Xavier Roberts Little people soft sculpture dolls

6 Jun

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 

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21 Responses to “Xavier Roberts Little people soft sculpture dolls”

  1. Kierstin June 22, 2011 at 4:19 am #

    Hi Katrina, thanks for the informative article! I have a Little People doll who is in mint condition from 1983. She has all her paperwork, nametag is still attached, + a “Cabbage Patch Dispatch,” summer 1983 magazine – and her original diaper! She is a curly haired red-head. She has a stamped signature on her tush. She was meant as a gift to me as a small child – but I didn’t get her till my teens – so she has been safely stored in the plastic bag I got her in – all these years… I did notice today that she does not have shoes – which is odd.

    I was wondering what an appropriate price would be to list her as… I did a little research and it seems these dolls [cloth] vary from $60 – 200. But even at $200 many of the listings indicate “slight wear” on the doll. Mine has none… Is $200 a fair price for a mint Little People doll?

    Alternately, would you happen to know of any sites that Little People collectors frequent?

    Thank you for your help!

    -K

  2. rebecca June 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    I have 1984 I think cabbage patch doll or well little people. Has the Xavier Roberts signature on butt. Has been in plastic. Red hair. Red and white checkered dress with shoes. Please let me know how much its worth. Thanks. Please e-mail me

    • katrina9799 June 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

      Little people are worth ALOT more than your standard cabbage patch dolls made by Coleco.

      The difference being that the Cabbage Patch dolls were mass produced.

      Without pictures and more details it would be very hard for me to say what your doll is worth.

      I recommend visiting a site such as eBay. Type in the details on the tag of your doll: maybe “1984 cabbage patch doll red hair”. Scroll through and find a doll similar to your doll in description, age, condition etc. This will give you an idea what other’s are asking for their dolls. You can also click completed listing located in the left hand side margin.

      Thanks for reading my toy blog! Subscribe today!

  3. Mary Jo Aldrich August 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    I WANT TO SEW A “LITTLE PEOPLE” DOLL FOR MY NEW GREAT GRANDBABY. DOES ANYBODY HAVE A PATTERN FOR ONE. pLEASE LET ME KNOW THE AVAILABILITY AND PRICE. THANK YOU

  4. Rebecca August 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    I have a small soft cabbage patch which has a “sprout” of blond hair on the top of her head. Her bum is signed on the right side in black marker and the left side is stamped. Her cheeks, bum, knees, and arms have a rosy look to them. She has no side tag and her stamp and signature is black ink. She does not have a side body tag. Her entire body is soft~even her head. I can send a photo if you would like to see her. She is wearing a yellow floral dress with bloomers and a diaper with diaper pins on both sides. Thanks for any info!

    • katrina9799 September 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

      Hello! How interesting! A signed & stamped tush are certainly in the realm of possibility as I believe I read that Xavier Roberts did sign some of the stamped tushes……….no tags could mean some mis-guided child or adult removed them. Send me pictures if you’d like; I’d love to take a peek at your doll!
      katrina9799shouseholdvariety@yahoo.com is the address to send your pictures. Thanks for visiting my blog:)

      Katrina

  5. Nikki Williamson September 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    I have an original Xavier Roberts Little People Doll circa 1982 with adoption paperwork, authinticity tag and autographed stamped butt. She is in great condition (has been in plastic for many years) I am wanting to sell her as I never had children of my own to pass her on to. I have researched on Ebay and they aren’t selling well. Any suggestions?

    • katrina9799 September 22, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      Hello!

      The little people dolls are selling better than the mass produced cabbage patch dolls are, but you are indeed correct that they are not selling as well as we would like. The dolls dated in the late 1970’s are more desired, as well as the dolls with the ‘favored’ thumb and signed (rather than stamped) tush.

      I just looked up a comparable doll to yours and it sold for $76.00. These dolls are worth more than this in my opinion.

      I suggest plenty of pictures and a detailed description as well as a fixed price-not auction. Set your price at least 10% over the highest auction of a comparable doll. Then you have to be prepared to sit back and wait. Sometimes wait a very long time to get you asking price. Sorry, there is no magic.

      Good luck to you:)

  6. andrea Young November 24, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    i have a doll from 1977. signed by xavier roberts. do you know what they are worth

    • katrina9799 December 4, 2011 at 11:33 am #

      Values vary with type of signature, condition of the doll, and accessories present.
      Go to eBay and type the item into the search window, click completed listings. Then scroll through and find the dolls that are similar to your doll in type, accessories, and condition. Then you will have an idea of what your doll is worth.
      Thanks for visitng katrina’s toy blog:)

  7. Britiny Clark January 8, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Hi Katrina,

    I Have three Xavier Roberts Soft Sculpture little people Dolls. I love them, and would never part with them. Two are 22″ and one is around 25″ and all are in mint condition. My question is, I would love a couple more dresses, similar to the pretty lace vintage ones they are wearing. I’ve visited Baby Land, but they are mostly modern day clothes now, and several websites and even ebay. These adorable Lacey dresses, that most of these originals were purchased in, are so hard to find now. I haven’t tried human baby clothes yet, as I know the neck circumference of the little people is rather large. Do you have any suggestions where I could find these fancy little dresses to fit my Little People. Thanks so much Katrina.
    -Britiny

    • katrina9799 January 8, 2012 at 7:42 am #

      Hello!
      It seems that there is a void in the marketplace for these little people clothes. Your best bet is to find a talented seamstress who can make a pattern from your original little people dresses and make more for you. I am sorry that I cannot be of more assistance.
      This would be a great business idea for a talented seamstress because, as you know, there is not a source of clothing available for these wonderful dolls.
      Thanks for visiting katrina’s toy blog:)

      • Britiny Clark January 8, 2012 at 9:22 am #

        Hi Katrina,
        Good idea…..In fact, I know a wonderful seamstress that’s very affordable, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this myself. That way I can have them made exactly how I want them. Thank’s so much! Have a Great Day!
        -Britiny

  8. felicia abrams June 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    well i seem to be a little baffle, because little cpk, little people or fake doll i have has xavier siganute on the right side of her tush, and inprinted on her vinyl in the back of her head 2004 OAA Inc Play Along PA-4 N …so is this a knock off , since it appears it was also made in china…i didn’t have a dollar , but when i do i won’t forget to hit you off ….baffled lady…thanks

  9. samantha showers July 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Hello I am asking for some help. I have several dolls from Xavier Roberts and I wanted to see if anyone could help me out as far as what they would be worth. I have 1 1981 New Ears Edition with all the paperwork and in excellent condition. 1 1982 Little Person Premier with all paperwork and in excellent condition. 1 1986 Twin Edition (set of two) all paperwork in excellent condition. 1 1989 Twin Edition (set of two asiain twins) original signed by Mr Roberts. I have had to have some surgeries and now am in need of some money so if anyone is interested in purching I can also post photos. Thank you.

  10. Joanie September 24, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    Hi Katrina,

    I have 11 people pals , 2 toddler standing edition, and the Grand Edition which are all in excellent condition. I would like to know what the worth is. Can you tell me how I can send their pictures to you? I would really like to know what they are worth. All from the early 80’s. I also have several cloth cabbage patches. I think in total I have about 30-40 dolls.

  11. Lisa February 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Hi Katrina, I have Little People doll, she is about 24″ tall,has the thumb that you referred to in your article. She has blond pig tails and a stamped bottom. The tag says The Little People soft sculptures 1978 and the signature on the tag looks to be in gold or bronze not black (it has a metallic look to it). I was wondering what she is worth?

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