Is there any character on the planet sweeter than Strawberry Shortcake? First introduced as a character on a Valentine’s Day greeting card in 1972, the titular strawberry soon evolved from just a single character into a whole universe, spanning cartoons, movies, books, games, toys and more!
Of course, there’s no denying that Strawberry Shortcake’s heyday came in the 1980s, which is why today we’re revealing what your 80s Shortcake toys could be worth today. So dust off those berries and comb that hair – here’s how much money could be tucked away in your old toybox!
Banana Twirl 1985 Berrykin – $1,252
Banana Twirl was one of the last characters to join Strawberry Shortcake’s gang of friends in the 80s, but that doesn’t mean that she’s any less beloved. Originally, she was marketed as the group’s most outgoing and energetic member: a bundle of energy who loved to dance, run and exercise.
However, in 2007 she was rebranded as Banana Candy and became more stately and presidential, presiding over Banana Boro as the mayor and working as a mechanic in her spare time. This change from Twirl to Candy has made dolls with the original name, such as her 1985 Berrykin iteration, even more valuable – with a base price of well over $1000 even out of the box.
Mint Tulip 1985 Berrykin – $1,042
Though many of Strawberry Shortcake’s friends live in or close by to Strawberryland, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t also have friends from further afield. Mint Tulip is probably the most famous example, as she lives in the faraway town of Hollandaise, and first met Shortcake when she embarked on her around-the-world trip.
As you might have guessed from her name, her hometown and her duck Marsh Mallard, Mint Tulip is Dutch, and is a gentle and sweet girl famous for having the most lovingly-tended garden for miles around. Mint Tulip wasn’t featured in the Strawberry Shortcake finale special, but this only increased demand for her merchandise, leading to a starting secondhand price of $1000!
Orange Blossom 1985 Berrykin – $700
Aside from the titular Strawberry herself, Orange Blossom is maybe the most popular Strawberry Shortcake character of all. She has appeared in every iteration of the toy line and cartoon, and is famous for her sensitive nature, which makes her the most likely to laugh, cry or both in any given episode of the show.
As is the general rule with vintage toys, Orange Blossom’s popularity and ubiquity work against her in terms of her secondhand value, as many Orange Blossom Berrykin dolls have survived from 1985 until today. As a result, you can expect to pay between $650 and $700 to add her to your collection, depending on the level of visible wear and tear.
Peach Blush 1985 Berrykin – $946
Peach Blush is one of Strawberry Shortcake’s less well-known characters, having only appeared in the 1980s television specials and not being included in the cast for any subsequent reboots. In fact, she has only appeared in two episodes of the cartoon to date: Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby without a Name, and Strawberry Shortcake Meets the Berrykins.
Despite her limited appearances, this sweet and occasionally sulky southern belle has maintained a cult following amongst enthusiasts, leading to a Berrykin doll that is more valuable than some of the other characters featured in the line. For a 1985 Peach Blush Berrykin without the original box, you can expect to pay between $900 and $950, depending on the level of visible ageing.
Plum Pudding 1985 Berrykin – $92
As you can probably tell by her glasses, Plum Pudding is unquestionably the smartest of Strawberry Shortcake’s friends. However, what you might not know is that she’s also undergone the most dramatic transformation of the gang, as when Strawberry Shortcake was simply a group of greeting card characters, Plum Pudding was actually portrayed as a boy!
Pudding’s gender was switched sometime in the late 80s, and her shy, geeky personality was replaced with that of a confident, outgoing scientist. Unfortunately, she didn’t play a very active role in the 80s television specials, leading to low demand on the secondhand market, and a starting price for her Berrykin doll of just $92.
Strawberry Shortcake 1985 Barrykin – $426
It’s impossible to do a list of Strawberry Shortcake dolls without talking about the leader of the group herself: Strawberry Shortcake! The unofficial princess of Strawberryland, Strawberry is kind, friendly and dedicated to her friends, often baking them treats and helping them out with their various problems, and doing her best to make Strawberryland a better place.
As the namesake of the 1980s television specials and the various sequels, Strawberry Shortcake occupies an unusual place in the resale market. Though she is obviously not an unpopular character and so has plenty of interested fans buying her merchandise and dolls, many Shortcake Berrykins still exist in circulation as more were made, leading to a middling secondhand value of a little over $400.
