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  Almost everyone remembers this iconic toy from the movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, but there were more versions of this device then you may remember.

  The device was originally conceived as a non-working prop for the movie, but on November 20, 1992, the day Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was released nationwide in the United States, the Talkboy hit Toys “R” Us locations. It came in Home Alone 2 themed packaging with Kevin McAlister pictured on the front of the box, and consisted of a battery-powered handheld cassette player/recorder with an integrated monophonic speaker, grip handle, an extendable microphone, and a switch allowing the recordings to be sped up or slowed down.

  The Deluxe Talkboy differed from the one shown in the movie, adding the word “Deluxe” above the “Talkboy” logotype to differentiate the models. The placement of the headphone jack was relocated, and it came packaged with a cassette tape. One side of the tape was blank, so that the user could record their own voice, and the other side was write-protected, featuring sound effects from Home Alone 2, and quotes from Kevin, Marv, and Harry.

  Despite the hype it received from its appearance in the movie, the toy itself was very basic. But, it spawned quite a few variations.

The Talkgirl

  The Talkgirl was the exact same device as the Talkboy, but came in pink. The device was branded towards girls, and set the precedent for other Talkboy models to be branded in a similar way.

Talkboy FX Plus

  The Talkboy FX Plus was a variant of the Talkboy. It functioned as a pen, and had the same recording abilities as its larger counterpart, but it had six unique sound effects that the original Talkboy did not.

  I actually had one of these, and similar to the kid in the commercial, I to used it to cause chaos in the classroom. Eventually it was taken away, and disappeared into the teacher’s bottomless drawer of confiscated goodies, never to be seen again.

  Like the original Talkgirl, there was also a version branded the Talkgirl FX Plus, which was the same, but pink.

Talkboy Jr.

  I never had this mini version, but I always wanted one. The Talkboy Jr. was everything that the Talkboy FX Plus was, minus the pen. It had six sound effects, and could easily fit in any pocket. It came branded for both boys and girls, and even had a key-chain variant.

Talkboy Shock Rocker

  The Talkboy Shock Rocker was basically a pocket beat machine. I wish I would have had this thing. I never knew about its existence until recently, and not much can be discovered about it.

  Because the original Talkboy was originally conceived as a movie prop, and was only released as a toy due to popular demand, many variants were created in an attempt to milk every penny out of the lack-luster devices lifespan. It competed with similar devices like the Yak Bak in the 90’s, and soon fell out of popularity with the rise of video game systems.

  Nevertheless, this iconic device has secured its place in history as one of those things we will never forget. Just like Macaulay Culkin.