Below are some commonly used terms that you might hear someone use when they are discussing a Cabbage Patch Kid. Please note that the TERMS on this page pertain to the Mass-Produced Factory Cabbage Patch Kids only. Most of the terms are used for the Vintage Coleco toys, although some are from later editions.
Colecos Coleco was the first company to bring the Cabbage Patch Kid to the general public in 1983. These were factory made and mass-produced. These are the dolls that children of the 80's remember and their parents remember the craze.
Hasbro Kids Hasbro took over for Coleco in 1988 as the manufacturor for Cabbage Patch Kids. There were many types that will not be listed on this page, however, at the beginning of Hasbro's run of kids, some kids had a Coleco head and a Hasbro body, such kids are known as Transition Kids
Mattel Famous toy company Mattel began making the Cabbage Patch Kids in the early 1990's and took over for Hasbro
Tru Kids Today, in the 21st Century, Cabbage Patch Kids have been handed over to Toys R Us, which released it's first TRU-Kids at the end of 2001 in New York. These kids are 22" but still have the same features and materials that the Mattel Kids had.
Types of Kids
Preemies Preemies were introduced in 1984. They are about 13" and are either bald or sport a small tuft of hair. They make good little brothers or sisters to the 'Kids.
Toddlers Toddlers were introduced as "The Kid in the Middle" They are about 13" and have a variety of head molds. Many Toddlers were manufactured by Hasbro or by both Coleco and Hasbro during the transition period.
Babies Babies were about 12" and filled with beans and featured cute outfits and a blanket. They were introduced in 1986 as "younger, smaller, more cuddlably soft".
Terms Pertaining to Foreign Kids
Jesmar Jesmar Kids were made in Spain, for Coleco by a company called Jesmar. They were distributed in Europe in Spain, Germany and Italy. As in all foreign kids, these kids have different hair and facial combinations than what is available with the Coleco Kids, making them highly sought after by colectors.
Tsukuda Tsukuda kids are another sought after foreign version of 'Kids. These kids were made for the Japanese market. The first Tsukudas were made in the 80's, but there are also Tsukudas made in the late 90's
Tri-Ang Pedigree These kids were made in South Africa and are also another foreign version that is sought after. Some of these kids may have eyes where the paint has gone fuzzy.
Lily Ledi The Lily Ledy kids were made in Mexico and are not as commonly seen on the market as the others.
Terms pertaining to Hair:
Ponies To say that a CPK girl has ponies, simply means that her hair is styled in ponytails. One pony would be a big ponytail in the back. Double ponies means she's got two ponytails one on either side.
Loops Yarn looped hair, meant to look like curly hair.
Lemon As in lemon ponies or loops - this is the lightest Cabbage Patch hair color, a pale yellow-blonde.
Butterscotch This is a honey-blonde hair color.
Mustard This term is a term for the same honey-blonde hair color as Butterscotch. It's up to you what you wanna call it!
Tan This hair color is also known as beige and is an ash-blonde color.
Poodle This hairstyle pertains to girl Cabbage Patch dolls. There are two kinds of poodle styles: Poodle with 2 ponies (loops with one ponytail on each side) and Poodle with one pony (loops with one ponytail in the center of the head)
Shag This is not an Austin Powers term, but what collectors call the kids who have short straight yarn hair rather than loops. This is seen on boys. It is less common than loops.
Fuzzy Mostly found on foreign kids, fuzzy hair is very soft and is as if shag hair were brushed out.
Popcorn The "popcorn" haired kids are kids who have curly-like yarn hair . They are either in two ponies or one. There were not many of these so they are sought after by collectors and very pricey!
Lion Mane This is where the loops framing the girl's face are not loops, but straight pieces orf yarn. This was somewhat unusual as well, although not the rage the popcorn kids are.
Cornsilk Kids with corn silk hair have vinyl, comable hair (like the kind on a Barbie) They were first introduced in 1986
Hold Hand I think it was 1985 when Cabbage Patch Kids were made with hands that could "hold their own crayon"
OK, UT, P, PMI, KT, IC, SS (etc...) Factory This is the factory the Kid was manufactured in. You can find the letter or letters in a circle on the side tag located on the body. (more about what each letter or letters stand for coming soon)
Pox Pox are a deformity in the rubber on the face of a doll. The pox look a lot like measles. One theory says they are caused by the baby powder used to scent the doll mixing with the rubber, alowing moisture to come in. The P, PMI and SS factory kids are the ones that are suseptable to pox. Pox can happen to a doll that for years never had them. Theory suggests that climate conditions such as humdity can attribute to pox. However, this does not mean that ALL dolls from that factory will develop pox.