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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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Xavier Roberts Little people soft sculpture dolls

6 Jun
1983 Xavier Roberts Little people 24" blond boy doll

1983 Xavier Roberts Little people 24″ blond boy doll

Xavier Roberts produced the “Little People” from 1976 – 1983  in an old renovated medical clinic in Cleveland Georgia dubbed “Baby Land General”. The dolls were entirely soft sculpture-each was an original one-of-a-kind creation. Guests were greeted by employees dressed in full hospital garb. Rooms were filled with incubators and the wonderful “Mother Cabbage” cabbage patch of newborn babies just waiting for a little shot of ‘Imagicillin’. New ‘moms’ and ‘dads’ were given a lovingly swaddled “Little Person” to love, cherish, and adopt as their very own. Little People were not purchased, but adopted; not made, but delivered. Each doll came with adoption papers.

Then the CRAZE began! In 1982, Xavier Roberts sold mass-marketing rights to Coleco. Coleco kept the same style as the Xavier Roberts originals, except for using vinyl heads on their dolls and making the Cabbage dolls smaller, typically about 16″ versus 24″ for Little People. They renamed these dolls “Cabbage Patch Kids”.

Little People are more desirable than Cabbage Patch dolls, and some Little People dolls are worth more than others. There are a few key factors to look for when evaluating the value of a Little People doll.

  1. Make sure the doll is entirely soft sculpture (no plastic parts)
  2. The tag will say “Xavier Roberts The Little People” on one side and have bathing instructions on the other side.

    Little People tag 1975

  3. They will not have original boxes as the dolls were carried out of Babyland general in their parents’ arms.
  4. They will have a large thumb.
  5. Little People have a signed tush that says ‘Xavier Roberts’ just like Cabbage Patch kids do. But the most desirable Little People have ‘Xavier Roberts signature hand signed with a large X rather than stamped.
  6. They will measure between 18″ – 24″ tall.

    Little People tag 1983

Here are two examples of a Little People signed tush. One is stamped and the other is the highly desired hand written signature.

Stamped tush

Per the original tag instructions from 1983, Bathing instructions are as follows:Dilute small amount of mild liquid detergent in water. Gently scrub dirty area with medium bristle toothbrush dipped in this solution. Wipe using clean water. Blot with a clean terry towel and dry quickly in warm area or use a fan (not a hair dryer). For complete bath contact Babyland General.

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I sold the doll featured in this article for $100 in May of 2011. He was in very good condition. His clothing was original and also in excellent condition. As you can see from the pictures, his tush tag was intact, and he had a stamped tush. His paperwork was unfortunately missing. He was a lovely doll and a part of the buyer’s treasured collection I am sure to this very day.

I do specialize in Xavier Roberts Little People dolls. I offer appraisals on them, and the Cabbage Patch dolls. Visit the appraisal tab at the top of the page for more information.

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1989 Kenner Hallmark Yum Yums plush toys

29 May

Yum Yums were a short lived series produced by Kenner/Hallmark in 1989-91. They were large (12-14 inches), plush scented animals with sweet treats pictured on their stomachs, ears and feet and had a ribbon around their neck.

There were six original plush yum yums:

  1. Cheery Cherry Poodle
  2. Chuckle Chip Bear
  3. Goody Grape Mouse
  4. Jump’in Jelly Bean Bunny
  5. Lucky Lemon Lion
  6. Peppermint Kitty

    Jumpin Jelly Bean Bunny

This is a cute 1989 Hallmark yum yums jumpin jelly bean bunny kenner.  Item is in very good condition. Item lacks stains/disrepair. Original scent is nolonger present. Tush tag present. Item has original ribbon at neck. Really neat vintage item!


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Teddy Ruxpin-the talking bear!!

15 Nov

Teddy Ruxpin is an animatronic talking plush bear. He was first produced in 1985 by toy manufacturer Worlds of Wonder.Teddy would move his mouth and eyes as he read stories via a standard cassette tape deck built into his back.

These Cassette tapes were not the typical cassette music tapes that you remember; they were square measuring approx. 2″x2″. A normal (non-Teddy) cassette tape is designed for stereo playback with two distinct tracks on each side for the left and right speakers. In contrast, a Teddy Ruxpin cassette uses the two tracks differently: the left track contains the audio, while the right track encodes the toy’s movements. A special hole in the top of the cassette tells the teddy bear that the right track contains movement data. This hole is similar to a standard cassette’s write protection notch, but closer to the center.

Vintage Teddy Ruxpin Figurine and 4 cassette tapes

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