talkboy

Blogging live to you and yours! It’s your boy TWOTALL4UFOOL! So last month I was talking about my favorite Christmas movies. One of the movies on that list was Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. I didn’t get a chance to watch it this past holiday season but I was thinking about what made that movie really cool. And it was Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) using the Talkboy. And then I thought to myself OMG. I gotta do that for my next ‘Do You Remember?’ blog post. So here we are. Talking Talkboys. LOL!

So let me catch you up to speed. For those of you a bit younger (or if you just forgot) I’ll explain what a Talkboy is (or was). It was an audio and cassette recorder that could be slowed down when playing it back. It had a microphone you could speak into and there you go. It was awesome. You could also listen to audio cassettes in it to and even slow it down if you want. And it had a jack so if you wanted to use headphones you could. These thing were big in the mid 90’s. So big in fact that it had a few spin offs too. The Talkgirl, a Deluxe version, the FX Plus (a pen), and a Jr. version. I definitely did have one. I think I just had an original. Or maybe a Deluxe. I don’t have it now so I’m not 100% sure.

The Talkboy was used as a prop in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. Kevin actually demonstrates how it is used in the movie. The way it was used in the movie was the way you used it when you bought it. When the movie came out during the holidays of 1992 is when they went on sale at retailers such as Toys “R” Us. It was manufactured by Tiger Electronics and looking back it was probably one of Tiger’s better products. When I first got the thing (which was probably some time in 1993) I would play around with it making recordings with my voice. I would also pretend to be a DJ, and even recording some of my favorite TV shows with it. I thought that it was pretty awesome. And as I got a little older I would use it to play some of my cassette tapes to listen to music. The only downside to it was it didn’t have an AM or FM radio to it. It’s definitely one of those toys I just grew out of over time. But now I wish I had kept it instead of getting rid of it. I probably could of sold it for a lot of money to a collector.

If you want to see how big this thing was in the 90’s I was able to dig up this commercial. Take a look. If you were a 90’s kid you definitely wanted it one.

 

One of the other crappy things about it was that it took four AA batteries. Which back then was a lot as an average walkman only took two. But it didn’t die as quick as the Game Gear. LOL!

Anyway I just wanted to share a nostalgic post with you all today by talking about the Talkboy! Does anyone out there remember the Talkboy? Did you own the Talkboy (or Talkgirl)? Did you have a friend who owned one? Let me know in the comments below. Blogging live to you and yours! It’s your boy TWOTALL4UFOOL! Remember that TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE! Thanks for reading folks! More great content to come.

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