Retro Toys: Then and Now – Verbot


My parents bought me some really cool toys when I was a kid. One of them was Verbot, a toy robot from Tomy. You would use voice commands to control Verbot. It is not as high-tech as it sounds. When you turn Verbot on, he would make a very loud, constant chattering sound. Eyes light up and blink. To set the voice commands, you press & hold a button on his chest which corresponds to a movement like raising arms and say something with two syllables like “arms up”. Let go of the button, speak into the handset microphone and Verbot will do as you say. I don’t have that Verbot anymore, but I had to have it again, so now I do. The photo is from 1986 if I’m not mistaken. You can check out my other Then & Now of Robie Junior and the Coleco ADAM computer.

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Justin M. Salvato

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Seeker of 1980s nostalgia, rummager of vintage computers and player of retro video games.When not writing posts of The Retroist, I'm converting Retroist audio podcasts to Retroist video podcasts.My own videos can be found at
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