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Ken Forsse (born September, 1936) is an American inventor, author, and producer who created the hit toy Teddy Ruxpin and the subsequent animated series The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin.

After working for The Walt Disney Company, Sid & Marty Krofft Entertainment and other entertainment companies, he founded AlchemyII, Inc. One of AlchemyII's first projects was building the animatronic characters used on the television show Welcome to Pooh Corner. Forsse and his team then brought Teddy Ruxpin to the marketplace. Teddy Ruxpin became the top selling toy of 1985 and 1986[1] [2] before manufacturer Worlds of Wonder went bankrupt in 1991. Teddy Ruxpin received a brief resurgence in the late 1990s, only to fall victim again to its manufacturer (Yes! Entertainment) declaring bankruptcy.

In 2005, AlchemyII made an agreement with Toy Manufacturer BackPack Toys to have Teddy Ruxpin back on the shelves yet again and the toy made a successful return in 2006. In addition, the animated TV series was released for the first time on DVD in 2008. [3].

Footnotes

  1. ^ Teddy Ruxpin Earns Top Spot in 2006 Toy Awards, PRWeb, September 21, 2006. Accessed February 27, 2008.
  2. ^ Barmash, Isadore. "Talking Deals", New York Times, March 19, 1987. Accessed February 27, 2008.
  3. ^ "He's Back! BackPack Toys Awakens Teddy Ruxpin from Hibernation", Business Wire, May 24, 2005. Accessed February 27, 2008.

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