Jibba Jabber toys
Jibba Jabber toys are toys produced in the 1990s by the American manufacturer Ertl.
Jibba Jabber dolls were first produced during the early 1990s. They were designed with long necks and comical appearances, and produced a high-pitched, burbling, choking sound when shaken by the neck.
Although originally marketed to children, the dolls became popular with adults as stress-relievers – enabling them to ‘strangle’ and shake the doll in moments of duress.
However, the dolls were recalled in the mid 1990s after parent’s groups complained that the dolls encouraged children to shake things by the neck - stating that it would encourage ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’.
They were later rereleased, with each box containing a pamphlet which read:
"It's OK to shake Jibba Jabber. It's never OK to shake a child."
Production on the dolls ceased in 1996, and they have become popular with toy collectors in recent years.
Guide for collectors
The dolls were available in variations with red, blue, pink and green hair. ‘Male’ versions of the doll have black bodies and yellow noses, with ‘female’ versions featuring pink bodies and noses.
How much are Jibba Jabber toys worth?
Boxed dolls, still in their original packaging, can sell for up to $50 on auction sites such as eBay.
Unboxed dolls tend to sell for $10 - $30, depending on their condition.