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Tags:teddy, teddy ruxpin, soulless horror
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Boomer The Dog - 2015-08-19
I remember this bear, I don't know if it was the exact commercial, this seems to be the intro to the toy.

In the late 1990s I barked with a Furry who was super into Teddy Ruxpin, and through him, I heard or read that the computing power in Teddy was around the same as an Apple II computer from the 1980s.

I'd have to wonder if you put a music cassette tape in Teddy's well, if he'd move his mouth to the words, especially a rap tape, or a dirty comedy bit!

We students used to put a music tape into the personal filmstrip viewers in high school. The normal tapes had voice narration with sub-audible tones to change to the next slide. The bass in music also made the slide change randomly, so of course we had fun with that.

spikestoyiu - 2015-08-19
"I'd have to wonder if you put a music cassette tape in Teddy's well, if he'd move his mouth to the words"

Yes, although it's not perfect.

My younger brother and each got one for Christmas one year. Whichever year they were a hot item. Mine was broken, right out of the box. I was so upset (I was a kid, give me a break) that my family was able to box it back up, find an open Toys R Us, and successfully exchange it. I think we were putting "Weird" Al tapes in it that night.

Old_Zircon - 2015-08-19
I don't think there's any actual microprocessor in Teddy Ruxpin at all, is there? If I remember right it's a doll with a couple of DC motors that respond to the amplitude of whatever is on the tape.

If there is, I highly doubt it had the processing power of an Apple II/e since it came out at roughly the same time, but maybe it could compare with one of the original Apple II's from the 70s.

Old_Zircon - 2015-08-19
Never mind, I didn't know about the Playskool Teddy Ruxpins from the early 90s (which were completely different from the old ones), sounds like those could be comparable to an early 80s Apple.

il fiore bel - 2015-08-19

Old_Zircon - 2015-08-19
Probably the heaviest metal I've ever heard.

Stopheles - 2015-08-19
In late 1992, I found a pile of broken Teddy Ruxpins in a clear plastic bag on Varick Street in Manhattan. I took one home because it was mostly intact, and used it to play an audio tape I had of Henry Lee Lucas' 'confessions.' The fact that one of the doll's eyes was broken and sagging upped the 3dginess to Art-School Grade.
Hooker - 2015-08-19
Kid at 0:07 is a CEO now.
Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2015-08-19
Is that his mom or the teacher?
cognitivedissonance - 2015-08-19
The one little kid that really likes it is going to be the greatest troll America will ever have. He will save us from ourselves.
The Mothership - 2015-08-19
Probably one of the most iconic toys of my childhood, despite me never having one.
baleen - 2015-08-19
I remember this commercial, and I remember people would take their teddy ruxpins in for show and tell. Those kids didn't become any more popular. In fact, we beat them relentlessly. We beat them until there was nothing left for them to protest, nothing left to defend.
The Mothership - 2015-08-19
Yup, it was always the loneliest kid in class, poor bastard.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2015-08-19
Weren't they expensive too?

Old_Zircon - 2015-08-19
I've never seen a Teddy Ruxpin in my life, I don't think.

baleen - 2015-08-19
Yeah, I've seen a feeeew TR's. Usually after they done with their high class singin. After that, they're just alley chicken. We'd all come by, taken our turn on that tight lil' two track. Dang it. Skettin me in the MOOD!

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