Hidden in storage for decades, treasures of Teddy's past hold clues to his origin story. The original team behind the toy keeps these memories locked up in a facility nicknamed The Vault. They gave CNET an exclusive peek inside.
After Teddy's success, there were many spinoff products. The Teddy team made a Talking Mickey Mouse, along with puppets for Teddy's side characters -- like the bumbling bad guy, Tweeg. Also shown is a Teddy flashlight bear night-light.
Teddy pulled in $93 million his first year -- unheard of for a new toy. That led to all sorts of new products. There were Teddy bed sheets. Teddy wallpapers. Teddy picnic baskets. Teddy beach balls. And in that time, someone made a human-sized costume to promote the bear.
Teddy's adventures feature a rich universe of fantasy characters. There's (a) his best bud Grubby, the Octopod, (b) the inventor Newton Gimmick, (c) the wannabe-wizard Tweeg and (d) the bird-like fobs, which get their colors from drinking the water at Rainbow Falls.