Strawberry Shortcake Berry Happy Home doll house – $850
Given that Strawberry Shortcake is known as the unofficial princess of Strawberryland, it makes sense that her home is kind of castle-like, complete with rooftop balconies, a gorgeous, secluded porch swing and even a private gazebo. It’s the perfect home for the Strawberry-obsessed, and features more cute furniture than you could shake a stick at!
Not that many Strawberry Shortcake playsets were actually created, and even fewer exist with all the original furniture and pieces still intact. As a result, you can expect to pay over $800 for a Happy Home with minimal wear and tear, even if the original box isn’t present. However, that’s still less expensive than a real strawberry cottage would be!
1981 Strawberry Shortcake and Custard Cat – $83
When it comes to toys tied to iconic 80s franchises, the general rule seems to be this: the older the run of dolls, teddies or action figures, the more they are worth to enthusiasts and collectors. However, Strawberry Shortcake bucks this trend, since the 1985 Berrykin dolls are typically in more demand than the original 1981 run of toys, which came with miniature pets instead of miniature toddlers.
As a result, you can expect to pay just over $80 for an original 1981 Strawberry Shortcake doll, and even less if there is visible damage to either Strawberry herself or her pet, Custard Cat. There’s also the mystery of why Custard Cat is bright pink despite being named after a famously yellow dessert….
1981 Blueberry Muffin and Cheesecake Mouse – $65
Blueberry Muffin has been a steadily important presence in the Strawberry Shortcake world ever since the 2003 reboot, in which she plays a bookish and mystery-obsessed friend of Strawberry, Rainbow Sherbert and Huckleberry Pie. However, she was originally introduced in the 1980s television specials, albeit in a much more limited role.
Blueberry Muffin wasn’t featured in the Berrykin line-up, but she did have a doll released as part of the 1981 run. Since the 1981 dolls are worth less overall, you can expect to pay around $60 for a Blueberry Muffin with her pet Cheesecake Mouse and no original box, with the price dropping further in cases of visible dirt, grime or wear and tear.
1981 Angel Cake and Souffle Skunk – $25
Given that all of their names are derived from desserts and fruits, it’s no surprise that the entire Strawberry Shortcake gang are pretty sweet. With that said, there’s no doubt about who is the sweetest of them all: it’s Angel Cake. Angel Cake is so committed to her angelic persona that almost every line of dialogue she has includes the words “please” or “thank you”, and she even carries around a harp and halo!
Unfortunately, no amount of manners can get around the fact that Angel seems to be the least popular of all the 1981 dolls, frequently appearing on resale auction sites for $25 or under even in the absence of dirt, damage or wear and tear. Maybe it’s because her animal companion is a skunk?
1981 Raspberry Tart and Rhubarb Monkey – $42
Raspberry Tart is another Strawberry Shortcake character who has evolved a lot across the decades. Originally introduced in the 1980s specials as a quiet but occasionally mean antagonist, she soon learned to be nicer and developed a close friendship with both Strawberry and Apple Dumplin’. Then in 2003, her name was changed from Tart to Torte, and she was reintroduced as a sharp-tongued athlete with a heart of gold.
As a result, sometimes you can find original 1981 Raspberry Tart dolls by searching for the year and her new name, since some less enthusiastic resellers will list her with her anachronistic name by mistake. As far as resale value goes, her character is of middling popularity and ubiquity, leading to an average secondhand price of just over $40.
1981 Orange Blossom and Marmalade Butterfly – $58
As Strawberry Shortcake’s best friend from the beginning, Orange Blossom has always been a concrete presence in Strawberryland, even if her importance has waxed and waned over time. Lots have things about her have changed over the various Strawberry Shortcake iterations, from her outfit and hobbies to even her pets.
Later versions of Orange Blossom had her be joined by a horse named Orange Twist or a puppy named Marmalade, and later a dog named Pupcake. Originally though, Orange Blossom’s companion was Marmalade the Butterfly, which is the sidekick she has in the 1981 run of dolls. Given that Orange Blossom is a pretty beloved character, the resale value for her 1981 toy is higher than average, starting at $50.
1981 Lemon Meringue with Frappe Frog – $45
Lemon Meringue is one of Strawberry Shortcake’s earliest friends, and her personality has remained remarkably consistent ever since her debut in the original 80s specials. Lemon has always been the fashionista of the group, often working as a designer or boutique owner, and winning people over with her prim and proper manners.
