What made the Talk Boy so radical, so... sexy... besides the shiny grey Back to the Future DeLorean exterior, and besides the ridiculously sexist "Boy" in the title, like the Game Boy (because come on, if handheld games got to rock out with external genitals, why not tape recorders?), was that little telescopic mic-scope thing that... extended out. Aw-yeah. These things were all-male with that extendy thing... that is, until the girls just HAD to ruin it with the "Talk Girl" edition (wait, didn't they have those too??), which... was just a pink-colored Talk Boy. Whatever, I guess Talk Boys had to reproduce somehow. The Talk Boy also had this sick grip handle (so you could hold it so classy all one-handed), and all the buttons right in reach... Fast-Forward, Rewind, Play, Stop, and Record. It's actually amazing to me now just how... normal... these things were, considering just how F'n AWESOME they made you feel to flash around. Basically, they were just tape recorders. But I'm kinda burying the lead. Let's talk about the Talk Boy Deluxe's sexiest, most "Radical!", most "Ex-cel-LENNNT!" feature... the pitch changer.
The tape-deck even came with a cassette tape where one side was just sound effects and clips from Home Alone 2 you could use to annoy people. Because what 90s toy would be complete without it being used to ANNOY people? What else were you gonna do with a tape recorder besides record your burps and farts?
The eight-year-old me wanted one of these for the holidays. The twenty-four-year-old me does too... for all the same reasons.
Nice sweater dingus! Cool Talk Boy though.