Cuddle On Delivery!

The C.O.D. or Cuddle on Delivery dolls were designed by Mel Birnkrant and manufactured by Tyco. They were made in 1997 and sold on store shelves for less than a year before Mattel bought Tyco and the dolls were discontinued. Cuddles sold very well and were doing better than Cabbage Patch at the time. The Cuddles can no longer be found in stores.

To identify the Cuddles dolls, you will see a letter on the back of their neck. The Cuddles are lettered A through K. The chart below identifies each head mold by their letter.

The names that are applied below are related to the names of the Baby Face dolls. For example, the surprised doll mold C resembles Baby Doll #2 whose name is So Surprised Susie. And, the sorry face doll mold E resembles Baby Face doll #6 So Sorry Sarah.

For more information, you can read about
the Cuddles dolls in
Mel's Photo Album of Dolls.

Cuddles Mold A - So Innocent!!

 

 

   
Cuddles Mold B - So Bossy!!
Apparently this doll was a prototype only. There is no indication that a vinyl head was ever made. The head in this photo is Mel Birnkrant's clay sculpy prototype head.    
Cuddles Mold C - So Surprised!!

     
Cuddles Mold D - So Silly!

     
Cuddles Mold E - So Sorry!!


(tan skintone)

This doll was shown on the boxes but may have been a prototype only.  
Cuddles Mold F - So Excited!!

Mel Birnkrant designed this face to be the asian/oriental doll. It has the tan skintone which is a bit darker than some of the white skintone dolls.

This doll was shown on the boxes but may have been a prototype only.  
Cuddles Mold G - So Shy!!


The white doll with this face mold has a tan skintone, like the asian doll. Hair is auburn.
   
This variation doll with blond hair and dark green eyes was shown on the boxes but is very rare. An Australian collector did find one in "the wild", as shown in this photo at right. Quite a few variation dolls have been found in Australia.
Cuddles Mold H -- So Playful!

This doll may have been a prototype only - we don't know if it was actually mass produced. I got this doll from someone who had worked on the COD project at Tyco. A white doll with this face is pictured on the boxes but seems to have been a prototype, also.

 
Cuddles Mold I - So Delightful!!
Apparently this doll was a prototype only. There is no indication that a vinyl head was ever made. The head in this photo is Mel Birnkrant's clay sculpy prototype head.    
Cuddles Mold J - So Funny!!

Came with Mailbox High Chair accessory; there are 5 variations for this "face."
This doll was sold with the high chair accessory that converted to a mailbox.
It may also have been sold alone without the accessory toy but this has not been confirmed.
Cuddles Mold K - So Sweet!

This doll was only sold with the cradle accessory that converted to a mailbox.

Cuddle K was also made as a black doll, which is a very rare. It was sold with a cradle, too.  
Additional Information about Cuddles

This information was provided by Gail Buford who has all of the Black Cuddles:

  • Some of the Black highchair dolls have a very warm brown vinyl colored head. The vinyl has a translucent quality. The cheek blush on these dolls is very bright and the eyes are a warm deep amber color rather than the lighter brown seen on the singularly boxed dolls.

  • Some of the Black cradle dolls have a very warm brown vinyl colored head. The vinyl has a translucent quality. The cheek blush on these dolls is very bright and the eyes are a warm deep amber color rather than the lighter brwon seen on the singularly boxed dolls.

  • Dolls arms seem to be positioned in the display box to flatter or enhance the dolls facial expressions.

  • There seem to be 3 or 4 different shades of brown used for eyes on the Black dolls.

  • I was told by TYCO that they never made the mailtruck STROLLER, but this may or may not be true.

  • Although the box with the highchair baby shows a baby with one tooth, most of the dolls that were actually included in the box have 2 bottom teeth. I have been told, though, that there are some of the highchair dolls with the one tooth as shown on the box.

  • The Caucasian babies seem to come in 2 different skintones that I would describe as "tan" and "ivory".
    3 of the dolls have the ivory skintone and 2 of the Caucasian dolls have the tan skintone.

  • The Asian baby has the tan skin coloring.

 

 

 

This was a mail order outfit
that kids could send for. It says
Cuddle on Delivery on the front
of the pajama.

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