Dolly Report: Polly Pocket (G1)

Originally created by Bluebird Toys, G1 Polly Pockets debuted in 1989 and ran for ten successful years.  Seen as the girls answer to ‘Mighty Max’, the concept of Polly Pocket was simple and super cute.  Polly came in a compact case that when opened looked like a house, diner, safari home, pet shop, vet– you name it, Polly had it… Polly and her friends, hard plastic figures less than an inch tall,  fit perfectly in the tiny environment!  The compacts came in all shapes and sizes, just like the Polly and her friends came in different outfits, colors, and hair styles.

While not exactly a ‘doll’, I grew up on Polly Pockets.  How can you not adore them?  The miniature environments and figures are just too cute. Plus, they’re easy to store.  Mine currently reside in a bag hiding by my dresser, waiting until I get a shelf to display them.

In 1990, Bluebird was bought by Mattel, who changed Polly a lot.  Mattel began making her out of a more pliable plastic, made her a bit taller, and gave her rooted hair in some cases. My personal preference will always lean towards liking the originals more than the current re-incarnation (G3).  While the current line is cute (and I do own a few), the mini’s have charm that the large ones just don’t have.  Plus, they have the added benefit of being easy to store/display!!! (Can I stress that enough?!)

I took my Polly’s out for a bit today for a few quick photoshoots.  Here’s what came out of it!

Encore! Polly
This is one of my favorite sets!  It’s stage area is really well done and I love the piano player!


Painter Polly
I like this hat shop playset, as well! The Polly is really cute!  The detail is great, too!  Notice the paint brushes and paint on the base by Pollys’ feet!(At least, I think it’s the hat shop playset!)

Time to Swim! Polly

This set was swimming themed. Notice the bathing suits and the beach ball!


Polly playsets even included fun moving pieces and differently shaped figures, like these kids!

A few more photo’s are posted on my Flickr account (link on sidebar). Are you a Polly Collector? Do you have a fun Polly memory? Share it below! As always, thanks for checking out the blog! Subscribe via e-mail for fantastic auto updates!


January 26, 2011. Tags: . Uncategorized.


  1. Christian Stricker replied:

    Get the all new Polly Pocket collecting guide in 4 volumes for FREE online on the iTunes store of Apple for your iPad: This is the first serious collectors guide for Pollys including an individual ID-number for each Polly, pics of the mint in box version, open version and all figures and add-ons. Volume 4 also shows you all the Disney Pollys ever made. With this guide you can swap, buy and sell Pollys allover the world and the scarcity even tells you the estimated actual street-price of each Polly. Have as many thrilling hours learning everything about all the Pollys made 1989-2002 as I had and happy hunting as a collector!
    To get this guide on your iPad open the iTunes app store of Apple, select “books” and enter “Christian Stricker” in the search field (as the author) and download all 4 volumes as iBooks for your iPad.

    • Anonymous replied:

      Hi Christian sticker. Could you send me by mail your polly pocket books ? Thanks a lot.

  2. Anonymous replied:

    I have a lot of these little displays, all were second hand though so none of them are complete but I really love them and hope I can find more of them in the future!

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Nice to meet another Polly Pocket collector! There isn’t anything wrong with having a piece that isn’t complete. That just means it was/is well loved!

  3. Sui Generis replied:

    This blog is sooooooo cute! Thank you.


    The Queen…

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