gg-teddyOur big pick for today in the 2017 PopCult Gift Guide is a superstar from the 1980s, back on the scene and better than ever. Teddy Ruxpin is the perfect gift for the young child of wonder or kid of the 80s on your holiday shopping list. Teddy is back at full strength, bolstered by modern technology, and is more interactive than ever.

The iconic, best-selling toy from the 1980s, who remains as one of history’s most successful, trusted and cherished children’s entertainment properties,has made a huge comeback. The new soft and cuddly 14” tall Teddy Ruxpin will have the core features and play patterns that parents and grandparents fondly remember, and will still read stories to children with a motorized mouth.

Teddy still looks like he did back in the 1980s, but he is no longer hiding a heavy cassette player within his body. He is now soft and cuddly and can no longer be used to whack a wayward sibling. This is a major improvement.

However, that means that in this new version, fans of all ages will benefit from Bluetooth technology, Teddy now sports LCD eyes with over 40 animated expressions that are synched to the stories, and touch sensors in the hands and vest that allow the child to start, pause and fast-forward through stories and songs. Teddy is ready to be the electronic best pal for a whole new generation.

Teddy no longer uses audio cassettes. He’s moved into the twenty-first century with Bluetooth compatibility. Parents can download the app, and go to town with tons of stories and songs.

You can find Teddy at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon, Toys R Us, Barnes and Noble and at QVC. He retails for just under a hundred dollars, but during the Christmas season you may find some good discounts.

Check out the commercial to see the new Teddy Ruxpin in action…