Casey was the Robot Tape Player with Personality


Casey was the tape playing robot toy that surfaced in the mid-1980s. I was angling for a real boombox at this point, so even though I really enjoyed robots and Casey form/fun factor, I never put him on any wishlist of mine. My first encounter with this little guy, outside of the commercials they ran about him, was in the late 1990s when I entered the cubicle of a co-worked who had picked up a Casey off one of those people who sells stuff on blankets on the streets of New York City.

I think he paid like a buck for him and he became the unofficial mascot of our little cubicle section, serenading us through late night with whatever cassettes and cassingles my workmate could find. A few times over the years I have spotted an overpriced Casey still in his box and thought of picking one up, but as time wears on and my cassette collection dwindles, the pull of this happy little robot has declined.


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One thought on “Casey was the Robot Tape Player with Personality

  1. Max Power says:

    My little brother had one. It was kind of a Teddy Ruxpin, but didn’t have animatronic tracks on the tapes. His LCD mouth was just a volume indicator. We tended to play random music tapes and witch him “sing” inappropriate things.

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