Released in 1978, the 2-XL educational robot was before my time, but it wouldn't have haunted my nightmares like Teddy Ruxpin did. At least this robot had the decency to look like a damn robot.

The 2-XL was an interactive educational robot (by interactive, we mean it had four buttons: question, yes/true, no/false, and "more info) from the late '70s that used different 8-track tapes for its different functions. Basically, it was just a talking 8-track deck, and the four buttons just selected different tracks.


It was later re-released in the early '90s with cassettes instead of 8-tracks, but that really lessens the kitsch value, we think. [Toy Whimsy]