Tape recorder from Home Alone 2 Film

The Talkboy

The Talkboy is a toy that originated from the iconic film Home Alone 2.  It was released in 1993 by Tiger Electronics after fans organised a campaign to get this item made  released to the general public.  It consisted of a cassette player and recorder, an extendible microphone and a handle to make it easy to be held.

Tape recorder from Home Alone 2 Film

The Talkboy had the ability for the user to be able record their own voice and change the speed of playback thus making the recorded voice deeper if played slower or higher if played back quicker, which caused pitch distortion so you sounded like a chipmunk or a deep slow voice.
The Talkboy was tremendously popular after its use in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York in 1992 and several versions were made.  The Deluxe Talk boy with slight positional changes and a tape supplied.   The Talkgirl aimed at girls and produced in pink.  The Talkboy FX Plus which was a writing pen with added voice recorder also available in pink and called the Talkgirl FX Plus.  Also available was the Talk boy Jnr.  This was a smaller version than the original but instead of cassettes used and internal memory function.