Released in 1985 as the original animatronic, magical, storytelling bear, Teddy Ruxpin was the first of its kind and a bonafide phenomenon. The original bear told stories through a rear-loading cassette based system that was synced to the bear’s speech pattern and included a motorized mouth and eyes. There were 60 original stories with 10-15 new stories released each year over a 5-year period.
Now, after more than 25 years, the new soft and cuddly 14” tall Teddy Ruxpin by Wicked Cool Toys will still have the core features that parents and grandparents fondly remember, and will read stories to children with a motorized mouth. However, in this new version, fans of all ages will benefit from bluetooth technology, LCD eyes with over 40 animated expressions that are synched to the stories, and touch sensors in the hands that allow the child to start, pause and fast-forward.
Jeremy Padawer, Co-President / Partner of Wicked Cool Toys remarked “It's the right time for Teddy Ruxpin's return. Teddy's love of education, storytelling and reading engaged millions of children in the 1980s and 1990s, ultimately selling billions of dollars in product and becoming a Time Magazine Top 100 toy of all-time. The technology is right to bring him back today to the children of Teddy Ruxpin's original friends, balancing fun and education, magic and technology, for pre-readers of today.”
There are 2 modes of play – with or without the free app. Connecting to the free app will allow kids to read along to the story Teddy is telling on their smart device. The app is in-sync with Teddy, flipping the pages as Teddy reads. Teddy has stories built-in, so children can take their beloved friend anywhere, anytime for story-time! www.teddyruxpin.com Ages 3+, SRP $99.99