Talking Mother Goose

Product of the Past: The Talking Mother Goose

So in what appears to be a marketing gimmick to capitalize on the success of the Teddy Ruxpin dolls, we’ve got The Talking Mother Goose.  A big, plush, goose that reads stories to you and moves…just like Teddy.

Teddy Ruxpin was a good toy to copy, as it’s sales were off the chart for a while there in the mid-1980s.  And what better “character” to get behind than Mother Goose.  Kids everywhere were familiar with her from hearing the stories and nursery rhymes.  That’s also not a bad selection of story titles that were available for this.  Worlds of Wonder was hitting on all cylinders at this point apparently.

But this thing came with a hefty price tag of $69.99 back in 1986…that’s $165 bucks in today’s money.  I know my parents would have found it hard to pay that much for something like this, even if it was a Christmas present.  Throw in the fact that each of the tapes for it would cost another $28 in today’s dollars, and you’ve got yourself quite an expensive set.  Forget about getting multiple books for this thing in my neck of the woods.  If you were lucky enough to get it, you better be happy listening to the same story over and over again.

Do any of you remember this fluffy talking goose?  If you’re not sure, watch the commercial for it and see if it jogs your memory.

Mickey Yarber

Mickey was born in the '70s, grew up in the '80s, and came of age in the '90s. He is the co-founder of TheRetroNetwork.com, and author of Retro Ramblings, a weekly column filled with nostalgia. When not here, he's out fighting for truth, justice, and the American way.

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