From Buzz Lightyear, Teletubbies, Tickle Me Elmo to Nintendo Wii, every Christmas seems to bring a story of parents fighting over a must have toy. In 2009 it was Go Go Hamsters which flew off the shelf almost as soon as they were stacked.
Since last year they have been remained from Go Go hamsters to Zhu Zhu Pets, “Zhu” meaning little pig in Chinese.
Confusingly, the name seems to imply they have changed species from hamsters to guinea pigs.
For those who haven’t come across last year’s hit toy, Zhu Zhu Pets are battery driven motorised hamsters. Like a windup toy they will move around on their own but unlike windup toys, they won’t stop shortly after to be rewound or when they bump into something. They are “intelligent” creatures. When they bump into something they will change direction and carry on.
Individually they will they are fairly cheap which part of their appeal is. A single Zhu Zhu hamster will cost less than Â£10. It’s likely that the makers will get the majority of their business from children who want the full set of hamsters and their accessories.
Along with a variety of differently coloured and named Zhu Zhu Pets, there are plenty of ways for them to play. You can taken them for a spin in the hamster car; or cruise on the speed boat; a ride on a skateboard or of course, simply put them in a hamster ball.
On top of these, you can build house for your battery powered pets made out of interconnecting pieces. They will react depending on which room they enter. For example if they go into the bed room, they will stop moving and start snoring.
Zhu Zhu Pets make a fun collectible toy for 5 to 12 year olds but they can be even more fun for cats dogs to chase after. A large selection of Zhu Zhu Pets including the new Kung Zhu toys are available at Memory Card Zoo at prices you’ll be hard pressed to match.
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