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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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I love the Monkees dolls, but that baby is seriously creeping me out!
How fun is this list?? I LOVE your blog!
The Monkee's thing was great, and I had no idea the character of Rowlf was from the 60s.
Wow, toys have come a long way. Look at those Monkee dolls, how funny.
Oh these are lovely, thanks for posting this list! I especially liked the Monkees!
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
This is before my time, LOL.
My Thursday 13 is up!
Granted, http://www.disturbingauctions.com/ on it's own rocks... but the "Dean Martin Hand Puppet" belongs on your list.
O! M! G! I had that Monkees toy!!
What, no Jack in the Box! I'll probably have the song in my head all day just because I thought about it.
I'm leaving my real address now.
The best monkey ever is the one that you can fling and it screams as it goes across the room. LOL
Awesome! I love the Scooba doll!
"Dig my crazy black stockings!"
BAHAHAHAHAHA! That is so stinkin' hilarious.
Scooba-doo is priceless, as are The Monkees!
This is one of my new favorite places to visit!
Dig my black stockings! lol!
These are retro-larious!
If you have time, check out my "This Is My Wish" TT!
Live, laugh, love, and learn in 2008!
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?"
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
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)
Interesting list and yet also quite creepy on some things. "Hold me close and whisper"....
Hope your holiday was great!
I wonder if the Monkees knew about those dolls!
Scooba doo scares me. She looks like Amy Winehouse without the beehive or track marks.
I must have a Scooba Doo NOW!
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:
I am looking for a chester the talking chimp for a 50th birthday, does anyone know where I can purchase this
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 :)
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