OK, I really need some help on this one. I have been wracking my brain trying to remember what this toy was called....but I was like 5 or 6, maybe 7 when I played with it all the time, and I have no clue what it was called. Let me describe it, and maybe someone can tell me what it is so I can try to find one and buy it to play with my children one day...
I used to play with this toy when I was 5 or 6 I think; that would make it about 1987, 1988. Toy could have been manufactured 1 or 2 years before that. This toy was white, had a cassette tape deck on the left, and a storage compartment below a door to store the casette tapes and books in on the right. Books that were used with this were paperback material and spiral bound so they would lay flat on top of the white compartment door....as right under the compartment door and book were 4 colored buttons. The buttons were red, yellow, green and blue...about 2in wide x 3in tall maybe?? Each tape has a book that goes with it. I think I remember some of the themes for these were Alvin and the Chipmunks, some kind of world history or world sports, and one about a zoo and the animals in it? I KNOW I had a Hello Kitty book, I think the theme of it was Friends Around the World?? There was also some kind of theme about these animals that lived in a music store, and they would jam out and play different instruments and songs n stuff once the owner closed up for the night. I don't remember if they books and tapes came WITH the machine, or if my parents bought them separately. All these tapes were interactive through the machine. When the book opened, there were 4 colored rectangles at the bottom of each page that corresponded to the 4 colored buttons on the machine. The tape would go along and tell a story about the book, and ask you to continue how you want the story to go by pressing the colored button for the choice you wanted. It would tell you 4 choices, and you would press the button and the tape went in that direction. Or maybe each color square had a separate picture of the choice above it??? I am a little unclear on that part. Some of the tapes were teaching/learning tapes, so it would ask you a question, and then you would press the button that corresponded to the right answer....so yeah, there must have been a picture of the available answer choices above each color so you would know which one to press. If you pressed the wrong answer, I think it would let you pick another one?? If not, if you pressed the wrong one it would tell you the right one. At the beginning of the tape it would give you 'rules' I think, basically telling you how the toy/game works, and I think it told you that when the tape made a *boop* or *beep* noise it was time to turn the page so the story/game/teaching could go on and it would give you like 5 seconds to turn the page before the tape started talking and going on through the book again. Once the tape was ending, I believe it would tell you to turn the tape over and the tape would run out to the end and stop. You take it out, turn it to side B, put it back in and it starts up at the correct point in the story/game and you continue until the end of the book.
I played this SOOO much when I was a kid!! I think I eventually grew out of it and quit playing it...so my parents gave it away I REALLY want to find out what the correct name of this is, and I REALLY want to buy one and some of the tapes and books that work with it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!! someone help me out here! My gracious thanks are given in advance.
5/20 2:27PM--OK I managed to 'draw' out what I remember this toy looking like...the URL to my drawing is below...Don't laugh! I'm not that good at using Paint LOL!