I don't know much about this except that it was made based on the Worlds Of Wonder Teddy Ruxpin. Using specially encoded cassette tapes, Big Bird appears to read the stories to you as he moves his beak and blinks his eyes. And just like Teddy Ruxpin, Bird also has friends that can help him read certain stories to you - Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster. From what I have found, there were only twelve stories every written/recorded for Big Bird and his friends, of which I don't have any of course.
The first thing that I noticced about my new Big Bird is that he appears to have a very bad skin condition... acne. And from the pictures of others that I've seen on the internet, it must be a common problem. On his beak are several small brown discolored spots. Nothing I have tried so far has affected them, although I'm told Oxy-10 might help.
Someone must have gotten a tape stuck in him at one time, and in the process
of trying to get it out, they broke the circuit board in half and bent several very
important pieces of metal in the cassette mechanism. After about an hour of
repairing the circuit board and another hour or so trying to repair all of the bent
metal, Big Bird was up and singing just like Vince Gill!
I finally got three cassette tapes and their associated books off eBay in almost perfect condition - after losing bids on nearly a dozen other auctions. We tried him out tonight and amazingly, even with a broken neck (the plastic spinal bar that goes up the back to hold his head straight is broken, so Big Bird's head kinda leans to the left a little bit - but we don't talk about it in front of him) his beak and his eyes move perfectly in time to the cassette.
Out of the nineteen program/book sets that were recorded for Big Bird and his pals Cookie Monster and Oscar, I now have three:
The other sixteen that I still need are:
So... if you happen to have one of these, we're still looking ;)
Year Released: 1986
Dimensions: 17" tall (standing)