Mr. Smarty Bear Interactive talking animatronic plush toy by Galoob 1985

22 Sep

video courtesy of Jeremiah Johnson

Smarty Bear! The most loveable, smartest bear in the world!

Mr. Smarty Bear by Galoob 1985

Mr. Smarty Bear was released by Galoob toys in 1985. This was the same year that the more popular and well known Teddy Ruxpin bear was released by Worlds of Wonder. It is believed that Mr. Smarty was meant to compete with Teddy Ruxpin for the childrens’ affection and their parents dollars!

Mr. Smarty is 20″ in height. He has his little topknot, red plaid vest, bow tie and eyeglasses. The inside of his mouth is red felt. He has darling faux fur eyebrows that raise and lower when he talks. His big blue eyes open and close and his mouth moves.

Invented by Ralph Baer, this bear was designed to interact and talk to his friends on the screen of a TV set, while playing a VHS cassette (not included) containing interactive data. The 1986 Galoob Smarty Bear Interactive Video System  came with all of the components you would need to connect Smarty Bear to your VCR for interaction with TV.

At least four different VHS tapes were available for use with this system:

  1. Smarty and Argyle See the USA
  2. Argyle goes to Hollywood
  3. Who’s at the zoo?
  4. Argyle and Smarty’s First Case

Without the interactive video system, Mr. Smarty would only talk, he would not be animated.

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He talks, his eyes, his eye brows, nose and mouth moves when he talks.  Talk to him and he will talk to you!

Mr. Smarty will say the following phrases:

  • Positively!
  • Hey! I like to be picked up!
  • Ha Ha Ha!!
  • Hey turn me over!
  • For Sure!

Video courtesy of Elizabeth Lewis

video courtesy of the Strong Museum

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12 Responses to “Mr. Smarty Bear Interactive talking animatronic plush toy by Galoob 1985”

  1. Jo December 30, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Do u know where I can purchase a “galoob smarty bear???


    • katrina9799 December 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

      You didn’t say what condition you were looking for. I have one for parts or restoration for sale here:

      If you are looking for one in working condition here are the steps to find one:
      Go to and put in galoob smarty bear. Explore every link on the first 5 pages or so.
      Then press the shopping link to go to google shopping.

      Then go to eBay.
      Good luck with your search.


      • mike stevens July 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

        i need the cable that connects the smarty box to the a c elect cord three prongprong please e mail me if you have one and how much you are asking will get back to you asas thanks mike


        • katrina9799 November 10, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

          Hello, unfortunately, I do not have that cord. Good luck in your search.


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  4. erika December 1, 2015 at 4:10 am #

    Hi there was wondering where I can get one


    • katrina9799 November 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

      Hello, search google and eBay daily to find sellers who have this item. Good luck in your search.


  5. Nada April 13, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    How and where can I get my 30 yr old smarty bear fixed


  6. Jap April 21, 2017 at 12:47 am #

    Where can i buy a smarty bear


  7. Alisa November 8, 2017 at 6:11 am #

    I have smarty bear but two questions if anyone can answer… did he come with the interactive system although I got him as kid nobody in family remembers this?

    Secondly does anyone remember the price point at that time? Super curious how much he costed back then

    Thanks in advance!! Awesome blog by the way!!!


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