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scary robot toys

Sometimes stuffed animals aren’t cute, they’re just creepy. Usually that occurs when toy manufacturers attempt to create robotic stuffed animals. Observe:

  Wowwee Alive Cubs Koala Joey

Joey promises “the technology of Hollywood-style animatronics” yet delivers mostly annoyance. Pretending this koala is real takes some serious mental effort, because its arms and legs don’t move. It merely alternates between purring like a cat and shrieking as if being eaten by dingoes.

Anybody else getting flashbacks from Child’s Play or Gremlins or any of those other scary 80’s films?

Even the harp seal is kind of creepy, and it’s supposed to be therapeutic.

See all the scary robotic creatures.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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