Toys of the Eighties, Talking Whiz Kid
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A computer that came with cartridges plus cards related to that cartridge. The first cartridge was basic words and skills. Additional cartridges were about animals, space, food, and theatres. Each cartridge also came with a story to read.
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Lindsay - June 20, 2007 - Report this comment
Ohhhh, I loved my Talking Whiz Kid as a child! Hours of fun! I recall that it said "pier" instead of "pear" and we'd get such a kick outta that! It also said "satchel", and my sister and I had NO idea what that was. (I do now, thanks) We still have it and it actually still works!!! Fun, fun!!!
Monica - September 18, 2007 - Report this comment
I still have my whiz kid too! I'm hoping to find more catridges. my sisters children love to play with it, and T Still play hangman on it sometimes.
Debbie - October 08, 2007 - Report this comment
Would like to find cartridges for the 1980 whiz kid does anyone know where you can get them
Nicole - December 05, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember that the first set of cards did not have a story with it. For the animal cartridge, the story was about Melinda and Jeff's trip to the zoo. The outer space cartridge story I believe was something about a journey to the moon. The food cartridge had a story about baking cookies. I cannot remember what the story was for the theater cartridge. The words you spelled for the cards were words that were highlighted in the stories.
David W. - December 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved this when I was young! I'm sure the little "do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do-do-do-do, INSERT CARD" song it played when it 'booted' will forever be engraved in my memory. Used to play with the music mode and hangman ALL THE TIME. Was a great toy!
CubanChili - April 10, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG!!! I used to have this toy! Hours of endless fun. My mom would have to pry me off of this thing! I still have the cards, but the actual Whiz Kid somehow disappeared.... hmmmm
brandy j - June 03, 2008 - Report this comment
hahaha ... insert card insert card ... i still have my in my moms attic ... but no cartridges.... i would love to find some
Akitten - August 05, 2008 - Report this comment
"insert card insert card.. try again try again insert card." I thought the blue one was more fun even though the screen was hard to see. Talking Whiz kid is absolute classic! As a kid i got my hand stuck in this folding verson somehow... (apparently i'm uncoordinated.) I think i also got mad at it a few times and tossed it across the room. I remember as a challenge i would try to finish all the cards in one day(my pre-videogame era). Pretty difficult when you have 6 packs of cards. It still works to this day! now I'm going to have to dig it out to play with it again!
Helen - August 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I just found mine after being packed away for 15yrs. We put batteries in it and it actually turned on. The problem is it is not reading the cards. Even after you slide one in it still says "Insert Card." I wonder if anyone out there could help fix it. I would love for my son to be able to play with it.
DanielEfton - September 06, 2008 - Report this comment
I didn't have the folding version, but I loved hangman. To this day I still have random memories of the voice saying "Guess a bletter." that out of place b still makes me laugh a little.
Carlos Segura - October 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Found mine after 20+ years and would like for my kids to play with it. Anyone know where I can find some cards? Would appreciate any help, thanks!
Lisa H - October 13, 2008 - Report this comment
i felt sooo smart playing with this thing! still have it too! and the cards! they bent soo easily and didn't work right if u couldn't straighten them out all the way! was bummed cuz some of my favorite cards got worn out pretty quick!
mpk - November 08, 2008 - Report this comment
i got mine in 1987,i was 5.i still play with it time to time.they had great stuff in the 80's.
jbondsr - November 25, 2008 - Report this comment
lol. I also got mine in 1987. I hated when the cards got bent and the device couldn't read the bar code. It boots up with that familiar tune, then "Insert card". If it couldn't read, always with the "Try again. Try-t-t-t-try again."
luke - November 25, 2008 - Report this comment
"do-do-do-do, do-do-do-do-do-do-do, INSERT CARD" lol. classic. why dont they create decent toys anymore? Someone should release an mp3 or midi of the boot song. I'd love to use it as a ringtone to see how many people around me recognize it. ^_^
Miss My Whizkid - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
There is a code you can type in for each card instead of using the cards. It has been to long for me to remember exactly how, but I do remember discovering that as a kid. I think my mom sold mine ;(. I miss it!
Larissa - January 29, 2009 - Report this comment
i have a talking whiz kid i wonder if there worth anything.
Matt - March 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember when mine stopped reading the cards. You just power it up, and when it says "Insert Card" press the CODE button. It will say "Enter Code" and you type the two-digit number from the back of the card. Just don't try to stick the card in the reader after the game starts; it gets confused!
