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Xavier Roberts Little People Pals

  1. 3 months ago

    andyandy

    Nov 29 Moderator
    Edited 3 months ago by andyandy

    Ran across this magazine while thrifting recently. Due to the success of his Little People line of collectible dolls, Xavier Roberts sold the rights to Coleco and history was made with the Cabbage Patch Kids.

    Never realized Xavier Roberts had such great taste in headwear.

    Enjoy the scans!

  2. andyandy

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  8. AC Slater

    Nov 29 Administrator

    Wow, so before he "sold out", they were called Little People Pals? Great find. So much info to go through there. The pics are really surreal in the beginning with the nursery and incubator.

    They have a slightly different look to them and proportions, so I guess Coleco did a little tweaking. Perhaps this magazine explains why there are quite a few handmade ones that can still be found. I'm sure there were other articles/how-tos, but this one was officially approved.

  9. andyandy

    Nov 30 Moderator

    The magazine also had some oversize patterns that I didn't scan since they were still stapled in the middle.

    @AC Slater Wow, so before he "sold out", they were called Little People Pals? Great find. So much info to go through there. The pics are really surreal in the beginning with the nursery and incubator.

    I had never heard of them either and there isn't much online about them which I found strange.

    When looking for info on the Little People, I found this video about Martha Nelson Thomas. She created the soft sculputeed "Doll Baby" in the 1970s which Xavier Roberts knew about, resold and eventually rebranded as Little People, and ultimately Cabbage Patch Kids.

    Really sad story since Mrs. Thomas seemed like such a wonderful person.

    They have a slightly different look to them and proportions, so I guess Coleco did a little tweaking. Perhaps this magazine explains why there are quite a few handmade ones that can still be found. I'm sure there were other articles/how-tos, but this one was officially approved.

    The magazine above is the 11th printing from 1984 so clearly there was an agreement with Coleco and XR. Also interesting since Coleco has been extremely litigious in protecting the Cabbage Patch Kids brand.

  10. AC Slater

    Dec 4 Administrator

    Wow, I guess it's not surprising CPK is a rip-off of something else and so on. I didn't see that date/printing for the magazine. Is it hard to find now?

  11. andyandy

    Dec 4 Moderator

    You're right it's not surprising that CPK is a rip off. That CPK musuem in the video is insane. I totally want to go visit it, but I would probably be creeped out the whole time.

    I think the magazine is out of print, but I've seen a quite a few copies of it on eBay. If you want my physical copy for your collection, I can send it out your way.

    Xavier sold some doll kits too for the LPP, found one for sale on eBay.

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    Wish I could pull off a white suit like that, but it would probably have ketchup and coffee stains on it before lunch.

    The publishe of the kits and magazine, Plaid Enterprises , is still in business today.

  12. AC Slater

    Dec 4 Administrator

    After my last post, I ended up watching that whole video. How sad, that guy was such a d-bag for stealing the whole story and even taking the persona of a "sculptor". He does pull-off a white suit well, so another telling sign he's a d-bag.

    I noticed there are two distinct styles she had for the faces. One was buttons sewn really close together, which looks stranger than usual, and the other closer to the style we know.

    @andyandy I think the magazine is out of print, but I've seen a quite a few copies of it on eBay. If you want my physical copy for your collection, I can send it out your way.

    Sure, I'd be interested in the mag if you really don't want it, but would like to trade something somewhat equivalent if that is even possible. Sounds like a good challenge. :)

  13. AC Slater

    Dec 4 Administrator

    @andyandy You're right it's not surprising that CPK is a rip off. That CPK museum in the video is insane. I totally want to go visit it, but I would probably be creeped out the whole time.

    Yeah, I agree, it boggles my mind how into the things people were. So GPK is like a copy of a copy of a copy of a...

 

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