Tuesday, May 21, 2013

History of 18" Battat Dolls

Battat has been in business since 1897. Battat is a family-owned business that is 114 years old and has been in North America for over 40 years. Maison Joseph Battat headquarters are in Montreal, QC, Canada. 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 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. 


Kay and Lyn

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


Courtesy: Just Magic


  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.

  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.

  3. Hi, I found a nib collectors lane name Jack and a baseball n cowboy outfit nib too.

  4. Oh my gosh, I have Jack! I bought him at a thrift store for 2 dollars, and always thought he was a girl doll and someone cut the wig!

  5. I need to buy jack for my son..where can I buy him?

    1. I found mine on ebay. Sometimes he shows up at Goodwill.com

  6. I have a Jack doll for sale!

  7. I have a battat doll marked 1998 on back of neck. She had blonde hair and has blue eyes. Her hair was long but severely damaged so my daughter cut it all off. Wondering which doll she could be.

  8. I have a 1998 battat doll with auburn red hair. She has lines down both front and back of her legs due to the molding process and are very heavy. Could this be one of the original first made that year? I would really love to know more about her!

  9. I have a 1999 Jack's baseball outfit brand new .. all original packing & still in box For Sale includes bat & shoes & cap

  10. I have a Battat doll who has long blonde curled hair in a pony tail. She has green eyes and is wearing a white and pink blouse, denim skirt with red/white gingham along the bottom and has on red shoes with a white heart in them. Does anyone know her name or other information about when she was made? She has Battat on her neck but no number.