Official Return of the Storytime and Magical Bear
Excellent for cuddling and hugging
Soft, light and entertaining
Displays more than 40 colorful expressions on his LSD eyes
It can talk, sing and tell stories
The interactive features are set to minimum
Only 3 pre-installed stories
Do you remember that cute and super fun Teddy Ruxpin from 1985 that almost everyone had and the entertainment it brought home through the stories he used to tell and the songs he used to sing? Some of you might still even keep it at home or introduced it as a keepsake to your children or grandchildren. Well, now there’s another, improved and modern version of Teddy Ruxpin manufactured by Wicked Cool Toys with additional features that offer ultimate pleasure for everyone’s home. The Teddy is fluffy, cuddly and incredibly livable which makes a great companion for your kids and makes the storytime a real adventure, especially when stories are told by a teddy that changes the expressions on its LCD eyes in more than 40 colorful expressions while telling stories. Teddy Ruxpin comes with three pre-installed stories and seven songs which can be later upgraded to additional seven more stories through the free app that allows you to download them for a purchase fee and connect them to your Teddy through a Bluetooth connection. Its mechanical mouth moves while he talks or sings in synchronization with the words he says and it looks as if a real teddy is talking to you. For the good old times and new beginnings, we decided to take a look and review Teddy Ruxpin.
On his back, under the vest, you can find a panel for four AA batteries which are not included when you buy the Teddy, the power switch is there, a reset button, micro USB, the power and the Bluetooth lights, and the Bluetooth connect button. Its hard drive can contain stories in the amount of 4 GB downloaded or synchronized content from the app. It has big, LCD eyes which become bright when turned on. His glowing eyes represent a brand new feature and they express more than 40 different colorful animations and expressions.
They are thus placed so that the child can have the full control of the Teddy and the story it tells, the choice of the songs and the choice of the stories. The sensory control on its left paw controls the stories; it plays and it pauses them. The one on the right paw controls the choice of the stories from the built-in library. The sensory control on the logo on the chest controls the choice of the songs.
What Teddy Ruxpin does
Another thing worth mentioning is that the app doesn’t work with Kindle. Buying a bundle of units is cheaper and more advisable since in that way you get more for a lower price. Contrary to the original or the first version of Teddy Ruxpin, this one does not come with a book, so everything you have to do is to download the app. The connection between the app and Teddy is through a Bluetooth connection or through the micro USB port. It has 4 GB capacity for storing and synchronizing the stories.
While Teddy Ruxpin tells the stories his eyes glow and express various emotions and expressions making the stories more realistic and personalized. When he talks about love, for example, his eyes display red hearts thus creating a warm and lovable atmosphere, or if he talks about being cold then there are snowflakes displayed on his eyes. During the storytime, he frequently changes the appearances on his LED eyes and that makes children focused on the story. Both children and parents love the high and low volume option since it can be taken to bed during night time without making too much noise. If your child goes in bed with him make sure Teddy has his sleeping mask on his eyes since some parents claim that their children got scared when his eyes are not closed.
The expressions it uses while talking seem to be educational too in a way that he implicitly conveys a message to children of their meaning and that emotions are an important part of everyone’s life. In that way, children can easily play with his games such as role-play or pretend play games and thus develop their imagination, creativity, and active play. Social skills start to develop at the age of three and up, so children can learn and express these skills while playing and being friends with Teddy Ruxpin.
Who is it for
Connecting the app with Teddy seems to be fairly easy. What you need to do first is to download and launch the app and after that, you need to press the Bluetooth button placed on the back of the Teddy. You will get a message on your screen to press Teddy’s right sensor and once you do that you will launch the story called All About Bears. In case you want to go through stories, you need to press the sensor that is inserted in Teddy’s right hand. If there is no device enabled, then children can listen to the stories which are already provided in the software on the Teddy.
That is total of 45 minutes storytime and sing along songs. You don’t need any kind of connection to listen to them. Teddy Ruxpin can be a great buddy for children to hang out with and it is great for hugging and cuddling and so many children take it to bed with them. However, many parents feel displeased that this modern Teddy hasn’t been equipped with interactive features, such as reacting to children’s commands or responding to their requests, but probably the manufacturer wanted to keep the original vibes without imposing too many modern features.
Technical information and Customer service
Children love to listen to Teddy Ruxpin and see those expressions in his eyes which personalize the entire atmosphere and create a deeper connection between the child and Teddy. In case you want to see the illustrations from the stories, you can connect any smart device with Teddy through Bluetooth connection and enjoy the experience. Teddy comes with three pre-installed stories and seven songs which total to 45 minutes of story and sing-along time. If your child gets bored with these stories, you can purchase more stories through the app and expand the pleasure of storytime.
The bear is equipped with 4 GB software, enough for download of all the stories and songs. Teddy Ruxpin is a great companion and children love spending time with him. It can also be a sleeping buddy since it is soft and very cuddly; it’s light and not very big, so it makes him perfect for hugging. When set to the sleeping mode, it has a sleeping mask to cover his eyes and protect them from any damage. All in all, this blast from the past makes children happy and entertained, helps them learn songs and stories and is very helpful for early pre-readers and readers.