Teddy Ruxpin toy

Teddy Ruxpin was first produced in 1985 by toy manufacturer Worlds of Wonder. They also released the companion toy Grubby and several other non-animatronic companion toys and characters.

Teddy Ruxpin is an animatronic children's toy in the form of a talking 'Illiop', a creature which looks like a bear. The toy's mouth and eyes move while he reenacts stories played on an audio tape cassette deck built into its back. It was created by Ken Forsse with later assistance by Larry Larsen and John Davies, and the first version of the toy was designed by the firm RKS Design. Later versions used a digital cartridge in place of a cassette. At the peak of its popularity, Teddy Ruxpin became the best-selling toy of 1985 and 1986, and the 2006 version was awarded the 2006 Animated Interactive Plush Toy of the Year award by Creative Child Magazine.

A cartoon based on the characters debuted in 1986.

Technology

Conventional Compact Cassettes carried two audio tracks for stereo sound reproduction. Teddy Ruxpin cassettes used the right track for audio and the left track for a control data stream. The data stream controlled servomotors that moved the eyes and mouth and could also divert the audio signal to Grubby, the companion toy, by means of a proprietary cable. This allowed the two to engage in pre-recorded interactions. Grubby only worked with the initial WOW release of Teddy Ruxpin.

If a conventional audio cassette was played in Teddy Ruxpin, this would be detected and its left audio track would be ignored. Early versions of the toy used three servo motors, but this was reduced to two and even one in later versions.

Updated: 1 October 2020

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Teddy Ruxpin value and price guide

What's your Teddy Ruxpin worth? Here are some recently sold items.

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teddy ruxpin airship model used condition Teddy Ruxpin Airship Model Used Condition... 07/2021 £177.25
1985 teddy ruxpin wow teddy grubby outfits tapes 1985 Teddy Ruxpin Wow Teddy Grubby Outfits Tapes... 05/2021 £144.70
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John - July 24, 2021
Can you tell me if there was ever a Teddy ruxpin panda bear? Thanks john
Well, he sings about bears and pandas in his songs, but I can't find any (reference to) plush panda bears within the Teddy Ruxpin toy line.