A doll with a hard vinyl head and soft body. Developed from a soft sculpture doll designed by Xavier Roberts, Cabbage Patch dolls were launched in 1983, selling almost three million by the end of the following year. The original soft sculpture 'adoptable' doll was the concept of Martha Nelson Thomas. Cabbage Patch dolls were inspired by Thomas's dolls and dolls with vinyl heads and soft bodies were mass produced initially by Coleco and subsequently by Hasbro (1988), Mattel (1994), Toys 'R' Us Kids (2001), Play Along Toys (2003), Jakks Pacific (2011) and currently Wicked Cool Toys. At the height of their popularity a Cabbage Patch doll was the 'must have' Christmas gift. This example has a soft polyester body and vinyl head and was manufactured by Mattel in the 1990s. This doll wears a blue and white knitted all-in-one suit and has a tuft of dark brown hair on top of the head. It has an open, mouth, and wide open printed blue eyes. A signature of Xavier Roberts is printed on the back of the doll.