What I found interesting about the entire article was the original price of the toys. Back then, (when I was a kid) most toys appeared to be under $5.00 each. Now, most toys are $20.00 to $50.00 each and up! Man, the big companies / business really have the people's number down. They test limits and if the people don't fuss too much they go with it. This holds true with everything. Retail, politics, policy, laws and so forth and so on. Okay, I'm rambling.
PS - I was a tad different as a girl on the Barbie front. I preferred, P.J. and Skipper to Barbie. I loved my, P.J. doll. With her purple bathing suit and rainbow beads around her straight hanging pigtails. Oh, and Mrs. Beasley too.