Dolly Review: 35th Anniversary Strawberry Shortcake

2015 marked the 35th anniversary of Strawberry Shortcake. To celebrate, The Bridge Direct released two throwback dolls I know some of you will love! These were sent to me for review from The Bridge Direct. The Bridge Direct took care not to ignore the significant anniversary and even celebrated it during Toy Fair 2015.

The first doll we’ll discuss today is the 6″ Strawberry Shortcake Classic Doll. It looks identical to Kenner’s original Strawberry Shortcake doll, right down to the window on the packaging and signature strawberry scent! Strawberry Shortcake was a big deal in the early 80’s. Not being born until the end of 1983, I didn’t have many Strawberry Shortcake dolls. (See some early commercials here!)My favorites were the larger baby dolls that blew kisses in the characters token scent. But, these 6″ ones are what most people think about when one mentions Strawberry Shortcake dolls and for good reason– they’re adorable! (The Butter Cookie Baby is not part of the new reproductions, but one of the originals from my mom’s collection.)

35th Anniversary Strawberry Shortcake

This reproduction doll was crafted to be as close to the original release as possible. Like the original releases, she has straight hands (not curved like the later releases), a freckled face and comes dressed in her classic strawberry themed outfit.

35th Anniversary Strawberry Shortcake

35th Anniversary Strawberry Shortcake

The only thing that’s missing is the comb that came with the original release. As reproduction products go, this is a great one. The Bridge Direct made a wise choice in trying to keep this as true to the original as possible!

35th Anniversary Strawberry Shortcake

The second doll released to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Strawberry Shortcake is equally as cute. It’s a large Strawberry Shortcake Rag Doll! She’s 15″, stuffed and looks as close as she possibly could to the rag doll released in 1980! It’s huggable, bright and smells of strawberries!

35 Anniversary Strawberry Shortcake

35th Anniversary Strawberry Shortcake

The Bridge Direct did a great job on both of these dolls. If you’re a fan of Strawberry Shortcake, you’ll want to take a look at these. The strawberry smell alone will bring you back to 1980 (in a good way). You can find these 35th Anniversary edition reproduction Strawberry Shortcake dolls online and possibly at your local toy store.

What do you think of these two adorable products? If they did more throwback dolls, would you buy them? Who was your favorite character in the original Strawberry Shortcake line? Share your thoughts below!


April 6, 2016. Tags: . Uncategorized.


  1. Iphis of Scyros replied:

    I would totally get more of these if they made them! I think Strawberry Shortcake was one of the doll lines my mother allowed me to get earliest (she wouldn’t let me have a Barbie until I was 7 or 8, because she thought it would give me all sorts of negative body images and such (and yet she let me watch movies and television!)), so even though I don’t think I played with them for all that long, they were pretty important to me.

    I picked up the small reproduction the first time I saw her, in my local Target last year, but I passed on the rag doll the first time I saw her, thinking it wasn’t done too well, and was priced a little too high. It was like eight months before I saw another one! And that time, of course, I snapped it up! (Oddly, saw both in the same place: Barnes & Noble. Not really the venue I’d have expected.) I haven’t decided yet if I want to leave the rag doll in the protective packaging or open her…

    I think my favorite doll as a girl was Blueberry Muffin, but I managed to get a vintage one at some point, so I don’t need a reproduction there as much as in other places. (Naturally, all I still have of my authentic childhood dolls are about four shoes — none of which match each other — some clothes hangers, and a raincoat. And probably some combs.) What I’d really love to see is a reproduction of the plush Orange Blossom. She was the only plush doll I had in the line as a kid.

    I wish more people trying to capitalize on ’80s nostalgia would do it this well…

  2. pleasentpossibilities replied:

    I Love the strawberry shortcake dolls but I’m not really fond of reproductions. I spend a lot of time in thrift stores keeping an eye for any strawberry shortcake s I can find. As a result I currently have 29 of them.
    I got one at a doll show and some from a garage sale last year but the rest are from value village etc…Some are duplicate but made by the different companies. I think the contrast of their designs are interesting.
    Just yesterday, I found the. Bandai version of SS and Apple Dumpling from 2002, sealed in their box (they didn’t stay there!). I only paid $5!!
    Thanks so much for reviewing one of my most favorite dolls. I always enjoy your articles.

  3. Joey replied:

    What a great little insight into the history of Strewberry Shortcake. Had no idea they’d been making her for so long. Please check out my doll review channel on YouTube and let me know what you think! –

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