Battery-Operated Toy Repair Kit
Repair any battery-operated toy of any vintage (doesn't cover computerized control systems).

Really excellent! I'm a technician
and wish our manuals were written as clearly!

--Mike Tozer, micktozer@aol.com

Now YOU Can Repair
Hundreds of Different Battery-Ops
Even If You've Never Fixed ANYTHING Before!

I'll show you step by step
how to get any non-computerized
battery-operated toy or robot working again.

I know what it's like to have your classic battery-op suddenly stop working. The sinking feeling of working that switch back and forth, not knowing if it'll ever work again. The horror of breaking off tin tabs. The pain of watching a toy go slower and slower until it stops.

But what can you do? Your impulse is to whack it, or try different batteries, but what then? Even if you could open it up without damaging it, how do you diagnose the problem? Where do you get parts? It's next to impossible to get it right the first time, isn't it?

Until now.

The Next Best Thing to a Magic Wand

You've clicked on this link, so I know that you've wished there was a magic wand to reach inside these toys and make them work again. I used to wish that--and that's why I started Talky Tina Press. I knew that if I tried I could develop ways to do what was thought impossible--to fix those dolls and toys that people said "can't be fixed." To break into the realm of the "experts" and make their knowledge available to everyone.

I Looked for Advice
From Books and the Experts

The books recommended whacking toys, and trying different batteries, and issued dire warnings about breaking off tin tabs. Thanks, I knew that already. I learned very fast that those few people out there doing good work with battery-operated toys were keeping what they did a secret.

Two Years of Research and Testing

So I found original patent drawings. I tracked down original parts manufacturers. I studied plastics engineering. I bought a lot of junk battery-ops, and I learned from them.

I learned how battery-ops work. I found sources for original-specifications repair parts. And I developed orderly procedures for testing toys before you open them up.

Toy and Doll Repair Secrets Revealed

I also learned that there's no magic in toy repair, of course; it does take a little work. But it doesn't have to be hard work with Talky Tina at your side. I'm offering you everything I learned in a do-it-yourself kit with instructions written for you--the person with no previous toy repair experience.

The Only Do-It-Yourself Kit
With Parts and Complete Instructions

I'm not trying to trick you into buying a figure-it-out-yourself packet of parts. I'm not trying to stick you with an hour of grainy, wobbly video. I'm offering you:

  • A thirty-six-page, professionally written how-to manual, with
  • Nine clear photos and crisp illustrations and:
  • Four retainers in two sizes
  • Three new plastic gears in three sizes (eight, ten and twelve teeth)
  • A sheet of hard-to-find mulberry paper for rebuilding smoke and squeaker bellows

Learn Newly Developed
Repair Techniques

The instructions lead you, step by step, through the repair process. They tell you how to avoid mistakes. They tell you how to fix any mistakes you do make. Just a few of the topics covered are:

  • The best tools for battery-op repair
  • Which supplies to use--and which to avoid
  • How to rebuild dead motors
  • How to rebuild dead buzzers
  • How to recharge smoke generators

All New Information

I'm not offering you a rehashing of old techniques. I'm not trying to sell you a fistful of obsolete photocopies. All these techniques are new. This is all information you won't find anywhere else. Like:

  • How to straighten tin tabs without breaking them
  • How to replace broken tin tabs
  • How to open glued plastic toys
  • How to identify and glue plastics
  • How to build a welder to weld plastics that can't be glued
  • Where to get more parts

Instructions for Hundreds of Different
Toys and Robots

All battery-ops used the same mechanisms and operate under the same principles. The motors have been redesigned, and new plastics introduced, but today's battery-ops require the same repair methods as those of fifty years ago. The only exception is the addition of computer-chip operating systems, which are outside the scope of this book.

How Can I Offer This Kit for So Little?

Sending your battery-op to a toy repairman can cost you $50--if you're lucky enough to know one you trust. And that doesn't include shipping and insurance charges. With this kit, you can fix two dolls--that's a $100 value! And since extra parts cost only $2-$4 per toy (depending on what's wrong), the value of the knowledge contained in the instructions is really unlimited!

I can offer this kit for only $14.95 because I publish and distribute it myself. I don't have to share the price of the book with publishers or bookstores, just with the pirates at eBay. I make the parts, lick the stamps, I sweep up, I answer the e-mails. I'll answer your e-mails too. If there's a question that isn't covered in the book or this description, all you have to do is ask.

Ben Truwe
Talky Tina Press

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