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My other half is a big Betty Boop fan, I'm pretty confident that there is something sick about having a fascination for a cartoon character which can only be sexual in nature but so far he has wisely refrained from asking me to don a Betty Boop outfit for a bit of role play. Anyway I bought this bottle opener as a stocking filler for him this xmas and as a novelty present it is pretty cool although by new Years the sound of her voice was beginning to grate for me however he seems to have not lost any of the fascination for it plus it gives him an excuse to drink another beer.
Every time you open a bottle you hear one of three Betty phrases in what is a reasonable quality recording of her cartoon character voice. The opener itself is made from black plastic with a picture of Betty on the bottom of the handle and there is a small cluster of holes from which her voice emerges. The phrases she says are "Hi I'm Betty Boop, Mmmmwaa, and the classic I want to be loved by you". It would have been nice if there was a bit more variety but for me it would have still become a bit annoying after a while.
As a bottle opener it does do a good job, it is well made with an easy grip handle and certainly it is quite substantial, certainly it opens bottle caps easily and without a great deal of force needed and it is solidly made, certainly a lot stronger than I expected from a novelty gift. The top has an inner metal core surrounded by plastic and fits easily over the top and neck of beer bottles. Two months after buying this it is still going strong both as an opener and with the voice.
I paid £6.99 for this from Amazon with my Dooyoo vouchers and as a novelty present it is fine but only really for true fans of the cartoon character otherwise it is not worth the expense.
This is a great little gadget that I got for christmas from my grandaughter as she thought it was funny and it can be bought from Amazon for £4 which I suspect my daughter bought it for her to give me, but it's been a great novelty over christmas and was used a lot on my birthday.
As with all things new they get used a lot but now that it's february I have found that the bottle opener has been put in the kitchen drawer and left there only to be got out on other celebratory occassions as I'm not a drinker so only have beer to open at christmas and birthdays and to be honest the novelty has worn off.
So, it's become redundant.
The bottle opener is quite chunky but small with a good shaped handle good for gripping and is made from plastic.
It has a metal grip in the top which fits over the bottle tops for you to lever them open, this works find and is easy to use. My grandaughter took great pride in opening everyone's beer at christmas as she would copy the talking and giggle a lot when it talked, trying to imitate the voice so it kept us and her entertained for hours.
The opener says, "I wanna be loved by you" and "hi, I'm Betty Boop" as well as "Mwah" which is a kissing noise so my grandaughter was soon running round saying all these as she is only eight it was more of a novelty for her than me. I thought as soon as everyone goes that thing is going in the drawer as after a few hours of the talking it bagan to get on my nerves.
The talking is activated as soon as you get the metal in contact with the metal of the bottle top so I presume there is some kind of magnetic trigger inside the gadget.
For a novelty it's a good idea and has the fun factor when you first get it, but for evryday use even though it's sturdy enough and works well at opening bottles the talking gets a bit tedious very quickly and for this reason only it has been demoted to the kitchen drawer.
For any fan of Betty Boop I think they would love it, but for me it was just one of the presents that lasted over the christmas holidays and my birthday in January then was put away.
It also has a nice picture of Betty Boop on the handle so would be a collectable item if your into Betty Boop.
As sad as this may sound I saw this on Amazon one night when I was entertaining friends and we had a lot of...Beverages (no not coke-a-cola) and without thinking to long on it I bought it, I like gimmick toys, but only ones I can use.
I remember seeing the Betty Boop picture and thinking if only she were real, but nonetheless I found myself reaching into my pocket and pulling out my credit card.
The King Features Betty Boop Talking Bottle Opener comes in a clear transparent plastic packaging with a solid back part, on the front of the transparent plastic there is a cut out hole where you can touch it to hear her talk to you in the way only Betty Boop does.
Every time you open a bottle with it you also hear her phrases from a little speaker in the middle of the handle (which has freaked a few of my friends out).
There are instructions on the back of the packaging to tell you how to operate the bottle opener (why), for all you Betty lovers out there you will love all the pictures of her all over the package casing.
