Now there is a new official website with the newest line of Strawberry Shortcake dolls, featuring an all new take on the original characters. There is also a new character named Ginger Snap, perhaps to bring a Hispanic-like representation to the line. It seems that BanDai will be releasing the new line of dolls, which I found particularly interesting! It was a nice suprise, personally, BanDai has released some cute dolls from the anime scene.
This toy, actually, has been around since 1979, one year before the bizarre, profound, and wild-style 80's was born. The transition from 1979 to the 1980's is seen in this doll and dolls produced within the next seven years or more. The concept of Strawberry Shortcake is a little red-headed girl and her friends caring for Strawberry Land when the Berry Princess left it under the care of Strawberry Shortcake and her companions. Each one has name relating to berries or pastries and an appropriately named pet. For example, Strawberry Shortcake with Custard, Angel Cake with Souffle, Cafe Ole with Burrito, Almond Tea with Marza.
In 1985, the Berry Princess was released with her story of her visit to Strawberry Land. "A beautiful enchanting princess has arrived in Strawberryland on a pink cloud of Berry Dust. She has long blonde hair, a magic wand, and wears a glistening pink gown. And with her magic palette of Fruit Scent, she and her special friends, the Berrykins, give the fruit and flowers their wonderful smells. No wonder Strawberryland is the sweetest place!" The box contained one doll, palette, wand, posing stand and she had a palette filled with Fruit Scented perfume for you to wear.
At the same time this Strawberry Shortcake Strawberrykin dolls were made. The one in my Berry Princess picture was being auctioned at $10 but when I saw the bid it read $150!! For an absolute mint item like this, I am not surprised. Doll comes in her see thru window display box, dated 1985, produced by Kenner.
MIB Berry Princess
MIB Berrykin Back of Card
New 2003 Strawberry Shortcake, DVD edition
New 2003 Strawberry Shortcake
New 2003 Angel Cake
New 2003 Orange Blossom
The History of Strawberry Shortcake
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