Tuesday, May 21, 2013

History of 18" Battat Dolls

Battat has been in business since 1897. For more than 114 years, it has been a family-run business that values family above all else. Their motto has always been to supply toys at affordable prices, keeping in mind that every toy made has to have some redeeming value for children using it. Battat toys have always had an educational value, whether it is didactic or nurturing, or collecting and creating worlds for children playing with them.

"Our Generation isn't just about a doll or a book or even a fantastic miniature tea set. It's about girls growing up together and creating the narrative of an extraordinary generation. And parents who understand the pressures of being a girl more than any generation of parents before them.

Our Generation is about girls helping girls who are less fortunate because they want to and because they know they can. It’s about quality dolls at prices aimed to not exclude anyone." (Battat)

Our Generation dolls are widely available at Target and are affordable priced $22 - $35.  They are great for a little girl's first 18" doll. The hair is not as bad as some of the other American Girl knock offs. The vinyl is very soft and they have cloth bodies stuffed with foam rubber. Some of the earlier dolls had a plastic skeleton interior so they could bend their arms and legs in order to ride horses.
Just Magic
 In 1998 Battat released a collection of five dolls under the name Collector's Lane Kids. These friends were Elizabeth, Vanessa, Sheri, and Rachel. They were dressed in denim outfits and shoes made of rubbery plastic (or fabric for slippers). The dolls are smaller than American Girl.
etsy

 
 
Kay and Lyn
 What I find so great is that in 1998 there used to be a boy doll named Jack. He was included in the five Collector's Lane Kids.

Courtesy: Just Magic

2 comments:

  1. Groovy! We have a custom Our Generation Battat boy named Danny. He used to be a girl, but he was rewigged and repainted to be a boy. He's a lot happier that way.

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  2. I need to know the name of our battat doll. She has Brown hair and green eyes and I think she was from 2005 to 2012.

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