According to the 1980s law suit Xavier Roberts was not the only person to craft dolls made out of a very soft material. Martha Nelson from Louisville, Kentuky claimed to create these soft sculptured baby dolls. She also said that these dolls at first were her creation and Xavier Robert asked her to create some of these dolls for his gift shop. But Nelson lost her case, due to the fact that she had not copyrighted her dolls and hence had no clear evidence.
After that time Nelson came up with her own brand of the hand made dolls. Whereas Roberts came up with the idea of the little people sculptures and gave them the birth certificates in 1977. And then he gathered five of his friends to join him in the Original Appalachian Art work Inc. The enterprise came up with the idea of renovating an old medical center in Georgia, Cleveland to form a baby land general hospital. The rest of what happened is explained well in one of the previous posts.
Basically, the Real People documentary in 1981 made by Xavier and friends is what made the idea of having a Xavier Roberts doll line gain popularity. All the hype of these dolls at that time, led Xavier Roberts to sign a license deal with a company Coleco in 1982. And this deal was really beneficial for Coleco since the sale profit was in billions. There was this ‘Cabbage Patch frenzy’ which seemed to have caught the population of USA.
There were significant events which marked the success of the cabbage patch idea:
- Coleco sold 3 million dolls by the end of 1983.
- There were reported incidents in the to shops to get the Cabbage Patch Dolls on one of the Christmas where people pushed each other and indulged themselves in a riot.
- Such an American Icon these dolls were that in 1985 a cabbage patch doll named Christopher Xavier traveled the space through NASA space shuttle.
- During the 1992, the world Olympic Games began in Barcelona and Cabbage Patch dolls became the official mascots of the U.S Olympic team.
- In order to remind themselves of the Cabbage Patch frenzy, there were postage stamps introduced in 1999 by the U.S.
But unfortunately the frenzy was not there to stay till the 1990s . Hasbro took over the right and several gimmicks were implied to get the frenzy back. But alas! All in vein.