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TEDDY RUXPIN: A parent's review

Updated on February 22, 2017
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I think we all love toys & enjoy watching the face of a child light up when they receive a new toy. Even our big kids enjoy new toys!

What Every Child Needs and Will Love

As a young mother, I was always thrilled when I found a toy, like Teddy Ruxpin, that teaches, entertains, and captivates one of my children. When that toy appealed to both of my children, I knew I had found a treasure.

Due to the demand, often times these toys are hard to find. With internet shopping today, it is not as hard to obtain the desired item, but 25 years ago, people actually fought crowds and long lines only to find extremely limited quantities.

That was the case with Teddy Ruxpin.



What I am about to tell you is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

Tracking Teddy Ruxpin

My oldest child, our precious daughter, was only a year old when I made this discovery. I was intrigued when I saw the commercials on tv. After looking him up in a catalog, I decided Teddy Ruxpin was a must have for my little girl. We didn't have a lot of money and we had to be very careful about our choices. It was my self-appointed job to find the best deal in town. I scoured the paper every Sunday for weeks waiting for this new toy to go on sale. I even employed my parents to be on the lookout.

Then it happened. One Sunday morning, just before dawn, the newspaper hit the end of the driveway. I ran out immediately, opened to the store ads and there he was!

Back in those days, my husband worked whenever he was called. It didn't matter if it was a weekend, a special occasion or even a holiday. This happened to be one of those Sundays when he was working. I grabbed the phone and called my oldest brother. He is 6' 4" and a phenomenal athlete. While I did not anticipate him needing to make high jumps for me, I knew he could easily run defense or offense. While my parents babysat, we ventured out at the break of dawn to take our place in line.

As we entered the store, women were running. We became part of the pack. Everyone knew what the objective was. By the time we reached the shelves, everything at my eye level was already cleared out. I wanted to cry. Then this long arm reached over my head. I saw the box as it landed right in my arms. Reality set in. My brother had reached out and grabbed Teddy Ruxpin from the top shelf and handed it to me. The bear was so high up and so far back on the shelf, I didn't even know he was there. I was beyond elation.

We were laughing and moseying to the checkout with our sweet bear, when out of nowhere, this brazen, probably desperate, woman latched on to my box. I clutched Teddy to my chest as the woman continued to try to pull him from my embrace. Again, this voice from above said "I suggest you let go ma'am." Even in confrontation, my brother was polite. The woman backed off, she even apologized, but I was still a bit shaken by the assault. I don't believe I even responded.

When we got to the check out, I would not relinquish Teddy to the cashier. No, both hands remained on the box that held the treasure while she rang him up. I quickly paid and we dashed to the car, fully expecting to be robbed of our new acquisition.

As we drove home, we both kept glancing behind us to make sure no one was following us home. We even drove a circuitous route, taking side streets in order to "shake" any "tail" we may have picked up when leaving the store. We did make it safely home that day. My daughter did receive her gift for Christmas and Teddy became like a family member. To this day, over 23 years later, he still graces the shelves in my daughter's bedroom.

A forever faithful friend!

From the Teddy Ruxpin Lullaby Video Collection - This song is also on the Lullaby songs for the Teddy Ruxpin

Teddy, Too!

Seven years later, our son needed a Teddy Ruxpin too. Even though our daughter was more than willing to allow her little brother to play with her Teddy, I noticed that our "baby bear" was developing a habit of teething on Teddy's nose. Because Teddy was such a valuable friend to our daughter, I determined to purchase a second Teddy Ruxpin for our son.

This time I was smarter! I ordered a Teddy Ruxpin from the Sears Christmas Wishbook. That was so much easier and calmer that our first Teddy Ruxpin adventure.

Teddy Ruxpin ~ A Child's Best Friend

I must give Teddy credit for encouraging my children to read. While I cannot say he is solely responsible, both children could read before they started kindergarten. I truly believe they excelled throughout their classroom years because they had such a solid reading foundation.

Not only did Teddy read with them, he sang with them. When our daughter was really little, Teddy was difficult for her to lift and carry, but he was almost always with her. She would drag him around by his paw. When it was time for a little nap, I remember my baby girl sitting on the couch listening to Teddy Ruxpin and being lulled to sleep by his song. She would hardly part with Teddy. He even rode with her to her first day of kindergarten and patiently waited in the car for her return.

I suppose our daughter was responsible for our son loving the bear too. When Teddy sang, they both joined in and we had our first family trio. Actually, make that quartet. Their Dad frequently sang along too.

I will share a little secret with you, their Dad now sings the Teddy Ruxpin lullabies to the puppies. He thinks I don't know, but those little doggies tell me everything.

