**Please note that this is not a comprehensive identification list. These are not rules set in stone. There can be identification missing from a 'Kid or extra identifiers that, to a newbie, can be confusing. If in doubt, please ask someone you know who has been a long-time collector and "expert" to these identifiers. Many times the difference between a fake and the original is as simple as comparing the quality.**
Fake and Proto Type ‘KidsSome long-time collectors can identify a ‘kid at a distance, but to the newbie, it can sometimes be confusing, as there is a LOT to know about these ‘kids. There are fake ‘kids as well as Proto Type 'kids.
Fake ‘kids were manufactured by other companies, trying to copy Cabbage Patch Kids. They may look identical to some, but to the long-time collector, they are very different.
Go to Photobucket's album "TheCPKCC/library/Fake CPKs"
Proto types were the original dolls that they used before mass production. Some had different head molds that don’t exist in the mass-market-produced ‘kids. There were Prototype Koosas, as well as Preemie Twins. There was also a prototype Asian head mold that has a #5 on the back of the head.
Go to Photobucket's album "TheCPKCC/library/Prototypes Cabbage Patch Kids"
If you don’t know the difference of fake, proto, or authentic, you may come across a “fake” ‘kid and sell for really cheap what was actually a Proto worth a lot of money. Likewise, someone may be trying to sell you a “proto” that is actually a fake.
How to Identify an Authentic Cabbage Patch KidThere are three identifying characteristics of regular mass-marketed authentic Cabbage Patch Kids:
1. Xavier Roberts’ signature stamp on the left bum cheek (in rare instances, the signature is on the right and in even rarer instances upside down).Some of these characteristics can be missing, such as the signature because it had been washed so many times that it rubbed off, or the side tag missing because someone cut it off. Each of these three characteristics also have clues, giving you information about the doll.
2. Copyright notice on the back of the head.
3. The side tag.
SignatureThe signature stamp has a different color for each year of production. Each of the photos below are from my own patch. Surprisingly, I have had no ‘kids with black signatures.
BLACK ~ 1983 (undated) Appeared on the First Edition of mass-marketed Cabbage Patch Kids.
BROWN ~ Late 1983/Early 1984
BLACK ~ 1984 Coleco Preemies & Foreign ‘Kids (dated & undated)
GREEN ~ 1984 Coleco & Foreign ‘Kids (dated & undated)
BLACK ~ 1985 (dated) African American (AA) 'Kids
DARK BLUE/BRIGHT BLUE ~ 1985 Coleco, Foreign 'Kids and AA ‘Kids (dated & undated)
RED - 1986 (dated) and AA
MINT GREEN / AQUA~ 1987 (undated)
LAVENDER ~ 1988 (undated)
ROSE ~ 1989 (undated)
COLECO/HASBRO Transitional Period 1989-1991
DESIGNER LINE & TRANSITIONAL 'KIDS 1989-90
July 1989 "Hasbro Inc." purchased "Coleco Industries" continuing to produce the Designer Line Kids. New Coleco head molds include Asian #36, #44 and #45. The Cornsilk girl hairstyles included crimped, curly, a straight side pony or punk rock hair. The crimped yarn girl hairstyles included double ponies and single side ponies. The boys had new spike hairstyles in Cornsilk and a long yarn shag.
HASBRO POSEABLE KIDS 1990-91
The first edition poseables were introduced in 1990. The head molds were as the original Coleco head molds, and new ones. In 1990-91, the second edition of Hasbro Poseable 'Kids were introduced, which ended the transitional period. These 'Kids had new head molds, Hasbro bodies, tags and mauve signatures. They have wire inside their bodies, thus, making them poseable.
Teal ~ 1991
Royal Blue ~ 1992
Forest Green ~ 1993
Burgundy ~ 1994
Mattel ~ 1994-2001
Standard CPKs are smaller than the original Coleco—14” with many other small varieties.
TRU (Toys R Us) ~ 2001-2004
Made a lot larger than original Colecos, at 20” tall. TRUs are worth more than the average Coleco.
Purple – 2001
Green – 2002
Magenta – 2003
Silver – 2003 Anniversary Kids
Blue - 2004.
Jakks Pacific/Play Along (PA) ~ from 2004 and continuing
Many new designs. Bodies are similar to TRUs, but have all new head molds. Manufactured from two known factories: SI and PF. PF ‘kids have a better complexion and prettier eyes.
Copyright Notice on Head
There are 6 different copyright styles on the Coleco ‘kids’ heads.
- 3-line notice with head mold number at bottom center.
- Hong Kong 3-line notice with “Made in Hong Kong” and head mold number at bottom center.
- 1-line notice with head mold number at top center and another number (possible batch number) at bottom center.
- 1-line notice, no head mold number..
- 1-line notice with head mold number at top center.
- 1-line notice with head mold number at bottom center and another number at the right.
