Toys of the Eighties, Talk 'n Play
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Playskool Talk 'n Play was a tape player with storybooks that you played along with by pressing the large red, blur, yellow and green buttons. The toy itself was large and white. I remember having Sesame Street and Alvin and the Chipmunks stories
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Leslie Cook - May 20, 2007 - Report this comment
I had this SAME TOY!!!! I want SOOO much to find one and buy it in working condition and play along with it to remember what it was like as a kid :) I hope to have good luck finding one!
Shannon - October 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved this toy! Remember, Grover says don't push the red button!
80s Guy - November 19, 2007 - Report this comment
Yup, I remember this too. I think one of the Alvin and Chipmunks songs had the lyrics, "As you can plainly see, the Earth is the place to be..." or something.
Scotty - November 26, 2007 - Report this comment
I have this toy! I work for a municipal sanitation dept. and i just scrapped it off the route!
Ann - January 23, 2008 - Report this comment
My son had one. He got it for Christmas of 1984. He loved it and played with it for hours. When he grew up I gave it to his sons to play with. It didn't work so I gave it to him to fix and when he couldn't fix it he threw it away. That made me so mad and I am looking for one just like it. January 23, 2008
Jo - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
Yes! I could not remember the name of my favorite childhood toy, but thankfully I found this page! I got my Talk 'n Play for Christmas, around '86 or '87, and played with it all the time. I called it my "computer"! I think it was a great educational tool and no doubt helped form my early love of reading.
gizzmo - February 19, 2008 - Report this comment
i found a talk n play, just trying to see if i could find more books and tapes. my son loves it, found it for $2.50. it works great
wendy - February 22, 2008 - Report this comment
this toy randomly popped into my head and i looked it up i couldnt remember the name but the SUNNY DAYS song is stuck in my head. i cant believe i found this page there was a book i loved it was a bunch of animals that had a rock band and i need to know the name of it hahah i also called this toy my COMPUTER back in the days
Michelle - February 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved this toy!! I was sick a lot as a child and I would play with my talk and play for hours on end- I wish I could find one to give to my kids!!!
Tatum - March 21, 2008 - Report this comment
There is one on ebay! It's under Playskool Talk n' Play. I saw it the other day when I was randomly browsing through some toys of the 80's. lol
miguel - April 23, 2008 - Report this comment
my brother and i had this and it was great! We had almost all of the books but the one that stood out in my mind is "search for the planet cobalt" That was the best and it used "The planets" as background music. The two aliens in the story were named snoid and gaff. Please tell me someone else remembers this!
Allison - April 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved mine as a kid, so i bought one for my daughter off Ebay. Now Im realizing there were 2 different kinds. One was Playskool and one was something else. I cant remember what the other one is called, but I know the books and tapes worked on both. If anyone has ANY INFO I would REALLY appreciate it!! THANKS!!
Laura - April 26, 2008 - Report this comment
Hasbro bought out CBS/Child Guidance who originally made the Talk n' Play. Later it was put out under Playskool(Hasbro)PLEASE write them an email asking them to re-release it!The more letters they get, the higher the chances are they will re-release it. I have one- might need fixing- don't know yet(have to get adapter or working batteries!) My daughter kept busy hours on end for years, and now I want my grand-daughter to have the same fun. Would like to get more books/tapes for it. So Please write Hasbro and request it to be marketed again!
Melissa - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Finally, I've been trying to remember the name of this toy for ages. I was beginning to think I was the only one who had one. I had two stories one was Inspector Gadget and the other had a typewriter? as the main character.
Shaunna - May 14, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG, I loved this toy! I played with it for hours and hours. My favorite book/tape was one called Animal Rock Band. I remember a girl cat named Princess and a boy cat named Louie. I also liked turning the tapes over and listening to them backwards. LOL!!
Laura Marie - May 19, 2008 - Report this comment
I have a Talk N Play that both my kids used and loved it! They both are grown and thought it was funny that I saved it all these years (23YRS.)It is in very good condition,(7)books & (7)tapes. machine still works great! Just wondering if I should keep it or list it on EBay!
RLG - June 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember Search for the Planet Cobalts! I also remember one about a haunted mansion and that one kind of frightened me--my favorite was one with the muppets and they went around the world, I remember they ended up in the tower of london and saw the crown jewels...I liked that.
erin - June 23, 2008 - Report this comment
i remember planet cobalt, and the haunted mansion freaked me out too. i think my favorite was the nursery rhyme one with mother goose. "if your a boy press the blue button, if your a girl press the red button."
