Little Miss Echo
> Lifespan: 1962-1965
> Maker: American Character Dolls
Sold through Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs, Little Miss Echo was produced during an early ’60s fad for talking dolls. What made this talking doll different was an internal tape recorder that allowed her to repeat words or songs spoken to her.
Midge & Baby
> Lifespan: 2003-2005
> Maker: Mattel
A part of the Barbie line, Midge Hadley was introduced in 1963 and produced until 1967, then again in the ’80s. In 2003, she came back as part of the Happy Family line, where she was sold pregnant with a removable baby doll, accompanied by a changing table that transformed into a crib. The doll was not a hit with parents, who complained about Midge’s lack of a wedding ring. Later models were corrected to include a ring.
> Lifespan: Late 1960s-1976
> Maker: Various companies
Sometimes made with tempered glass and other times acrylic polymer, clackers were two balls on a string that made a satisfying “clack” sound if you could swing them around just right and get them to smack together. Unfortunately, the balls sometimes exploded on contact and the toys were discontinued.
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots
> Lifespan: 1964-1988
> Maker: Louis Marx and Company
Released during the reign of boxer Mohammad Ali, these boxing robots were all the rage. Opponents mechanically controlled the robots, who would punch each other until the loser had its head knocked off. In 2000, Mattel reintroduced a half-sized model of the game, which has been discontinued but is currently available for purchase while supplies last.
> Lifespan: 1969-1975
> Maker: Ideal Toy Company
The original Beautiful Crissy fashion doll had an adjustable auburn ponytail that could extend down to her feet or retract into a short bob with the turn of a knob on the doll’s back. Subsequent models only allowed the hair to “grow” to her hips, but included features like a movable waist, a hair curler, and hair accessory beads.
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