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VINTAGE 1978 Mattel HUG N’ TALK NAPPER the dog plush toy

23 Oct

VINTAGE 1978 Mattel HUG N’ TALK NAPPER the dog

In 1978, Mattel produced a dog named hug n’ talk Napper. He was 13″ long with light brown fur with ears and tail being a darker brown. He has a distinctive patch on his back that is shaped like a daisy. The patch says, “hug me”. When Napper is squeezed he says 6 different phrases: My name is Napper,  I get so lonely,  You’re so good to me,  Ruff ruff rub my tummy,  Im sleepy,  Ruff ruff ruff. Napper does not require batteries; instead he has a record player inside of him. He is like the more familiar pull-string talking toys except instead of a pull-string starting the talking mechanism, a squeeze does.

You can see the distinctive daisy patch on his back

I sold this rare toy for $500.00 on eBay in 2011.

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Playskool Dapper Dan & Dressy Bessy plush dolls

21 Jun

Vintage 1976 Playskool Dapper Dan 15″ plush toy doll

Vintage 1979 Playskool DRESSY BESSY 15″ plush toy doll

Dressy Bessy & Dapper Dan vintage magazine ad

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The mysterious world of zippers, snaps, buckles, buttons, and shoelaces is suddenly easy. Because little fingers got a chance to practice while they plays with our new Dressy Bessy or Dapper Dan. Both these Playskool dolls are big, cuddly and adorable! To hug and love. And long after your child learns to dress, they’ll still be favorites. Because they’re beautifully make to take lots of rough play, and their clothes are attached so nothing gets lost. To learn more about Playskool Toys, write for our free booklet, Play tools to shape a child’s world. Playtime is learning with Playskool.

Xavier Roberts Little people soft sculpture dolls

6 Jun
1983 Xavier Roberts Little people 24" blond boy doll

1983 Xavier Roberts Little people 24″ blond boy doll

Xavier Roberts produced the “Little People” from 1976 – 1983  in an old renovated medical clinic in Cleveland Georgia dubbed “Baby Land General”. The dolls were entirely soft sculpture-each was an original one-of-a-kind creation. Guests were greeted by employees dressed in full hospital garb. Rooms were filled with incubators and the wonderful “Mother Cabbage” cabbage patch of newborn babies just waiting for a little shot of ‘Imagicillin’. New ‘moms’ and ‘dads’ were given a lovingly swaddled “Little Person” to love, cherish, and adopt as their very own. Little People were not purchased, but adopted; not made, but delivered. Each doll came with adoption papers.

Then the CRAZE began! In 1982, Xavier Roberts sold mass-marketing rights to Coleco. Coleco kept the same style as the Xavier Roberts originals, except for using vinyl heads on their dolls and making the Cabbage dolls smaller, typically about 16″ versus 24″ for Little People. They renamed these dolls “Cabbage Patch Kids”.

Little People are more desirable than Cabbage Patch dolls, and some Little People dolls are worth more than others. There are a few key factors to look for when evaluating the value of a Little People doll.

  1. Make sure the doll is entirely soft sculpture (no plastic parts)
  2. The tag will say “Xavier Roberts The Little People” on one side and have bathing instructions on the other side.

    Little People tag 1975

  3. They will not have original boxes as the dolls were carried out of Babyland general in their parents’ arms.
  4. They will have a large thumb.
  5. Little People have a signed tush that says ‘Xavier Roberts’ just like Cabbage Patch kids do. But the most desirable Little People have ‘Xavier Roberts signature hand signed with a large X rather than stamped.
  6. They will measure between 18″ – 24″ tall.

    Little People tag 1983

Here are two examples of a Little People signed tush. One is stamped and the other is the highly desired hand written signature.

Stamped tush

Per the original tag instructions from 1983, Bathing instructions are as follows:Dilute small amount of mild liquid detergent in water. Gently scrub dirty area with medium bristle toothbrush dipped in this solution. Wipe using clean water. Blot with a clean terry towel and dry quickly in warm area or use a fan (not a hair dryer). For complete bath contact Babyland General.

