Playskool became the first brand to make electronic toys for preschoolers, beginning in the late 1970s with Alphie, a chunky and chatty robot. His cutting-edge talents included playing music and simple guessing games. Alphie was just the start of a long line of Playskool high-tech toys.
'....Who better to explore the world with than someone who's new to it? This Alphie robot figure is on a 'field trip' from his home planet and, with a kooky grin and funny faces, it's his 'mission' to introduce your child to learning! There's practically nothing this little dynamo doesn't want to 'talk about' - from letter sounds and shape sorting to patterns, cause and effect, vocabulary development and much more, your Alphie figure is a whole big classroom in one little portable robot buddy. As his buttons light up, and as he 'sings' and plays music, your child's brain is stretching, growing and helping turn him or her into a super-duper learner and problem-solver! Educational fun on-the-go is as easy as can be, too, with this little guy's handled noggin and storage spot for his cards in his backpack. There's a whole lot to discover when you're a preschooler and this Alphie figure shares one of the most important lessons, too: learning is tons and tons of fun!....'
Alphie was an educational robot toy popular in the 1980s. It featured a slot in the front for interchangeable cards which lined up with special soft-touch input function buttons built into the front of the toy. It ran on batteries and came with different insert cards to help children learn math, spelling, matching skills, etc. The toy also played music.
The original Alphie was released in 1978. Alphie II was released in 1983.
Reviews for the Alphie range from calling the Alphie "highly educational" to saying Alphie "scares [their] child". [Source: Wikipedia].