Teddy Ruxpin, the popular talking toy from the 1980’s, is making a retun as a smart animated teddy that can read stories to children.
he talking animatronic toy has been given a hi-tech makeover, swapping cassette tapes and plastic eyes for a 4GB hard drive and animated LCD eyes.
Teddy has been resurrected by Wicked Cool Toys, which earlier this year also launched a revamped Cabbage Patch Kid doll.
The bear can blink and look up and down, and his eyes also flash hearts, stars, even snowflakes.
The toy comes with an internal hard drive with 10 stories about his adventures, with an option to download additional ones.
The 14-inch tall bear (priced at $99) also has touch sensors in the hands and feet.
With the upgrade, Ruxpin also got a companion app that lets kids read along with him.
An early prototype of Teddy was showcased at the Dallas Toy Fair this week, although it’s not scheduled to launch until 2017.
“The bear had to come out of the bag,” said Wicked Cool Toys co-president Jeremy Padawer, speaking to YouTube’s Mommy and Gracie Show. “We’ve shown Teddy a little early.”