Scalpel!: Cutting Open An Original Teddy Ruxpin To See What's Inside

October 19, 2016


This is a video of father and son Dan and Lincoln Markham from Youtube channel What's Inside? cutting open an original 1980's Teddy Ruxpin toy to see what makes it work. They mention at the beginning of the video that they bought the mint condition toy from a collector for like $500. So why not hack it to pieces then bash it with a sledgehammer and make that collector cry? TL;DR: Teddy Ruxpin is made of nightmares.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to JTS, who's a real surgeon and only uses the sledgehammer as a last resort.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    I haven't even watched the video and I can't help but have that "come dream with me tonight" song in my head... and nightmares are certainly on the docket for tonight.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I don't know that I'd call it high tech for 1985. It was a pretty high tech toy. Although it used tried and true technologies to make a fairly innovative product.

    The data was stored in pulse code form which was something people had been working on since the 1930s. The cassette was introduced in the 1960s. The first electric loudspeaker was from around 1860s. The motors for eye and mouth movement are early 1900s technology (electric motors and generators are late 1800s but controllable servos are a bit more recent).

    By 1985 you could buy a cellular telephone that weighed less than 15 pounds. For all intents and purposes that was extremely portable. Especially considering they used lead-acid batteries for them.

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