As another character of medium popularity and importance, her dolls land in the sweet spot of being cherished enough to remain in good condition decades later, but not so carefully stored that lots still exist in circulation. As a result, you can expect to pay between $40 and $50 for a 1981 Lemon Meringue doll, depending on the condition of both her and Frappe Frog… who must be a matcha frappe by the looks of it.
Berry Bake Shoppe With Box & Carousel – $180
Though many things about the Strawberry Shortcake universe have changed across the various iterations, one thing that has remained the same is Strawberry’s own love of baking. In almost every iteration, Strawberry has owned a bakery or food truck of some kind, in order to bring joy to her friends and community with her sweet treats.
Therefore, it makes sense that the Berry Bake Shoppe is one of the most popular, beloved and valuable Strawberry Shortcake playsets on the resale market, with a starting price of $180 without the original box and even higher prices when it is included.
1983 Souffle Skunk Plush Pet – $469
In 1983, the Strawberry Shortcake brand expanded outside of hard dolls and toys to teddies with the Plus Pets series. Due to their soft bodies, fewer remain in circulation in good condition today, which has led to fairly high secondhand prices compared to some of the other ranges. In particular, Angel Cake’s Souffle Skunk is pretty hard to find, and so is consequently in high demand.
If you’d like your very own Souffle Skunk to add to your collection, then you’re going to expect to pay upwards of $450 at a minimum, and more if the teddy is in particularly good condition. But can you really put a price on such an adorable face?
Party Pleaser Almond Tea with Marza Panda – $168
In 1984, Kenner released a line of Party Pleaser dolls, in which the main gang all donned their best party dresses and even accessorised their pets for the occasion! Not only that, but each doll featured was scented in accordance with their namesake fruit or dessert, making them an absolute must-have for kids and adult collectors alike.
Almond Tea, one of the characters featured in the Party Pleaser line, made her first appearance in the Strawberry Shortcake cartoon during Shortcake’s famous world tour. Strawberry first met Almond when she visited China Cup, and Almond visited Strawberry in return to help her celebrate her housewarming. Almond Tea was later renamed Tea Blossom, making dolls with her original name incredibly valuable, even when compared to the other Party Pleaser dolls.
Party Pleaser Apple Dumplin’ with TeaTime Turtle – $40
Apple Dumplin is much younger than the majority of Strawberry Shortcake characters, and in most iterations, she is related to Strawberry in some way. When the Party Pleaser line was released in 1984, Apple was a baby who didn’t yet know how to speak, and so communicated by scribbling notes on bits of paper with crayons.
Unfortunately for her, Apple is a central enough character in the franchise to be sold often and in high numbers, and that proliferation has prevented a high resale price. Also working against the doll is the fact that she is not a fan-favourite, so collectors are not seeking out her Party Pleaser doll as much as they are seeking out other characters.
Party Pleaser Angel Cake with Souffle – $80
Angel Cake began as a greeting card character, where her sweet nature and beautiful blonde hair made her perfect for Valentine’s Day celebrations. In the cartoon, she has evolved from an overly sweet and precious girl to a somewhat prissy and pernickety friend of Strawberry’s, although she always has perfect manners and a secret heart of gold.
Historically, Angel Cake has not been a character that many enthusiasts are excited about adding to their collection, so she tends to be worth less on average than other dolls in each Strawberry Shortcake line. While other Party Pleaser dolls can be worth as much as $170, Angel’s value seems to top out at $80, and examples in less pristine condition can be found for as little as $60.
Party Pleaser Cafe Ole with Burrito Burro – $72
Cafe Ole is another friend that Strawberry Shortcake made on her around-the-world trip. Hailing from Mexicocoa, Cafe is famous for her love of all things creative, from working with clay and handwaving textiles to her dance ability. She shares all of these hobbies and more with Strawberry, even explaining to her that she lives in a ceramic house that she made herself.
Cafe Ole has not appeared in any Strawberry Shortcake iteration since the 80s cartoon, and so it would be expected for her Party Pleaser doll to be worth more than other characters with more doll versions on the market. However, the resale value just doesn’t bear this out, as a Cafe Ole Party Pleaser doll will only fetch a maximum of just over $70, which is well below average.
Party Pleaser Cherry Cuddler with Gooseberry Goose – $156
After Apple Dumplin’, Cherry Cuddler is probably the most famous baby character in the Strawberry Shortcake universe. Her name being a pun on the dessert cherry coddler is an indication of how sweet her nature is, and how much she loves cuddling and hugging her friends! Aside from her affectionate personality and pet goose, little is known about Cherry Cuddler, though the 2003 cartoon adds the fact that she loves ballet.
