25
Nov
talkingtomsuperstar

Just when you thought Talking Tom couldn't get any more annoying, he comes to life. Well, sort of. He's not really alive, but he's real. Err, he's a physical thing... not just an app anymore. The company behind Talking Tom and Friends, Outfit7, has now released a line of Talking Friends "Superstars" that can be controlled by an app. I still can't believe this is a real thing.

There are currently toys available of Tom, Angela, and Ginger - each of which can be controlled by this app. The app is, of course, free, but the annoying Talking Friends Superstars will set you back $50 a piece. And yes, it's OK if you never ever let your kids know that these exist. We don't blame you one bit.

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If you feel you must buy one, though, you can find the whole collection here.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • ssj4Gogeta

    Right till the end of the video I kept hoping they were robots with actual mechanical movement like in the apps. Consumer-level robots capable of such complex movements would be so cool. But turns out they're just soft toys with wireless speakers and flashing LEDs.

  • Al McDowall

    Totally in agreement with ssj4Gogeta - I was expecting an app controlled Teddy Ruxpin. But no, just a very poorly realised merchandising ploy.

    Not that I would have bought the Ruxpin ReMake, but it would have been cool to see. This is clearly aimed at little ones who have iPhones, or who have access to their parents' iPhones (or Androids) who will demand this cheap looking cack at Christmas.

    Still....to be fair...there will be a market for it, and at least the developers themselves will be reaping some reward, instead of someone else ripping them off.

  • GraveUypo

    it amazes me (positively) how bad, ugly, useless and annoying characters / apps (feel free to include angry birds here) can be made into something so lucrative and recognizable. so many opportunities in mobile development.

    • Jdban

      Now your 4 year old who will enjoy this toy either gets to use your expensive smartphone, or you buy them their own

      • CBSr

        my 4 year old has her own tablet and a mini laptop.

  • Abhisshack D

    Horribly designed, and extremely expensive for what basically is a doll with a wirelessly-transmitting speaker in the freaking front!

  • http://profiles.google.com/talhamid Talha Hamid

    PSA: Don't buy any of the TF apps. They cost money but bombard you with ads and crapware. Worst: you cannot simply leave the phone with your toddler, since every now and then an annoying popup will....pop up and stop the works. Worst apps ever

    • kajt

      Actually, you get rid of the ads if you buy it. They only advertise in free versions of their apps. And since most of the people aint gonna buy it, they have to make for a living somehow, dont they? Dont blame devs for you being cheap and demanding everything for free.

    • Sarah.

      Well I like the talking friends apps but that's your opinion so I guess that doesn't matter.

  • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

    "I still can't believe this is a real thing." seriously? its just a toy built with wireless speaker .. =_=

    • Al McDowall

      I think Cameron was expressing disbelief at the fact that someone thought this was a)worth making and b)worth selling. I doubt he was taken aback by technological advancements!!

  • sarah

    This is actually kind of cool. I'm getting one for my birthday LOL.

  • the_puppy

    Outfit7 is an impressive marketer but the products are amazingly poor both in entertainment value and innovation. They use the software to sell items (like this and a large amount of virtual products). Outfit7 makes items that can cost you a lot of money and quickly become tiresome if not down right annoying (they do however look really good - reminds me of a certain girl friend long ago). I would have to assume hardware quality would be proportionally as weak as the software I tested.

  • Wooly Babboth

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJB-qqUDMmg

    Here is a review of talking tom cat toy by my son, it sings, tells stories and repeats after you