them Designer Line kids. The transitional label is left off. The same can be said for Growing Hair Kids (1988-89) and Poseable Kids (1989 – 1990).

On the other hand, regular kids produced during that period DO get labelled with the word. We call them ‘Transitional Toddlers’, ‘Transitional BBBs’, ‘Transitional Preemies’, and ‘Transitional kids’ (referring to regular 16” kids). Some of these kids are hybrids. They have a body made by one company and a head made by the other. DL kids and GH kids are never hybrids.

If the doll isn’t from a specific line being produced at the time (i.e. Designer Line), then it can come in a variety of clothing. The clothes may have been produced BEFORE the transitional period, during the transitional period, or it might have Hasbro clothing produced after 1989. Hasbro and Coleco spent a few years putting together very odd combinations to get rid of old stock.

Clothing Definition

The clothing tags have the same issues as the doll tags. In fact, they can be even more confusing. I’ve provided an explanation of the changes over time in the post Transitional Period CPK Outfits – A Summary. I suggest you read it first, then come back to this post. Sorry! I wrote this in the wrong order.

Anyway, like the dolls, the clothing from specific lines is described using those names first. So, Designer Line outfits and Growing Hair Kid outfits are called ‘Designer Line’ ‘ and ‘Growing Hair’, not transitional. However, to add to the confusion, Poseable kid outfits ARE called transitional. This is because most of these outfits were produced by Hasbro and were also sold on regular kids. They weren’t specific to the Poseable Kid line.

As noted in the post I suggested you read earlier, transitional clothing doesn’t follow the numbering schema used for most of Coleco’s production. These clothes are in the 100s and often have a 9- in front of the number/code.

White clothing tag from cabbage patch outfit 145A, factory P, made in 1989.

Now, there’s one group of clothes that are VERY confusing. Those are the regular kid clothes that started being sold in 1988 (800s Series) and then continued being put on kids and sold well into 1989. Although these clothes aren’t technically transitional, as they were made in 1988, they often came on transitional dolls. So, there’s some debate as to whether they can also be considered transitional.

It doesn’t help that some of these outfits were changed slightly by Hasbro and then given the same number as their original Coleco counterpart. These outfits are technically transitional but still have a 1988 production code! They do use a Hasbro tag though, so that makes it somewhat easier. These outfits are #808, #809, #812, and #815, all of which are described HERE.

The 800s series regular outfits are also easily confused with outfits produced in 1989 because they look very similar. For example, the 800s look quite a bit like Designer Line outfits. The individual pieces can be easily confused between them.

Some of the other packaged outfits produced in 1989 (Future Post) also look quite a bit like 800s series outfits. This just adds to the overall confusion.

Fun Links

1989 Coleco Catalogue
Hasbro 1990 Catalogue

Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy 2024 to all our friends around the world!

So much has happened in 2024! Thank you to everyone who has commented, messaged, emailed, or called with information to add to my records. I’ve only posted 14 times this year, and next year may be very similar, but I want you to know that I am always updating posts with new information. Nothing you send me goes unadded. Outside my cabbie life, I am currently working full-time and going to school full-time, but I hope that situation will be over by the end of this year.

Where are we now? Here’s a review of the current record.

  • 1043 different Coleco outfits
    with 2105 variations of those outfits (including the 1 I found today!)
  • 412 – Hasbro outfits
  • 133 – Play Along outfits (not including Anniversary outfits)
  • 91 – Mattel, JAKKS Pacific, TRU outfits (not including Anniversary outfits)
  • 211- Jesmar Outfits
  • 130 – Other foreign outfits
  • 38 – Anniversary Outfits
  • 7 Fabric Accessories
  • 16 Bears, Cats, Dogs (Pets)
  • 17 Furskin outfits
  • 2 Show Pony blankets
  • . . .and a cabbie in a Christmas Tree!

The clothing record currently consists of:

  • 12200 computer files
  • 1200 Folders
  • 230 Blog Posts
  • 1350 Subscribers and followers
  • 17 YouTube videos with 347 subscribers
  • Hundreds of emails and messages with new information!

As suggested by the amazing Holly Spencer, here are my cabbie collecting goals for 2024.

  1. Add at least 5 new purple outfits to my purple patch.
  2. Find the perfect outfit for Martina Pamela (it has to beat her adorable handmade PJ’s).
  3. Find a grey-eyed girl.
  4. Find the 3rd (light blue) Jesmar preemie outfit.

From my patch to yours, may you all have a safe and healthy New Year and a prosperous 2024!

An Equine Saddle Surprise!

Circus Kids got their own horses in 1986 when the Circus Ponies came out. Did you know their saddles hide a clothing code surprise?

Another surprise addition to the clothing code matrix has been discovered.

There are several CPK horses, and they have been sold by various companies over the years. In 1985, Coleco produced and sold plush horses both with their Western Wear Kids and separately. These horses are called Show Ponies.  Then, in 1986, they put out Circus Ponies as part of the Circus Kids line. They are the same plush horses and came in the same Show Pony boxes, except they had a Circus Pony sticker on the window pane. These horses came with different accessories and different birth certificates. Sometimes they came in a white windowless carton instead of the barn-shaped box.

A Circus Pony came with a bridle with head plume, reversible fringed saddle, and leg warmers. There were only two versions of the saddle produced by the CC factory.

White plush horse facing a brown plush horse. Each is wearing a fabric blanket saddle and green bridle and have a plume on their head and leg warmers. The brown horse is wearing a dark pink saddle and the reverse showing below it. The white horse is wearing a light pink saddle with the reverse showing below.
Courtesy of Ref. #3, p. 134

420A: A light pink saddle with dark pink fringe and yellow stars. The reverse side is white with multicoloured polka dots (I think?) The leg warmers are light pink. [I still need pictures if you have one.]

420B: A dark pink saddle with yellow fringe and green polka dots with yellow dots. The reverse side is white with multicoloured square dots. The leg warmers are dark pink.

What’s so interesting is that the saddles are on the clothing matrix! They have the code #420. Now, it’s hard to keep track of, but there are very few items in the 400s. A few transitional Hasbro BBB outfits (400-403), 1988 regular outfits (402-405), and Furskins outfits (430s). That’s it. So, finding these in the 400s is very random.

I wonder what other 400s items we haven’t found yet. After all, we haven’t got anything with the number 440 or higher! Do you?

Fun Facts

It is interesting that the horses were produced by the Korean WJ factory, but the saddles were made at the Chinese CC factory. No code match here! I wonder if all the pieces were made at the same factory.

This is the catalogue picture used by Coleco to advertise the Circus Ponies.

For more information on Clown (Circus Kids) outfits visit Circus Kids – Call in the clowns!

References:

Ref. #1, p. 150 – 151
Ref. #3, p. 134 – 136