See 'N Say "the farmer says" Talking Toy (c.1966) - This toy
is part of Phonographia because it actually has a miniature phonograph
record and record player inside it, powered by pulling the "chatty-ring."
When the "farmer arrow" is pointed to a picture of an animal and
the chatty-ring is pulled, the animal is identified by a voice that
is followed by the animal's sound. For instance, if a cow is selected,
the toy says "The cow says mooooooo."
father's humor is a bit questionable (as the mother correctly questions
what's so funny about trying to confuse a baby?). But if you grew
up in this era you can probably still hear the distinctive sound
of pulling the chatty-ring and remember the variety of the See
'N Say talking toys.
Tina Doll - John Allen, June 15, 2005
the Menace - Hank Ketcham, August 20, 1999
Barbie Teen Talk!
Joe and the Barbie Liberation Organization
In 1967, Hasbro introduced the first talking G.I. Joe with a vocabulary
that consisted of battle commands. A later version of the talking
G.I. Joe became part of talking toy folklore. The following was written
by Ed Liebowitz in Smithsonian magazine (August 2002).
In 1993 a
prankish group calling itself the Barbie Liberation Organization (BLO)
bought several hundred "Teen Talk" Barbies and Talking G.I. Joe Electronic
Battle Command Dukes, switched their voice boxes and surreptitiously
returned them to toy stores. Brushing Barbie's long blonde hair, an
unsuspecting doll owner might hear Barbie cry out: "Eat lead, Cobra,"
or "Attack, with heavy firepower." G.I. Joe suffered similar indignities.
The BLO sent the Smithsonian a "postop" G.I. Joe, who, in his best
Barbie soprano voice, warbles such memorable phrases as "Let's plan
our dream wedding," "I love to try on clothes" and "Ken's such a dream."
Girl, Postmodern Jukebox - Cover "Aqua"
(1997 in AquaScope) à la mode Beach Boys 2015