Jessica Cohen - June 28, 2008 - Report this comment
The colbalt was my favorite one! I JUST WON ONE ON EBAY!!!!!!!!!!
Jessica Cohen - July 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Laura Marie I would be more than interested in purchasing the tapes and books you have.
Ducky - July 22, 2008 - Report this comment
I would listen to the tapes backwards too, Shaunna! haha. I broke the tape player somehow...but I REFUSED to let my mom throw it away! I still enjoyed pushing the buttons even if it didn't work. I would pretend it was the console to a space ship or some big important computer thing :P
brandy - August 04, 2008 - Report this comment
oh i would love so much to find one of these with the books and tapes .... i would play with this toy all of the time as a child ... i just went over my grandmas the other day and i found the sesame street tape in my old playhouse ! !
Chris - August 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one of these things too. I also had the Sesame Street and Alvin and the Chipmunks boks. I think I had one on farm animals too, but since I can't rmeember that one celarly, it obviously wsn;t that awesome. Ah... to be 5 again...
inky - September 15, 2008 - Report this comment
My favorite toy. I especially liked to hold down yellow and green at the same time and play the backward stuff on the B side of the cassette. Really, this was just a four-track cassette recorder. The Search for the Planet Cobalt was awesome, as was that other more realistic space-themed book.
Jenn - September 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Santa brought me a Talk 'n Play for Christmas when I was four. Those things were expensive back in the day, but as you can see, very technologically advanced. Heh. I loved mine. I had the Sesame Street tape and the one with the farm animals and one other one. I can't remember which one it was.
80s mom - October 01, 2008 - Report this comment
I would love to find one too for my grandson. My son had this toy and I also home schooled and he graduated from high school with a 4.5. This toy was one that helped to stimulate his mind and imagination. He especially loved the Chipmunks and the little alien one. Life sure was more innocent then.........too bad you 80s children have had to witness so much nonsense and confusion but then again you came here to witness the change......didn't really want your parents lives did you? I'm not the ordinary mom and I realize that you guys have the potential to make this world a wonderful place. Don't let the system get to you. Take your power and don't give in to the PLAN! Good luck!
Mrs. Francis - October 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I used to play the sesame street book to the end of the tape over and over again. After Oscar would get done yelling at you to turn it over, a scary voice came on to announce the tape was done. What a thrill for a 4 year old! :P Looking for one for my three kids.
Kyle Sanders - October 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I use to play with this toy day and night. My fav. Tape of all was The Haunted House Mystery. Man I loved thatthing. I played it so much it was jumpy in some parts lol. I also liked in Search of planet colbalt, the learning of the space ship and outer space one and the animale Rock band. Iv tryed numrous searches on web pages devoted to the Talk "N" Play and the tapes. But th eonly one I could find was the Muppet Winki which showed the Talk and Play and ovcourse it's Sesame street stories. But none of the other stories. About Three yrs ago I won a Talk "N' Play off E-bay and evntualy tracked down my most fav story th eHaunted House Mystery. I even thought of learning how to make the Haunted House Mystery into a PC game using the sounds and pics off the story. Ovcourse I would need permission from whom ever owns the rights before doing so.
Steph M. - October 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Definitely one of my favorite toys as a kid -- do you guys remember the Halloween book/tape, where the kid visits the haunted house to investigate some missing kids? LOVED it!!
Geoff B - December 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one of these! I tell people about it and they think i'm crazy, but it was by far my favorite toy, i still remember it vividly today, and i couldn't have been older than 3 when i used to play with it! The two stories I remember having were sesame street and maybe a Berenstain Bears one?? I can't really remember...the animals playing in a band seems to job my memory as well. Wow what an amazing toy which probably had a bigger impact on my life than i remember, I am a huge book nerd now as well as a computer nerd and in a band myself. I still have mine in the attic along with all of my old childhood toys, might be soon time to have a look for it...great thread!
Mel - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh wow...I was just talking to my husband about this the other day! I wish I still had that toy. I used to play "Don't Push the Red Button" with Grover from Sesame Street. I also had an Alvin and the Chipmunks with the Chippettes one that I did a lot. There was a haunted house one that was cool, too.
Karen - December 30, 2008 - Report this comment
i loved this toy!! i wonder if there is somewhere i could buy one
Jonas Dyer - January 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved Talk'N Play. It was by far the best educational toy except for the imfamous 2-XL. 2-XL was not only educational but funny! Remember: "The rain in Spain obviously is affecting your brain. You are WRONG!"
Sharon - January 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I just pulled out my old Talk n' Play for my daycare kids and was disppointed to find out it didn't work. I wonder if it could be fixed? It still looks new. I was going to throw it away but after reading all of the happy memories, I think I'll see if I can find someone to fix it!
