Fisher-Price is celebrating 60 years of the Chatter Telephone toy with a version that makes real phone calls

“A phone smart enough not to come with any apps.”

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Since its launch in 1961, the Chatter Telephone toy from Fisher-Price has become one of the most iconic playthings the company has ever produced.

The colorful, friendly-faced phone has remained mostly unchanged over the past six decades. The original wood base is gone but you can still buy new versions with a rotary dial.

Because of its longevity, the phone pulls at the nostalgic heartstrings of three different generations who all pretended to make important calls with it as kids, sometimes well past the one to three-year-old age range designated by Fisher-Price.

The company hopes to capitalize on this prolific nostalgia with the launch of a special, real and working edition of the Chatter Telephone to celebrate its 60th birthday. It can make and receive phone calls and even has a speaker phone option.

Instead of a landline, it’s a wireless device that connects to any cellphone via Bluetooth. It even has a rechargeable battery!

Luckily, the modern amenities stop there. It comes with a working rotary dial and the only thing “mobile” about it is the wheels. In fact, Fisher-Price touts it as “a phone smart enough not to come with any apps.”

While you can pick up the toy version for ten dollars, this 60th anniversary Bluetooth edition will set you back sixty bucks. It’s currently available for preorder online from Best Buy. No word yet on if the eyes wobble when you pull it.

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SheriHeffner 20 months ago
I LOVED my Chatterbox Phone when I was little. I pulled it around to hear it make that sound and especially the jingling noise as you dialed it.
Peter_Falk_Fan 33 months ago
But can it talk to the dead like Bill Mumy's toy phone in Twilight Zone's "Long Distance Call".
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bagandwallyfan52 33 months ago
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Yes I remember Ted Healy
And I would like to see the
Shorts he made with More
Larry and Shemp.
You should be able to view some of the Three Stooges Shorts on Youtube.
SheriHeffner MrsPhilHarris 20 months ago
Me too. My Grandmas and Grandpas especially my moms biological mother who died when she was only five and a half. I remember my step grandmother a lot more than my Paternal Grandmother. She died when I was only eight.My father, my Uncles on my father's side. Celebrities like Dawn Wells, Bette Davis, Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Tony Dow, Lisa Brown( Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Broadway), The rest of the cast from Gilligan's Island. Andy William's, Olivia Newton John.
Runeshaper 33 months ago
I love the old version and the new version sounds AWESOME! It's pretty cool that you can use it to make actual phone calls (-:
Michael 33 months ago
Remember the toy typewriters that you had to turn a wheel to select the character, then press on the"keyboard " (just a large surface with typewriter keys printed on it) to type the character? My first typewriter.

I wonder how they'd update that.

Ihad a good selection of Major Matt Mason stuff, until two years ago when I was in the hospital and my sister tossed the collection.
15inchBlackandWhite 33 months ago
Would a child in 2021 even recognize what this is supposed to be anymore?
I wondered the same thing. 🤔
MrsPhilHarris 33 months ago
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I never had one but I remember a friend’s little cousin had one. I loved the turkey. 🦃
kkvegas stephaniestavr5 33 months ago
I had two See 'N Say toys when I was growing up in the 1960's -- the farmer one and Mr. Sound Says, which had sounds like a typewriter, a siren, and a train.
KJExpress kkvegas 33 months ago
I had something similar, but it was a clock. It would tell the time for each number. After a while I got bored with it and used to put the pointer between the numbers. It would get confused and come out all garbled. 🤪
KJExpress 33 months ago
I had one of these. It was mostly made out of wood, IIRC. Goodness knows what was in the paint.
kkvegas KJExpress 33 months ago
My Playskool Little People were made of wood. Those were the good ol' days!
KJExpress kkvegas 33 months ago
Yep! 😄
bagandwallyfan52 33 months ago
Those telephones are nice but
Does anyone know the name
Of the company that made
SLINKY? Is the Slinky still
Being made? What makes the
Slinky move upstairs,????
Wikipedia page on the "Slinky". Read at your leisure. Yes it is still available.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slinky
Moriyah 33 months ago
OMG! It can make real phone calls now?! Omg, now I'm wishing that version was around when I was I kid!
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LoveMETV22 33 months ago
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LoveMETV22 stephaniestavr5 33 months ago
The article sums it up well:
"The company "hopes" to capitalize on this prolific nostalgia with the launch of a special, real and working edition of the Chatter Telephone to celebrate its 60th birthday."
"Hope" is a good description, and they're definitely trying to capitalize on its nostalgic value and its 60th birthday. LoL. Oh well guess we'll have to wait and see. I hope MeTV doesen't do anymore stories on it, One was enough.
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LoveMETV22 stephaniestavr5 33 months ago
Well hopefully a one and done deal. They have not announced a release date and you have to pre-order according to the Best Buy link MeTV included in the story. I'm sure Mattel, Hasbro, Lego as well as the other toy manufacturers are watching this one.
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