What made the Talk Boy so radical, so... sexy... besides the shiny grey Back to the Future DeLorean exterior, the classic-Oldsmobileish-font, the buttons for "play" (ooh baby...), was that little telescopic mic-scope thing that... extended out. Aw-yeah. That's how ya get chicks. These things were all-male... and not just because of 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?). That is, until the girls just HAD to ruin it with their pink-colored "Talk Girl" edition (wait, didn't they have those extendy things too??) that probably cost more. Whatever, I guess Talk Boys had to reproduce somehow. Whatever the gender, these things 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.