Tsukudas have a 2-line notice with either a J5 or a J6 at the top center and with head mold number at bottom center.
Tri-Ange Pedigrees have a 2-line notice with head mold number at bottom center.
Lili Ledy’s have a 3-line notice with “Made in Mexico” and with head mold number at bottom center.
Coleco/Hasbro Transitionals have a 4-line notice, no head mold number. The photo below is a Transitional Preemie with a 1-line notice.
Hasbro First Edition ‘kids have “First Edition”, a 3-line notice, and the head mold number at bottom left, along with another number circled.
Hasbro later years don’t have “First Edition”.
Mattel has a 4-line notice.
On the side of the body, there is a manufacture tag that has a letter, sometimes with a circle around it. Depending on the letter, is what factory he is from. Coleco contracted different factories overseas, and each factory has a different characteristic about the dolls made there.
Note: Although normally tags match up with the head (where it was made) and/or box, sometimes there are some Cabbage Patch Kids that have a Jesmar head with a Coleco body, or some other sort of miss-match. Keep reading for more information.
(Photos are available on my blog, cpkdiana)
The photo on the left shows a label that is marked as the “P” factory. Some “Transitional” cabbies have a Coleco head and a Hasbro body. The photo on the right is a Hasbro tag that was on a Transitional.
The first factories were KT, OK, and P, which were all based in Hong Kong. Because there was such a high demand, Coleco contracted more factories: PMI, UT, IC, WS, SS, as well as others.
P (Perfecta) Factory- one of the two that produced TWINS, and also the last Coleco factory to produce cabbies during the transitional times. Some ‘kids from this factory have longer legs than normal. Unfortunately, a lot of these kids had a vinyl formulation problem, that caused brown dots, when exposed to a moist area, to form on the face. Collector's call them POX. Some Tri-Ang Pedigree cabbies have the P tag, but will say “Tri-Ang Pedigree” on it.
(Kader) Factory- Known well for their beautiful, long popcorn-haired girls, over-stuffed bodies, and even color. Some Jesmars from Spain have OK on them. So if it says “Made in Spain”, you have yourself a Jesmar. Also, some of the late '80s preemies are tagged with OK.
UT Factory, located in Taiwan- There was not too many kids that came from this factory. They were slightly under-stuffed, but are known for a porcelain-like complexion and bright red cheeks. Some developed a yellow tint to their face, though. There are four known UT factories: UT, UT1, UT2 (rare), and UT3.
IC Factory, located in Taiwan- IC1, IC2, IC3, IC4, IC5, IC6, IC7 & IC8. A lot of the cowgirl/boy are from here and freckled #1 kids. The downfall about this factory is that the vinyl tends to have a greenish tint, making them look seasick. Also known for their thick hair.
PMI (located in China)- The only factory that produced the Lemon single braid girl. Sadly, most of these ‘kids ended up with POX and the vinyl gets sticky in some cases. Some pox are known to develop instantly, with the touch of a finger or wet washcloth.
KT(Kam Yeun Toy Factory)- These kids tend to be short, and stocky bodied, and have big hands. Some developed a grayish (pale) face, that tends to make them look sick . . . again, a possible problem in the vinyl. Some are 2-3 inches shorter than regular 16” ‘kids. This factory also Pets and Koosas. Some tags are embroidered rather than printed.
SS and WS - Main producers of the Babies (BBB), Preemies, and their clothing. Earlier kids from the SS factory, more than likely got POX, but this problem was fixed later down the line, after 1986. The BBB’s that I have from the WS factory have a beautiful complexion. The SS factory also produced pets.
WJ and SY (both located in Korea)- These companies produced Show and Circus Ponies. Some Koosas can be found with the SY tag also.
CC- This company made Circus Pony's, and Show Pony's, as well as clothing.
CY and EX (both located in Taiwan), FW (in China), and LF- These companies produced clothing only for CPKs, purchased separately.
CANADA LTEE- This factory produced boxed clothing and doll accessories.
See photos of tags on my blog, cpkdiana
Foreign FactoriesIn ‘84 and ‘85, Coleco granted rights to four foreign factories: Jesmar in Spain, Tsukuda in Japan, Triang-Pedigree in South Africa, and Lili Ledy in Mexico.
Jesmars were distributed throughout Europe, United Kingdom, and Canada. Only certain distributors in the US had Jesmars, such as Hobby City and Rowe-Manse Emporium. At the end of ‘85 when the demand wasn’t as high and production stopped in foreign factories, leftover stock was purchased by Coleco factories. The remaining Jesmar Kids were sold in Coleco boxes. Some were sold with a Jesmar head on a Coleco body and vise versa.
J, Jesmar – April 19th, 1984, Jesmar, a Spain-based doll company, began production of their Cabbage patch kids, under the contract of Coleco. Some collectors have spotted J factory ‘Kids that say, “Made in Italy”.
