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Was The Chucky Doll From Child's Play Real?

When it comes to demonic toys, few stand out more than Chucky. The iconic film (and now TV) serial killer earned his place as one of the horror genre's most prolific slashers thanks to the long-running "Child's Play" series. USA Today even named the character one of the "10 Scariest, Most Haunting Horror Movie Villains" of all time, and it's not hard to see why. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Chucky has tackled everything from child abuse to starting a family over the course of his time on-screen.

A vessel for the murderous Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif), the Chucky doll itself is equal parts intriguing, humorous, and creepy. Given the character's popularity, it's not surprising that horror fans, as well as casual viewers, often wonder about the fictional toy's origins. After all, this unique friend 'til the end could easily fit in during the annual holiday shopping rush. 

With that in mind, it's worth asking: Did the Chucky doll exist before "Child's Play" made it famous?

The Chucky doll was inspired by some popular '80s toys

First things first: The Chucky doll from "Child's Play" was not real prior to that film's release. The Chucky doll comes from the fictional Good Guy toy line introduced in "Child's Play," which follows one of the brand's models after it is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. In reality, both Chucky and the Good Guy doll were originally inspired by the rampant consumerism of the 1980s — and one real-life toy line in particular.

Indeed, the Good Guy doll in "Child's Play" was actually partially inspired by Hasbro's My Buddy doll, and there's a good chance that any '80s kid could spot the similarities between the Chucky and My Buddy dolls, as both wear colorful striped tops and overalls. The major difference between the two dolls, however, is their hairstyles, with Chucky's fiery red hair nowhere to be found on the My Buddy doll. 

"Child's Play" writer Don Mancini even credits the success of the My Buddy doll and other, similar toys that were marketed to children in the 1980s for helping inspire the film's central killer toy. "I thought this was a fertile subject and right for a genre prism that hadn't really been dealt with much," Mancini told The Hollywood Reporter.

Chucky's success extends past the Child's Play movies

Chucky toys do exist nowadays, though, they're sold without serial killer spirits attached to them, thankfully. While Chucky action figures may not be the first thing that comes to one's mind either, the "Child's Play" franchise's central Good Guy is actually getting in on the market. NECA action figures of both Chucky and his bride, Tiffany, are a part of the company's 2022 lineup (via Bloody Disgusting). Indeed, the dangerous doll isn't confined to the toy box anymore.

In recent years, Chucky has also earned a spot in Universal's Halloween Horror Nights (via Attractions Magazine), where the character has roasted attendees with his typically off-color jokes and snarky commentary. The annual Halloween event has similarly seen the character serve as the host of a suspenseful tram ride (via Sharp Productions).

Chucky's also made the move from the big screen to the small screen recently, with the launch of a "Chucky" TV series that introduces the killer doll to a whole new generation of viewers.