- Value: $300-$400 with original box, outfit and trousseau; talking
- Size:20" tall
- Date of Production:1960-1964
- Marks:In box on lower back" CHATTY CATHY tm//PATENTS PENDING//(C)MCMLX//BY MATTEL, INC.//HAWTHORNE, CALIF. Under the box is a round "Mattel Toymakers" embossed seal.
Characteristics of Doll
Chatty Cathy has a talking mechanism that says phrases including "I'm hungry," "Lets play house," and "Please carry Me." The vast majority of the original talk boxes are non-working today, although some have been repaired by doll hospitals. The doll talks by pulling a ring attached to her string on back. Chatty is made of vinyl with the earlier dolls having soft vinyl faces. Chatty has freckles and sleep eyes. She can have several colors of hair, although blonde seems most prevelant.
Chatty Cathy dolls have decreases slightly in value over the past five years or so. However, very mint and rare examples can easily bring several hundred dollars, and an original Chatty Cathy gift set can bring over $1,000. A mint doll like this with original clothing and box is still very desirable as the vast majority of these dolls have been heavily played with. Collectors also like a rare Canadian version of the doll.