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25 Discontinued Classic Toys You Can Probably Still Find

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Speak & Spell
> Lifespan: 1978-1992
> Maker: Texas Instruments

This iconic educational spelling toy was the height of toy technology when it was introduced. It was a portable, handheld electronic device with a digital display and interchangeable game cartridges. At its simplest, the game would sound out a word and prompt the child to spell it on the keyboard. Although groundbreaking at the time, Speak & Spell has gone the way of the dinosaur.

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> Lifespan: 1985-1992
> Maker: Tonka

Keypers were small plastic toys shaped like various creatures including snails, tortoises, penguins, and rabbits, that had secret compartments for children to hide treasures in. They came in two sizes: adult Keypers, which could be opened with a key, and baby Keypers, which were softer and could be pressed open.

Game Boy
> Lifespan: 1989-2003
> Maker: Nintendo

Basically a pocket-sized Nintendo gaming console, the Game Boy quickly became the most popular toy on the market, selling out its first U.S. allotment of one million units in a matter of weeks. Although the original version and its successor the Game Boy Color have been discontinued, a third iteration, called Game Boy Advance, is still in production.

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Pocket Rockers
> Lifespan: 1988-1992
> Maker: Fisher-Price

Handheld cassette players that played miniature cassette tapes with one song on each side, Pocket Rockers let children play music while out and about. The tapes featured popular artists including Madonna, Whitney Houston, and Bon Jovi. Unfortunately, as compact discs replaced cassette tapes, Pocket Rockers went out of style.

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Deluxe Talkboy
> Lifespan: 1993-1999
> Maker: Tiger Electronics

The original Talkboy, conceived as a prop for the 1992 Christmas movie “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” was a portable audio recorder and playback machine that sold moderately when released with the film. The Deluxe Talkboy, released a year after the original, included the variable speed, voice-changing option that featured prominently in the movie. The latter version became one of the most sought-after toys during the 1993 holiday shopping season.

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