Smarty Bear! The most loveable, smartest bear in the world!
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:
- Smarty and Argyle See the USA
- Argyle goes to Hollywood
- Who’s at the zoo?
- Argyle and Smarty’s First Case
Without the interactive video system, Mr. Smarty would only talk, he would not be animated.
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:
- Hey! I like to be picked up!
- Ha Ha Ha!!
- Hey turn me over!
- For Sure!
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