Do you know Chatty Cathy?

To those of you who watch my youtube channel it’s not new that I’m repairing a Talking Barbie but do you know that there were more Talking dolls produced by Mattel? Did you know that Chatty Cathy is a bit older than Talking Barbie? No? She can also be repaired and has many fans around the world. Here’s her story.

A lot of work ahead of me

The next weeks are going to be very busy for me. I don’t if I find the time to do a Tuesday video for Busy B. I think it should not be a problem to do a Friday video but I don’t know if there is much more time. I’ve really some work to do in April and May. I’m currently reorientiating professionally and won’t be at home much for the next six or seven weeks. Of course that doesn’t mean that I stop collecting Barbie dolls. It’s just that I have less time in the next weeks for hobby stuff like youtube.

What is Congost Barbie and where do they come from?

Congost produced Barbie dolls under license in Spain from 1975 until 1990. The reason for the production there was the limited capacity of production by Mattel itself. I asked some Spanish collectors why Congost produced them a while ago. They are said to have a poor quality although many sellers want to make big money with the dolls. They often have lost a part of their make up or hair. Some even have lost a hand. If you want to see how they look, watch this video.

Erie talking dolls

I was recently asked if my repaired Talking Barbie dolls are really repaired because of the poor sound quality. I said this is how it’s meant to be. We shouldn’t forget that Talking Barbie is already 50 years old. I had a talking doll in the early 1990s that sounded very similar. The space available for a record is very limited. So don’t expect miracles. It was even more sacrifying when Thomas Alva Edison presented his first talking dolls.

When I remember it correctly somebody discovered a technique to make them talk again in the last years.  The doll may look nice and beautiful but the voice is anything but nice. It makes me rather run away than listen and I think I’m not the only one.

And then compare them with Talking Barbie. Is it better? A huge improvement almost 70 years later? Yes, but of course not perfect. Don’t forget it’s from a time when nobody knew about the digital world and Mp3s and so on.

A crazy little foot for my sewing machine

I recently saw this video and thought that this feet could be interesting for my sewing machine too but there is no Pfaff foot. Should I really dare it to order a foot in China for my machine? I found no information about the right size for my machine only lots of questions. Many hobby seamtresses seem to have the same question. I still think about buying or not.

The Insider’s Guide to Takara

Have you heard about Takara yet? Probably not. Do you know that they are Japanese toy makers? Probably not. Why the hell am I asking you so much questions? Well, I like to teach and discover the world. So, if you have no idea what Barbie and Takara have in common, watch my video.

and if you want to know more about the Japanese doll craziness, watch this episode of Japanology.

And here’s a short commercial about Takara from the early 1980s.