Transcripts of Toytopia exhibit audio

Select an exhibit element to read the transcript from its audio output.

Dollhouse audio buttons

Left room (w/small dollhouses)

  • top-left red button: [cat meowing]
  • top-right blue button: [horns honking]
  • middle-left green button: [sprinklers and birds]
  • middle-right black button: [baby crying]
  • bottom-left yellow button: [baby laughing]
  • bottom-right red button: [child laughing]


Middle room (bedroom)

  • top-left red button: [toilet flushing]
  • top-right blue button: [doorbell ringing]
  • middle-left green button: [door creaking open and closed]
  • middle-right black button: [lawnmower rumbling]
  • bottom-left yellow button: [dog barking]
  • bottom-right red button: [phone ringing]


Right room (kitchen)

  • top-left red button: [microwave beeping, running, then dinging]
  • top-right yellow button: [garbage disposal running]
  • middle-left black button: [kettle hissing]
  • middle-right green button: [sink running, then water bubbling down drain]
  • bottom-left blue button: [food sizzling in a hot pan]
  • bottom-right red button: [boiling water in a pot]
Monopoly house audio buttons
  • top-left button: “The Monopoly board game by Hasbro has a history that dates back to the early 20th century. The earliest known version of Monopoly was known as the Landlords Game and was patented in 1904. The game was meant to show that rent paid on properties enriched property owners’ lives, but bankrupted their tenants.”


  • top-right button: “This peculiar version of the Monopoly board game is the ‘1984 L.A. Games Monopoly.’ Notice how the board is circular instead of the traditional square. What also makes this version unique is that it is an unauthorized knock-off of the original Monopoly board game and was quickly pulled from shelves, making this game a rare collectible.”


  • second-row left button: “This 1959 classic spin off of the Monopoly board game is called ‘Rich Uncle.’ The game revolved around the stock market and the first player to reach $50,000 won the game. Also in this game, we learned for the first time that the Monopoly man’s name is actually Rich Uncle Pennybags.”


  • second-row right button: “This unique device, introduced in 1982, is called a Monopoly Playmaster. It is an electronic accessory that adds unique rules to the game such as auctions and mortgage calls. The Playmaster also keeps track of player locations, rolls the dice, and knows which properties are bought and which are still available.”


  • third-row left button: “This popular spin-off of the classic Monopoly game is ‘Advance to Boardwalk.’ Introduced in 1985, the game setting is in the boardwalk area of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The game’s objective is to build up hotels as fast and as tall as you can and the player who owns the most deeds becomes the richest builder on the boardwalk.”


  • third-row right button: “In 1973, a board game was created to show how harmful real life monopolies could be to society. The game was ‘Anti-Monopoly.’ In 1974, Parker Brothers sued the creators of this game for copyright infringement and the lawsuit continued on for 10 years, ultimately ending with a settlement, and the game is still made to this day.”


  • fourth-row left button: “Introduced in 1991, ‘Don’t Go to Jail’ is another game derived from the original Monopoly, but this game is intended to be a much faster version of Monopoly because it relies solely on dice. Players do not buy properties or pay rent, but simply try to score the most points on the roll while attempting to avoid the “go to jail” dice. The gameplay is simple and a single game can take as little as 15 minutes instead of a regular Monopoly game, which can take hours or even days.”


  • fourth-row right button: “’Free Parking’ is a card game introduced by Parker Brothers in 1988 and is inspired by the space on the Monopoly board game of the same name. Players fill their parking meters using cards in the deck while trying to avoid parking violations and a visit from Officer Jones.”
"Toys About Movies" audio buttons
  • left button: “Hi! I’m Andy! What’s your name?” “Hi! I’m Chucky, and I’m your friend to the end. Hidey ho! Hahaha!”


  • second button from left: “[Pinocchio singing] I’ve got no strings to hold me down, to make me fret, or make me frown! I hate strings, but now I’m free. There are no strings on me!”


  • second button from right: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice says “Turbo Time.” [Instrumental music from the movie Jingle All the Way plays.]


  • right button: [dramatic instrumental music mixed with explosions]
"Toy Stories" audio buttons
  • left button: “Kenner Toys didn’t anticipate that Star Wars would be such a big hit. Before the Christmas shopping season even started, every toy they had made sold out, so they created an IOU. Eager buyers bought an empty display stand and a mail-in card to redeem for four action figures.”


  • second button from left: [G.I. Joe song plays.] “Rocky the soldier and marine, Skip the sailor, and Ace the pilot — these were Hasbro’s original names for a G.I. Joe before 1964, when he first appeared on store shelves.”


  • second button from right: “Mego was one of America’s biggest toy companies. Their eight-inch-high action figures were hugely popular, but Kenner sold so many smaller Star Wars action figures that four inches became the industry standard. Mego soon went out of business.”


  • right button: “Barbie was first sold as both a blonde and a brunette. Notice how her eyes looked off to one side instead of straight ahead. Here’s how popular she is today: in just the few seconds you’ve been listening, Mattel has sold 32 Barbies.”
"What It's Worth" audio buttons
  • left button: “Here are some examples of vintage G.I. Joe action figures from the 1970s. The more notable feature on the Adventure Team action figures are the flocked, fuzzy heads. A 12-inch G.I. Joe with no noticeable wear on the head greatly determines the value of the figure.”


  • second button from left: “Here are some examples of a Star Wars Darth Vader action figure. Grading conditions are usually rated from C1 to C10, with C1 being in the poorest condition and C10 being in mint condition. Most vintage figures out of the package, in C9 complete condition, are usually worth between 15 to 20% of the value of an unopened item.”


  • second button from right: “The original Hot Wheels from the 1960s had the distinctive feature of red lines on the wheels. The values of these cars depend on color, condition — especially any noticeable chips on the paint — and how smoothly the wheels roll.”


  • right button: “An original 1959 Barbie doll, mint in box, can be worth up to $3,000. The most common missing accessories for Barbie dolls are usually the shoes and hair brushes.”
Zoltar attract messages

Zoltar says one of these four “attract messages” every couple of minutes.

  • “Your fortune is mine for the telling and yours for the hearing. Come let Zoltar tell you more!”
  • “I am Zoltar, the great Gypsy, and I can see your fortune. Come see it too, no?”
  • “What are you waiting for? Come on over. For a small fee, Zoltar will give you a wealth of wisdom!”
  • “I see you over there. Yes, you! Come on over to Zoltar and let me tell you your fortune!”

If you insert a dollar, Zoltar will then share a few words of wisdom (different each time, depending on programming cycle) and then spit out a fortune card for you to read.


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