The original ad aired in 1987 and the doll was made by Worlds of Wonder, the same company that made Teddy Ruxpin. I had a Teddy Ruxpin. It was clearly a gender-appropriate boy’s doll. One night, at about 2 am, Teddy’s batteries needed to be replaced and he started talking slowly, deeply, from the depths of my 5 year-old under-the-bed-storage compartment dedicated to stuffed animals which was very popular among the “young and organized” set. The terror of waking up to a doll talking from under my bed remains to this day.
Julie seems to negotiate female anger really well…kinda like my plastic friends over at the Barbie Liberation Organization. Finally, a doll that understands us!