Rescue Heroes ToysThe world of talking toys is big business.

Everywhere you look, there are toys that talk, whether they be stuffed animals, plastic action figurines, dolls, racing cars or otherwise.
You can walk into literally any department store and find an assortment of talking toys that represent an exciting and entertaining aspect of this industry in the realm of character voice acting.
Have you and your voice over business been sharing in those profits?

Talking Toys

Growing up, there were few talking toys that I can remember, some of which include a storytelling Teddy Ruxpin stuffed animal and a talking computer that said “Press the red button… ah ah ah, press the red button… Your score is (some ridiculous number)”.
Circling back to the present, as a parent I’ve discovered that you come across many different kinds of toys, and yes, inevitably, toys that talk and quite a bit more than I remember from back in the day.

Recently, we received a set of toys called “Rescue Heroes” made by Fisher-Price. Being the voice over enthusiast that I am these toys in particular were very impressive. Not only do the Rescue Heroes toys have incredibly well produced voice overs cast with excellent talent, the people at Fisher-Price have also dedicated a website with interactive games that incorporate the use of voice over in addition to using voice over in the DVDs that are for sale.
You can listen to some of the voice overs for the Rescue Heroes while playing the games.

Are You The Voice of a Talking Toy?

Many of you have performed the voice of a talking toy before and I’d like to give you the opportunity to share which toys you have recorded for.
Who knows, maybe one of your colleagues’ voices resides in your toy room!
Let the comments begin,

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. Stephanie, hooray for Fisher-Price!
    I’ve provided voices for several talking doll prototypes although it’s unlikely that mine would be the voice of the final versions if they ever make it to stores, since they are Disney voices and I believe Disney has “approved voices” for this line of dolls. Still, I enjoy hearing when a doll with my voice is on its way to some big toy company’s corporate offices for review! I work with a toy maker who lives in my area. He estimates that he has about 100 toy concepts per year, of which about 30 make it to the development stage, of which maybe 2 make it to store shelves. And he makes a good living!

  2. “You’re a really useful Engine!” I was fortunate enough to provide the voice of Sir Topham Hat, a character from the Thomas the Tank Engine series of toys. The toys were created by toy train manufacturer Lionel Trains several years ago.
    My young son was a huge fan of the show. So, after the session the folks from Lionel asked if I would prefer to paid SAG Scale (industrial non-broadcast rate with 13.5% Pension and Welfare… oh by the way) or with a toy train. I took the toy train, which hasn’t made it on Ebay yet. And no I never bought the toy. But it’s out there somewhere.

  3. Am I a Toy? Yes!
    I’m the voice for Archie McPhee’s Electronic Yodelling Pickle:
    … and also the Yodel in McPhee’s Remote Control, Hopping, Yodelling Lederhosen:
    In addition to the pay, I also won 100 Rubber Chickens for my Yodelling efforts 😉
    Interested in Yodeling? Learn the way I did – at
    When the going gets strange, the strange turn pro.

  4. Aside from a one-line villain shout in an Iron Man talking watch some years ago (“good-bye, shell head!”), my only claim to fame in this department was a talking/dancing/fly-zapping talking robot iguana named “muy loco” for Trendmasters. When I did the original tracks, he was supposed to have been a flirty lounge-lizard dinosaur.
    Obviously it is not a toy for the ages, but it was kind of fun and he did rate his own tv spot for a summer.
    Here’s an archive link to a picture and a couple of voice clips. You’ll have to scroll down a few stories to find the little guy.

  5. I was about to mention Joe J Thomas’ (Joe Actor’s) talking pickle, but I see it’s posted already!
    I’ve never been a voice of a toy, but I was the voice of a cash register, (for grocery store, I think… I never heard it)
    Have a blessed day!

  6. I’ve been the voice of a few Hasbro toys/games. A few years ago I did one called “Jeopardy Remote.” At around the same time I also did a “Wheel of Fortune” game for them but they had some sort of production problem in the Far East and I don’t think it ever made it to the store shelves. Most recently, I provided the voice of Mr. Monopoly in a kids’ version of the classic game called “Monopoly Town.” If you see one on a store shelf, you can press on Mr. Monopoly’s head on the front of the package (there’s a finger hole provided for that purpose) and you’ll hear my special greeting.

  7. Stephanie:
    I actually did a voice over for a china company that was put out here in the U.S for a game called “Prehistoric Dinasours”.
    I bought 2 of them at KB Toys a few years ago, one for my daughter and one for my nephew. And here is the kicker… I got the vo job through!

  8. I just recently became the voice of 2 toys – a talking ATM machine and Cash Register! (Who would’ve thunk it? 🙂 It’s a bilingual toy (English and French) and will be distributed throughout Canada. It’s in the production stage at the moment and will hit the shelves later this year from what I understand.
    Great gig – I hope to do many more of these!
    All the best,

  9. I’ve provided the voices of many prototype dolls and games for over 10 years. Most notably, I’ve worked on many Elmo concept dolls over the years. Like Mary McKitrick, my voice doesn’t make it to the final toy, especially when it’s an Elmo toy; Kevin Clash (the voice and puppeteer of Elmo) is honored with that. I sing like Elmo, laugh, tell stories and enjoy every minute of it. I provided the prototype voice to the latest and greatest Elmo toy called Elmo Live. Elmo Live is a fully animatronic Elmo doll that has to been seen to believe. Talking toys are one of my 5 year old son’s favorite things and he gets a real kick out of it when I’m working on a toy project, I do too. 🙂


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