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15 Toys From Your Childhood That Used Batteries Like They Were Going Out Of Style

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Parents these days complain that their kids are glued to smart phones and tablets, but at least those are rechargeable.

When we were kids, toy makers expected you to add a huge pack of AAs to your weekly grocery list just to keep the toys in your household running.

While lots of toys still use batteries, they didn't eat them up like these 15 toys from our childhood.

1. Talkboy

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These were a must-have after being featured in Home Alone 2, but they didn't run on your imagination. It took four AAs to power up this handheld recorder, so it was a race to see if the charge or your attention span ran out first.

2. Power Wheels


Every kid in America either wanted one of these, or just wanted theirs to work. The car's connector for the six volt battery was notorious for breaking down, which earned Mattel a pretty penny at their service centers.

3. Yak Bak


After cramming four button-cell batteries into this device, it would only record and rewind six seconds of audio. Good luck getting your parents to buy any more for this super annoying toy.

4. Darth Vader Power Talker


Before anyone had heard of "Chewbacca Mom," kids were changing their voices with this mask based on their favorite Star Wars character. Too bad it took a pricey nine volt battery to keep it running.

5. Alphie the Robot


The talking robot could teach kids memory skills, spelling and math. Here's a math problem: if it takes three AAs to power this guy, how many will your parents buy before they stash him in the crawlspace and say he returned to his home planet?

6. Virtual Boy

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This Nintendo console was famous for its glaring red 3D visuals that fried the player's eyes, which were actually meant to save battery power. Despite that, this "portable" console took six AAs, and only lasted for four hours.

7. Electronic Dream Phone

Girls loved the mystery in this interactive board game. Would you get a call from your dream guy, or a dud? Either way, it would take four AAs, and the phone's flimsy battery cover was notorious for dropping batteries under the sofa.

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