Watch out, the 90’s are back! Do you remember playing with Polly Pockets? Most “90’s Kids” remember the colorful compact shells that were pack filled with dolls and accessories. Each shell containing its own unique world. With over 350 varying sets released chances are you or someone you knew had one in their pocket at some point. These little one-inch dolls took the toy aisle by storm, but their original takeover lasted for only a decade.
Launched in 1989 by Bluebird, Polly Pocket was an immediate children’s favorite but a parent’s nightmare. With multiple collections, tiny accessories, dolls and even an occasional fury friend, parts were difficult to keep track of.
Before Mattel took over the company in 1998 the dolls stood at a whopping 1 inch high. It’s a wonder how they were so easy to lose. Since Mattel took over Bluebird they made not only the compact sets also the dolls larger. With dolls now standing between 1 ¼ and 1 ½ inches high.
Mark your calendars because Mattel has scheduled a Polly Pocket relaunch for the Summer of 2018. The collections are bigger and brighter. The dolls are more detailed. The worlds are more interactive. There may even be a new cartoon made. Polly Pockets’ may be compact, but these little toys are a big deal.
The Best Polly Pockets Dolls and Sets Reviewed in 2018
Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Polly Pockets Dolls and Sets on Our List
Polly Pockets are a 90’s classic that are rightfully making their way back in to the spotlight. Their small designs and fun and charming. They offer a variety of themed sets. They are considered “totally collectible”. You can mix and match most accessories, connect some sets/collections, even mount certain ones on the wall.
Since Polly Pockets are rumored to be making a comeback this year we aimed to provide you with a list of products that can get your collection growing fast. A main component to growing a collection is acquiring many accessories. We wanted to focus on sets and collections that offered the most mix and match potential along with those that were highly rated. Another component is doll variety. What good is it to have a collection with just the same doll? Though there are not a lot of Polly dolls we tried to provide you with the most variety possible while keeping quality in mind.
Polly Pockets are a fun, imaginative, care free way to play! They encourage creativity and promote individuality. The sets/collections are interactive, and play is not restricted too just the floor! The wall mounted sets help keep play area’s clean and walk ways toy free. When it comes to Polly Pocket’s, the options really are endless. Playtime will always be full of adventure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When were Polly Pockets first released?
A: Polly Pockets were first released in 1989. They were first designed in 1983 By Chris Wiggs who is said to have designed them for his daughter.
Q: Does Bluebird still own Polly Pocket?
A: No. Mattel is now the owner of Polly Pocket. They took over in 1998. It was at this time that they started making height changes to the dolls.
Q: How many sets were originally created:
A: Originally, Bluebird created roughly 350 Polly Pocket sets. These are the sets that are now considered “valuable”. These pieces have the original 1inch sizing compared to the larger sized dolls we see now days.
Q: When was the relaunch announced?
A: On February 12, 2018 it was announced that Polly Pocket would be relaunching later in the year along with a new upcoming Polly Pocket cartoon. The rumored relaunch date is sometime during June of 2018. In the years leading up to the relaunch Polly Pocket has created an interactive website for their fans. Included on the site is links to games, videos and all things Polly World!
Q: Is Polly the only Polly Pocket doll?
A: No. Polly Pocket has many friends. In the newer set you will find her most popular pals Lila, Lea and Crissy. In older sets (during Bluebirds ownership) it was more common to have Polly with one of her friends in a set. Some of the featured friends included Emma, Gillian and Tawny.
Q: Are my Polly Pockets worth anything?
A: Yes and no. It depends if your set was made before or after Mattel took over Bluebird. The original sets made when Bluebird owned Polly Pocket are considered the most collectable and valuable. If you are unsure when your doll was made refer to the date that should be printed on the bottom of your doll. Do keep in mind, back what Bluebird was in business they would often send out packs of replacement dolls. These dolls were not dated on the bottom, so it is harder to track down their origin.
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