He was worth every penny, even though he doesn't work too terribly well anymore. (This thing's more than twenty years old...it's amazing that he still works at all!) I must admit, I shed a happy tear or two when this Teddy blinked at me and said "Come dream with me tonight..." ^_^
This one will enjoy a quiet retirement as a display piece, and photography model. I'm in the process of buying a fully restored Teddy and Grubby pair to play the tapes I've started collecting again.
EDIT 10/03/09: My restored Teddy and Grubby will soon be on their way!
The wonderful Doctor Eeyore is in Florida for two weeks, so these two will get shipped out when she gets back. I wish her a safe trip, and a speedy recovery from a relatively minor yet quite unfortunate accident.
Another strange, yet amazing thing happened with the flea market Teddy too...he's working perfectly now! At first he would really struggle to finish the tape, and his eyes and mouth would twitch pretty badly when he wasn't talking. I thought for sure he had servo motor problems, and possibly a dying tape player motor/drive belt. He's totally fine now! He can finish the tape smoothly now, and his eyes and mouth hardly twitch at all. Maybe all he needed was a good workout to get all his parts moving again. Maybe he wasn't satisfied with just being a display piece. ^_^
Oh darn...I'll have TWO functioning Teddy Ruxpins! XD