Saturday, April 4, 2009

Kenner 1971 Talking Show Projector Slide 223 - Scooby-Doo!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kenner 1971 Talking Show Projector Slides - Checklist!


Kenner introduced the Talking Show Projector in 1971, and so far, I haven't found any evidence that they produced any other Give-A-Show product in that year (with the likely exception of, say, reissues of previous release slides in four-packs).

With this set, the format of the slides changed slightly... the corners were beveled, and there were no more little pictures of the characters on either side of the slide frames. Also, the frames were completely colored in, with the text reversed out (although this would change in 1972).

As you can see, the Talking Show Projector incorporated a built-in record player, as well as 45rpm records with the soundtracks on them. Each 45 had 4 soundtracks, 2 on each side.

Here's the eight slides that I know of for the Talking Show Projector:

223-220 - Superman in "Merlin's Magic Marbles"
223-221 - Lassie in "To the Rescue"
223-222 - Josie & The Pussycats in "The Nemo's a No-No Affair"
223-223 - Scooby-Doo in "That's Snow Ghost"
223-224 - Tweety & Sylvester in "Tweet Bird"
223-225 - Bugs Bunny in "Buccaneer Bugs"
223-226 - Sabrina the Teenage Witch in "History Headache"
223-227 - Archie in "Opening Night for the Archies"

You'll also notice that the slide numbering has changed... the first three numbers identify the overall set, with the second three being the specific slide numbers. I have no idea why 220 was the first number!


These slides and records were also released in groups of 4, which is how I added them to my collection.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Photo Parade!

Before getting into the 1971 Talking Give-A-Show stuff, here's a photo parade of other products like the Give-A-Show projector!


Here's another of those Disney Magnaslide sets, like the ones I posted here before!


The Flashy Flickers shown here, manufactured by Marx, may have pre-dated the Give-A-Show Projector!


TruVue was a company that competed with View-Master until View-Master bought them out... this is a set I actually own, but haven't been able to do decent scans of so far!


Above you'll see another of those Fortuna knock-offs. I've kept my eyes open for these, but so far haven't been able to determine if any of these have different slides than the one I have!


This modern-day Bandai-manufactured toy from Japan certainly seems to be Give-A-Show-like!


This Fortuna projector seems to have abandoned the idea of copying Kenner and copying View-Master instead!


This Screen-A-Show Cassette projector seems to have been designed to give the Give-A-Show experience without having the room darkened!


Here's a real vintage piece... this Disney film strip projector seems to be a definite ancestor of the Give-A-Show Projector!