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1985 Worlds of Wonder Teddy Ruxpin and Grubby

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Uploaded on Mar 4, 2009

You might be surprised at the clarity of this video, at least compared to my other ones: A friend in the office recently purchased a Sanyo HD camcorder and let me try it out.

I was in my first year of college when these toys came out, and I wanted to know how they worked. Ten years later, I got that opportunity.

Both Teddy and Grubby were found at Goodwill. Teddy is one of the early units--three motors in his head, metal tape transport. Later ones are only two-motor jobs, where one controls the eyes and the other controls the upper jaw; the lower jaw is cantilevered. The later ones also had cheap, horrible-sounding plastic-based tape transports.
Grubby is a standard three-motor job as well. Grubby's cues are controlled by a three-conductor cable attached between him and Teddy.

My daughter kept pestering me to get Teddy up and running, so today I took him apart and laid the old belts onto a PRB Measur-A-Belt. To my surprise, I found I had replacements. Once those were installed, I had to "massage" both Teddy's and Grubby's eyes and mouths to get their motors working again. With time, the motors seize up until you exercise them. Took about a half-hour, but they both sprang to life.

With this demo, Teddy explains to Grubby about bears and both sing a song about Koalas.

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