Teddy Ruxpin is a sing along, read along, tag along companion. Both children treasure their Teddy Ruxpin bears. He is one of the few toys that is still prominently displayed in each of their rooms.

The Teddy Ruxpin featured is sold with one music cartridge and one illustrated companion book. The package also includes the Airship story cartridge and the Airship book so your child can read along as Teddy tells the story. There are other story cartridges and books also available separately.

Thank you for stopping by!

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~ Sylvestermouse ~



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Don't You Just Love Teddy Ruxpin?

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Didn't have one, and may have missed it but don't tell me these are back too?

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      latiptop 5 years ago

      Teddy Ruxpin was one of my all-time favorite toys when I was a kid, and I am thrilled that my girls have one now! They love him as much as I did!:)

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      I still remember Teddy Ruxpin, I had one when I was a kid, about 20 something years ago. It was even semi-featured in a movie called "Walk Like A Man" which starred Howie Mandel & Amy Steel, good movie lol Bobo.

      Great Article! Best Wishes!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Wow, Teddy Ruxpin! I always wanted one of those!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I bought one of these for my kids over 20 years ago! Blessed!

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      AlexTedford 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens! *squidliked*

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      poutine 5 years ago

      What an interessing odyssee!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      cute toys....children will love it

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      My son had a teddy ruxpin ... he loved it ...Nice lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had a Teddy Ruxpin and I loved him very much. Yes I guess I just did put an age on myself. Well either way. Teddy Ruxpin was an amazing piece of technology at the time. =)

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      MintySea 6 years ago

      I never got this but I wanted one

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      It is so nice to hear your story. Back in the days, parents would really fight hard just to get the perfect toys for their kids because of limited access to toy shops.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I think I missed the Teddy Ruxpin time period. Well done lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      @Gamganny: Not only are we showing our age, but our desperation to get the toy our babies wanted :)

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      Gamganny 7 years ago

      OMG I as so with you, I was as Toys R Us at midnight on christmas eve to get the last truck unloaded so I could get one and I did!!!! Guess we are showing our age. My son loved it for years.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Teddy Ruxpin was cool. I never had one, but I knew a lot of friends that did. One person I know even had the mouth fall of Teddy Ruxpin from overuse (is that possible?). Guess they didn't make them as well back in the 80's. Still, a classic!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star! It's been featured at https://hubpages.com/community/purple-star-awards-

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      Very cute story! I love your style and fun with this.5*

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      Oh I just love Teddy!! Great lens 5*

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      The-Java-Gal 7 years ago

      Loved your mad dash and assault story! Teddy Ruxpin is pretty cool too.

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      What a great story about your dash to the store! I remember people going nuts over them when I was a kid. Great lens for a beloved bear. Blessed by a squidangel

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      wow! what an adventure behind a bear!! I am sure this would be a story that gets passed fown from one generation to the next.... great lens... and I do hope the bear stays around for a long time...

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      seegreen 7 years ago

      I remember seeing the ads for Teddy Ruxpin but don't know much about them.

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      thepartyanimal2 7 years ago

      Awwww Teddy Ruxbin - I remember when this first came out many years ago - I think it is a great toy as well. Great Share.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Great story! I'm not too familiar with Teddy Ruxpin although I do know who he is.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What an ordeal to get a Teddy Ruxpin! Glad you were successful.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      What a great story. I really knew nothing about Teddy Ruxpin. This would make a great gift. I love the part... "...their Dad now sings the Teddy Ruxpin lullabies to the puppies. He thinks I don't know, but those little doggies tell me everything." My husband does the same kind of things with our pets. Blessed!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I loved your story about acquiring your first Teddy Ruxpin. What a great brother you have. I hate shopping in general and can't imagine the standing-in-line for hours and/or fighting-the-crowd for a toy. Online shopping sure has helped! I suppose I heard about Teddy Ruxpin, but not when my kids were tiny. Looks like an adorable bear!

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Oh my goodness I still have my Teddy Ruxpin! I loved him to bits as a child and now could never part with him. Sadly he doesn't work anymore but he is just as cute :) When my daughter is older I will be on eBay or Amazon tracking down a fully working one for her! The lullaby tape was the one that I had, hearing the song above really brought back memories!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh yes I love Teddy Ruxpin, and I love your story of obtaining him for your daughter with your brother's help!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Teddy Ruxpin is adorable! Oh, what we go through for our kids! Hip-hip-hooray for your tall, helpful, polite brother!

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      Oh! I love this bear! We have our bear mascot's lens where you can link this lens: http://www.squidoo.com/hey-little-bear-toddlers-to... Curly Melvin would love company! :)))