Cabbage Patch Kids were all the rage in 1984

A Cabbage Patch Kid was every young girl's dream in 1984.

The cultural icon of the times burst on to the US market at Christmas 1983, causing mayhem in stores as parents fought over limited stock.

The phenomenon spread to Australia and other parts of the world in following months.

Oatley Public School pupil Kacey-Lee was pictured on the front page of the Leader with "her constant companion and look-alike friend Karen Audley" ahead of the school fete where they would meet up with other Cabbage Patch dolls and friends attending a ballet and tea party.

Cabbage Patch Kids came with a "birth certificate" and adoptive parents were told no two looked the same.

Much cheaper imitation versions soon appeared, leading to police raids on markets.

An Australian firm created a local version of the doll called Raddish Babies, leading to a Federal Court battle.

The creator of Cabbage Patch Kids, Xavier Roberts, became a millionaire at 28.

Roberts was a 21-year-old art student when he came up with the initial idea in 1976 and two years later joined with schoolfriends in selling the dolls at art and craft shows.

After media coverage in 1981, they signed a contract with a toy manufacturer, who gave the dolls the name Cabbage Patch Kids.