Thursday, December 27, 2007

13 Toys That Made Noise In The 60's

Thirteen Things That Made Noise in Wards Catalog in the late 60's

Pierre Poodle is a 6-transistor radio, with the controls on his tummy:

Big Plush Talkers are stuffed animals with chatty rings & talking strings. There's Bugs Bunny; Sniffy the Skunk who talks and smells like mint; and Montana Mouse, who, while "shocking pink" is "dressed like a real frontier hero" and "talks with a Western twang" as he shares "10 secrets".

There are several talking circus toys here, Larry the Lion, Patootie the clown, and my favorite, Chester O' Chimp who says, "I speak English, can't you talk Monkey?"

Hey! Hey! They're the Monkees! (And they "talk to each other just like on TV!)

These talking hand puppets feature pull strings so that each chats up a storm. There is Tom the cat with Jerry the mouse in his hand, King Kong, and Bugs Bunny.

This one is abso-frickin-lutely my favorite. Her name is Scooba-Doo, and she says, "I'm Scooba-Doo. Come on, let's get with it!" because she's a "member of the swinging generation" -- which may explain her "striped mini-dress and mod necklace", but should she really say, "Dig my crazy black stockings!" -- really? Me thinketh someone wasn't as hip as they thought daddy-o.

Not only does the dressed in red Baby Secret doll say, "Hold me close and whisper!" but they stress that her lips move and that she can be put in any baby-like position. (My mind is seriously in the gutter.)

"Nobody can out talk us!" Danny O'Day ventriloquist dummy comes with a record by Jimmy Nelson to teach you "instant ventriloquism". Rowlf Muppet is just a puppet. And while both require your own voice, I had to show them off here too. Consider them, numbers 14 &15, as a bonus. *wink*

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Blogger Robin said...

I love the Monkees dolls, but that baby is seriously creeping me out!

December 27, 2007 5:59 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

How fun is this list?? I LOVE your blog!


December 27, 2007 6:10 AM  
Blogger Moondancer said...

The Monkee's thing was great, and I had no idea the character of Rowlf was from the 60s.

Happy TT

December 27, 2007 6:54 AM  
Blogger Head Gaggler said...

Wow, toys have come a long way. Look at those Monkee dolls, how funny.

December 27, 2007 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Oh these are lovely, thanks for posting this list! I especially liked the Monkees!

Happy TT!
Greets Julia

December 27, 2007 8:37 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

And to think I was born in the late 60's!!! I use to watch the Monkees every day after school when I was younger. Happy TT

December 27, 2007 8:40 AM  
Blogger Angelika said...

This is before my time, LOL.

My Thursday 13 is up!

December 27, 2007 9:06 AM  
Blogger DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

Must add...

Granted, on it's own rocks... but the "Dean Martin Hand Puppet" belongs on your list.

December 27, 2007 9:21 AM  
Anonymous feefifoto said...

O! M! G! I had that Monkees toy!!

December 27, 2007 9:22 AM  
Blogger colleen said...

What, no Jack in the Box! I'll probably have the song in my head all day just because I thought about it.

December 27, 2007 9:35 AM  
Blogger colleen said...

I'm leaving my real address now.

December 27, 2007 9:35 AM  
Anonymous AtomiK Kitten said...

The best monkey ever is the one that you can fling and it screams as it goes across the room. LOL

December 27, 2007 10:12 AM  
Blogger tickledpink.nicole said...

Awesome! I love the Scooba doll!

December 27, 2007 11:15 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

"Dig my crazy black stockings!"

BAHAHAHAHAHA! That is so stinkin' hilarious.

December 27, 2007 11:17 AM  
Blogger Samantha_K said...

Scooba-doo is priceless, as are The Monkees!

This is one of my new favorite places to visit!
Happy Thursday!

December 27, 2007 11:57 AM  
Blogger Open Grove Claudia said...

Dig my black stockings! lol!

Happy TT!

December 27, 2007 1:10 PM  
Blogger cajunvegan said...

These are retro-larious!

If you have time, check out my "This Is My Wish" TT!

Live, laugh, love, and learn in 2008!

December 27, 2007 2:27 PM  
Blogger Malcolm: said...

Excellent post... the pictures you found really made it come alive. The Peter Tork rendition didn't look anything like the real thing though.

Your comments about the words "spoken" by Scooba-Doo Doll made me laugh. If the designers of the doll updated it for girls in the 80s, they probably would have had it saying stuff like, "Aren't my leg warmers groovy?"

December 27, 2007 3:23 PM  
Blogger SlipOfAGirl said...

I so stole Ms Scooba-Doo for my blog lol

And then after reading all the cool stuff, did a belated one of my own :p

December 27, 2007 4:30 PM  
Blogger D Pop Tart said...

Monkees an stockings seems to be the winners here today ;)

Thanks for all your kind comments!

I sooooo want the Dean Martin puppet!

Slip, I know you link back so all is forgiven (and you know you wanted to play TT anyway lol)

December 27, 2007 5:21 PM  
OpenID xakara said...

Interesting list and yet also quite creepy on some things. "Hold me close and whisper"....

Definitely creepy.

Hope your holiday was great!

Happy TT


December 27, 2007 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Nicholas said...

I wonder if the Monkees knew about those dolls!

December 27, 2007 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Roxanne said...

Scooba doo scares me. She looks like Amy Winehouse without the beehive or track marks.

I must have a Scooba Doo NOW!

December 27, 2007 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Linda R. Moore said...

Aaaargh! Attack of the mutant baby doll zombie!!!!


Thanks for visiting my TT. :)

I have three TTs this week:

Review of 2007:

Motorcycling review of 2007:

13 RV adventures in 2007:

December 30, 2007 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking for a chester the talking chimp for a 50th birthday, does anyone know where I can purchase this

April 11, 2009 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, only here because of a google search for "vintage talking monkey stuffed toy". I can't believe I found a photo of Chester O'Chimp. I have him!

Actually he was my dear old granny's - she was in her 70s but wild and Irish and silly and loved the latest inventions always buying the latest. And talking toys were very exciting in the mid-60s so she had to have one and her friend bought her Chester as a gag gift. She loved pulling the string and laughing over the vocabulary. He also says "Let's go to the zoo and see the wild children!" and does a real monkey ooo-ooo-ooo-ahh-ahh-ooo-ooo call. His lips even move :)

Would you know which company made him? I'm off to google that now that I know his name. Thanks for posting this, I've wondered for years "who" he was.

And for the prior comment by krmit, nope, not gonna sell him :)

April 25, 2009 11:43 PM  

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