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Remember The Talking Cricket Doll?
The Interactive Doll From My Childhood
Does anyone else remember the Cricket doll? Maybe you still own one! One of my favorite childhood toys was my Cricket doll. Though her life was short lived, she started my addiction to cassette playing interactive dolls. This catapulted my owning a Teddy Ruxpin (you know you remember him!) and my interactive talking Snoopy. Sadly my Cricket quit working one day and went on to live her live up in my Grandmother's closet. She's actually still there to this day as a matter of fact! If you remember Cricket, then you will enjoy reading this lens!
A Little Girl's Love
When I was a young girl my grandmother bought me my very own Cricket doll. I was so excited to own such a doll and my memories with her were ones that I still treasure. You just popped the cassette in her back, pressed play, and read along with the coordinating book that went with the cassette and watched her mouth move in amazement. As a young girl in the late 80's, early 90's, this toy was amazing! She even came with an extra workout outfit. The outfit even had a little sweat band for it, too cute!
The sad part was when my Cricket doll decided to start eating the cassette tapes I had so dearly enjoyed her playing. No more talking Cricket. What was a girl to do? Oh yeah! Cricket had a special Cricket repair hospital that you were instructed to send your Cricket doll to if she had any problems and they would fix her up in a jiffy and send her back good as new. Grandma promised me she would send her, though that day never actually came. She ended up buying me off with a Teddy Ruxpin, and then eventually a talking Snoopy. I managed to move on with my new toys, but I never forgot about poor Cricket in her box up on the top shelf of the closet. She would never see that Cricket hospital. To this day when I visit my grandmother I sneak a peek up in the closet at Cricket still in her box on the top shelf after all these years, right next to Teddy Ruxpin and Snoopy. Ah the memories!
The History Of Cricket
The Cricket doll was manufactured by the company Playmates and was first unveiled in 1986. This doll was the brainchild of Larry Jones of California R&D Center, with the purpose of creating a fun interactive talking doll that stood apart from the Teddy Ruxpins of the toy world. She was programmed with fun phrases such as "Are we having fun or what?" and "I'll be talkin' to ya!". Besides her vast collection of books and tapes, as well as outfits, Cricket was also featured on home videos, paper dolls, and coloring books as well.