The first thing you notice about the Bottle opener when you hold it in your hand is that it is not a cheap rubbish quality that you would expect it to be because it is a novelty product, in fact it is a very strong and durable bottle opener if nothing else, I have had it about 6 months now and it is still fine apart from the fact that she stopped talking after about 4 months, but it's still good to look at, I even use her name when referring to my bottle opener (again sad I know).
The King Features Betty Boop Talking Bottle Opener is mostly all black with a speaker in the middle which is recognized as the circle of holes with a little hole in the middle, a picture of Betty Boop at the bottom winking at you (well it looks like its at you when you have consumed a few...beverages), with three kisses above her head all getting larger in size, it does have a little touch of tacky to it but I guess that is the point (a little bit anyway), at the top where the bottle opener is located the actual bottle opening teeth part is actually a silver.
The handle is a very strong black plastic allowing you to have a good grip on it every time, and even though you would think the picture is going to start coming off it's actually staying on and I have had a few parties now and this little opener is really being tested and is coming through every time.
The phrases she says are
"I wanna be loved by you"
"Hi I'm Betty Boop"
You can buy the King Features Betty Boop Talking Bottle Opener from Amazon for £6.99
Which is a little much, considering it's only a bottle opener but I have to admit it does entertain you for a while even though she does stop talking after a while.
It's a great novelty item and a very durable Bottle opener, would I of bought it if it wasn't Betty Boop...probably not, but it is a good opener even though she stops talking after a period, shame because it brought back so many memories when I was a kid.
I have a secret obsession with Betty Boop! Well not so secret to the people around me but I have kept it well hidden from you Dooyooers...up until now at least!
I collect things of hers and get things as presents to do with her as well! People always know what to buy me anyway lol!
Browsing through Amazon with my earnings from here transferred to there I spotted this, I did a price comparison on it prior to purchase (several catalogues sell this) and I found it to be the exactly the same price...£10.00 and so I didn't hesitate in buying it!
Besides loving the photograph of it I actually did need a bottle opener which was a bonus! Living with a mate we do partake in a drink or two and have been battling with caps for a while!
The bottle opener comes in a clear plastic cover with a cardboard backing to it which is red and white polka dots. On the front of that card I'm told that it is Betty Boop Talking Bottle Opener 'With 3 phrases'. You can touch it to hear it as there is a little window cut out to where it gets activated when it opens a bottle so you can hear it and a cut out where the little speaker is on the handle so you can hear the voice clearly. On the back of the card again your told what it is, the phrases are listed and it tells you how it works, and contact details for King Features Syndicate are listed (the manufacturer of the product). Nice packaging, easy to open and there are lots of little cartoon pictures all over the packaging of Betty!
The Bottle Opener:
The bottle opener is visually very good indeed and looks good quality and then its backed up by actually being it too and not just a gimmick!
It is black plastic, short handled with the silver blade to open bottles which is encased into the plastic to the top of it. On the handle you've got a really cute picture of Betty and three sets of her lips depicting kisses and its bright and colourful without being tacky. The base holds a little tiny speaker piece and round the back of the handle in white writing contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its sturdy, the writing nor pictures scratch off and more than anything the bottle opener part does work each and every time I use it to remove a cap off a bottle.
The phrases are the gimmick part of course. Every time you use it Betty speaks in a cute, sexy little voice. She has 3 catch-phrases and she says 'mmmwwah!, I wanna be loved by you boop-oop de doop or Hi I'm Betty Boop!. Ok not the largest selection of catch-phrases I grant you but good enough for me!
All round this is an excellent, useful and slightly quirky item and to be honest I didn't expect it to be as sturdy or as strong as what it is.....but it is! You can change the battery too once it runs out which is like a watch battery but it lasts ages even with people just setting it off for fun (which does happen alot in my home lol)! Also it has magnetic backing meaning that you can simply shove it on your fridge or something so its always handy!
For someone who is a fan of Betty this is a great, handy little gift that is a bit different and not only that as a bottle opener (which is it after-all) it really works! The only negative is that you can't turn the voice off....if it does eventually get on your nerves but I have never found it to go off by itself....its always someone doing it lol.
Great little product and actually worth the £10.00 price tag and its available on Amazon and other online stores and in catalogues such as Grattan!