G.I Joe, Legos and the Easy Bake Oven are all iconic toys from the '60s. However, some of the most memorable are the baby toy dolls of that time. Large toy companies who are still around today, such as Mattel and Ideal produced some of the most loved baby dolls of the decade. Talking dolls, moving dolls and dolls that looked like a newborn baby were all hugely popular. Some have even been reproduced in modern years. Now, 50 years later some of the baby dolls from the '60s are still as popular as ever.
Chatty Cathy dolls, produced by Mattel, were first introduced in 1959. An innovation for the time, Chatty Cathy dolls could talk, with 11 phrases in her vocabulary. As the '60s took off, Cathy dolls became available in a choice of hair and eye colour and with an additional five phrases. A whole Chatty family followed with Baby Chatty, Chatty Twins and Cathy's Cousin, Charmin' Chatty. There have been many reproductions in the years that followed up until 2001. Today, Chatty Cathy remains popular among collectors and even has her own fan club.
Manufactured by Ideal, the Thumbelina doll was another popular doll of the '60s. Available in a variety of sizes, the doll was an instant hit with little girls for being just like a real baby. Thumbelina had a knob on her back that, when turned, made her move like a real newborn. With a variety of outfits and accessories, Thumbelina proved a Christmas favourite for many young girls. A smaller version of Thumbelina produced by Ideal, was known as Baby Thumbelina. Thumbelina made a low key comeback in the '80s, but without the real life baby movements.
Baby Dear was based on an idea by a famous children's author of the time. Produced by Vogue in 1961, Baby Dear looked just like a newborn baby. Available in two different sizes and with a selection of outfits, Baby Dear proved to be popular. Later editions of the doll had some changes to the face and hair; however, Baby Dear was particularly realistic for the times.
Produced by Ideal, Giggles first made her appearance in 1961. She truly did giggle too. Her arms could be pressed together, and this would make her head move, and she would giggle. The doll also vibrated, giving the impression she truly was laughing. A cute brunette doll, she came in a brightly coloured outfit and matching shoes. Giggles was not reproduced, but she remains a firm favourite with collectors today.
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