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Looking for help repairing 6 ft (72") Gemmy Waving & Singing outdoor Santa


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Hi,

We bought this Santa new about 15 yrs ago at an Eckerd Drug Store. We actually bought it after Christmas and only paid about $50.00 on clearance. I always thought it was a good deal but i have heard it was a great deal as it has become somewhat collectible.

We have had this Santa in our front yard every year thru our kids growing up. in fact we were known as the Santa house and there were nights where there would be a line of cars around our cul-de-sac for kids to see the Singing Santa. our kids are now grown and off at college but the Santa is still part of our tradition. But that is not really pertinent I guess.

But a couple of years ago he started not wanting to wave. I could hit reset and give him a nudge and he would carry on usually for the rest of the night. Then last year he just stopped moving his head and arm. I did all the normal things. But it seems Gemmy just has no interest in helping me fix my old friend. I just can't bare to toss him out. So I am here hoping someone can help me Get Ole Saint Nick moving again!

I have taken him partially apart and the first thing i found was what looks like a Ground wire that was just hanging loose. I have included pictures. If anyone can help me i would be very grateful!

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Is this what you are referring to? (pictures from front and back) This is what I was describing as a ground. I was able to move the inner ring both ways but there was no change.  He is still singing for all he is worth but no movement.

Thanks for any input!

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TIKOO or King, (as I seem to be in a humorous mood this morning....)

No silent as an old church mouse! Does not sound like any power is getting to them! I have opened up poor Santa a little more and have included pictures but I stopped short of completely removing both motors as of  yet. They both seem to be approximately the size of a "C" Battery. But I began to wonder if I should first  ask if it would be strange for both motors to fail at the same time. Is there something I should explore in the control box first? But after Stripping and Restoring an Old Corvette I have learned that the most unimaginable is very, very possible! So But here are the pictures of how far I went. Should I continue to remove motors or is it worth at least popping the back off of the control box?

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Hi,

Had some more time and took things apart a little more.

I checked the two motors and on the Head turning motor I was getting 4 volts repeating to the motor. I assumed this is an automated to turn the head stop and turn the head. However the  motor is not running.

At the Arm wave motor I could not get anything and the motor is not running.

I have included pictures below. Any suggestions?

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Hi,

I checked the motors and the one that turns the head is getting power but is DOA and will not run.

The one that waves the hand runs perfectly from an external power source (3 AA batteries wired in series.) I also checked the power at the control board for this one (Hand Waver) and it is 0. 

 

So my guess is that I have two problems. One motor (head turner) is shot and the other (hand waver) is a fault on the board. Any suggestions?

Merry Christmas,

Randy

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Hi folks thanks for all the help! I have found a cheap replacement motor and a company that is willing to repair or replace the control board cheapily as long as the voice chip is still good and it is! So I will pick this up again after Christmas and hopefully have it like new next year. At least on the inside! I guess I will start looking for a new/replacement Santa Costume as this one is looking a bit faded after 15 years or so.

Merry Christmas,

Randy

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if there is one word to describe gemmy ....  UUUGH!!   I love their life size animatronics  but I think a good LOR SERVO DOG and servos are better suited for these.  so when mine puke  I gut them out  and convert them to lor  and when the motors puke  Servos. 

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10 hours ago, Scot Meyers said:

if there is one word to describe gemmy ....  UUUGH!!   I love their life size animatronics  but I think a good LOR SERVO DOG and servos are better suited for these.  so when mine puke  I gut them out  and convert them to lor  and when the motors puke  Servos. 

Gemmy is a pretty good company... if you know how to fix their stuff if it breaks.                             they were creative back in the day (not so much now) their inflatables are pretty good and last a long time. 

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On December 14, 2017 at 12:43 PM, Scot Meyers said:

Im not a puffer so I would not know the quality of their inflatables.  but I am a fan of their animatronics  until they break then I fix them with servos  and LOR control

 

It's neat that you fix things differently. Rather than putting in another stock motor and new plastic gears (like I do) you put in servos. I recently fully restored a snowflake spinning Frosty the snowman and I put in new gears in the hat, new gear driven mechanisim (not belt driven anymore) and new gears in the spinning arm and a new belt in the hips and hat arm... Perfect. For 3.99, not bad!

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I don't have any smaller gemmy's  all work with are the bands  and the life size figures.  I have 3 santas  1 santa bear  1 Grinch  1 mrs claus  2 polare bear penguin bands  and 2 of the band deer from a broken set.

I am looking for a snowman.  there are 2 different versions of the snow man

 

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On December 17, 2017 at 10:35 PM, Scot Meyers said:

I don't have any smaller gemmy's  all work with are the bands  and the life size figures.  I have 3 santas  1 santa bear  1 Grinch  1 mrs claus  2 polare bear penguin bands  and 2 of the band deer from a broken set.

I am looking for a snowman.  there are 2 different versions of the snow man

 

Let me stop you right there. There are three versions of the snowman. (Good luck with the soldier snowman. There are only three known to exist)

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