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2023 Inductee into The National Toy Hall of Fame

Coleco kid with a birth certificate beside her

CLEVELAND, Ga. (2023)- The Cabbage Patch Kids® were inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York. Celebrating their 40th Birthday, The Cabbage Patch Kids Brand made history in 1983, and went on record as the most successful new doll in the history of the Toy Industry. Artist, entrepreneur, and creator Xavier Roberts said, “It was a special honor that the Kids have been inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame. The Strong Museum understands the importance of play as a way to share love unconditionally, individuality, multicultural play and the celebration of being one-of-a-kind. These cornerstones are so important to the imagination and compassion in a child’s development through role playing.” “I want to especially thank all the local people who supported me in the very beginning -- without them Cabbage Patch Kids never would have become the international success it is today,” Roberts said. Chris Bensch, VP of Collections and chief curator at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, explained how toys are selected for induction each year. Criteria includes parents and kids that have grown up playing with the toy. Second is recognizability. Third is great play value: learning, creativity, discovery and socialization. The Strong Museum is a collection of historical materials devoted to play. This Annual Award started in 1998.

Michael Little

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