Cabbage Patch Kids celebrate 25 years

New additions to the CPK family kick off the year-long celebration.
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Cabbage Patch Kids’ property owner Original Appalachian Artworks has joined with master toy licensee Play Along and licensing agent 4Kids Entertainment to bring about new products and partnerships in celebration of the Cabbage Patch Kids 25th anniversary.

Play Along, a division of Jakks Pacific, together with US firm, Celebration Foods and the Carvel brand, will launch the Fun to Feed Baby, which licks the Carvel ice cream and comes with its own name, birth certificate, adoption papers and face washer. It is expected to retail in the US for $22.99.

Launching this autumn will be The Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kids, which will replica the original 1983 Kids. The new products will feature a 25th Anniversary signature of the creator Xavier Roberts and commemorative, silver stamped anniversary birth certificates and adoption papers. The Anniversary CPK are expected to retail for $29.99.

Xavier Roberts said: “It is rewarding to hear stories about the joy Cabbage Patch Kids continue to bring to their families after 25 years.”

David Gold, marketing VP for Play Along said: “Cabbage Patch Kids have become a cultural phenomenon. In 2008, consumers will fall in love all over again with the collection of new and nostalgic Kids we will be offering for CPK fans throughout the year.”

Alfred Kahn, Chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment said: “We are delighted to celebrate the success of the Cabbage Patch Kids, which for 25 years has stood as one of the most successful toy brands of all time. Our licensing, promotional and retail partners will make 2008 a banner year for this iconic property and introduce a whole new generation of fans to this American classic.”

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