In 1996, Mattel came out with a line of college cheerleader Barbie dolls with uniforms that matched their real-life counterparts. Six years later, Best Pals, Inc. issues their own line of somewhat smaller cheerleader dolls wearing licensed "Real Authentic Gear" from seven U.S. universities including Penn State, University of Florida University of Kentucky, Florida State University, University of Nebraska, University of Georgia, and Tennessee's own UT.
The interesting thing about the Best Pals series was each squad featured six different cheerleader dolls with different face molds. The little cheerleader dolls came with their cheerleading uniforms, pom poms, a megaphone and a school jacket. The dolls stood lightly under nine inches.
The 2002 cheerleader dolls from Best Pals Toys were an innovative twist to doll collecting. They occasionally turn up on eBay. See the slideshow for more photos.
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