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Polly Pockets

Updated on March 25, 2013

Polly Pockets Toys for Girls!

Polly Pockets are the most innovative toys created for girls in the last half century at least! The older variety is made by Blue Bird toys and the newer modern versions are made by Mattel.

The Blue Bird Polly Pockets consist of small locket toys-similar to a make-up powder compact, that open to tiny doll houses. Very tiny dolls about the length of a thumb nail came with these lockets.

These Polly Pockets have incredilble details-even though their size is diminutive! These tiny houses inside the lockets almost always came with tiny move-able parts!

Blue Bird toys also created small houses that could be added together to make tiny villages! Churches, houses, saloons, daycare centers-there are so many!! The buildings also had move-able parts. Some of the building also had parts that lit up!!

The best thing about these toys is that because of their small size, they are highly portable. Girls could finally take their dolls and doll house with them wherever they went!

The history of Polly Pockets

Polly Pocket is a 1990s toy line of miniature dolls and accessories. The name comes from the fact that many of the original Polly Pocket dolls came in pocket-size cases. The current Fashion Polly dolls sold by Mattel differ significantly from those originally sold by Bluebird Toys. The original Bluebird dolls were less than one inch tall and made of hard plastic. Mattel's are two to three inches tall and are composed of a pliable plastic with soft rubberized clothing and fashion accessories.

Polly was first designed by Chris Wiggs in 1983 for his daughter Kate. Using a powder compact, he fashioned a small house for the tiny doll. Bluebird Toys of Swindon, England licensed the concept and the first Polly Pocket appeared in stores in 1989. Mattel held a distribution arrangement with Bluebird Toys for Polly Pocket items in the early-1990s. In 1998, while production lulled, Bluebird Toys endured several hostile take-over attempts until Mattel finally purchased them later that year.

In 1999, Mattel redesigned Polly and created a new series of collectible items. The new Polly doll is larger and has a more life-like appearance than the original dolls. That same year, Mattel also introduced Fashion Polly!, which used the same characters from the new Polly Pocket (Polly, Lea, Shani, Lila, etc.), but they came in the form of 3 ¾ inch (9.5 cm) plastic jointed dolls. They gave a new spin on fashion dolls; instead of traditional cloth clothing, Polly Pockets used unique "Polly Stretch" garments, created by Genie Toys, rubbery plastic clothes that could be put on the dolls and removed. Polly also has clip on clothes that are made of thin, hard plastic. They clip together using magnets embedded in the plastic. There are also some boy dolls (Rick, Steven, etc.) Like Barbie and Bratz dolls, they also star in Polly Pocket videos, books, and sites.

Vintage Polly Pocket Lockets and buildings for sale! - Made by Blue Bird Toys

These items are used vintage Polly Pocket Lockets and buildings made by Bluebird Toys in the late 1980's through the mid 1990's. They have been inspected for missing or broken pieces and have been found to be in good to excellent condition!

Polly Pocket TV commercials

Katrina's Toys

We specialize in vintage Polly Pockets!

At Katrina's Toys we are constantly scouring all of our great local suppliers amassed over the years looking for those coveted and rare Polly Pocket Lockets, Houses, dolls, and accessories so that we can offer them up for you in 'one' convenient location!

Visit us at www.katrinastoys.com

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