Polly Pocket was first designed by Chris Wiggs in 1983 for his daughter Kate. Using a powder compact, he fashioned a small house for the tiny doll. Bluebird Toys of Swindon, England, licensed the concept and the first Polly Pocket toys appeared in stores in 1989.
The original Polly Pocket toys were plastic cases which opened to form a dollhouse or other playset with Polly Pocket figurines less than an inch tall. The dolls folded in the middle, like the case, and had circular bases which slotted into holes in the case interior, allowing them to stand securely at particular points in the house. This was particularly useful for moving points in the case. Because the dolls were so small, sometimes they came enclosed in pendants or large rings instead of the more typical playset cases.
Original Polly Pocket compacts are now very sought after collectables, and some are being remade, due to it being her 30th birthday. Here at Five Little Diamonds, we have a range of vintage Polly Pocket compacts and collectables, perfect for parents to introduce our favourite miniature lady to a new generation of collectors!