I got a (sick) chimp today.
I often stop by a nearby surplus warehouse store to see what store stock has found it's way to their deeply discounted aisles.
A Chimp that had obviously been deboxed, and resealed in just inner box, was on the shelf. It had the remote and the AC adapter. I passed it by one day a week ago. Today I picked it up.
It was initially mostly dead. When switched on it would give a single audio "whoop", and remain inert after that. I poked around in the base and found nothing obviously wrong. I peeled back the wig on the back, removed the back of the skull, and got access to the main logic board. Nothing was obviously wrong there, either.
I pulled and reseated some cables, and finally resorted to some pin probing with a screwdriver looking for a response. I was able to get some Chimp audio, and some programmed movement sequences.
By luck or design, the little buggar reset itself, and now seems to be mostly functional. It listens to the remote, tracks your hand.
My thought is to adapt it for my annual Halloween display. Not sure whether it will become a Chimpinator, an astro-chimp, or just a chimp. I'll keep my eye open for a large stuffed ape at garage sales and such to see if I can get a body to perch it on.