Inside the WowWee Alive Cubs: Part 1

Well here it is, the dissection of a WowWee Alive Lion Cub!  Before I get into it I just wanna say that I tried to open it up in such a way that would allow me repair it, but, unfortunately, it was impossible.  So, if you decide to attempt the dissection outlined here, make sure you understand that your Cub may never be the same again!

Here we have the WowWee Alive Lion Cub...  Pre-op.

The battery compartment is located in the cub's stomach.  It is well hidden when closed up.  The cub actually came with batteries pre-installed, which was a nice touch!  Thanks WowWee!

I made a cut in the chest and around the battery compartment.  I was then able to pull the side padding out, as you can see.

Once the incision was made, it was very easy to remove the tail and spine from the cub's body.  The tail is made of rubber, and the spine is made of a hard plastic.  Both are built to feel like real bones through the fur - very cool!

This is the back of the skull.  You can see the holes for the speaker on the inside of the skull.  At the top of the head is a capacitive touch sensor.  The neck has a ball and socket joint to allow for a posable head.

Here, you can see the back of the spine which includes a second capacitive touch sensor.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Alive Cub Disassembled!


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Grandlarseny37's picture

oh man, i'm so excited about this that i had to post it here... engadget.com, my favorite tech news site, has just picked up this article! http://www.engadget.com/2008/08/07/wowwees-alive-tiger-cub-dissected-jug...

Currahee's picture

i knew someone was going to disect the wowwee alive cubs

Currahee's picture

in which ways will the cub not be the same, is it easily hackable

Grandlarseny37's picture

"in which ways will the cub not be the same, is it easily hackable"

Basically, it is impossible to totally remove the fur without ruining the fur on the cub's face. In Part 2 of the article, you will see that in order to remove the fur from the face, I had to cut it off from around the eyes and nose creating irreparable damage to the fur. The necessary incision made along the belly could be sewn up, but making it seamless and stand up to the punishment a small child could do to it would be difficult.

Is it easily hackable? Well, that all depends on what it is you want to do with it. You have easy access to the brains in the battery pack and to all the wires connected to the battery, sensors, and ear buttons. An interesting mod would be custom fur - WowWee Alive Dog/Cat/Hyena etc, but good luck putting that together! Adding more touch sensors seems fairly easy, perhaps under the chin or behind the ears.

Currahee's picture

interesting Grandlarseny37