Here's the thing about the Speak & Spell: if the disembodied computer-generated, inflection-less voice wasn't bad enough, when the batteries started to die, the whole thing sound like Satan was living in your spelling machine.
But that was only when the batteries were running out. Other than that, it was a perfectly friendly, untraumatic children's toy.
Nope, still creepy. Plus, they used it in E.T.! That movie freaked me out as a kid. Speaking of things that freaked us out as children,...
My older brother and sister and I have one rich relative, a great-aunt in LaJolla, California. She usually sent us for Christmas the popular, expensive, "must have" toy that year. So in 1985, Teddy Ruxpin arrived...
...and freaked our shit out. The mechanical parts that caused him to move his eyes and mouth, etc. made almost as much noise as Teddy's speaking "voice," so it was hard to hear. More than that, he was just weird. His eyes are slightly crossed and always focused on something just beyond you, like he's having a seance whilst speaking, channeling other Satanic electronics.
Oh sure, the stories were about friendship and love, and he even had a cartoon for a while. But then there's this:
Teddy Ruxpin: the stuff of which nightmares are made.