What It IsEvery once in a while, a toy comes along that takes even us by surprise. Introduced quietly last summer, this looks like it's going to be one of the big hits of 2009. And why not? It's fun, funny, and just silly enough.
They're the Zhu Zhu Pets! These battery-operated hamsters are innovative, realistic, and interactive. Kids will spend hours watching the hamsters talk and move around in specially designed playsets that kids can customize. The hamsters include two play modes: nurturing mode where the hamsters coo and purr and adventure mode where the hamsters explore their habitat with intelligent audio and mechanical responses to various habitat stimuli. It sounds high-tech, but these cute hamsters are easy for all ages to play with. All you need are two AAA batteries, which are not included, to power up the hamsters and play! One of the things we love about this is that the technology is virtually invisible. All kids see is a cute pet they'll love playing with.
A variety of hamster characters are available in single packs or a three-pack. Kids can play with just the hamsters or add playsets for more fun! The Giant Hamster City Playset comes with everything to keep the hamsters happy, such as a funhouse, exercise wheel, garage with car, sleep dome, adventure ball, and two Zhu Zhu hamsters. The hamsters giggle, chatter, and make funny sounds as they explore the playset. There are more than a dozen add-ons that can be purchased to build an ever-evolving hamster world for your hamster to play in and explore!
Everything in the Zhu Zhu Pets line is similar to owning a real hamster, minus the cleaning and feeding! They make great practice "pets" for younger kids. For kids who can't own a real pet due to allergies or other reasons, Zhu Zhu Pets is a realistic substitution that gives kids a unique, simulated pet-owning experience!