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Remember The Talking Cricket Doll?

Updated on April 27, 2015

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.

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      Lisa Brown 2 years ago

      I have a Corky doll in good shape. Any thought son where I could sell it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Toysthattalk.com can fix corky dolls. The ladies name is Betty & she is amazing @ repairing these dolls

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have my daughters corky and crickett I think I enjoyed them more then she did We have the sleeping bag and chair and a lot of the clothes. Books and tapes crickett still works but corky does not

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I bought corky in the eighties, my grandkids came in the late nineties, but did not play with it. Now I can't get the sound to work. The tape moves, but no movement or sound. How can I fix it? Grandma Donna

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes! I think about my Cricket a lot. This toy stands out more than the rest to me. Sadly, one day when I was younger, I left her in the hot car. It jacked up the batteries and they rusted. This made her not work. I was SO heartbroken. :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: lots of them on ebay

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've still got mine and have passed it on to my daughter. Unfortunately the tape player doesn't work :(. Wish there was something similar I could get for my daughter.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I rememember buying our daughter a cricket doll.me and my husband put it away in the coop ghd and were payin weekly for it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I rememember buying our daughter a cricket doll.me and my husband put it away in the coop ghd and were payin weekly for it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i LOVED MY CRICKET--I WAS THE RAGE OF MY STREET WITH MY PRECIOUS CRICKET DOLL. I GOT HER FOR CHRISTMAS CIRCA 86-87! I WAS 6 OR 7 THEN! SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL! I USED TO PUT HER IN MY BABY BROTHER'S STROLLER AND TELL PEOPLE I HAD A BABY SISTER! MY CRICKET STOPPED WORKING AND I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT. MEMORIES...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I loved my cricket doll and her brother corky too...I still have both, with original boxes..and both still working...!

      AMC0678

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I adore my cricket doll which i got for my 7th birthday and still have her although sadly hasn't worked for some years, her eyes are discoloured and her hair matted at the ends, does anyone know a good professional restorer? it is so sad, it would be lovely to have her working again!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      go in grandmas closet and check her out. scrape easily where battiers connect and see if she will go. i just pulled one out of closet and it would not until I did this. Now working great. so happy. going to give to granddaughter

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i'm looking to buy a corky doll for my 3yr. I lost mine when we moved from connecticut to maine. anyone looking to sell PLMK.

      tai452000@yahoo.com

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i really want 1 for my little girl i had soo much fun with mine but carnt find 1 anywhere except united states and unfortunately i don't live there :(

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I still have one, although it is in my little sister's possession, still in good condition also, I used to play with that doll for hours.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lol, I still have my Corky doll! I got him in 1990.. I also have my brothers one, I recently took them from my attic, suprisenly both still work. Lmfao! They've been in the attic for 21 yrs now! =/ lol

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Never heard about the doll, Cricket for me is a game which is played between 2 teams of 11 players each, on a round ground.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Can't say I do remember her, but nice to read of your memories. I do recall the cabbage patch dolls, this one is much cuter!

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      jojokaya lm 6 years ago

      Cricket is cure...