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    Default Terror Toy--Monkey with Cymbals

    I'm working on ideas for a kid's haunted room, and when I saw Toy Story 3 fell in love with that mean crazed monkey with cymbals that ran the PA system and alarms in the daycare. If you didn't see the movie and don't know exactly what I mean, here's an article on him in the NYTimes: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/20...f-toy-story-3/

    I also found this guy on Ebay and not sure how long the pic will be posted (I've saved for my own use), but it's a nice view of it: http://cgi.ebay.com/MONKEY-CYMBALS-T...#ht_500wt_1063

    Anyway, I found a similar monkey with cymbals at American Science and Surplus for $11 and think it will be fun to modify it to turn it into something like the Toy Story 3 terror. I had hoped that the monkey was going to be a TS3 promotional toy in the stores but decided I'd play it safe and do my own in case it never makes an appearance in Toys R Us and the like. If anyone is thinking of doing something like this too, maybe we could continue this thread with photos of the finished monkeys?



    Update: This is too funny. The TV was on and the soap General Hospital was on the air. There's a psycho serial killer who has returned to town and they just showed him sitting all covered up with a hoodie in an alley playing with....a monkey with cymbals toy! This will definitely be a hot toy this year.

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    OK did a bit more research on this toy and the company that originally made the vintage cymbal crashing chimp was Daishin C-K out of Japan back in the 1950s. There is a close replica, called Charley Chimp, that is being sold now. Here's the article I found on it and links to both in action.

    Charley Chimp replica (video on site): http://www.streetpeddler.com/cgi-bin...harley%20Chimp

    Here's the Magic Monkey mentioned above at American Science and Surplus:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbRA5Z6anc0&feature=related"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbRA5Z6anc0&feature=related[/ame]

    I'm not sure which way I will go, I love Charley Chimps' eye movements, and would probably redo his clothing to match the original. I could see where he will could get on your nerves and give you nightmares!. There's also the extra cost to weigh for the addition of the eye and mouth movement in the toy. Magic Monkey is much less annoying to listen to IMO and could still be done up in a great look. Gee I wish these were motion triggered toys.

    Which one would you guys suggest getting if you wanted to place him in a haunted nursery/playroom?

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    I had one of those monkeys that my dad brought back from Japan. His eyes moved and his lips drew back from his teeth while he clanged those cymbals. It SO freaked me out, my dad gave it to my brother (who then of course loved to scare me with the stupid thing!) I can just picture the creepy little dude with moth-eaten fur and vest and blood-red eyes. The monkey we had was much creepier than the Charley Chimp above, but I think that either one would work.
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    Great idea. That reminds me of a story that totally freaked me out as a kid.
    The Patchwork Monkey.
    Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal...

    ~H.P. Lovecraft

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    Oops. Double post. One day I'll figure out these fancy shmancy puter things.
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    ~H.P. Lovecraft

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    I think the Charley Chimp would be much creepier, assuming you can find a way to reliably trigger the screeching action for passers by

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    Stephen King wrote a story, "The Monkey" about a possessed toy monkey with cymbals. Very creepy...
    I...have many names...

    Dark Alessa

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    Ordered one from here a year or so ago:

    http://www.streetpeddler.com/cgi-bin...harley%20Chimp

    It's loud and freaky... just like me.

    -Fetch-

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    The eyes and mouth movements got me and I decided that I would be happiest with the Charley Chimp version. I did notice from the video and the description of it's actions that you needed to touch the head to get the eyes and mouth to get triggered as you mentioned Mr Chicken. Not sure how to approach that yet.

    I ended up ordering from an Amazon reseller, which cost me $3 dollars more than Streetpeddler in the end after shipping and taxes. Since I've bought through Amazon before I didn't need to give out cc info to yet another outfit. Plus I know Amazon would stand behind it. I was tempted to give SP the business because they had such a useful website with their handy video. I'm sure anyone else wanting to order one will find it helpful to know you got yours from SP, Fetch. I can't wait to get my monkey and watch it in action up close.

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    A friend of mine got one of these a few years back and hooked it up to a remote control. The remote came from a cheap R/C car. I don't remember the details, but basically, there are only a couple of connections in the monkey toy, and they both ended at the battery compartment. You close one of the connections to get it to turn on and clap (same as the power switch), and the other one to screech (same as tapping him on top of the head).

    The end result is that the monkey can sit on a shelf and you can hide in the shadows and turn it on at just the right moment, freaking out whoever comes near...heh heh heh. He never hooked it up to anything else, but these days it would be easy to use an Arduino or EFX-Tek board with a motion sensor or a switch under a doormat, which would trigger a remote control, to turn the monkey on automatically when someone got close.

    You can get remote controls very inexpensively from China via eBay. With basic electronic know-how, you can do this in an afternoon. Once you get the monkey and look inside it you'll know where the connection are.

    Try this shop on ebay for good deals on wireless remotes:
    http://stores.ebay.com/e-MadeinCHN

 

 

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