Rated as one of Time Magazine’s ‘All-Time 100 Greatest Toys,’ Polly Pocket has captivated young girls across the world since her creation in 1989. The toy’s creator, Chris Wiggs, used a powder compact to create a toy for his daughter Kate that she could carry around just like her mother and her make-up. Originally licensed through the company Bluebird Toys of Swindon, England, the company was then purchased by Mattel in 1998.
The sale of Polly and friends led to a makeover of the toys with Polly now larger than the original and looking more realistic. Mattel also released Fashion Polly Pocket, complete with bendable joints and ‘Polly Stretch’ clothing, as well as the magnetic ‘Polly World’ line for Polly and her friends. Polly even has her own YouTube channel, sharing her adventures with children the world over.
If you grew up playing with Polly and friends, and are still holding onto your childhood favourites, we’ve got great news – today’s collectors are willing to pay a pretty penny for these memories of days gone by! Of course, this would mean that you would have had to keep track of that tiny little doll, a task that was sometimes difficult due to her small size! If you still have any of the following Polly Pocket compacts it may be time to consider parting ways!
*Note – All currency rates have been calculated using exchange rates at the time the article was written*
Polly Pocket Sparkling Mermaid (1995) – $495 USD
Polly Pocket Jewel Case (1997) – $944.62 USD
Polly Pocket Hair Stylin’ Salon and Mr Fry’s Restaurant (1990) – $799
Polly Pocket Birthday Surprise (1994) – $1180.73 USD
Pollyville Watermill Cottage (1994) – $499 USD
Disney Alice In Wonderland and Little Mermaid sets (1996) – $1928.40 USD
Polly Pocket Jewel Magic Ball (1996) – $1023.30 USD
Polly Pocket Dolphin Fun Island (1997) – $479 USD
Interested in checking out Polly Pocket’s adventures on YouTube? Visit her channel here!
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