'They're kids or babies, not dolls': Meet the couple who host play dates for their 5,000 Cabbage Patch Kids
TLC, the television channel known for its outrageous reality show content has found yet more kooky personalities for a new series entitled, My Crazy Obsession.
In the first episode, that premieres on March 7, the camera crew follows a couple who own over 5,000 Cabbage Patch Kids.
A clip released by the network ahead of the debut offers a glimpse into the lives of the oddball couple, their 'kids' and the friends who bring their own dolls over for play dates.
Cabbage Patch crazy: TLC's latest reality show follows a couple who have a collection of 5000 dolls and who host play dates for them with other collectors and their small companions
The matriarch of this bizarre family is quick to point out though that: 'Dolls is not a word that we use; we call them “kids” or “babies.”'
So dedicated are they that she and her husband spend $2,000 building an amusement park solely for the use of their Cabbage Patch companions and devote over two hours to its construction.
Spoiled: The couple around whom the episode revolves have spent $2000 and over two hours building an amusement park for their Cabbage Patch Kids
Friends forever: Other collectors bring their dolls round to play with the couple's 'kids' and take pictures while they go for a ride on the motorised train
And this park is no ordinary
playground with swings and a roundabout. Features include a motorised
train and a hot air balloon that lifts the dolls 30ft into the air.
These avid Cabbage Patch Kid collectors are only a couple of thousands across the country who belong to over a dozen clubs.
Holding one of the “kids” he calls Kevin, and talking in his imaginary voice, one owner tells the camera: 'I love having friends come visit me and play on my toys and stuff that I have.'
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He even goes so far as to answer the
phone, hold it to the doll's ear and then say into the speaker that yes,
he would love if it his friends wanted to come over.
And as the couple's fellow collectors
arrive with their small companions and they settle them into the train
for a fun ride, he goes on to explain in his own voice: 'This is a
unique little fantasy world that you can walk out of
everyday life and come into, no harm done, no foul and have a good
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A friend watches the dolls with pride and takes pictures with her camera. 'Jen's never been on a swing before,' she remarks.
'Neither has Mike,' another parent responds talking about her Cabbage Patch Kid.
'Maybe that's why they're quiet,' they chuckle together.
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My Crazy Obsession airs on March 7 at 10pm EST/9C