Rina - March 04, 2009 - Report this comment
This is brilliant. My roommate and I were talking about old games when we were kids tonight and I couldn't for the life of me remember what this console was called. All I remembered was the "insert card, try again try again" voice. Sure enough, typed that into google exactly as above and this link pops up. Talking Whiz Kid! Man, I miss that thing!
Kersten - May 07, 2009 - Report this comment
The blue one from 1985 was the one i had (from a garage sale, i'm sure, because i was born in 1985)... that one is just a plain "Whiz-Kid", not a Talking one. I remember when I'd get a wrong answer, the stupid owl would tumble across the screen and I'd get SO MAD lol I wish my mom didn't get rid of it, my daughter would have fun with it now.
NoctemOut - May 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh wow, I've been looking all over for some mention of that 1985 blue one- every time I look up "whiz kid" I always get some other kind or something else entirely. I don't remember how any of the sounds went but I'm sure It'd come back to me if I heard it again.
Chris - July 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember that if you shoved the card in really hard it would say "error" but it sounded like "ear." To my huge amusement.
Pam - July 03, 2009 - Report this comment
We had the orange folding version. When we were on car trips, we used the CODE button and entered the card numbers. We kept a paper list of the game names and codes with the machine. It was easier than keeping cards gathered and unbent for 12 hours in the car. I think I gave away the machine and only recently found the C cartridge and cards and the A cards. I would like them to get to someone who could use them.
andre martin - July 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh my gosh! I just find my talking whiz kid! I have no cards or cartridges though :-( And Yes, the error word sounded like "EAR" ha ha ha... Man did that thing ever suck the life out of those C batteries. Must have cost my parents a fortune LoL
Megan H. - September 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow, I sure loved my Talking Wiz Kid too. I distinctly remember an insert card that quizzed you on the worlds famous monuments. There was the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Leaning tower of Pisa, Golden Gate Bridge (I think), and the Opera House of Sydney. Since then, I've always wanted to see the momenuments in person...I only ave the Opera House to go..! Thanks Wiz Kid, I'm intelligent and I know some thanks goes to you.
Rachel L. - November 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh wow. So many of my hours were filled with playing with my Talking Whiz Kid. I too wore my cards out to the point where I started entering the codes instead of using them! The thing was sooo fun, and incredibly hilarious in it's pronunciations. To this day, I cannot say or think of the word "cushion" without hearing the Talking Whiz Kid say "scurshon" in my head. Some words were pronounced so badly, you couldn't answer the questions they pertained to! "Please spell 'smoush'" - bwah! I'm so gonna buy another one day on e-bay!
Jaida - January 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Whenever mine said 'pillow', it would shut off and you had to turn it on again, but one time it got stuck on 'letter' so it started sparking but then it stopped so in this little bulletproof/fireproof box in my cousin's basement, there's a Talking Whiz Kid going "tttttttttttttttt", and at night you can still hear it! My cousin and I are so close, and when we were little we lived together because our moms were sisters and really close, and I remember going up to our little tree clubhouse in summer and sitting with our Kenya dolls, playing with our Whiz Kids, and sipping rootbeer from our uncle's shop while wearing our signiture white t-shirt with the words 'Best Friends' in purple, purple short-shorts, white thin belts, bright orrange flip flops, bright orange hair bows, and white rhinestne sunglasses. After that, we'd go to the pool wearing our identical swimsuits, except in different colors. I was usually orange and her purple. those were our colors. Oh, the good 'ol days!
Kyleen - March 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Mine would say "open" instead of "oven"
Mike H - March 22, 2010 - Report this comment
My favorite mispronunciation was for the spelling game... I could never get it to say it again since the words were random... "Pewerple, spell pewerple" Glad there are so many other that remember this classic.
Kristy Briscoe - April 07, 2010 - Report this comment
My mum found my whizz-kid the other day and all the cards and cartridges that came with it!! I was delighted when I put the batteries in and heard those sweet words "insert card" - brought back so many memories, it was by far my fave toy ever as a child and I remember not allowing anybody else to play on it (selfish 8 year old). I remember wondering for quite some time what a 'sweater' was before realising that it was actually a jumper! Still, at least I was taught to spell it correctly! My neice and nephew will have hours of fun with it and hopefully my own kids too. I can't believe that after 22 years it's still as brill as I remember it - "yes, you are right!". Whizz-kid forever!!!
Kirsty - April 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved my whiz kid i had the folding one and i had every card for it and it was the best thing ever, i wish i still had it, i dont actually know what happened to it, but i miss it... anyone want to sell theirs?
Harmony - July 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I hated mine! All it ever said was "insert card, try again, try again, insert insert card" and I would get so mad! lol! my parents still tease me about it today!
