Teddy Ruxpin: Iconic ’80s toy bear Returns Fall 2017

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Teddy Ruxpin: Iconic '80s toy bear Returns Fall 2017
Teddy Ruxpin: Iconic '80s toy bear Returns Fall 2017

Teddy Ruxpin was one of the world’s first animatronic toys way back in 1985, complete with a motorized mouth and eyes. But the new Teddy Ruxpin really takes tech toys to the next level of creepy cuteness with full-color LCD eyes.

Earlier this year, Hasbro announced it was bringing back its weird, nostalgic fur beast (aka Furby) as a connected toy with LCD screens for eyes, and now anther iconic Hasbro toy is getting the same treatment but by a different company called Wicked Cool Toys. Teddy Ruxpin, the animatronic talking bear that was a best-selling toy in the late 80s, has been revived. It’s now a connected toy, too.

It’s softer than ever and comes with animated, anime-like LCD eyes. But unlike the original bear, which had a slot for cassettes loaded with over 60 now-classic stories, the new Teddy Ruxpin has a 4GB hard drive that stores 40 stories, including some of the original Teddy Ruxpin ones. The bear can can still speak and narrate stories, and it can even do sing-a-longs, but now children can also read along using a companion iPad app.

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To skip stories, you press Teddy Ruxpin’s hand. To enter a sing-a-long mode, you press its foot. It is pretty simple update to a toy that was once considered a technological marvel, but Wicked Cool Toys is likely hoping the new Teddy Ruxpin is high-tech enough to attract today’s youngsters. There’s no word yet on pricing, and the company said it wont start selling the bear until 2017.

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Watch the video below to see Teddy Ruxpin on display at the Dallas Toy Fair.

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Sherri E. White

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