Here we have a new depth for the average US Elvis fan. We really wonder who wants to buy this kind of sh*t, but there seems to be a market for it... Anyway, this is what EPE writes so enthusiastically:
Talking Presidents releases for sale the first two of a line of “talking” Elvis action figures. The products will be available to Graceland visitors and on-line at ShopElvis.com and TalkingPresidents.com. Standing 12 inches tall with fully pose-able bodies, they “talk” in Elvis’ own voice. They are displayed in an attractive collectible gift box (measuring 16.5 inches tall).
Fans/Collectors Are Talking Too
Press the button on the back of the doll. The micro-chip contains over a dozen sound bites of Elvis in his own voice, only you won’t hear all of those familiar song lyrics. Instead, it’s Elvis talking. He talks about cars, women, early success, his philosophy of life, telling jokes... getting serious...
With all the Elvis memorabilia out there, it is refreshing to have something new, a product that is totally unique.
We researched all known original recordings and radio interviews from the period (1954 - 1961), selecting over a dozen of the most interesting for each product. The result: you’ll “listen” to an intimate, thoughtful, reflective, prophetic, humorous, youthful, yet wise beyond his years Elvis.
These collectible action figures provide fans a side of the King they may not know. From the detailed biography on the back of the boxes to the beautiful photos found throughout, the collectible gift box is a fitting tribute to the King.
Talking Presidents worked meticulously with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in every step of the design process to produce an authentic and authorized collectible. Even the “gold record” found at the base of the packaging contains an authorized re-creation of the famous SUN record label.
The two products differ in look, photos, sound-bites, and wardrobe (even the outfits are recreated to exacting detail from actual garments worn by Elvis, at that time). These are true and interestingly original new collectibles for Elvis fans and collectors of all ages.
Elvis “Talking” Action FiguresJuly 26, 2007 | Other Source:EPE - Elvis Presley Enterprises
Jerome wrote on July 26, 2007
that's not Elvis! That's Ridge Forrester from the Bold and the Beautiful!
Viva wrote on July 26, 2007
I give up. I really do give up. I am now going to the bottom of my garden to build a sound proof shed so I can shout out, with all the air my poor lungs can muster, every item of foul and offensive language I can think of. EPE you are a disgrace and an embarrassment to the name and achievements of Elvis Presley. How dare you strut around the world prosecuting everyone for selling, in your words "The tackiest of trinkets", and yet you cheapen and insult the memory of Elvis Presley with every project you put his name to. You simply do not deserve to have the privilege of having his legacy in your hands. I have to say that if anyone out there actually buys this third-rate piece of crap then you really need to re-assess your claim to be an Elvis fan.
Allan wrote on July 26, 2007
Viva - The thing is that had the technology been available in the 50's the Colonel would have pushed it and just about every Elvis fan would have bought one. They'd be collectors items now and every Elvis fan/ collector would have wanted to sought one out from ebay etc. I'm not sure who its aimed at - maybe the next generation of Elvis fan.It's a childlike thing that I would have loved when I was a 12 year old Elvis fan and I don't think EPE have adult fans like you & I in mind when they push this stuff. I was worried when I saw this in case it was one of those character in your pocket things we have in England where you press a button and get a 3 or 4 word phrase - Mr T saying 'quit your jibber jabber!' etc. I hope it sells well to kids who may like Elvis but not necessarily want to buy an interview disc.
Mystery Rider wrote on July 26, 2007
and why not, they will always get sold as stocking stuffers around christmas time. you remember that time of year, at the last minute when you need a gag for a friends stocking. and af the very worst you can stick them in his/ her shoe if theres a hole in sole.
memphisblues wrote on July 26, 2007
I give up, the lunatic's have taken over the Asylum/EPE. Hey Viva any room in that Shed
rosiel wrote on July 26, 2007
cannot figure out who they think they are appealing to? Not a good way to market the world's greatest entertainer.
It sure would be nice if the doll actually looked like Elvis. If it did I'd probably buy one myself. Trust me. Many will be sold. There is a market. If there wasn't they wouldn't keep making this kind of stuff. The "Colonel" is dead. Long live the "Colonel."
