Teddy Ruxpin is probably one of
the more famous toys from the 1980's. We personally never owned
one, because frankly this thing scared us. Teddy Ruxpin was a
talking bear, initially created by a company called Worlds of
Wonder, and was the best-selling toy of 1985-1986. The original
Teddy Ruxpin was manufactured until 1988 with other manufactures
making the unit well into the 1990’s and beyond. World of
Wonder went bankrupt in 1988. Teddy Ruxpin was resurrected in
the 2000’s, ultimately winning an award for the best Animated
Interactive Plush toy for 2006.
As most of you know, you would
put tapes into Teddy's back and he would move his eyes and mouth
while reading you the story on the tape. Teddy had a worm
friend named Grubby that would connect to Teddy using a cable.
The cable allowed the two to communicate with each other.
Stories revolved around Teddy and Grubby’s adventures, such as
finding treasures, escaping dangers, and meeting new friends.
Although not animated, there were other plush companions in the
series as well, such as hand puppets and little birds.