M - March 07, 2009 - Report this comment
Ahaaaa..!!!! Not next SUMMER!!!! NOWWWW!
coco84 - April 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I had this toy as a kid. I used to love to tick Grover off by deliberately pressing the infamous "Red Button." I also liked messing w. the buttons. Like the part where Grover was talking about animals and two of them were a nanny-goat and an octopus. If you timed it just right, you could make Grover say "A cute little Nanny-pus" by pressing a different button while he was in mid sentence. I never had any of the Chipmunks tapes, but would make my own by pressing the wrong button while music was playing,thus speeding up the tape. Ah, the memories of childhood! :(
heather - June 19, 2009 - Report this comment
i had the same talk n play as a little girl and i really enjoyed it untill one day my brother had broken it on me. and then iremember biting him just the other day it had hit me by suprise as well.i found a talk n play for my daughter and i was blessed by it . i had found it at a thrift shoppe in oshkosh wi .but only if i remember how too work it as well as what batteries it takes because iam 25 yeas old and i can become forget full at times hahahaha.
Michael - July 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I am SO PSYCHED to have found this! You have no idea how much it means to me to learn that other people know about Planet Cobalt. I have had the song that they sang at the end ("We're going back, yes, we're going back to Cobalt! Yee-ha!") stuck in my head for twenty years. My other favorite story was about the Monster Clubhouse. My god, I played that machine to death. Fun fact: My sister once utilized its four-track tape deck to record herself performing the entirety of the album Seventeen Seconds by the Cure. She played all of the parts by herself. We have no idea where that tape is now, but I'd do anything to find it.
Nancy - August 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I have this toy in really good condition. Four tapes and 5 books.
Jennifer, Bel Air, Maryland - November 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I got talk n play when i was 3 in 1986. i thought it was so cool and i was the coolest kid on my block cuz i had it. i still have it but it doesnt work. it's 23 yrs old! LOL. i stopped using it after it screwed up a tape in 1999 .but i still have it. and i still have the tapes. grover saying dont press the red button. lady and the tramp. winnie the pooh and piglet's birthday party... i never got rid of them.
Penny, Baltimore MD - November 08, 2009 - Report this comment
My husband and I bought Talk and Play 28 years ago for our twin boys. Their favorite books were Sesame Street and they'd play with the toy so much, they learned the stories by heart. Unfortunately, as they outgrew the talk and play, they decided to clean out their closet and get rid of the "old stuff" to make room for the sports equipment. Not knowing they had bagged it up for the trash, I was distraut since they now have children of their own and no longer have the talk and play. Surely, it would've been a "cool" thing for the grandchildren to play with "Dad's toy". I've searched the internet looking for this and can't find one anywhere! Luckily, I managed to hide the wooden puzzles and fisher price playsets before the twins tossed THOSE!
Megan - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
This toy was great and had such an amazing impact on mine and my sisters life! we used to play with this for hours! The animal rock band was great! with the cat the had the Michael Jackson glove, and Snoid and Gaff from the Search of Planet Cobalt! what great stories! I wish they still made this toy for future generations!
Abbey - December 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVED this too!!!! I had a monster lover's club tape and a Hello Kitty that traveled doing something or other.
Miguel - January 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm a current educator in grad school who always wondered, what factors contributed to my academic success. Surely being a Mexican, English Language Leaner, growing up in a low-income project neighborhood,the odds where against me. But after searching for the name of my childhood favorite toy and finally remembering that it was the Playskool Talk & Play, I can surely contribute this learning device as a factor in my academic success in early childhood academia, and in my english language learning.I will not rest, until I have this device in my hands once again! My wife and I don't have kids yet, however, my kids will have this learning device!
Patt - January 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I bought this for my son in '85. It was used constantly by him then by my daughter when she was old enough. I realized back then how great the 'toy' was and decided to pack it away, unfortunately without the 6V DC adapter that it apparently had (I honestly don't recall). I want to let my 3 year old grandson play with it but would like to use the cord rather than batteries. Any suggestions on how to get one? Anyone know if it is center+ or center-?
Jenn - January 17, 2010 - Report this comment
This was my favorite childhood toy. I have kids now and would really like to find one for them to play with...anybody have one for sale???
Matt - January 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Dude yes the four track for six year olds! Who didn't flip the tape and listen backwards, or push more than one button at a time? Yes I remember the search for cobalt program it was my favorite. So many- Animal Rock Band, the monster one, Inspector Gadget, You Must Be Joking, the haunted house, the fairy tales, I wore mine out! Thanks Forever Grandma!
dana - January 31, 2010 - Report this comment
looking to buy one of these
funky-vintage-retro - February 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I have one that I am going to list on eBay Australia - but will ship worldwide. Perfect working order with 2 tapes and books. These are really hard to find... even the stickers are still on there. Will be on there in the next 2 days...