AlQ wrote on July 27, 2007
Why the hell not...this is sooo funny. Every big star in the entertainment business nowadays has his or her own talking doll: The Spice Girls, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and many others I can't think off right now. So why not let our man have his own talking doll as well (even though, judging from the picture, she doesn't look at all like our man). It's fun! I'm sure there's a market...look at all the other junk like the rubber duck, the bycicle or the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups...it all sells well. And if that is the way EPE will remember the biggest star on earth, let 'em. We can't do anything about it anyway. There'll always be people getting this stuff on the market and there'll always be people buying that crap. As long as anyone of us can say "Not Me" than we're good to go, aren't we? You will not find this or any other doll in my collection. 'Nuff Said...!
BTW: Those of you who constantly rag on Priscilla and/or EPE really need to get off their collective back. If not for them Graceland would have long since closed and Elvis himself would probably be nothing more than a distant memory in the collective awareness.
Lefty wrote on July 27, 2007
Put a cowboy hat on it, and it would closely resemble Woody from Toy Story! I've seen the President dolls. It's kind of interesting to hear real quotes from the likes of Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. They would appeal to a history buff. I could easily see one standing on the desk of some college professor. But why jump the track to do an Elvis doll? That is so off course for their market. Only one good reason--bucks! Once again, EPE takes the low road. Please EPE, no more bull crap about refusing to release the IN CONCERT footage out of a desire to protect the image.
Jumpin Jehosaphat wrote on July 27, 2007
I agree with Jerry, if Pris had not saved a declining graceland Michael Jackson might have been living there today. However she did get her share im sure where else could someone get enough money for the funniest face lift in United states History. and that cuckoo daughter of hers my next guess she will be picking her nose on tv instead of playing with her feet and her fingers. Could you immagine if her father was Mike stone, her head would be a karate chopping block today.
2kisses&3scarfs wrote on July 27, 2007
These dolls will probably sell well, but I won't buy them. I think in the continuing quest to market Elvis, EPE is losing sight of what is really important- ELVIS' MUSIC, CONCERT PERFORMANCES, and FILMS. That's what will keep the "Elvis Legacy" alive for generations to come. Elvis will sell Elvis.
Yes, but EPE doesn't own the films, music or concert performances with the exception of 68 Comeback, Aloha, and EIC. That's why they enter into these merchandise agreements with various companies. Not saying a lot of the stuff isn't tacky, but it's how EPE turns a profit, stays in business and Graceland tours continue.
redhatter07 wrote on July 27, 2007
Hey you guys...if you don't like Elvis, Priscilla, or their daughter, Lisa....then don't get on this website. I am sick and tired of your awful down and picky attitudes. I guess that is all you have to do in your life...and that is very sad. Think Positive and maybe your life will change for the better. I love Elvis memorabila...and maybe I might buy this doll and maybe not. I agree that there is a lot to pick from. The Reeses peanut butter bannana cups are good. I loved them and so did my friends.
JimmyCool wrote on July 27, 2007
Fonzie on an Elvis box!?
Allan wrote on July 27, 2007
Thanks JerryNodak for your sensible arguments and redhatter07 for your great attitude. If there were more contributors to this site like you 2 it would be more enjoyable to take part in. As it is I can't be doing with all the rest of them and probably won't take part anymore (only made 3 comments anyway)
Jumpin Jehosaphat wrote on July 28, 2007
So i guess what we are saying here is EPE owns only the trinkets sorta like we used to say when were kids in the 50's yuck made in Japan.
Jumpin Jehosaphat wrote on July 28, 2007
i must say that the Elvis Presley Blvd street sign is about the best thing they have to offer, its great for a place on your fence in your yard, i have mine in my yard facing the street and get nothing but complements on it. But were can i hang a talking doll maybe on the flusher of my toilet bowl.
ta2k wrote on July 28, 2007
Absolutely shocking, It's Ross from Friends !!! TCB
John4126 wrote on July 28, 2007
EspenK wrote on July 30, 2007
Why is this worse than any other Elvis souvernir? Is the problem here that you can here his voice? I really don't get it...
EspenK wrote on July 30, 2007
*HEAR* his voice I meant to type :) But I've always considered the Elvis dolls to be of the more forgiving Elvis-souvernirs out there. What about the Elvis ashtrays? Or Elvis jars? Or Elvis cookie cutters? Or any of that other trash...
Jerry 79 wrote on August 01, 2007
Hmmm... it is better than the Elvis Talking head some time ago ;-)