Unlike Apple Dumplin’, who is a baby character with a lot of representation in the toy line but few dedicated fans, Cherry Cuddler toys are more difficult to source, and many enthusiasts are eager to add her to their collection. As a result, Cherry Coddler has the second-highest resale value of all the Party Pleaser dolls, coming just behind Almond Tea.
Party Pleaser Mint Tulip with Marsh Mallard – $91
Of all the characters that Strawberry Shortcake meets on her world tour, Mint Tulip is the most enduringly popular. The unfailingly friendly Dutch girl is the first person that Strawberry meets while travelling and is the first to return for Strawberry’s housewarming party. Unfortunately, since the 1985 Berrykin toy line is more popular than the lesser-known 1984 Party Pleasers, there is a large value differential between Mint Tulip dolls of each line.
While a Mint Tulip Berrykin will usually fetch over $1000 on the resale market, Party Pleaser Mint Tulips will usually only sell for just over $90 secondhand, with that number decreasing steeply in cases of visible wear and tear, grubby clothing or unbrushed/unstyled hair. This is despite the fact that the Party Pleaser Tulip has hair and clothing that’s much easier to keep neat and tidy.
Party Pleaser Orange Blossom with Marmalade Butterfly – $98
Since she is Strawberry Shortcake’s closest friend, it makes sense that there have been lots of different Orange Blossom toy iterations across the decades. However, given her consistent colour scheme and hairstyle, it can be difficult to tell the different toy designs apart at first glance. You can recognise her 1981 design by the orange capelet sitting over her yellow flower print dress, while the 1985 Berrykin design has longer hair and a bow instead of a hat.
The 1984 Party Pleaser Orange Blossom has her iconic sunhat in the same yellow flower print, only without the orange lining and turned-up brim. As also holds true with the other characters, the Berrykin Orange Blossom is the most valuable, followed by the Party Pleaser iteration, followed by the 1981 Blossom.
Party Pleaser Peach Blush with Mellonie Belle Lamb – $89
Peach Blush, also known as the Southern belle of Strawberryland, is a fan-favourite amongst Strawberry Shortcake enthusiasts broadly and toy collectors specifically. This is because her gorgeous baby pink and soft orange colour scheme is uniquely mature and subtle compared to Strawberry Shortcake’s other characters. This elegant colour scheme is why the Peach Blush Berrykin is one of the most valuable, despite Peach herself appearing in only two Strawberry Shortcake cartoon episodes.
Unfortunately, the popularity of the Peach Blush Berrykin does not carry over to her Party Pleaser equivalent. With a resale price of around $90 when the doll is in decent, albeit not boxed, condition, Peach Blush’s Party Pleaser doll has an average secondhand value, similar to Plum Pudding and Mint Tulip.
Party Pleaser Plum Pudding with Elderberry Owl – $85
Plum Pudding might not have been a major player in the original Strawberry Shortcake cartoon, but her role has slowly expanded over time. After being swapped from a shy male bookworm to a retiring female scientist in the 80s, by 2003 she had become a bubbly if somewhat bumbling girl-genius, with a love of learning and a passion for various sports, games and arts.
Her bright purple and bubblegum-blue colour scheme is immediately attention-grabbing, and Plum Pudding’s character exists in that sweet spot between too obscure and overexposed. As a result, Plum Pudding Party Pleaser dolls have a resale value of slightly above average, often selling for between $80 and $90 secondhand.
1981 Sour Grapes with Dreggs Snakes – $23
Strawberry Shortcake is one of the sweetest, fluffiest cartoons in the history of children’s entertainment, but that doesn’t mean that villains are entirely absent. Sour Grapes was introduced in the 1980s as the Pieman’s old accomplice, who is both much smarter than her evil predecessor and far greedier than he ever was.
Given that Sour Grapes has an entirely different visual design to all the happy townspeople who live in Strawberryland, and that Sour Grapes was actually redeemed in the 2009 Strawberry Shortcake reboot cartoon, it perhaps makes sense that her original angular and evil doll iteration isn’t very popular on the resale market. Sour Grapes and her pet snake Dreggs usually fetches just over $20 secondhand, much less than even the other 1981 toys.