To read more about Xavier Roberts, Little People, Cabbage Patch kids and Koosas click here:http://www.squidoo.com/cabbage-patch-furskins-koosas

I sold the doll featured in this article for $100 in May of 2011. He was in very good condition. His clothing was original and also in excellent condition. As you can see from the pictures, his tush tag was intact, and he had a stamped tush. His paperwork was unfortunately missing. He was a lovely doll and a part of the buyer’s treasured collection I am sure to this very day.

I do specialize in Xavier Roberts Little People dolls. I offer appraisals on them, and the Cabbage Patch dolls. Visit the appraisal tab at the top of the page for more information.

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Raggedy Ann and Andy who are they?

30 Nov

Raggedy Ann is a fictional character created by American writer Johnny Gruelle (1880–1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with red yarn for hair and has a triangle nose. The character was created in 1915 as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book Raggedy Ann Stories. A doll was also marketed along with the book to great success. A sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories (1920) introduced the character of her brother, Raggedy Andy, dressed in sailor suit and hat.

Gruelle created Raggedy Ann for his daughter, Marcella, when she brought him an old hand-made rag doll and he drew a face on it. From his bookshelf, he pulled a book of poems by James Whitcomb Riley, and combined the names of two poems, “The Raggedy Man” and “Little Orphant Annie.” He said, “Why don’t we call her Raggedy Ann?”

Marcella died at age 13 after being vaccinated at school for smallpox without her parents’ consent. Authorities blamed a heart defect, but her parents blamed the vaccination. Gruelle became an opponent of vaccination, and the Raggedy Ann doll was used as a symbol by the anti-vaccination movement.

Raggedy Ann dolls were originally handmade. Later, PF Volland, a Gruelle book publisher, made the dolls. In 1935 Volland ceased operation and Ann and Andy were made, under Gruelle’s permission, by Exposition Dolls.

Many manufacterers have made Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls:

  • P.F. Volland Co. 1920-1934
  • Exposition doll and Toy Co. 1934-mid 1935(less than 1 yr. production RARE)
  • Mollye’s Doll Outfitters (without permission) 1935-1938
  • Georgene Novelties 1938-1962
  • Knickerbocker Toy Co. 1963-1982
  • Applause Toy Co./Russ Berrie 1983-present
  • Hasbro/Playskool 1983-Present?
  • Simon and Schuster(books and other media) – Present

Thousands of handmade Raggedy Ann/Andy dolls have been created since the 1940s to present.

McCall’s has produced identical #2531 patterns to present date with only a change in cover design. Simplicity Patterns released a licensed doll pattern for a different design doll that included all 4 sizes in the late 90’s, though the well-known McCall’s Raggedy Ann/Andy pattern was still available. Both patterns are still available today.

Many handmade Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls and some knockoff, clones, look-alike dolls or other items will have the “supposed” trademark I LOVE YOU heart. You can not correctly ID a Raggedy item by this. To correctly ID a Raggedy Ann or Andy item, toy, or doll you must look for a manufacture tag/marking or consult a collector.

While Simon & Schuster and Hasbro claim to own trademarks to the Raggedy Ann and/or Raggedy Ann and Andy names, the original 1915 doll design and 1918 and 1920 books are in the public domain, their copyright having expired. Books and films published after 1950 are protected by copyright.

Raggedy Ann was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2002. Raggedy Andy joined her in 2007.

It appears that many books were released and credited to Johnny Gruelle after his death, regardless of who actually wrote and illustrated them. Noted artist Ethel Hays illustrated most of the stories that were published beginning in 1944 by the Saalfield Publishing Company.


1990 Playskool Raggedy Ann & Andy in Xmas attire unused

We have three very nice Raggedy Ann and Andy items available in our vintage toy store:

Vintage RARE 1960’s Raggedy Ann hand puppet by Gund**

Vintage RARE 1960’s Raggedy Andy hand puppet by Gund**

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