Mr. Potato Head Animatronic Testing at DCA (video)

Thursday, April 10, 2008 10:17 AM
If you're unfamiliar with the subject, the new Toy Story Mania ride at Hollywood Studios and California Adventure will both have a Mr. Potato Head Animatronic outside of the attraction that will be able to interact with guest. The videos shows them testing the new animatronic at California Adventure. The second video shows a good close up of the him pulling his ear out.

While really cool, his speech doesn't appear to be very seamless. I'm guessing this will be something they work on while testing.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 10:28 AM
The ear bit is impressive and these will never get old.
Thursday, April 10, 2008 11:49 AM
I think the eyes are impressive. Looks like they are using some sort of flexible screen technology. The movements and expressions are too fluid and complex to be mechanical.

*** Edited 4/10/2008 3:49:15 PM UTC by janfrederick***

Thursday, April 10, 2008 1:29 PM
I think they eyes are the same technology as Buzz' face in those shooters.

I was most impressed with the lip movement on a more recent one with him singing. On video, that's freakin' awesome.

I'll be in Orlando over Memorial Day weekend, and look forward to checking the attraction out in person. It's expected opening day is 5/20.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 1:47 PM
Looks cool
Thursday, April 10, 2008 2:15 PM
Where can I get one for my living room?
Thursday, April 10, 2008 4:43 PM
Be a HOT POTATO! ah man.. he looks X-tream! Even though I live no where by Mr. Potato head, he seems to be the guy to know...
Thursday, April 10, 2008 5:05 PM

Brian Noble said:
I think they eyes are the same technology as Buzz' face in those shooters.

I think you are right. But they look pretty sharp for being outdoors. Sharper than Buzz's face (which is indoors) actually.

Are they previewing this figure in Florida too?

Thursday, April 10, 2008 5:08 PM
Very cool.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 5:26 PM
As of Sunday, Florida hasn't started yet.
Thursday, April 10, 2008 5:34 PM
Florida's is still walled off; last I checked, that entire section of Mickey avenue was closed to retheme to Pixar Place.
Friday, April 11, 2008 2:48 PM
Thats pretty cool.
Friday, April 11, 2008 4:30 PM
The eyes are fiber optic projectors the project from the inside. It is seen on Buzz Lightyear and for a while the same technology was used on the Haunted Mansion for Madam Leotas Head.

About 3/4 the way down shows an example of the fiber optic head from the mansion.


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