1958 was the true golden age of Mattel. The Fanner 50 was still selling well, and a more powerful rifle version was now available. I was a very good boy that year, and yes I got the rifle too, and a new box of bullets.
For girls, 1958 saw the introduction of the Chatty Cathy. The less said about this outrage the better, but CC was a blonde haired plastic doll that had a pull chord on her back. Pull this string and CC would shout out some random banality about how she wanted to go shopping with you, wanted her own credit card, needed refreshment, or perhaps a change of wardrobe. They sold a trillion of them.
This shrew beget Barbie, only a few years later.
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