I know what it's like to have your Chatty Cathy suddenly stop talking. The sinking feeling of letting that string go, not knowing if she'll ever talk to you again. The horror of the string breaking off in your hand. The pain of listening to her talk slower until she sounds like Boris Karloff--or speed up until she sounds like the Chipmunks.
But what can you do? She was sealed at the factory. Even if you could open her up without damaging the parts inside, you could never glue her back together without her looking like she had been glued back together.
The Next Best Thing to a Magic Wand
You've clicked on this link, so I know that you've wished there was a magic wand to reach inside those dolls and make them work again. I used to wish that--and that's why I started Talky Tina Press. I knew that if I tried I could develop ways to do what was thought impossible--to fix those dolls and toys that people said "can't be fixed."
The books I found had obsolete information--they told me to buy a new torso from Mattel for $2.00. (Maybe you could do that forty years ago.) And the "experts" I talked to told me to use a knife and a hammer to open up Chatty Cathy. Or a saw. I learned very fast that if there was anyone out there doing good work with Chatty Cathy, they were keeping it a secret. I knew there had to be a better way.
Two Years of Research and Testing
So I found the original patent drawings. I tracked down original Chatty Cathy parts manufacturers. I studied plastics engineering. I bought a lot of junk dolls, and I learned from them.
I learned how Chatty Cathy works. I found sources for original-specifications repair parts--and I learned how to make some parts for you that simply weren't available. Now I can show you a way that you can use the properties of Chatty Cathy's plastics to coax her open, and then reseal her in the same way they did at the factory--invisibly.
Doll Repair Secrets Revealed
I also learned that there's no magic in doll repair, of course; it does take a little work. But it doesn't have to be hard work with Talky Tina at your side. I'm offering you everything I learned in a do-it-yourself kit with instructions written for you--the person with no previous doll repair experience.
I'm not trying to trick you into buying a figure-it-out-yourself packet of parts. I'm not trying to stick you with an hour of grainy, wobbly video. I'm offering you:
Now you can invisibly reseal any Chatty Cathy in the same way the factory did, so no one will ever need to know you've opened her up--until you proudly tell them! The instructions lead you, step by step, through the repair process. They tell you how to avoid mistakes. They tell you how to fix any mistakes you do make. Just a few of the topics covered are:
All New Information
I'm not offering you a rehashing of old techniques. I'm not trying to sell you a fistful of obsolete photocopies. All these techniques are new. This is all information you won't find anywhere else. Like:
Instructions for 17 Different Dolls
Mattel used the same talking mechanism, sometimes with a few alterations, in many different dolls. Here's a list of Mattel dolls this kit covers:
Can I Offer This Kit for So Little?
I can offer this kit for only $24.95 because I publish and distribute it myself. I don't have to share the price of the book with publishers or bookstores. I make the parts, lick the stamps, I sweep up, I answer the e-mails.
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