1983The first edition of Coleco Mass Marketed Cabbage Patch Kids came out. The head molds they used were 1, 2, 3, and 4.
There were freckled #1’s (white ‘kids only) in 1985 and part of 1986. Jesmar and Tri-Ange Pedigrees were freckled also.
In 1983 only, freckled #2’s (small eyes on Coleco ‘kids and large eyes on Jesmars) were produced, as well as red and brown fuzzied hairstyles. The #2 head mold was used on regular ‘kids, Hasbro Preemies (but very hard to find), Twins, World Travelers, and toddlers.
The #3 head molds normally have large eyes, as in the photo above, but in 1983 only, Coleco produced #3s with small eyes. The #3 head mold was used on regular ‘kids, Preemies, Babies (BBB), Twins, World Travelers, Toddlers, and Designer Line.
The #4 head mold was used on regular ‘kids, Preemies, BBBs, Twins, World Travelers, Toddlers, and Designer Line (without pacifiers).
1984The second edition came out with the same head molds. Preemies were introduced this year.
Notice in the ad there is a #5 head mold Preemie, but there were no #5 Preemies produced, which means that there is a prototype #5 Preemie somewhere. I also have a Coleco Preemie ad with a #2 head mold, so there's a prototype of that somewhere, too. The #2 head molds on Preemies were produced in the later years when Hasbro took over, so there are Hasbro #2 preemies.
1985The third edition came out with the same head molds, but also introduced head molds 5, 6, 8 and 9. There was no #7 head mold, but some people claim that it would have been the Asian head mold #36, although there is an Asian Prototype that has a #5 on the back of the head.
#5 mold was used on regular ‘kids, All-star, Circus, Twins, World Travelers, Astronauts, Cornsilk, Poseables, and a few transitional 'kids.
#6 mold was used on regular ‘kids, All-star, Circus, Twins, Astronauts, Cornsilk (without pacifiers), and BBBs. Not many were produced after ‘86.
There was no #7 head mold made.
#9 mold was used on regular ‘kids, All-star, Twins, World Travelers, Hasbro Preemies, Toddlers and Grow Hair 'kids.
Specialty lines started, such as Twins, World Travelers, Show Ponys and ‘Kids in Western Outfits.
1986The ‘Kids came with a wire in their thumb to hold something. They came with either a toothbrush or crayon to hold. The new head molds included 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, and 16.
The Specialty lines produced were Astronauts, Circus Kids, All-Stars, and Cornsilks.
Babies (Bean Butt Babies) were introduced this year, in head molds 1, 3, 4, and 6. (18, 20, and 21 were not added until a couple years later)
An interesting fact in history is that this was the year that Coleco planned on introducing Preemie Twins, but it never came to pass. No preemies were produced this year.
|Preemie Twins Ad|
#10 mold was used on regular ‘kids, All-star, Circus, Astronauts, Cornsilk.
#11 mold was used on regular ‘kids, All-star, Circus, Astronauts, Cornsilk, Poseables, and Transitional 'kids.
#12 mold was used on regular ‘kids, All-star, Circus, Astronauts, Cornsilk, Poseables, and Transitional 'kids.
There are no #13 head molds.
#15 mold was used on regular ‘kids, All-star, Circus, Astronauts, Cornsilk, Poseables, Grow Hair, and Toddlers.
1987Head molds #17 and 18 were introduced.
Preemies were produced again. All-vinyl Splashin’ Kids and battery-operated Talking Kids were introduced.
1988Head molds #19 and #20 were introduced.
#20 head molds were on Babies, Preemies, and Toddlers.
Grow Hair ‘Kids and Toddlers were introduced this year.
Only available on Growin' Hair Kids in 1988, this head mold has a crooked smile showing one lower tooth. Some dolls had freckles spanning across the cheeks and nose.
Also only available on Growin' Hair Kids, this head mold has a smile showing a pink tounge and on some dolls, freckles.
There are no head mold 24-29
Round face, and a small crooked smile that goes up to the right, tongue showing.
There are no head molds 31-35
1989Coleco sold their rights to Hasbro, so a lot of the ‘Kids are half Coleco, half Hasbro. Collectors call this the Transitional period. ‘Kids in this period are called “Transitionals” or “Trannies”.
I have seen the following headmolds for Transitionals (although there could be more):5, 8, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 30.
This year the Designer Line was introduced with headmolds 36, 44, and 45.
This is the Asian head mold that appeared in the late 80's. It was most common on the Designer Line kids and the kids with cornsilk hair. Features large almond shaped eyes and nice full cheeks.
There are no head molds 37-43
A bright happy expression with a dimple in the chin.
Mostly on the Designer line kids, this head mold has a small smile, with a dimple just to the right of the mouth. Very similar to #44, but does not have a dimpled chin.
Designer Line used headmolds 3, 4, 18, 19, 36, 44, and 45.
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