Come Dream with Me Tonight...

Teddy Ruxpin is a very cool animatronic talking teddy bear toy, originally from the 1980s and re-released in 2017. Kids absolutely love this guy -- he tells stories, sings songs, and captivates kids' attention for hours.

These days, Teddy Ruxpin toys are available on eBay for a fraction of their original cost. The animatronics work great, and there's no other source we've found for a complete animatronic system for such an affordable price. 

The amazing engineers at Adafruit have figured out how to unpack Teddy's code and upload our own voice files and eye graphics. And since he's such a standard size for a stuffy, his skin is changeable too. I've put my Teddy Ruxpin's insides into a Figment the Dragon stuffy, and he fits almost perfectly. 

I have two baby nieces who love dragons, so I got their grandparents to record audio files for this toy, so they can hear a story read by Grandma or Grandpa whenever they wish.

Parts Needed

  • A Teddy Ruxpin from 2017 -- these are easy to find on eBay
  • A 10" stuffy with a similar shape to Teddy: I used Figment the Dragon
  • A USB micro cable
  • Scissors, a thread ripper, and a needle & thread
  • Accessories to cover any scars

This guide was first published on Aug 23, 2023. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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