Moore’s Law and Dolls

There is a economic principle called ‘Moore’s Law.’ In very broad terms it says that technology gets better and better, and less and less expensive.

The classic example is the computer, which used to cost thousand of dollars and took up whole rooms, and now cost a hundred or less and fits in your hand.

Believe it or not… Moore’s Law works for Dolls too!
Edison Talking Dolls

Here’s the original technology: Thomas Edison’s talking Doll from the 1880’s.   It was 22″, recited nursery rhymes and was very expensive. In today’s dollars, that advertised price of $10 would be over $220!

Here are three little dolls that say the “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” prayer:

We sell them on our Dolls that Say Prayers page for $14.99

That’s Moore’s Law for you!

The “Early Adopter’s” Dolls

Have you ever heard of people called: “Early Adopters?”

Early Adopters like to be the first ones to buy and try ‘new.’ They’re the ones who line up to get the newest iphone, try the latest app, wear the trendiest clothes, go to the newly opened restaurants, move into the newest up-and-coming gentrification neighborhoods.

I wish there was such a thing as Doll Early Adopters. In my fantasy, there are hundreds of them out there… constantly checking the internet for the newest dolls, searching ‘twitter’ and Instagram, checking Etsy and Pinterest… wanting to be the firstest and the fastest to find a new doll. Sigh…

Because if such a customer did exist, I could show them my two new (exclusive to The Pattycake Doll Company) Black Dolls from Precious Moments.

When I ran into Linda ‘The Doll Maker’ Rick at The American International Toy Fair (she’s the one who makes all the precious moments dolls) we had a nice discussion about how nice it had been several years ago when we carried Black Precious Moments dolls.

And then she surprised me with a very generous offer. If I would pick a few styles that I liked, she would make a few small batch runs for me to carry at www.pattycakedoll.com.

So she did, and we did and they’re available now on our site. (You can click on either

Thousands of people come to our store every week. Some looking for Black Dolls, some looking for Boy’s dolls, some looking for Learn to dress dolls etc.

Unfortunately, very few of them are early adopters… our visitors are usually buying gifts for kids, not because they are early adopters looking for the newest dolls.

Oh well. Maybe some of you readers are early adopters?

One can always hope, right?