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By: Andrew Wichmann

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Source: Amazon

Great toy! It's fun when Hank chirps up on an otherwise quiet day.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: El Paso Chica

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Source: Amazon

This thing sounded so cool when I read about it, so I purchased this item through their kick-off campaign last April and just received it last week. My 5-year old daughter loves it, so I just ordered another one through Amazon to send to her best friend who moved away last summer. Sending messages through the phone and from the toy is easy and she has enthusiastically checked every morning and night to see who she has messages from.She calls the toy "Sendy" since it says "Message Sent" after you record it.
Because a primary concern is for kid's communication is privacy and safety, the makers chose to make the conversations a closed, private loop only available through WIFI. Any adult wishing to send messages must download the app and ask the parent for permission to be able to "talk" to the child. Children can send each other messages through the toy and messages can be up to 30 seconds.
Set-up was a bit of a pain, but once I figured it out, it worked well. Key things were to close out all apps on the phone, turn the brightness to high, and make sure you are on a 2.4GHz WIFI. There aren't wires but you do have to link a parent's phone to the toy in order to select your WIFI network. While using Bluetooth would have made it easier, as a parent, I appreciate taking the safer choice.
The toy also does silly things like laugh when shaken, snore when on its belly, and let you know sweetly when something didn't work. The company says they are developing additional content which could be exciting down the line too and add even more value.
As we get to know the toy better, there are some improvements I'd like to see, however it does what I had hoped. My kid is able to receive and send messages to loved ones across the globe, without the additional expense of cellular service, the worry of privacy, or the hassle of having her own "smart" device. She gets a cuddly toy and to chat with whom she wants, when she wants. That's pretty cool. Oh- and the price is great.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: ‎Kathy Lahendro

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Source: Facebook

Thank you so much for inventing this and marketing it !! One of my grandchildren who lives across the country from me just got one and it makes us both feel so much closer ! We can say good morning, good night , and anything else we want to and we don't have to wait for an adult to make a call or dial up on skype. Thank you , thank you, thank you.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: G. Smith

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Source: Amazon

I pre-ordered two of these (a Dino and a Shark, for my daughter and niece/nephew in the UK to talk to each other) months before release, accepting the risks of being an early-adopter: I’ve crowdfunded/pre-ordered many gadgets in the past, and almost always ended up making allowances based on being in the first run. But when the Talkies finally arrived, I was really impressed with how polished everything felt right out of the box. Everything--from the packaging to the app and the toy itself--felt like a fully realised premium product, well worth the ~$79 each I paid for them. Now they're even cheaper at $59!

One of my concerns was security: how they were going to prevent this becoming yet another vulnerable 'Internet of Things' device that some reprobate might hack and send bad messages to kids. But the implementation of the 'Trusted Circle' seems well-designed and easy to manage, so I feel comfortable now.

Best of all: the automatic firmware updates. While I'm looking forward to seeing what additional Apps Toymail might introduce, the fact they can patch any bugs or security flaws that might emerge in the future is SO important, and a feature not present in a lot of other 'Smart' devices, let alone children's toys.

If I had one criticism it's that the instructions in the app and on the site are a little thin when it comes to additional features (like Apps), but customer service have been really helpful and responsive for me, so hopefully the FAQs will start filling out as more people get the toys. And setup/using the toy are all really self-explanatory so there's no steep learning curve for you or your child.

But that's all tech stuff... They're fun toys, too! Cute, soft, cuddly, bright and funny. Durable, too: the 'voice box' hardware inside feels like it could withstand a good bit of abuse. I'm sure they'll be part of the family for years to come!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Amazon Customer

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Source: Amazon

I sent a Talkie to my best friend who moved down south thinking that her daughter, who’s 5, would be able to use it to stay close to her grandparents. My friend sent me an invitation to connect to the toy, as well, and now her daughter and I are “pen pals” who exchange voice messages daily. The funniest messages she sends, I can go into the app and it let’s me share them, so I can message them to her mom.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Kathy Daugherty

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Source: Amazon

I was in the hospital for a surgery that has turned into an extended stay. My grandsons were having a hard time understanding why they couldn't visit their Nana. They just got Talkies and through the app on my IPad, we have a new ritual, where they tell me all about their day before bedtime and I can let them know I am thinking about them and how much I love them.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Amazon Customer

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Source: Amazon

My niece and nephew live in DC and I have a very busy job as a physician in NYC so it's tough to keep in touch. I can say that all three of us love this product. Hearing their messages helps me get through a long day and the whole family has gotten closer, making the holiday season so much more enjoyable. Highly recommended.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Amazon Customer

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Source: Amazon

Amazing product!! So much fun and so easy to use. Would highly recommend.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Joe Dustin

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Source: Amazon

I bought 2 of these. One for my son, and one for his best friend. They send messages to each other and they are only 4 years old! I send messages to my son because I travel a lot for work, so now we can keep in touch, especially before bedtime. He knows when Daddy is away, he can always use Hank the Dino to say hi whenever he feels like it. This product is so cool. It's like playing telephone for the modern age. Highly recommended!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Jon V

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Source: Amazon

We love our little talkie! He is now part of the family. Got one for the kids as I was excited about the promise of exchanging messages with them while I'm at work. So far so good! Now feel more connected to the kids - we exchange silly messages each day. Super simple, super cute, super safe and super fun!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: George

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Source: Amazon

Love this product!! My niece lives far away and it is a great way to communicate with her. I finally do not feel I am missing out on her life. It is great, fun educational, communication tool. Perfect gift too.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: A. Khalaf

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Source: Amazon

This was one of the best gifts I've purchased for a friend of mine with kids. They absolutely love it and have enjoyed every aspect of it! It's so cute and a great way to entertain and communicate with the children. Would def recommend one to anyone with kids!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Tracy

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Source: Facebook

I just want to say that although it took a long time to receive, these are totally worth it! Dad is in Iraq right now and my boys getting to have messages sent just to them in his voice is so special, it really makes their day. Thank you for keeping my family connected!!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Gioianeve

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Source: Amazon

My 6 year old and 4 year old love their talkies. My two nieces also have talkies and the four kids can send and receive messages to one another. Every morning my kids wake up and play their messages. We had an issue with one of our talkies early on- it worked but wouldn't stop talking. The company was quick to reply to me and shipped me out a replacement immediately- they also gave me a free skin. Great company and a great product.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Angel D.

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Source: Amazon

My son loves this toy. It's a great way for us to communicate when we aren't together. Very easy to use and the app is great. I'm so glad we were able to test this product out. I would definitely recommend it for any family looking to stay in touch with their child that isn't phone ready.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Bashley

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Source: Amazon

I was one of the many to pre order the Toymail Talkie! We choose Hank the Dino & I'm so glad we made the descion to do so!!

I'm a working mom of an 8 year old.
So my daughter having good a Talkie allows me to always stay up to date with out having to bombard the sitter.

My daughter loves that she can show all her loved ones love with the help of her pal Hank. She also loves how soft and cuddly he is! She carries him all over the house!

Her step dad is possibly switching to second shift so Hank will allow her to tell him goodnight even though he's at work!

The talkie has made a tremendous difference in our lives and given my daughter independence in being able to freely communicate with her loved ones.

Thank you Toymail!

A Busy Mom!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

By: Sarah T.

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Source: Amazon

My boys all love Hank and wish they had Gory the shark too. Grandma sends them messages when she's not around and they absolutely love it! I love that I get to approve everyone who talks to them so I know it's safe. The only problem I've had was everyone fighting over it! ;)