Where do I begin? Flower Fairies are the most beautiful dolls ever created! About 7 inches tall, they had sweet little petal costumes and wings that fitted into their backs, inspired by the Cicely Mary Barker drawings.
Originally, in 1983 when they were first created there was just 6 of them, but by 1985 when the Flower Pixies were made there were many, many more fairies and accessories (including Fairyland Home set, Secret Garden, Snail Carrage, Fairyland Coach, Pegasis Horse, 3 Enchanted Mushrooms sets(Glitter, Fragrance & Healing) Fairy Bedchamber, Petal Pool, 6 Woodland Friends(Rabbit, Harvest Mouse, Field Mouse, Badger, Hedgehog, Squirrel), Ballet Fairy + dancing stand, Princess Fairy + Rocking Throne, Deluxe Costumes like Poppy, Fuchsia and Stork's-Bill, and Deluxe Fairies like Hazelnut, Fumitory and English Rose... and MANY more)!
When their popularity was decreasing they tried a range of 6 'star costumes'(small versions of Rainbow Brite/Moondreamers style clothing) to modernise the dolls. Then they tried a range of 6 Star Fairies (Nightsong, Spice, Whisper, True Love, Jazz, Sparkle) which they marketed in the USA.
Star Fairies (some brown skinned, some pale, some green eyed, some brown eyed, some blue eyed, a red head, brunettes, blondes and one with curly white hair) were more diverse than Flower Fairies (all blue eyed blondes or brown eyed brunettes).
They ended up letting Tonka make them for the US market and they also added a 7th fairy(Princess Sparkle), and Castle Wishstar, a runway type changing room thing, a 'Lavender' Unicorn and Coach and 3 flocked animal friends (a rabbit, a cat and a swan).
Also created was a Star Fairies film, featuring the voice of Drew Barrymore!
Sadly flower fairies stopped being made in the late 1980s, but just before the end they tried a few more ranges, which are the hardest to find today: Magic Mist Fairies(their dresses had patterns which appeared only when sprayed with water), Magic Fairies (glow in the dark crowns and deluxe wands), a Treehouse, and more Deluxe Fairies (Marigold, Rosebay Willowherb, Celandine, etc) and Pixies (Strawberry Pixie, Bluebell, Double Daisy, Holly, etc).
Photo Larah Wylde