Toys of the Eighties, Magical Musical Thing
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Cross between a keyboard and an electric guitar. Had a soft plastic keypad where the "neck" of the "guitar" was. Came with a songbook to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by number or color.
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Kris - August 03, 2007 - Report this comment
I think the White Stripes used a MMT for their newest hit, Icky Thump.
Dana - November 08, 2007 - Report this comment
This was one of my favorite toys as a kid. i remember the booklet had quite a few songs in it you could play.
Allison - January 04, 2008 - Report this comment
My mom recently gave mine back for my son to play with, he never gets the chance with my husabnd and I playing it.
Mary in Ohio - April 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I got one of these for my 6th birthday and my older sisters were always playing it, I rarely got a chance to.
Grant Freeman - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
i was in the TV add for Mattel back in the 70's for this thing
Chrissy in WI - December 04, 2008 - Report this comment
I got one as a kid. Four years ago my step-daughter interviewed me for a school project about your favorite gift. I picked my Magical Musical Thing. Just got interviewed by my daughter (same 4th grade project) a couple days ago. She was so interested. She wished I still had it. I logged on to eBay to find one. Just before bidding, I thought I better call mom. SURE ENOUGH! She still has it... and the book, too! (Seems my battery door needs to be taped shut, though!) I have arranged for my daughter to find out Gramma has it - without my daughter knowing I know. My daughter will give it to me for Christmas (again!) this year! :) Funny how some things come back around!
Rachel in CA - December 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved this toy as a kid. My sister and I each had one and played them for hours. I just found mine today at my parents house and it still works! Unfortunatley, I don't have the book. Would anyone know how I could get a copy of the book so my daughter could play a real song rather then just random keys? Thanks :)
Carol in NY - February 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Sorry Rachel. I meant to direct this comment to Chrissy in WI. Any chance I could get a copy of the song book? Please let me know. Thanks.
Carol in NY - February 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Chrissy in WI. I have the instrument but need the book. Any chance I could get a copy of the book. Please let me know. Thank you.
Kathy - March 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh my gosh! This was one of my favorite toys! I wish I had it still! i looked on Ebay and they had none :(
Marie - October 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a really cheap spin-off of this toy that was bought at a quick-mart when I was 7 in 1985. I showed it to my pals. They weren't impressed and I took it home. Later that day my friends wanted to form a band. We all went home to get instruments. I brought this toy back. A mean neighbor boy said "Oh great you brought THAT retarded thing back?" I quit the "band". I didn't approve of the "r" word back then just as I don't now and I still liked my fake musical thing! ;)
Dottie in PA - October 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Carol in NY Did you ever find a copy of the music book? If so, where can I get one.
Denise in Alaska - November 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Funny I just found my musical magical thing with my two small sons it works:) I don't have any music for it either. :( Did any any of you ever find music for it? If so where?
former magical musical star - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
6-7-8-7-6, 6-7-8-10-7-8-6, 6-8-9-10-10-10-10-10-10-9, 7-8,9-9-9-9 10-9-8-7-6....6-7-8-7-6, 6-7-8-10-7-8-6 Snake charmer...ha...I remember parts of other songs too 5 5 7 9 12 10 (on top of old smokey) 10 8 9 10 9...5 5 7 9 9 6....7 8 7 6 5......not positive but that's enough to get you close..... you can match the numbers up to a keyboard. I used to take my sister's music that had the notes written in it and plate it on my magical musical thing. I'm 35, and I still remember the songs by the numbers!!!
missin the 80's - April 22, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG! I loved this toy. it was my favorite... i cant believe i had forgotten about it..:-)Brings back memories
tara in dorset UK - June 30, 2010 - Report this comment
i loved this toy so much. had hours of fun on it! can still remember the christmas that i got it! it was a total surprise!even my grandad loved it!couldnt get him off it!found it a whle back but the connections for the battery had broken off < couldnt mend it! how gutted was i? would love to hear that sound again ... great memories dont make them ike they used to do they?if you have one out there you enjoy it.....
Lauren54 - September 15, 2010 - Report this comment
THis thing broke on me when I was playing with it so much .
June - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Got lucky and found one at a consignment sale for $4! I also am in need of the book. My one year old son is fascinated by it.
Claire - December 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Loved this when i was little would love to have one again if anybody knows where i can get one let know lol thanks
stacie - December 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I just found mine in a box that had been sitting at my grandmother's house for about 20 years along with a lot of now "vintage" toys and games. It still had the song book in it. I will try to figure out a way to post it somewhere. This should be something that everyone can access. Surprised Mattel doesn't have it electronically somewhere.
Lisa - February 13, 2012 - Report this comment
I have one & it still works!! I have the book too but it's missing the cover!
kathy - January 01, 2013 - Report this comment
here's one jingle bells 777 777 79up5up67 888 65
kathy - January 01, 2013 - Report this comment
Oh! here's the rest of it777 777 79up5up 67 888 887 777 998 6 5
Braden - January 11, 2013 - Report this comment
We had one when I was a kid back in the early 80s, but I took it apart and disconnected the speaker wires and connected them to my computer's cassette tape input and wrote a program that could tell which key was pressed on the Magical Musical Thing because of the tone it produced. Then I made the computer play the notes instead. I was such a geek.
Cheryl - August 09, 2013 - Report this comment
I loved my magical musical thing so much! Good news - you can find pics of the whole songbook on flickr under felicem's account.
James Doherty - July 27, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm looking to find a toy that was similar. It was plastic box made to look like a book. You opened the front cover and inside the whole thing was like the magical musical thing. All colours that played different notes. You then picked a sheet from a compartment inside the front cover, and placed it over the top of the coloured buttoned surface and pressed where the sheet told you. Sheets were illustrated and played nursery rhymes usually. any help would be awesome. :)
Jenny - July 31, 2016 - Report this comment
I still have the one I bought for my child when she was five she is forty three now my youngest grandson plays with it it still has the songbook two a great way to teach numbers,colours and words to the young he is four such a nice way to learn
Frank - April 17, 2017 - Report this comment
The songbook:
Dawn - December 25, 2020 - Report this comment
3212333 222 355 3212333 22321 My son was just asking me about my favorite Christmas present and I told him about the magical musical thing. We looked up a photo of it and I found this page! Mary had a Little Lamb popped into my head - as the numbers in the song book! There it is you’re welcome. It’s been almost 40 years and I can remember those numbers but I forget where I hide the snacks and I bunch of other stuff that happened 5 minutes ago.

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