Legends Larger Than Life

What’s something you believed when you were a kid that you still kind of believe in today? We asked ToyTalk staff members to chime in and here are their answers…

I have two older sisters and when Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” came out my oldest sister told me that Thriller lived under our beds and came out at night to get us if I wasn’t nice or didn’t stay out of her room.  I was only 4 or 5 years old so of course I didn’t sleep for a week.  I still get creeped out every time I hear the monologue by Vincent Price.

I believed that if I ate apple pips (seeds) then an apple tree would grow in my belly. I don’t exactly believe it anymore, but I still avoid eating the pips!

What did I believe? That unicorns, fairies, mermaids, witches, and other magical creatures existed. That “Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board” worked. Santa. What do I still believe in? That unicorns, fairies, mermaids, witches, and other magical creatures exist. That “Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board” works. Santa.

My older brothers convinced me that ‘Nova Scotia’ was a bad word and I still cringe every time I hear it.

Something I was told when I was little (like 4 or 5) but obviously don’t believe now is my mom told me I was allergic to strangers to scare me and make sure that I wouldn’t talk to them. I of course believed her. :)

I used to believe that when it’s below 32°F and there’s a cloud in the sky, it’s going to snow.

Well, there might be a lake monster in Lake Champlain in Vermont (where I grew up) and his name is Champ! I definitely used to believe in him…..I kinda still do.

Legend Has It

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With school back in session, we’d like to introduce a concept we picked up in our own studies: kids love to talk and touch. Ideally, at the same time. And it’s with that idea in mind that we welcome SpeakaLegend, where kids can befriend mythical creatures on a quest to find the magical unicorn.

Whether your family is talking and singing with the rhyming Mermaid, throwing rocks while chatting with the goofy Cyclops, or helping Bigfoot with his forest recycling program, it’s all part of the fun in SpeakaLegend. Meet 10 new characters, explore interactive features, and enjoy up to two hours of dialogue from our award-winning team.

 Take a whirl on SpeakaLegend and let us know what you think!

 -Oren, CEO & Co-founder

Welcome to the Hall of Fame

We’re very excited to bring you the latest feature of our website, Editor’s Picks. Featuring the top audio recordings from our apps, all clips are used with permission from the parents. To submit a clip, click on the ribbon icon next to your child’s moment in your conversation tab when you are logged into your account or email support@toytalk.com. Themes will be changing frequently so make sure to check in and enjoy! 

Summer Lovin

ToyTalk does not tread lightly on summer festivities. We find that the season goes best with a side of good stories, ice cream sundaes, and grilled everything. See more pics from our third annual summer soiree here

How are you celebrating this summer? 

Apple of our Eye

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Earlier this month, we invited a group of journalists from all over the world to come to our office during WWDC. Throughout the day, friends from Australia, Korea, China, and Canada met with the ToyTalk team and played SpeakaZoo.  We even got to flip the tables and ask them a few questions of our own, including what animal they’d like to see on SpeakaZoo (kangaroo), what character they’d like to talk with (Hello Kitty), and if they wanted to test out the recording studio (next time!). Check out some articles on the visit here and here!

Pandamonium at the SpeakaZoo Preview Party

A few weeks ago we invited a handful of our most loyal fans to the ToyTalk studio to play with our new app, SpeakaZoo.  The honorary zookeepers enjoyed playing with a sneak peak of the app, posing in the safari photo booth, and bellowing out their favorite animal voices in the sound booth.

Below are some pictures from the event and please email events@toytalk.com if you’d like to come to our next party!

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Talk on the Wild Side

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Kids have a longstanding, magical friendship with animals of all kinds so we didn’t have to look far to find the inspiration for our latest app. Introducing SpeakaZoo, the only zoo where the animals talk with you.

Whether your family is crafting a poem with the Vampire Bat, feeding the hungry Warthog, or curing the Dolphin’s stage fright, there’s plenty of conversations they’ll want to have at the SpeakaZoo.  Explore four habitats with 18 brand-new faces from our award-winning creative team.

We’re also proud to share that the app is available not only for iPad, but also iPhone and iPod Touch. So take a trip with us to the SpeakaZoo and let us know what you think!

Oren, CEO & Co-Founder

Don’t Stop Pretending

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Today we’re introducing new characters and sets that invite your family into four worlds of make-believe.  Whether you’re invading outer space, solving a mystery or ruling the kingdom, we believe entertainment is more fun when you play along.

Our writers have spent a lot of time thinking about the best way to invite you back to join us week after week. We’re making Episode 1 available today with three new episodes airing throughout March. We hope you’ll follow along at home as our characters embark on new adventures each week.

Please download Episode One  and tell us what you think.

Oren, CEO & Co-Founder

Make. Believe.

As we gear up for Season Two of The Winston Show, we’ve been thinking a lot about make-believe.

It was one of the first games we remember playing as kids. It’s the first time ( and hopefully not the last) that we remember using our imagination to make the world better.   

In fact, it turns out you can learn a lot about a person based on what they played.  

Here’s what ToyTalk’s newest faces had to say:

Niko and his brother had a giant roll of paper that they used to draw and construct props out of ( no word on whether that included this hat). It didn’t matter where they traveled, they were always efficiently prepared.

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Max managed to convince his younger sister he was an alien. This picture might explain why he was successful.

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Even more inspiring is what our audience likes to play. Recently, Winston asked kids “What is your favorite thing to dress up as?” and we heard back ( in ranked order)

Princess

Pirate

Ninja

Batman

Cat

How bout you? What is your favorite kind of make-believe?

Winston’s Greatest Hits: Season One

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In celebration of our first season of The Winston Show, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite one-liners from the show.

Featuring such tender moments as “Moms are the Bombs” to the more controversial, “Underpants ( I Love You),” we had a blast picking the season’s hits.

What’s your favorite Winston-ism and why?