Above: A Lingo Slinger Original… My depiction of Cricket the talking Doll. Don’t worry I didn’t spend long on it, so feel free to snicker at my (less than stellar) Photoshop prowess.
Remember those annoying talking Cricket dolls from the 80’s (those of you who are old enough)? My younger sister had one that our whole family pretty much hated. She used to carry it around everywhere!!! Cricket stood about 25″ tall and had a cassette player in her back. Her mouth would move while the tape played, so that’s how she could “talk”. Her creepy eyes opened and closed, and moved from side to side. I don’t know how my sister even slept in the same room with that fuckin’ thing!!
I remember one of Cricket’s songs “Let’s be friends… we’ll do things together… we’ll have a great old time”… And i’ll never forget her laugh, It still sends shivers up my spine. It was one of those creepy children’s laughs that you hear in any given horror movie. I used to hear my sister lumbering around the house with Cricket (the doll was fucking heavy as hell). Her sinister battery operated laugh echoed down the hall.
My sister (for some reason) didn’t seem to notice how fucking creepy and weird this doll was and took her EVERYWHERE… I think Cricket knew that I was on to her, she would flash me a glance sometimes as if to say “I’m coming for you bitch… you better sleep with one eye open”! Then she would resume her singing and laughing with my sister who was none the wiser.
And so… I did sleep with one eye open. And I live to tell about it. One time I found Cricket laying in the hall outside my bedroom. I’m not sure how she got there. My sister said she didn’t put her there, so i’m sure that she was on her way to take me out while I slept! Her batteries must have been too weak to pull it off which is why she laid there until my sister found her the next morning! My sister finally got bored of her, didn’t replace her batteries, lost the tape, ripped out her pigtails, and had her stripped bare-ass naked! I had the last laugh!!