Friday, November 22, 2013

Her name is Talky Tina and you'd better be nice to her

So I'm being just a little bit nicer to my toys right now.You see, we just got in two different versions of the  ! Are you familiar with the story? November 1, 1963, the Twilight Zone episode "Living Doll" aired. In it, Talky Tina, a talking doll, is given as a gift to a little girl, Christie, but Christie's step-father (played by Telly Savalas) takes an immediate dislike to Tina... and the feeling is mutual. Whenever he is alone with Talky Tina she says things to him like "My name is Talky Tina, and I don't think I like you" and "My name is Talky Tina, and I'm going to kill you." Eventually, she succeeds...

This is one of The Twilight Zone's most frightening and memorable episodes, so we knew we had to make a prop replica worthy of its creepy legacy. Our sculptors carefully matched the hair, face, and clothing, and we selected some of the most memorable phrases from the episode and designed Talky Tina to say them. Just squeeze her tummy... if you dare! The prop replica was produced in glorious black & white and released in a numbered, limited edition of 1000 in August 2011. They were extremely popular, and since then we've been working to get a new run of these high quality prop replicas made. ! Even better, for the first time,  too! Since we don't have any original props from the TV show to review and no color source photographs are known to exist, the colors are based on what historians believe to have been the true colors of the doll on the show, complete with aqua plaid dress, auburn hair, and piercing hazel eyes that conceal a certain intelligence behind their innocent exterior.

So what makes these prop replicas so wonderful?

  • The black & white prop replicas are numbered and limited to 1500; The full color ones are limited to 500 only!
  • 18 inches tall
  • Vinyl head, arms, and legs
  • Soft fabric body and clothing
  • Rooted hair
  • Eyelids that open and close, innocently winking at you... and do they follow you around the room, too?
  • Her voice track is straight from  original episode, voiced by the wonderful June Foray, who is best known for providing the voice for Cindy Lou Hoo as well as for numerous characters in the Rocky and Bullwinkle show, including Rocky, slinky superspy Natasha Fatale, and Nell, Dudley Do-Right's true love.
  • Says a variety of phrases from the show:
    • "My name is Talky Tina, and I love you very much."
    • "My name is Talky Tina, and I don't think I like you." 
    • "My name is Talky Tina, and you'd better be nice to me." 
    • "My name is Talky Tina, and you'll be sorry."
    • "My name is Talky Tina, and I'm going to kill you."

Now, Tina is waiting for a good home. Won't you please give her one? She's been very well treated here, and she will be your best friend. Just remember to be nice to her...

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

ALL-NEW The Twilight Zone Mystic Seer Replica with Red Devil Head Signed by William Shatner!

I'm really excited about a new item we just produced! It's a prop replica of The Twilight Zone's Mystic Seer. Best of all, we just got 100 of them !  The story goes that back in 1960, Shatner starred in The Twilight Zone episode “”, written by renowned author . It’s the tale of a young couple who visit a diner that has a penny fortune telling machine called . Shatner plays a man who becomes fixated on the machine, convinced it can genuinely see the future and advise him about what he should do. He begins feeding pennies into the machine obsessively, while his wife grows increasingly disturbed by his behavior. The devil’s head on top of the machine looks on impassively. Could it be that the machine is possessed of genuine demonic power?

This became one of the most iconic The Twilight Zone episodes--it was William Shatner’s first appearance on the show and an early starring role for him. When the Disney parks created their homage to The Twilight Zone, "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror," they created a replica of the Mystic Seer to showcase in the ride in each of their parks. You can see it in the "Hotel Library" portion of the ride, just off of the lobby. In honor of this classic episode, we created a full-size, working prop replica of the device, complete with the same ambiguous fortunes that so bedeviled Shatner, such as: “It has already been taken care of,” “Your chances are good,” “The answer to that is obvious,” and “You may never know.” The prop replica takes pennies and also works as a napkin dispenser and menu holder, just like the original! 

We first created a limited run of the prop replica several years ago, but it proved to be so popular that we decided to go for another production run. Creating a prop replica for a black-and-white TV show presents special challenges--there are no color photographs of the item, so we have to use our best judgment at the colors. At Disneyland, the devil's head is red, while at Disney World, the devil's head is cream-colored. For the first time, for this run, the devil's head on top of the prop is in red to match the rest of the device, just like at Disneyland! And we were able to get Shatner himself to sign some of the Mystic Seers. This makes it one of very few Twilight Zone-linked products signed by Shatner. What could be cooler than getting a classic Twilight Zone prop replica signed by William Shatner? But keep in mind that the signed versions are limited to just 100 pieces, and we expect them to go fast! They’re coming out in December, just in time for the holidays!

Will it be selling out quickly? “It is quite possible!”

If you order now, will you be able to reserve your own? “Your chances are good!”

Will this be a prized piece in any Twilight Zone or Star Trek collection? “”

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