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Cabbage Patch Kids Preemies: The Most WTF Toy Of The '80s

The very unnecessary dolls that made light of a frightening ordeal.

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In 1985, riding high on the success of Cabbage Patch Kids, Coleco decided to expand the doll line. Unfortunately they chose to base the new dolls on premature infants, a rather delicate and heartbreaking issue.

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Called “Preemie,” they were three inches shorter than regular Cabbage Patch Kids and came complete with tiny diapers and very little hair and smelled like baby powder.

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The Preemie boxes actually supplied information from the March of Dimes on the definition of a premature birth, along with details of complications and how to care for a Preemie.

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The box also explained that an early frost on the Cabbage Patch caused the premature birth.

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Even the “adoption papers” that came with the doll identified it as a Preemie.

Accessories for Preemies ranged from clothing...

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Sewing patterns...

Instructional books for crocheting outfits...

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Paper dolls....

To the truly WTF, a Preemie cake pan!

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Today, Cabbage Patch Kids Preemies (and accessories) are easily available on sites like eBay and Etsy. Ranging in price from anywhere between $15 (for an open doll) to $60 (for dolls still in the box).

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Cabbage Patch Kids Preemie commercial:

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Another Cabbage Patch Kids Preemie commercial:

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