When I was a little girl growing up in the 80s, Strawberry Shortcake was one of my favorite characters, right up there with My Little Pony. ;) Even though I never had any of the small dolls, I did have a few other Strawberry Shortcake items, and even had a Strawberry Shortcake-themed birthday party on my third birthday (as I shared in my previous post). So I guess it's no surprise that Strawberry Shortcake dolls and toys eventually worked their way in with my other collections. :)
Here are some pictures from my collection, obtained mostly through eBay and thrift stores. I also have some SSC tins, books, and other items, but for today I thought I'd focus on the dolls and figures.
Here is my entire collection from the Kenner era.
Back row: Angel Cake figure, Burrito (Cafe Ole's pet), Custard (Strawberry Shortcake's pet), Jelly Bear (Butter Cookie's pet). Figures in front: Mint Tulip and Marsh Mallard, Cherry Cuddler and Gooseberry, Apple Dumplin' (on her sled).
Back row (next to Jelly Bear): Blueberry Muffin figure, Hopsalot (Apricot's pet), Lime Chiffon figure, Souffle Skunk (Angel Cake's pet). Figures in front: Lemon Meringue, Lemon Meringue with Frappe Frog, Apricot with Hopsalot, Strawberry Shortcake.
Strawberry Shortcake, Apple Dumplin', Orange Blossom with Marmalade (in box)
Lemon Meringue and Huckleberry Pie
One of my more recent finds was this adorable Kenner Orange Blossom doll, still in the box. Someone on eBay was getting rid of her, and I got her for a very reasonable price.
Other views of the box:
Most of my figures came with this "Wonderful World of Strawberry Shortcake" display case. My mom and I found this at our local mall when there was an antique show there.
The display case unlatches and opens.
It has two shelves and cute artwork on the back wall.
Each of the shelves has these little pegs...
...and each of the figures has a little hole in the bottom. The holes fit over the pegs to hold the figures in place.
-Pupcake (for Huckleberry Pie)
-Frappe Frog (for Lemon Meringue)
-Tea Time Turtle (for Apple Dumplin')
-Angel Cake doll (for Souffle Skunk)
This is my one and only item from the THQ line. :) I actually was never that interested in the THQ releases, but my mom found this adorable Lime Chiffon, still in her package, at an antique store, and I thought she'd be a fun addition to my collection.
She comes with an extra outfit.
It was really neat seeing the back of her box and all of the stock photos there.
There's the blow-kiss doll I had on the right! :)
-Any of the Strawberry Shortcakes from this line (deboxed) :)
My Bandai collection is fairly small, too. I have Strawberry Shortcake and her pet cat Custard (purchased on eBay), Apple Dumplin', and a "Berry Sweet Wearables" Strawberry Shortcake and strawberry charm (all found at Goodwill).
-One character (doesn't matter who) still in the box :)
I don't actually have any Playmates Strawberry Shortcake dolls yet, but Oldest Gal has started collecting them. Here are her two dolls. This used to be one of my least favorite lines, but it's grown on me after my research. ;) Since I now have at least one doll from every other line, I've decided I'd like to find at least one Playmates doll to join the party. :)
-Flavor Swirl Strawberry Shortcake (to debox)
-One other character (doesn't matter which) NIB
The Hasbro line is one of my very favorites, so I have a lot from this era. :) (It helped that this was the line that was still available in stores when I started collecting.) ;)
Lemon Meringue, Orange Blossom, Strawberry Shortcake
Blueberry Muffin, Plum Pudding
This is one of my most exciting dolls of the collection. Raspberry Torte was only produced two times by Hasbro in this size, and as such is super hard to find (you can easily pay $50 or more for a Raspberry Torte in good shape on eBay). This particular doll was in a lot on eBay for a great price. I'm so happy to have all six of the friends in both sizes! :)
Lemon Meringue, Orange Blossom, Strawberry Shortcake
Raspberry Torte (another rare figure), Blueberry Muffin, Plum Pudding
Plum Pudding, Strawberry Shortcake, Custard, Orange Blossom, and Lemon Meringue figures. I'd love to eventually find the Raspberry Torte and Blueberry Muffin figures that go with these. :) The Custard actually goes with the posable figures, but I put her in front so she would be more visible.
This is my amazing San Diego Comic Con exclusive Strawberry Shortcake doll from 2010, purchased on eBay after the fact.
The box has a shiny strawberry icon and opens with two flaps that fit over each other.
I love this doll because of her incredibly detailed outfit and accessories. Plus, she has Custard with her! To the best of my knowledge, Custard was never produced for this size doll in the Hasbro play line.
I have a lot of pictures of this particular doll, but I'll save them for another review post.
-Blueberry Muffin and Raspberry Torte figures to go with my others
-Bloomin' Berry Garden Orange Blossom (still in the box)
The Bridge Direct:
Strawberry Shortcake is my only doll from this era so far. I don't have a wishlist yet. I'd like to see what else they come up with first! :) I'd love it if they'd release a non-rock star Raspberry Torte doll, since she has my favorite scent (and the rock star Raspberry Torte doll still smelled yummy).
The Whole Gang:
Collecting Strawberry Shortcake dolls is something I really enjoy. It brings me back to my childhood and how much I loved SSC then. :) I love the bright colors and yummy scents these dolls have.
I'm excited to see what the future will hold for the line. Hopefully, the dolls from The Bridge Direct will be successful and Strawberry Shortcake will continue to delight little girls for years to come. :)