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The Latest Animatronic Toys

Updated on February 8, 2015

Animatronics can be found everywhere today. When I take my boys to the mall they always want to stop and see the alligator at the Rainforest Cafe. Chuck E. Cheese has a whole band of animatronic human like animals.

Animatronics is basically a set of robotic gears and computers inside a type of puppet. Often times they are animals or people but, they can also be fictional characters and monsters.

WowWee RoboPanda
WowWee RoboPanda

I am amazed at all of the recent innovations in kids toys. When I was growing up in the 80's the coolest animatronic toy I had was a Pound Puppy named Cooler. Cooler worked the exact same way as the popular Teddie Ruxpin doll. You could put a cassette tape inside of the Pound Puppy and then it would move its mouth as it sang or told a story. I remember it being pretty heavy. But, maybe that was just because it was filled electronics instead of stuffing.

Animatronics were invented by the Imagineers under Walt Disney in the early 60's. Walt named them Audio-Animatronics. Eventually similar technology made its way onto movie sets, but Walt had kept his innovations very secret. Today the technology is getting more and more popular in childrens toys. Animatronics can now come to childrens toys because all of the high tech gear to control them is getting smaller and cheaper.

WowWee Chimpanzee
WowWee Chimpanzee


WowWee is one of the biggest animatronic toy makers. They offer a huge variety of electronic interactive toys.They made the popular Robosapien. The Robosapien is basically a robot and not animatronic, but he acts like a human. It can do 67 pre-programmed functions like dancing and picking things up.

The Robopanda is their first to not need a remote control. It isn't soft and cuddly but it is cute and comes with a little stuffed panda to interact with. The Robopanda can sing, tell stories, play games and responds to affection.

One of the things I like most about the WowWee toys is that lots of them can interact with each other.

Their Alive Cubs look really cool for younger kids. It consists of what seems to be stuffed animals that come alive. The cubs can move their mouth and eyes. They make realistic baby animal sounds and patting them makes them purr. If left alone for more than five minutes they snore then turn off. There is a Lion, panda, polar bear and a white tiger.

WowWee Alive Cubs
WowWee Alive Cubs


The Pleo is a cute little dinosaur that moves so realistically that it is kinda scary. The Pleo seems to be the most realistic. The Pleo was created by Caleb Chung who brought everyone the Furby. The Pleo pretty much has all of our senses. The Pleo reacts to touch and what he sees. Pleo gets hungry and tired. It gains it own personality by how you interact with him. Pleo is the same size as a 2 week old Camarasaurus that he is based on. Check out Pleoworld to see all of the sensors inside.

KOTA by Playskool is a giant ride on Triceratops that can react to touch and sound. KOTA can grunt and play jungle sounds. Kids are able to feed him too. KOTA will be released on October 15th.

Squakers McKaw is a part of Hasbro's FurReal line. Squakers can mimmick your voice and can learn to respond to commands.

Biscuit My Lovin Pup is also by Hasbro . Well you can't ride on him but he is pretty big. Biscuit has voice recognition and can follow some typical commands for dogs like sit and speak. Biscuit is expected to be release on September 7th.

WALL-E the robot is being released by Disney. Disney partnered with the leader of these types of toys, WowWee in order to build him. Wall-E comes with a remote control. But he can also respond to his surroundings. I know he isn't an animatronic toy but it does seem like such a cool robotic toy I had to include him.


there is a new animatronic dinosaur on the block, and he looks mean. Mattel has recently created an interactive dinosaur pet for kids. He is very cute in his own way but, definitely not cudly like the Pleo. Of course it only makes sense since the D-Rex is a carnivore. He even has a cool spiked collar. The D-Rex can be found for about $130 for kids 8 and up. The D-Rex has lifelike movement and can react to his environment. If he bumps into a wall he staggers and looks confused. The D-Rex will obey commands and is very good at protecting his owner. He has more than 100 different roars. He comes with a remote control bone. The cotroller allows for 5 different response modes to put him in. But, he will react differently each time. He has sensors on his head so when you pet him he will wag his tail and make nice roars.If he seems hungry he will chew on whatever you put in his mouth.

  • Attack makes him launch forward roaring
  • Prank makes him burp or fart
  • Seek makes him follow you by sound
  • Guard in which you can place him in front of something and he will protect it by roaring if he senses movement close by.
  • Question Ask him something and he will nod his head yes or shake his head no.


Screature spits and bites
Screature spits and bites


Meet Screature the newest dinosaur from the creators of D-Rex. Screature is simpler and also cheaper but, still seems like a lot of fun. My kids love that it can squirt water like the spitting dinosaurs from Jurassic Park. This dinosuar doesn't walk but, he does respond to petting him by making noises. He can bite and spit if you pet him in the wrong spot and you can set him for guard mode to pretect your things.

Disney's Living Characters Initiative

The most advanced animatronics I can find are of course made by Disney. Lucky was the first to walk freely around the parks. You can find him wandering around the Animal Kingdom. Lucky is a dinosaur that can freely interact with people. Lucky was introduced on May 6, 2005. Lucky pulls a flower kart and can sneeze, hiccup, laugh make noises and sign autographs.

The next to be introduced was the mobile Muppet Lab. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker were first seen in private test runs in 2006. It then moved on to Disney's California Adventure Park. The Lab is always moving to different locations. It is currently in Disneyland in Hong Kong. But is scheduled to be in New York City for the World Science Festival. The lab is controlled by one person who can be miles away from the park. The lab is equipped with 8 cameras so the controller can see everything that is going o. The lab all kinds of cool gadgets onboard. It can shoot out confetti, bubbles, smoke and water. It has spinning signs and flashing lights. I really hope this is at Disney the next time I go. I simply love the Muppets.