Holly - July 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I have the talking whiz kid but lost the study cards. My kids Loved it and now I would enjoy using it with my grandsons but cannot find the cards anywhere!! Any suggestions?
Floyd - October 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow, thought about this when I saw a commercial for some new toy and within my first four Google searches found this! Totally loved this as a kid - and now I own a computer support company. Wish I could track mine down.
DDA - October 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh my i loved this toy back in the day, took it apart when i was young though!!! I guess thats why I fix computers now for a living!!! Great Toy!!!!
Mikka - December 17, 2010 - Report this comment
It was the most amazing thing ever!!!! I remember everything it do do do do TRY AGAIN..haha! I still have mine and enjoy breaking it out when I visit my parents.
Mo - December 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I had the blue one from '85. I was only 4 or 5 when I got it, so it's hard to remember everything about it. The thing that I remember most is the little owl. He wore a flat hat and thick glasses. Couldn't recall the name of the toy, but it took me only a minute to find out the name of it on Google. I wish I still had mine :0( Now they sell the v.reader, made by the same company as Whiz Kid, which is a kid's version of Kindle.
Samantha - January 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I cant remember the cods for my whiz kid can anyone help or tell me where i can buy the cards for my little girl she likes it when it talkes lol.
Jesse - January 19, 2011 - Report this comment
Omg the whiz kid! I was the little boy in the commercial! I barely remember it, it was my parents asking me questions and showing flashcards while getting ready in the morning. I looked all over for video of it on the Internet. Does anyone have it? Maybe recorded on an old tape? I'd love to see that again! Do-do-do-do... Do-do-do-do-do-do-do Insert card! LOL
Linz - February 25, 2011 - Report this comment
There aren't words for how happy I am right now. I had the blue flip Whiz Kid when I was little. I loved that thing and have been searching for a picture of it for AGES. I was beginning to think that I had made it up, then click, I saw the picture in all its glory. I miss my Whiz Kid. The end.
MeganRugbyGirl - June 12, 2011 - Report this comment
I Loved my talking Whiz Kid from 1987. I played with it for hours on end. I distinctly remember one card which quizzed you on world monuments and their locations. There was the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Golden Gate Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Big Ben, and the Pyramids. That card mad such a lasting impression on me, I knew that someday I'd want to see each landmark in person. I'm 28 years old now, mission accomplished.
Jambo - July 05, 2011 - Report this comment
There is a code on the back of every card. When it says insert card (and it no longer reads the cards) hit the "code" button, type the code, and press "enter".
Francisco Reina - July 22, 2011 - Report this comment
tengo la consola talking whiz kid en perfectas condiciones sin embargo ya no tengo las tarjetas por si alguien se interesa,
Christina - January 11, 2013 - Report this comment
My gosh how I loved my Talking Whiz Kid .For some reason tonight I just started thinking about 80s toys and kept hearing the beeping music that started and 'insert card, insert card' Can't believe the name popped in my head...just Googled it to make sure I was right and bingo .
FIBS ONE - February 06, 2013 - Report this comment
Oh boy do I remember these! It was like the Premo-speak&spell lol! Now I kinda wish I had one to mess with lol! Got the OG speak&spell somewhere lol!
joanne - August 21, 2013 - Report this comment
Hi just found my talking whizz kid and pack of cards with letter a on the card box I don't know if you can buy? The cards but I haven't had it on for a bit so don't know if it worksbut did own a speak and spell but it stoped working after I put carolanne don't go into the light lol well love my atari260 had since I was 7 still got it and games still work
shalynn - September 22, 2013 - Report this comment
can someone tell me where i can check my talking whiz kid children's computer. It doesnt seem to be able to read the cards.
Mark - August 02, 2014 - Report this comment
"Please choose the correct answer for b. Der der der der der no try again" " insert card " haha
Santie - November 24, 2014 - Report this comment
does anyone have the card for sale for talking whiz kid 1986 that will ship to South Africa? email if you do please
Anicia figueroa - February 25, 2016 - Report this comment
I'm looking to sell my whiz kid , don't really know how much they go for . I'm looking for estimated prices!
heba - July 19, 2016 - Report this comment
I still have my whizz kid son loves playing with it ..still working ..can't believe
Veronica Lai Wing - April 26, 2021 - Report this comment
I boughtthe Talking Whizz Kid for my daughter when she was 5 years old. She is now 38 years old and just the other day I took it out of the shed and bought a transformer - saves on batteries. I t sure brings a smile to our faces and it's a load of fun. You can be any age to enjoy it.

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