Kathi Holland - April 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I am interested in getting my son's Talk n Play fixed. Does anyone know who could fix it?
Force North America - May 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I have a CBS Toys a Division of CBS Inc. of Lancaster, PA Talk'N Play. These units are really simple and easy to work on. The parts on the other are no longer available new and often times you need two to make one. I'm looking for a part number for a generic cassette drive belt. Any help would be great.
Shannon - July 21, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG this was my hand down FAV toy of my childhood..I would spend hours and hours playing on it with my huge collection of the tapes/books like Sesame Street, There was a scary haunted house one i LOVED, fraggles, muppet babies, alvin and chipmunks..so many of them..I toted that thing everywhere I went..I wish they had something like that nowadays I could give to my son..everything now is just so technologically advnaced they take away the innocence and creativeness that we all were blessed with growing up in the 80s..
Andrea - August 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I recieved my Talk'N Play in 1984. It is a CBS toy. The tape player eats the tapes....my little girl would love it! Any one know where to get one or where to get it fixed!
Talk 'n Play fan - August 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved this when I was little, it took me years to find out the name looking for what I only knew as a book on tape reader with colored buttons. I set up a wikipedia page, please help update it with books and the tape number along with any other info or pics you may have!
adam fair - August 14, 2010 - Report this comment
i TOO called it a COMPUTER as a 6-7 year old at the time. that alone is bizarre. i had the Chipmunks (where they sang Aquarius), the Big Bird/3 Little Pigs story (i remember singing the "everyone loves ice cream" song until my dad told me to shut the hell up!!!!!"), Grovers Dont Push the Red Button (i didnt like making Grover mad)and a few others. i would have killed for the fraggle rock or haunted house one. i believe mine is at home still, as i rarely get rid of anything. man that toy was sweet.
viki - August 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I have one for sale on ebay right now with the mickey mouse book with it.
joy - September 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I am looking for a play n' talk to buy my children love it but dummy me lent it to my neighbor and never got it back and i need the book with cassette.
NikkiE - September 29, 2010 - Report this comment
I absolutely loved mine my whole childhood. Once I got older my mom sold it at a garage sale and now I want to buy one!!!
Lisa - October 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I have a Talk N Play still in sealed box, never opened for sale on eBay! Ebay Item# 260683430552 My Aunt just moved and we found it on her attic. She had bought it for my cousin's birthday once then received another from Grandparents on Christmas so she kept it then forgot about it.
Judi Anderson - November 23, 2010 - Report this comment
I have an original Child Guidance Talk & Play with 13 books and 12 tapes (must have lost one tape) I have not listed it on e-bay yet but if anyone is interested, please email me with an offer. judia@alexech.edu
Skip - November 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone have a working Talk N Play they're looking to sell? My unit doesn't work properly; I just found out when I tried to show it to my godson. Help! I guess reply to this thread with eBay links or an e-mail address where you can be reached -- I tried contacting the above poster but the e-mail didn't go through -- if you have this great toy.
Casey - December 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I have a working Talk 'n Play...I think it came with 2 or 3 tapes, but the one I have been looking for since 1995 has been the Alvin and the Chipmunks tape...I've seen it on ebay twice and have it saved as a search. I won it once, but never received it. The second time I got sniped. Does anyone have the Alvin and the Chipmunks tape...even if I could borrow it.
Ronnie - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
We have one but the drive belt melted. Does anyone know where I can buy a belt? Hasbro was no help.
Thomas - February 20, 2011 - Report this comment
Have a talk n play that works..Does anybody know what they are worth?
Kelly - February 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I am looking to buy a talk n play for my girls. I had one as a kid and loved it! I still have all the books and tapes. Email me if anyone has one and wants to sell! kellybean22@ymail.com
Thomas B - March 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a talk n play that still works and works well. I cleaned it up and the battery compartment cover is still there. I have five books. From sesame street to hello kitty. All by child guidance. Think that's the original. Email for details. Tjtheblacksheep37@gmail.com
Angel - July 02, 2011 - Report this comment
Hi, been looking for a Talk N Play for ever, if anyone has one they are willing to sell please let me know. angelnelson13@gmail.com Thank you!
