Talking Rodney Rippy

Name:  Talking Rodney Rippy

Made by and When:  Shindana Toys Inc./Target Marketing. Inc. ©1973

Material:  Foam-stuffed cloth

Marks: Body tag reads:  Talking / Rodney Rippy / ©1973 / Target Marketing Inc. / Shindana Toys, Div. of / Operation Bootstrap, Inc. / Los Angeles, Calif. 90001 (the materials information follows.)

Height: 16-3/4 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Silk-screen printed face and Afro hairstyle

Clothes: Wears sewn-on four-color silk-screen-printed monogrammed T-shirt signed by Rodney Rippy, blue jeans, black and white sneakers.

Other: Shindana’s stock number 1050, the Talking Rodney Rippy doll is a portrait doll of former child actor Rodney Allen Rippy. The child actor became famous for Jack in the Box commercials during the 1970s that encouraged people to “Take Life a Little Easier.” The unboxed doll in the first gallery photographs is identical to the boxed doll with the exception that it was manufactured without the talking mechanism. The boxed doll is a pull-string talker that says 10 different phrases in the real Rodney’s voice. Talking Rodney Rippy is included in the Shindana Toys 1975 catalog with that year’s version of Talking Tamu as illustrated in the last gallery photo.



See other installed Shindana dolls here.

Your comments are valued. Donations aid the initiative to preserve Black-doll history. 

If you subscribe to DeeBeeGee’s Virtual Black Doll Museum™ by email, be sure to click the post title in the email, which links to the website to view all text and associated media. Please “like” and share this installation with your social media doll contacts. To subscribe, add your email address to the subscribe or sign-up field in the footer or right sidebar. 

Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: