I haven't ever heard of that, sorry! Maybe it wasn't in the States.
My prized possession when I was 8 was a doll from the American Girls Collection. It was a series of historical fiction novels for young girls, and each character had several books from her time period. (one was the Civil War, one was WW II, one was the Victorian era, etc.) Then they made tons of money by making the dolls of the characters and including everything-different dresses, beds, furniture, all sorts of stuff as accessories. I have saved mine back home and all her clothes and things. I had the doll Kirsten. Her story was about being an immigrant and pioneer in the 1800's.
She looks like this
. She was probably my favorite thing ever. I had a Cabbage Patch doll too, but she wasn't as cool as Kirsten.
Also, the American Girls are still around but it has changed. Now they have 'modern day' dolls and stuff which is not nearly as cool to me as the originals that were about history. But then, I am going to be an elementary teacher, so I like the historical angle.
My other prized possession was my wooden dollhouse (sized for Barbies). My parents found a place that made them, and Santa left me a note about finishing the wall paper inside. My mom put samples from my old bedroom wall paper to use on it, it was so cute. I loved that thing. :)