Batman and Robin Janex Talking Alarm Clock

As a kid, I was not a huge Batman fan. Sure I liked the TV show, but when it came to comic books I was firmly in the Marvel camp. More specifically, I was a Captain America fan. Because of this I am still puzzled as to how I grew up with a Janex Batman and Robin talking Alarm Clock next to my bed. Who bought it for me? When did they buy it? I have no exact recollection (what am I blocking?), but for as long as I could remember, I would wake up to the sounds and colorful image of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder (who is driving a tiny Robin-sized Batmobile).

[via] eBay

A thing of beauty right? I am not sure where my original clock went to? When I went home on my most recent trip, I dug through just about every nook and cranny of the house and it did not turn up. This was disappointing , but maybe it is for the best, since I think I left a battery in it at some point and things got pretty badly corroded.

PLUS! This allows me to browse for a new one online. I have spotted a few in working condition, but I am not sure how good they will sound at this point and if I cannot awaken to the same sounds of my youth, the thing would just be more shelf candy in a world already filled with shelf candy. Why am I worried about sound? Well, just about every example of audio from one these classics ends up sounding like this…

Did you have a talking Janex clock as a kid? They made other characters. You think I should pick up a new one?

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Zerbinator

    I did! As soon as I saw the picture, I could smell it again. That thick plastic hit me in the head so many times from falling off of the shelf over my pillow. I was very upset with Batman for that. I remember I got it for my 6th birthday. I think I broke it when I was seven. I was clumsy.

  2. angela(toao)

    “Well, just about every example of audio from one these classics ends up sounding like this…”

    That was MEAN. Not all of us have had our coffee yet. >:|

  3. Matt

    Love this clock. Still have mine in the collection. Picked up a killer “Thundercats” version a few years back. Often wondered how many styles were made. I think I’ve seen a Superman and a Raggedy Ann and Andy in some old Christmas catalogs…

  4. VicSage

    @Retroist “As a kid, I was not a huge Batman fan.”, I’m not sure I understood that opening sentence. Surely you realize not that Batman could take Captain American down, right? ;P

  5. The Retroist

    How dare you! Only way Batman could win would be a lucky shot. The only way anyone else could beat the Star Spangled Avenger.

  6. VicSage

    Well…who has the clock in their image? 😉

  7. Manny

    This Clock was one of several toys I had as a kid that from day one didn’t work. Remco’s R/C FAT WHEELS was another! Then there were toys that broke immediately like, Electronic Spider-man . Web went right into his damn arm never to be retrieved on its first outing. Damn you toy gods!

  8. Bill

    Same company also made a Batman Electric Toothbrush. One is on eBay.

  9. Drahken

    I used to have a spiderman electric toothbrush & a batman battery tester when I was little. (I would frequently use the batman battery tester to test the batteries in the spiderman toothbrush.) I have no idea what company made either one though.

  10. The Retroist

    I had never know about the Batman Battery tester. What a great item to theme though, all the battery chargers and testers I see in the stores are so generic.

  11. steve

    I still have mine 30 years later and it still works

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