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10 Totally Rad '80s Toys… And Where They Are Now

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Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Doll creator Xavier Roberts sits amongst a group of Cabbage Patch Kids in 1983. Bryn Colton/Getty Images
Cabbage Patch Doll creator Xavier Roberts sits amongst a group of Cabbage Patch Kids in 1983. Bryn Colton/Getty Images

If you had a Cabbage Patch Doll in the early '80s, there's a good chance mom or dad had to dodge a few elbows at the toy store to get it; these soft-bodied dolls with the hard vinyl heads were the hottest ticket in town during 1983's holiday shopping season, and have the dubious honor of being one of the first toys in history to spur toy store fisticuffs. Of course, all that effort was like, totally worth it if it meant you got to adopt your very own baby, complete with mail-away birth certificate that listed your name as the proud parent. By New Year's Day 1984, 3 million of the Kids had flown off the shelves and into hands of real eager real kids [source: Townsend].

Where They Are Now: Babyland General Hospital remains in operation – it's a tourist attraction in North Georgia, a "hospital" the Cabbage Patch creator Xavier Roberts opened. The dolls are still in production, and remain in the popular culture thanks to timely celebrity lookalike dolls. A new line of dolls is planned to debut in late 2015.