|See? He's not scary. He's cute!|
That Kid was produced for only one year, 1967.
|The same one year that Little Miss No Name,which I wanted and did get,was made.|
|Hasbro 1967 on the back of his head.|
|I'm not lucky---or rich---enough to own one in a box.|
He was advertised as 'your very own little brother', and he was actually sort of the first interactive doll.He ran on 2 'D' sized batteries...
|The battery compartment on his chest.|
... and he said several different phrases depending on what you touched or moved. When you raised his right arm he said, "Hey! That's my pitching arm!" When you pulled his ear and tilted his head he said, "Let go of my ear!". When you sat him down he said, "Can't I come too?", When you took the slingshot out of his back pocket, (and thus, out of a slot in his bottom.) he said, "You'd better put that back or the monster will get you." If you picked him up and hugged him he said, "Put me down. You're funny looking."
|A switch on his back, and the slot for his slingshot in his...uh...cheek. (There's a corresponding hole in his pants cheek.) The actual bottom switch seems to be missing.Maybe it's down inside.|
|The inside of the flap of his box, illustrating his phrases.|
I still have the picture I saved from the catalog. I didn't know what he was called though. I assumed he was by Mattel, and I thought he'd be about the size of Chatty Cathy. At 21" tall he's actually only an inch taller than Chatty Cathy, but his head is huge in comparison and his body is much beefier.
For years I just called him 'my boy'. I finally managed to find out what he was called through the internet when that sort of thing was still new.
|Had to use a flash here. When the light hits those green eyes in a certain way they do tend to look a bit stare-y.|
|But without the flash he's just a cute little guy.|
Ken bought me one off Ebay years ago, but he has no insides, so he'll never talk again.
Later I got another one. He has his insides, but he'll probably never talk again either.Repairing a That Kid is harder than a simple pull string repair. There are so many switches inside this guy. I talked to a man once who used to repair That Kid, but he had stopped doing it. It was just so hard to do.
|Original hat on right on empty Kid, reproduction replacement hat on the left on Kid with insides.To keep them straight I refer to Kid number one as 'Boy', (as in "My boy".), and the second one as 'Kid'.|
|Kid and Boy taking in the wonders of my yard. It needs mowing.|
|Original jeans on right side Kid, replacements on left side Kid.|
|The original denim pants have a zipper and a snap.|
|Made in Hong Kong tag on his shirt.|
The hat and slingshot are the hardest things to find. His shoes are usually in a delicate state because the rubber is rotten after so many years.
UPDATE: The shoes!
He has green sleep eyes with black lashes, lots of freckles, and an open mouth with two molded and painted teeth.
|I don't know why this will only load sideways.|
I love the teeth. I think that was what drew me to him in the first place. What can I say? I have a tooth thing.
|If I had had a That Kid when I was a kid, I would definitely have brushed those teeth. I used to brush the teeth on our giant Bugs Bunny when I was little. It's a wonder there's any paint left on them.|
His mouth is actually molded as a hollow space, which makes his teeth stick out more.
|The hair is choppy, but it came that way.|
His profile is a little strange. Very concave.
Some That Kid dolls have very red blush spots on their cheeks. These guys have more subtle blush.
Tomorrow is Skipper Saturday. I'll have to work on that when I get back from The Big City. My sister and I are going to see the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at COSI, (The Center of Science and Industry.).