Brett h - July 03, 2011 - Report this comment
If anyone has a talk n play . That works . I would pay . Email me at bretthitman30@hotmail.com
kelly - August 20, 2011 - Report this comment
If anyone has a talk n play for sale, email me at giggles21kbk@gmail.com. I found my old one, but the tape player just eats the tape. Id love to buy a new one!
Sharon - October 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a working Talk n Play but would love more of the books and tapes....please contact me at Icantap2@aol.com thanks
Adam - October 21, 2011 - Report this comment
If anyone has one for sale, email me at amcwpc@gmail.com. If I can't find one to buy, then I will sell 12 books and tapes - Sesame Street, Muppets, Fraggles, Alvin, Mickey, Animal Babies and more. Write for all titles if you are interest.
Becky - October 23, 2011 - Report this comment
I am very interested in buying a Talk 'N Play. Email me at beckyfreer@gmail.com
Kathy - November 30, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a working Talk 'n Play with 3 books/cassettes listed on ebay right now.
Erika - March 13, 2012 - Report this comment
HAHAHAHAH!! I still sing a song from the sesame street tape.. "Everyone makes mistakes" I can't remember the rest of the words but I sing the song whenever I mess up. So glad I found this page I have been trying to remember what that thing was called for years. Thanks interweb!
Miguel - April 04, 2012 - Report this comment
I'm the same Miguel from January 2010. . . and now 2 years later I'm having a baby boy and I am looking for the Playskool Talk n Play for my future son. The due date is June 18th, 2012 and I have made it my mission to finding this educational toy. If anyone is selling one please contact me maldaz80@gmail.com . . . Thank you everyone!
Kelsey - April 12, 2012 - Report this comment
This was my FAVORITE toy ever!!! Am I crazy, or was there a book/tape called "Bats in the Belfry"? Or am I remembering part of the "Haunted House Mystery" book? I just remember something about bats and belfries, and I loved it so, so much.
stevo - May 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I will never forget "don't push the red button" from the seseme street book....
Ann - July 07, 2012 - Report this comment
Just found a Talk N Play but I now need books and cassettes. If you know of any please email fisheram53@yahoo.com. For grandchldren!
Greg - September 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Just listed a great working Original 1984 CBS Toys Child Guidance Talk 'n Play unit on Ebay (09/15/2012) with books and tapes!!!
Leslie - October 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I would love one for my 3 year old!!! Anyone selling one?? Email me leslie_biddy@yahoo.com
Michele - October 29, 2012 - Report this comment
I'm finally willing to sell my Talk 'n Play. I have 7 books and tapes. mykeb70@aol.com
Ericka - December 11, 2012 - Report this comment
I am looking for more books and tapes for.I have the toy and need more then the original two it came with. Please email me if anyone has any for sale... Ecaban@student.fdu.edu
Melissa - March 27, 2013 - Report this comment
I had the Fraggle Rock: The Great Fraggle Travel Race and I played it over and over again! The Alvin and the Chipmunks one was fun too because you could have the characters sign all together, one at a time, or two/three at time if you held the buttons down. It really takes me back to some great childhood memories BEFORE computers! Pretty sure we still have it in a closest somewhere and didn't realize how rare they have become, I hope we still do!
Kim - April 12, 2013 - Report this comment
I loved this toy!! My favourite books were the muppet babies and the haunted house ones. I really wish they would re-release it. There's the potential for them to make so much money. There are so many things coming back from my childhood. It's because they know we're having our own children now. :)
Julie - July 27, 2013 - Report this comment
I had this toy, too! Easily one of my favorite toys. Playskool would be very smart to make this toy available again! I had the Alvin & the Chipmunks, In Search of the Planet Cobalt, Muppets, Hello Kitty, Haunted House and Grover ones... And some more... But can't remember titles. To whoever posted about "bats in the belfry", you are totally right- I remember that but like you said I can't remember which book it's from! I still sing the Hello Kitty theme song when I see Hello Kitty stuff today! And I remember the cool music on the Alvin & the Chipmunks tape! What an awesome toy!
mtj4life - August 21, 2013 - Report this comment
Does anyone have one of these they'd like to sell? If so, please let me know. starnskye2002@yahoo.com
Beckie - October 03, 2013 - Report this comment
I have one of these that I am considering selling...any interest? BeckieS44@gmail.com
Don - October 09, 2013 - Report this comment
Try a small rubber band just not too tight.
Lissie - October 21, 2013 - Report this comment
Need a good working original child guidance talk 'n play for a grandchild. Please email me at stewfamly@bellsouth.net
Jay - January 25, 2014 - Report this comment
I have a working talk n play that has a clean battery compartment and 8 or 9 books and tapes. Willing to sell. Email me at tommyboy19711@gmail.com

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