Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A New Cabbage Patch Updated Doll and Giveaway!!!

If you had girls in your life thirty years ago you remember Cabbage Patch dolls. They were a must have doll. You “adopted” the doll and each came with her own name. You could buy Cabbage Patch doll clothes and accessories. Little girls would walk their Cabbage Patch dolls in strollers like little mothers themselves. Grown women fell in love with them and collected them. Grandmas sewed up fancy outfits for them. It was more than all the craze - it was a phenomenon. I can see you smiling and remembering your own story.


Well, Cabbage Patch kids are back, updated and cuter than ever. This Fashionista collection are not baby dolls and they each have a theme. There’s Girly Girl, Sporty Girl, Preppy Girl, Artsy Girl and more. There are a total of 12 dolls in the collection including two boys and multicultural choices. Of course, each has a name just like the original. Mine is Brianna Mika. The doll comes with a birth certificate and adoption papers creating the same feel of uniqueness that the original doll did. There also is a code and instructions to download a build a family tree program for your doll.

Here's Brianna Mika
Here’s my Cabbage Doll story – a little different than most. My daughter was in third grade when they were on almost every girl’s holiday gift list. I emphasize almost. Fran, my daughter, frequently marched to another drummer. Every store was sold out. Some specialty stores bought new ones from individuals and sold them for 2 -3 times the sticker price. I was lucky. I wasn’t one of those frantic mothers desperately seeking a Cabbage Patch doll. But as Christmas approached, I became worried that Fran would want one at the last minute and I would have no chance at getting one. It was so much easier the year before when she wanted Rainbow Brite.

I put my name on a waiting list at ToysRUs. My number was three hundred something. Fortunately, Christmas came and no request. Now I was worried that once vacation ended and she saw that everyone had one then she would have to have the Cabbage Patch doll. ToysRUs to the rescue! Several days after Christmas they called and had them in. I had 24 hours to pick it up or they would move down the waiting list. $29.95. List price. Available now and no mark up. I bought the doll and put it in the attic waiting to have it when she asked. She never did. The following year I donated it for the silent auction at the school fundraiser and it was gobbled up quickly.

I love toys that bring back memories. When you give a child a gift like a Cabbage Patch doll you also have the opportunity to share your stories and build bonds across generations. Watching children play with something that brings back memories is enjoyable for grandparents too.  The Cabbage Patch Doll is made by Jakks Pacific and the retail price is $34.99.

Giveaway Details
You can have up to four chances to win. You can have multiple entries by doing each one of the following:

1. Leave a comment here on my blog.

2. Like the Cabbage Patch page on facebook -    http://www.facebook.com/CPKtoys and leave a comment here to let me
    know

3. Follow @JAKKStoys on Twitter and leave comment here to let me know

4. Follow The Grandma Chronicles on Facebook

Deadline to enter: October 13, 2011. The winner will be selected using random.org. Make sure to to check back to see if you won – I’ll need your address if you won. Or you can send me your email address when you enter – marionconway@aol.com. It will remain confidential.

Full Disclosure: I received a sample Cabbage Patch Doll for review purposes. This review is completely my own opinion.

I'll be writing product reviews over the next couple of months, so check back for more opportunities and ideas for great holiday gifts.
 
Marion



If you are a fan of dolls, you may be interested in my review of a new line of sports oriented rag dolls. 

Enjoying the Olympics – Sports Dolls for a Girl’s Favorite Sport

26 comments:

Katrina said...

THose are absolutely adorable!
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Autumn said...

Cute story :)
We took our daughter to the CPK Babyland General about a year ago. She was just about to turn two, and I wanted her to see and love on these adorable dolls. We ended up buying her her first doll there, a $20 bald baby that she lovingly named Ting Ting, after her aunt Ping Ping :) I just love these dolls and the memories they inspire.
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Mami2jcn said...

I'd love one of these for my daughter! I had 5 Cabbage Patch Dolls when I was a child and I loved them. These bring back memories.

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Mami2jcn said...

I like Cabbage Patch Kids on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

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Mami2jcn said...

I like you on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

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Susan Adcox said...

My children were past doll age when the Cabbage Patch craze hit, but I remember my sister searching madly for one--and finding it!

Susan Adcox said...

I liked JAKKStoys on Twitter. I'm "grandparent."

cindy said...

Wow what an amazing giveaway. I sure do remember when I was younger and had my cpk :) Ah such good memories. Thank you for the chance to win one for my daughter :)

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cindy said...

sorry if this post twice, I am not sure if it went through the first time.

Wow what an amazing giveaway. I sure do remember when I was younger and had my cpk :) Ah such good memories. Thank you for the chance to win one for my daughter :)

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cindy said...

I like Cabbage Patch page on facebook

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cindy said...

I follow JAKKStoys on Twitter
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cindy said...

I follow The Grandma Chronicles on Facebook

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Unknown said...

Oh, how I remember the CPK dolls!! Unfortunately, I had a tomboy on my hands for a daughter...LOL My 2yr old granddaughter doesn't like dolls, either, yet. I am still keeping my fingers crossed, though. :)

jenmalonee said...

I always wanted cabbage patch dolls but we couldn't afford them when I was younger. I would love to have one of these to give to my family.

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jenmalonee said...

I like the cabbage patch fb page (Jennifer Messner M)

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jenmalonee said...

following @JAKKStoys on twitter (JenniferCNP)

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jenmalonee said...

liked you on fb (Jennifer Messner M)

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duanalee said...

My daughter who is now 27 was almost 3 when that Christmas of the mad dash for Cabbage Patch arose out of the media. I worked at a store named OTASCO- we had a few, very overpriced. Christmas morning came and my almost 3 yr old was completely heartbroken when she got a REGULAR baby doll and one of her sisters received a CABBAGE PATCH..The next day on the day after Christmas sale, all the toys were half price, so I took one home to her, and it was Christmas all over again....
I am raising 4 grandchildren now (not her kids- but the older sisters kids). 2 are girls, they would love to have a Cabbage Patch doll... and they love those stories, so I would def. share the story as well.

Suzila said...

I liked CPK Toys on Facebook, follow Jakks on Twitter and the Grandma Chronicles on Facebook.

30 years ago, my two sons were 1 and 2 years old...thought I was off the hook when Cabbage Patch dolls came out, they were in to trucks and planes.

But, no such luck, my girlfriend, 3000 miles away, called to tell me her 2 year old daughter would be sooooo disappointed if she couldn't have one for the holidays and my friend had searched all over NY for one. Could I please start searching in so. California for her?

I did...Toys R Us, all the local toy stores, everything...I felt so bad I couldn't find one....until: I walked in to my local independent CARD STORE!!!!...and there she was: the Cabbage Doll! Was she Beautiful? To me, she was!

I bought her right away, and sent her off to my girlfriend in NY...in time for the holidays.

Thirty years later, we're still friends, we still talk about the "Cabbage Patch Caper".

Now, I have two granddaughters of my own and my girlfriend is expecting her first grandson. My turn! I'd love to win one of these dolls! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

melissa said...

My daughter would love a cabbage patch doll, they were a firm favorite for me as a child a lot of happy memories...gr8 toy!

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melissa said...

I follow Jakks on twitter mel_91284

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melissa said...

i follow cabbage patch on FB - melissa portillo

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melissa said...

i follow you on fb - melissa portillo

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melissa said...

i follow you on twitter - mel_91284

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melissa said...

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autumnmiss said...

Hi, i am a new follower of your blog. I bought a CPK at a bootfair today which is from 2004 and i am smitten with her. I was born too early for them when they came out in the 80's so am making up for lost time now.