Talkboy

Talkboy

Ah, the Talkboy. The toy that made you actively want to get lost in a big city just so you could finagle your way out of trouble with it’s voice changing trickery. This thing still looks as cool to me as the day I opened it on Christmas morning of 1993.

As a child, Home Alone taught us to pulverize robbers to the point just before it's considered murder. But, in it's second edition, it also revealed one of the greatest toys to ever grace the 90's - the Talkboy.  It was originally conceived as a non-working prop for Home Alone 2 but Tiger Electronics cashed in on the inevitable demand that was about to kick down the door at Toys R Us, and was released on November 20th, 1992.

The Talkboy combined all of the convenience of the Walkman, but ramped up the cool factor significantly. The most obvious option being that you could record your voice, speed it up and even slow it down to sound like a demonic old man when making hotel reservations. You could also use it as a speaker and play DJ from the backseat of the car and there was nothing your Dad could do about it.  The Talkboy used standard cassette tapes and required a whopping 4 AA batteries. You had to choose your pranking carefully. Various iterations were released following the success of the first model, including the Talkgirl, the Talkboy FX Plus (the pen), and the Talkboy Plus.

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