There were 2 reasons I hated it...one, I was working in retail at a well known discount store in Austin when the doll came out and we were fighting for our lives! Second, to me the doll was just plain ugly!
1980s — Cabbage Patch Kids
A 1983 Cabbage Patch Doll. (Credit: Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc.)
For Christmas 1983, all bets were off. Every kid wanted to “adopt” one of Coleco’s squishy-faced Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, and parents were willing to take extreme steps (Pushing! Shoving! Fist fights!) to make it happen. As Cabbage Patch mania swept the nation, the dolls sold on the black market for 10 times their retail price of $25. By the end of the first year in 1983, 3 million Cabbage Patch Kids were sold (adopted). The product continued to exceed all expectations in 1984 resulting in $2.5 billion in retail sales. Though the craze eventually subsided, and the company went bankrupt in 1988 after costly failed ventures in video and computer games, Cabbage Patch Kids are still available from Wicked Cool Toys. Babyland General Hospital, the Cleveland, Georgia, home of the Cabbage Patch Kids is the only place in the world where you can witness the birth of a hand-sculpted doll.
I realize many, many folks fell in love with the critter, but I wasn't one of them.
Coffee back out on the patio this morning. It isn't too bad!