Then there is Chiaccherina. There are three dolls, each with one tape, I think... I see some with miniature records, perhaps they are phonograph dolls who can also plug into a cassette player for extra content. But I am not sure. There is very little information.
There are so many of such toys! I want to collect them all! Like Pokemon, haha
Did you find such rare talking toys online? Or do you own one that is not well known? Please tell! I am very interested. I have found many more a long time ago, but the pictures were lost when my computer was broken.
It's Jabbee the Storyteller Bear! Wow, I have not seen this one online for sale in a long time! His/her (I am not sure of the gender) speech is very strange, and awkward... I think this is because the animation responds to sound only. So if the speech pauses like so, Jabbee will move in synchronisation to the voice.
Post by DollyPrince on Apr 20, 2016 23:35:30 GMT -7
Yes, Jabbee is very cute!
His/her design reminds me of Spinoza. He was a talking bear, made in the same year as Teddy Ruxpin. Unlike the other cassette talkers, he has no animation, which is admittedly not as captivating. But, he is interesting for his rarity. He was given to sick children in hospitals. His tapes were in Spanish and English. I owned one, who I bought online, and many tapes for him. I think his stories are very dark... Especially one tape, called "Hold on to Me". In this tape, Spinoza's friend graphically dies, and he and the other characters grieve for her! This story and the songs, seem to be for adults, not children.
I prefer Jabbee Bear, because I like the animatronics, and the face better. But, I do like Spinoza as well. I would like to own him again one day. He is even more rare than before, especially with the tapes. The Spanish tapes will likely not be found again...
The more pleasant stories, were very relaxing. They were not energetic like Teddy Ruxpin's programs. All of them were very surreal, like a dream...
I think Spinoza is a very unique toy. His stories are like no other.
Post by DollyPrince on Apr 21, 2016 20:45:00 GMT -7
Yes. Hold on to Me is a program for people who have lost someone special...
Ah, I forgot to mention, there are 4 different versions of Spinoza!
The first one has a white cassette player, it reminds me of the one for the Teddy Ruxpin prototype. It fits into a pocket on the bottom. His tapes are white, and were each sold separately. His fur is lighter than other versions. The second version's cassette player is black, and has Spinoza's logo on it! The pocket is now on the leg. The tapes were changed to clear plastic. This one was part of my collection. The tapes were together in a display case. The third version is not a standard cassette player. His voice box is a Talking Book player. The last one, is in the video. He is larger than the others. He is the most different. He plays CDs! They all come with him. He does not have volume control on his chest...
"If you look closely you will see, they're part of the world like you and me.."
The talking book version is very rare.. I do not have a picture of him anymore.. But, his mechanism looks similar to the second version, it is black with the Spinoza logo. However, there are some extra switches, including one that changes it to play talking book format or standard format. I have never seen the Spinoza tapes in this format, but they do exist.
You can see the CD version if you look for "Spinoza Bear" on YouTube. There is a video of someone unboxing this version. I noticed the CD version sounds slower than the version who was in my collection.. I think mine played a little faster.