Toys of the Decades – 1990s: Talkboy, Furby

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

Every day this week, News 4 This Morning is taking a look back at a pair of popular toys from decades past.

The TalkBoy was first featured in the 1992 movie, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. After demand for a toy based on the cassette recorder grew, a toy was made and released the next year. The portable unit could record and playback audio cassettes. Uniquely, it had both fast and slow settings to allow the user to have a slow-pitched or high-pitched voice. A Talkgirl unit aimed towards girls was also made, along with a smaller Jr. version that used internal memory instead of audio cassettes.

A Furby is a unique creature toy that became massively popular towards the tail end of the 1990s. The small furry creatures with large eyes and a beak spoke gibberish at first, but later said more and more English words the more that the owner used it. The Furby peaked in 1999, with a staggering 14 million sold. During this time, there were some fights in retail outlets involving parents for a Furby. A new line of Furbies was introduced just a couple of years ago. Uniquely, any Furby is banned from NSA because they could be used to record sensitive information.

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