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.
Make sure the doll is entirely soft sculpture (no plastic parts)
The tag will say “Xavier Roberts The Little People” on one side and have bathing instructions on the other side.They will not have original boxes as the dolls were carried out of Babyland general in their parents’ arms.They will have a large thumb.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.
They will measure between 18″ – 24″ tall.