November 03, 2004

Talking G.I. Joe with Lip Sync

duke_joe.jpg imageThis 12-inch G.I. Joe doll—Duke, if you must know—not only has buttons to make him shout commands, but also uses “VOICE FX” to cause “realistic facial movements.” Of course, that probably just means he opens his mouth to lip sync, but that’s still pretty impressive for a $15 toy (okay, so there were things like Teddy Ruxpin, like, 20 years ago, but I still think it’s cool).

Soon we’ll have dozens of dolls that can play back pre-scripted recordings and facial movements and kids will use them to make home movies, which the internet awesome-watchers will herald as a “revolution in proletarian filmmaking” and give it a name like ‘toychinima.’ (Thanks, Rob!)

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