Cylon Teddy Bear (Mark I)





Introduction: Cylon Teddy Bear (Mark I)

About: I work on engineering and construction projects for a living and I design and build stuff (everything from jewelry to major home renovations and things in between) for fun. I watch a lot of movies, I love re...

There are few gifts as synonymous with Valentine's Day as the stuffed bear (often bearing chocolates). I decided to come up with something a bit different this valentine's day and after having made an LED heart last year I decided to try to create a Cylon Teddy bear complete with catch phrase ("By your command.") and glowing red LED eye scanner.

Step 1: Parts List

a) Teddy Bear - The most important thing to keep in mind is that your bear should be big enough that the LED's fit reasonably well in it's head. I bought one bear online and it turned out to be too small for this version of the LEDs

b) Scanning LEDs - There are several online kits available with the necessary LEDs, resistors, etc... to make your own scanning LED array. I used the one from Thinkgeek, but I also picked up a smaller version that I may use in teddy bear Mark II.

c) Blaster Gun - Not a big deal, but once I had a bear I was able to pick out a gun that looked about the right size for him. Cylons are often shown with blasters so I didn't want Mark I to feel left out.

d) Audio - To get the signature "By Your Command" catch phrase I picked up a few different versions of your stock greeting card/toy voice recorder gadgets. I had planned to use one type and set the button in his paw, but I ended up decided to use the small white hockey puck version pictured below and actuating it by squeezing his nose (it just seemed cuter that way).

You'll also need fabric glue, a zipper, wire, electrical tape and heat shrink tubing.

Oh, and I also used an on/off push button and a momentary on/off push button to control on/off and the speed of the LEDs (the kit I used has 3 speeds controlled by a momentary on/off button that triggers the speed change)

Step 2: The LED Kit

As I noted, I got this kit from thinkgeek (

It's a good kit and it was easy to modify for this project so I'm pretty happy with it.

You do need to feel comfortable soldering though so keep that in mind if you want to use it.

Step 3: Extending the LEDs

I ended up extending the LEDs by using 5-6 inches of wire and soldering the LEDs to that and the wire to the circuit board. If I had to do this again I would have only made sure to use a bigger piece of plastic to mount the LEDs to.

Step 4: The Finished Scanner

Here is the finished product with a video of it in action. Cylon bear guts! :-)

Note that I'm using the Radio Shack voice recorder module instead of the hockey puck in the video (both are visible though). For a while I thought it would work better than the hockey puck but it proved to be too delicate to be crammed into the bear and the hockey puck recorder worked much better in the actual bear.

Step 5: Operation

Oddly enough this was the most nerve wracking part of the project for me. I don't do fabric stuff much so I really had not clue how well this was or wasn't going to work.

I felt for the seam in the back of his head and cut a slit big enough so I could empty all the stuffing out and put the scanner array in (so it was useful to have built it ahead of time so I could see how big the hole would need to be)

Step 6: Glue Scanner in Place.

I didn't get a great picture of this step because I kept fiddling with it, but basically I cut out the original eyes and cut a horizontal slit in the head about the length of the scanner. It was a little bit more lopsided than I would have liked, but I think with a little practice I could get it just right.

I also considered removing his snout and gluing in a cylon grill, but I decided that might make him too un-cuddly. I saved some bits of fabric to use for filler material around the eyes and elsewhere as needed because my cuts weren't quite perfect.

Step 7: Glue Zipper in Place.

Pretty self explanatory. The fabric glue dried nicely and even though the bear fur does get in the way a bit for closing it, for the most part it's hidden enough that it doesn't bug me.

Once the zipper was glued in place I stuck the hockey puck voice recorder in the snout and made sure all the pieces were working before re-stuffing the head.

Step 8: He's Stuffed...

Another vaguely tricky part was stuffing everything back into the head without damaging any of the wiring. I also had to fish the battery pack out from the front of the head so that I could locate it closer to the zipper. Eventually this should be a good place so that batteries can be replaced easily enough.

Step 9: Controls

Here is where I routed the on/off and speed switches to. They work well here.

Step 10: The Finished Product...

Here you have Mr Cylon Teddy Bear Mark I:



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    I added some led's to my teddy just a few days ago and was also thinking along the same lines of sound, nice job!
    P.S. i'm only 12

    But what better thing could you do to a teddy bear, especially if you plan giving it to a Battlestar Galatica nerd?

    brain surgery time!!!!!!!!

    Sweeeet!!! What better gift for your loved one than a cyclone Teddy bear. Great idea and and thanks for sharing

    Very Nice! Where did you get the hockey puck recorder?

    Sweet! When I think of the stupid gimmicky stuffed toys you can get... dancing flowers, singing and dancing karate guinea pigs, plush toys that only sell for the web codes, that build-a-pain bear I foolishly let my son make when he was too young to choose a decent noise module (he doesn't even watch or play baseball, yet he chose one that plays "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in its entirety)... I have to smile at seeing something like this.

    Mind you, it might have a limited application for a Valentine's gift, but for those it fits, it fits well.

    Great DIY. Really enjoyed it. Where did you get the "hockey puck" recorder? Do you have a part number?

     Awesome! But, is it just me or are the LED's slanted instead of straight across the bear's face? :-P Besides that, I really like it and think they should start manufacturing these things so we can freak some peeps out! lol 

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    The original-series Cylon Centurions (the last pic on the intro page) had a basically-flat scanner eye.  It was only the new-series Centurions which had the V-shaped scanner eye.

    For the record, I was a huge fan of the original series (watched it as a kid), and LOVED the new series.  Watch Caprica, if you aren't already - same production crew, new cast, set 58 years prior to the Cylon attack on the Colonies, showing the creation of the Cylons. 


    Also for the record - this project rocks hard.  Awesome job, Dragonvpm!

    Never mind, I misread your comment the first time around - perhaps it's just that the bear's face is rounded, instead of flat, that's making the LEDs look slanted?

     Awesome project. soon this bear will capture and enslave the hearts of all humanity.

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    well thats really really very great and I felt a little dissapointed from the above line
    'please be positive with your comments or risk being banned from our site'
    sorry but that was rude if now we are a member than we can share anything

    otherwise that teddy bear was really great and I will diffenetly going to try that

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    There's a difference between saying "This project sucks, And you're terrible.  Don't ever post anything again, you awful person" and "I don't really like this project, I think it would be better if you used Green LEDs for the eyes instead of red" (Or any other complaint you may have)

    Really, Don't be a jerk, and if you don't like something, say what you would change- or simply don't say anything at all.

    With that said, This is a cool project.  Although, My girlfriend would be scared of it, haha.

    Wow, that could bump Chuckie as the creepiest horror'd have to sync the eye scan with his voice.  Or modify the voice box to have that vintage, oh-so-creamy cylon jazz.