The Muppets actually interact with the guests of the park. They have 53 comedy sketches and sing 12 songs.

Pleo Video

KOTA Video

RoboPanda Video



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    • JPSO138 profile image


      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Very interesting. My son is very fond of toy dinasaurs.

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from ma

      Thanks vivekananda, I'm glad you like them.

    • vivekananda profile image


      9 years ago from India

      This hub on Animatronic toys is interesting .

      Animatronics has breathed life into the ancient creatures and are now favorite ones for the younger generation. Jim! your topics on toys are really cool.

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      Ethan Hughes 

      9 years ago

      tHis is really cool!

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from ma

      Thanks Britney, I am amazed at all of the cool new animatronic toys. They really are getting to be lifelike. The Pleo creators are currently working on their next toy. But, I have no idea of what it will be yet.

    • britneydavidson profile image


      9 years ago from united kingdom

      wow this is really great hub...they are cool and really nice.

    • cgull8m profile image


      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, would love to buy the Pleo, they are cool even for adults like you said.

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from ma

      Thanks Ardie, I'm glad you liked the Pleo. Pleo is a lot of fun even for adults that are kids at heart. Maybe you could put it on your Christmas List.

    • Ardie profile image


      9 years ago from Neverland

      The Pleo Dino is the coolest toy I have ever seen. I saw one at Toys R Us on Black Friday and couldn't stop pushing the buttons to make it walk and roar :) If I had the money, I'd buy one for myself! Great hub.

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from ma

      Hi SweetiePie, I just turned 29 and have recently stopped being carded at the movies. Just Sunday I took my youngest to the doctors and I overheard a kid saying, "is that his brother" to his mom. I figure when I'm 50 I am bound to still look 30. I found you on Squidoo and became a fan.

    • SweetiePie profile image


      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Very cute toys here! Wow, you look too young to be a dad, I thought you were 18 when you commented on my page. I looked at your website though and it is good you are enjoying being a dad. Keep writing cute reviews about toys, I am sure parents can use these with the upcoming Christmas season.

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from ma

      I think adults are just so amazed at how advanced the Pleo is. I think it is great that you can actually get a developers kit and adjust Pleo's personality and various motor skills settings. I would love to see one in person, but still haven't yet.

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      Research Analyst 

      10 years ago

      I remember seeing a news spot about Pleo and how it is such a hit with adults and with a huge following online.

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from ma

      I just want to mention a new Fur Reals puppy that came out last month. Their is now a Beagle named Tumbles that can roll over. I can get my dog to do a few tricks. But, I still can't get her to roll over. Maybe this new puppy could show her.

      Thanks for posting everyone.

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from ma

      The newest generation of kids always seem to get the coolest new high tech toys. I think everyone here wishes they had an excuse to buy one of these animatronic pets. The best thing about the Alive Cubs is that you get to pet them and cuddle with them. But, you don't need to feed them.

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      10 years ago

      The alive cubs are soooo cute. I'll have to put them on the wish list for Christmas....for me!

    • LisaPark profile image


      10 years ago from Philippines

      These are really cute toys..^^ I bet your 3 boys loved to play with these..anyways good luck on your affiliate marketing business..^^ You can do it Jim! ^^

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      Write On! 

      10 years ago from United States

      These animatronics really are amazing. I remember purchasing Teddy Ruxpin when he first hit the market years ago. Even as adults then, we would sit around and just be in awe of what this toy was capable of...

      My children stil have fond memories of "Teddy". He was adorable. Today --- these animatronics are nearly "unreal" with what they can do.

      Write On!

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from ma

      Delmae, my sons love stuffed animals but, we have them everywhere. I think The WowWee Alive Cubs could be a nice change sine they can do a lot more. They might even get more use out of them.

      Funride, I am glad I could introduce you to the Pleo. I was amazed too. He really looks like a lot of fun. The creator actually lets people buy a software development kit in which you can adjust Pleo's mood, speed, appetite and numerous other abilities with a few simple sliders. I have only seen him in videos, but I can't wait to see him in person sometime.

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      Great hub, I loved to met pleo ;) it was the first time I saw "him"and I´m amazed with all the things "he" can do. Thanks for sharing.

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      Delmae Joy 

      10 years ago from Victoria AUSTRALIA

      Whatever next? I love those WowWee alive animals.... thanks for keeping us updated

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from ma

      Hi Constant Walker, that can easily be aranged. Thanks for the suggestion and check back soon.

      A lot of WowWee's toys would be more classified as robots. But I will add some bigger pictures of some of their animatronics and maybe add some of their robots at the bottom or start a new hub on Robotic toys.

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Interesting topic, Jim. I would have loved to have seen more pics of the WowWee toys.

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from ma

      Hi BeatsMe, the Pleo is actually so advanced that it develops a personality based on how you treat him. If you play very rough with Pleo a lot it will start to consider it playing. If you pull at hi sleg he will walk with a limp for a little while after. If you have carpet and he uses a lot of power walking. Pleo will start to step higher so that he uses less power. So over time every Pleo acts differently. I am actually amazed at how advanced it really is.

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      10 years ago

      lol. You can teach them? Like real animals? You have to forgive my ignorance about these toys.

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from ma

      The Pleo looks like so much fun. It simply looks so lifelike in all of the videos I have seen. I would love to get one too. But, the price seems too high for something I will likely get tired of. Needing to take care of it in order for it to learn and grow seems like a lot of time and effort that I don't have. When the price comes down and my kids get a little older I would definitely consider getting one.

    • starrkissed profile image


      10 years ago from Arizona

      My fiancé tells me every chance he gets that he wants a Pleo lol.


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