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Teddy Ruxpin returns with wild new eyesAnimated LCD screen eyes give the iconic storytelling bear new life, but he still sounds the same as he did over 30 years ago.
(Come dream with me tonight) After a lengthy hibernation, Teddy Ruxpin is back. The beloved, best selling toy from the 80's has been given a modern tech makeover, with animated LCD screen eyes and touch sensors in his paws. (I remember) Having Teddy tell me stories when I was a really little kid. It's so crazy getting to hold him again. But now the exact same stories that were once on a cassette tape are available digitally on the new Teddy Rukspin. Teddy Rukspin is an animated storytelling bear. In the Eighties he came with books so kids could read along to follow his adventures. But now, all the same exact adventures can be found in the app. And these are the original voice actor recordings, so Teddy sounds the same as I remember. Hey, Grubby, do you remember this song? Yes, I sure do. Hearing them again gave me chills and I can't believe 30 years later, I'll be able to share the same experience with my baby girl What made the original Ruxpin doll so bulky was this massive tape player on the back. But the new version is much more cuddly. He is so much lighter than the original. And very soft, and very huggable and squishy. You don't need to have a phone or tablet around to enjoy story time. He has three stories saved inside. But you'll need the app to purchase more stories which will be priced around $4 or $5 when it comes out later this year. The bear itself will cost $100. Kids can control the pace of the story by pressing a paw to pause or skip ahead. A total of 10 stories will be available at launch, but the plan is to release more down the road. We may even see additional outfits. But what about Grubby, his caterpillar best friend? Well, that's a dream possibility for next year. For CNET, I'm Bridget Carey.