There are many variations of Jesmar Tags.
Jesmar seems to have been the largest producer of the foreign kids. These ‘kids have a nice complexion and the freckles are hand-painted rather than stamped like the Colecos. They are also 1 to 2 inches longer than Colecos.
These kids were distributed throughout Europe, in boxes, much like Coleco's, only the languages on the boxes match the Countries to which they were sent:
Kuschel Kinder- Germany (distributed by company called Arxon). Kuschel Kinder means "Cuddly Kids".
Les Patoufs- France. Les Patoufs means "The Kids"
I Bamboli del Campo Incantato- Italy, "The Enchanted Doll Field"
Ideal- English company that distributed to England market
Kal Ungarna- Sweden, "Cabbage Kids"
Canada - P'tits Bouts de Choux, meaning "Little Tiny Tots" are Cabbage Patch Kids made for the Canadian Mass Market. Coleco and Jesmars sold in Canada. 1985 Specialty Kids were also available, such as:
~ Young Astronauts- came with a Canadian flag(instead of the US flag)
~ Circus Kids and ponies
~ World Travelers- Paper passports say Canada(not USA)
TP – Triang Pedigree, exclusively for distribution in South Africa. Some ‘kids have cloudy, hazed eyes, like there’s a film over them, and smudged eyes, as though the paint is wet after all these years. They have very dense, high-quality yarn hair. Triang Pedigree had two types of unique body tags--the P factory and the TP factory tags. Triang Pedigree Kids were all made at one factory in South Africa. The 'Kids that have the TP tags were the last to be produced and distributed. Most of these TP factory tags are just stickers covering up another body tag, which has just the P factory code on it. Towards the end production and distribution, they must have run into distributing problems, therefore, causing the 'Kids' P only tag to be covered up by the TP sticker tag. Some of the earlier silky P factory tags simply have a small sticker on the back stating the 'Kid was made in the Republic of South Africa. There are a few Triang Kids that are known to exist with a unique #1 head mold with the tooth. There are not many freckled Triangs.
Lili Ledy – exclusively for distribution in Mexico, but soon went out of business. Lili Ledy Kids resemble the Coleco Kids more than any other foreign ‘Kids. They followed most of the same color combinations as Coleco. Very few were freckled. Lili Ledy used string, wire, and zip ties to attach the ‘Kids’ heads to the fabric body.
Tsukuda – from Japan. (Not all Tsukuda tags look like the one pictured.) These are the most sought-after, but very expensive. They have gorgeous complexions and are very well-made. Tsukuda were meant exclusively for sale in Japan, so their outfits were quite a bit different. They included: Wedding sets, Happy Coats, Kimonos, Karate, Baseball outfits, and an Elegance line, as well as clothes that look similar to Coleco’s.
When Hasbro took over production, some of the tags are Coleco, and some are Hasbro.
Coleco Kids Distributed in Foreign Boxes
Coleco produced Kids that were distributed to other countries, such as TolToys Kids which were Coleco Kids distributed in Australia. Some Coleco Kids were distributed by Kuschel Kinder for Germany and Les Patoufs for France. Some of the most common foreign distributors were Arxon for Germany, Giocadipiu Giocadag for Italy, Ideal for England and France, and Kaalitarhan Tenavat for Finland.
Foreign Half and Half Kids
When Coleco shut down the foreign factories in 1985, all remaining inventory was shipped back to Coleco’s main factories in China. There are some ‘Kids with part Coleco/Jesmar/Tsukuda, etc. miss-matched bodies, tags, and heads. Here are some examples of some that have been found:
Tsukuda head on Jesmar Body
Jesmar “Made in Spain” head mold with a TP Triang Pedigree body tag and green dated 1984 signature
Tsukuda head on Coleco body
Factory Flukes, Oddities, Rare, and VHTF Kids
- Coleco’s bald ‘Kids had blue eyes, but there are some to have been known to have green eyes.
- Coleco’s brown-haired boys had brown eyes, but there are some known to exist with blue eyes.
- The #5 Brown single-pony with blue eyes is rare.
- A 1985 #3 Coleco boy with a tooth exists, but collectors are not sure of its authenticity.
- Designer Line ‘Kids with red crimped hair and brown eyes have freckles, but some have been known to have no freckles, which may be a factory fluke.
- A #19 brown double popcorn with brown eyes is VHTF (very hard to find).j
- Designer Line boys with brown hair and blue eyes are rare.
- Most #4 Coleco Preemies came with brown eyes, but in very rare instances, there have been some known to have green or blue eyes.
- Coleco ‘Kid with a Koosas body tag is a factory fluke.
- ‘Kids with an embroidered side tag are VHTF. They are from the KT factory. “Designed by” is above the Signature stamp on the bum.
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