See Collectible Cabbage Patch Kids At The Legendary FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue
“The gallery honors the legacy of FAO Schwarz as a purveyor of extraordinary toys and a brand synonymous with quality and innovation. Cabbage Patch Kids were invited to participate because they are one of the most recognized brands in the world,” said Sr. PR Manager Bob Friedland.
Launching a year of celebration and recognition for the storied retailer, Frederick August Otto Schwarz, founder of the famed toy store, was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame by the Toy Industry Association (TIA) on Feb. 11, 2012.
These special Cabbage Patch Kids will be on display at FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue through Tuesday, April 10 alongside more than 25 of the best known toy brands ever created such as G.I. JOE, Playmobil, Silly Putty, and Mr. Potato Head. Those that are not able to go to FAO Schwarz can still see the Cabbage Patch Kids in “A Gallery of Historic Toys” online at FAO.com.
One of the special babies on display is Otis Lawton. He is a hand-stitched, Original Cabbage Patch Kid from the archives of Cabbage Patch Kid Creator Xavier Roberts. Delivered as a work of art, Otis Lawton has a Birth Certificate and Adoption Papers as his “Certificate of Authenticity”.
Following the official change in name from Little People® to Cabbage Patch Kids® in 1982, Otis Lawton belongs to the first hand-sculpted edition of Original Cabbage Patch Kids released by Original Appalachian Artworks, Xavier Robert’s company. Otis Lawton is a namesake of Otis Lee. Considered priceless, the real Otis Lee, is the only adopted son of Xavier Roberts and makes appearances during special occasions at BabyLand General® Hospital, Home of the Cabbage Patch Kids in Cleveland, Ga. Other early, highly collectible babies from the period have been “re-adopted” for as much as $30,000 to $50,000.
Delila Lorinda is one of the first 1983 toy versions of Cabbage Patch Kids from the archives of Original Appalachian Artworks Inc. That year the adoptable, vinyl-faced toy version of Cabbage Patch Kids made history as the most successful doll launch ever. Even with the delivery of 2.5 million babies, the Cabbage Patch could not meet the demand.