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Micro Pets move, walk and sing

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      04.02.2011 19:40
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      not worth the money

      My daughter nattered and nattered for a Micro pet for her birthday last year. In fact she wanted two. I'd never heard of these toys before but apparently they were 'interactive' with each other so therefore two worked better than one. Luckily for her Argos were doing a deal for Micro pets at the time. Two for £15.00 so off i went to Argos. When i actually saw the toys, i couldn't believe how small they are, about two to three inches in length! Certainly micro! My daughter got the dog and the cat but there are many other sorts to 'collect'.
      The Micro Pet is made of plastic and walks around on smooth surfaces. We set ours up on a table. They will not work on carpet. It only has little legs which limits the materials it can walk on. It has a sensor so it will not bump into things and a button on the back of it's head to switch it on and off. It has a large head and ears that waggle and it also has a light sensor that fashes on it's chest. It makes noises unique to it's character, as well as whistles and bleeps. Each Micro Pet comes with a play ball which can be used to control the pet. It the ball is tapped once, the pet whistles, twice it makes it's animal noise and three times it chases after the ball. When two Micro pets are placed together they whistle in turn or 'sing'. After a while these noises start to become annoying and it is very repetative continuous noise. Our dog and cat take turns whistling songs and join in together for the chorus. The rest of the time they don't really seem to be aware of each other and just wander to different parts of the table doing their own thing.
      The playability of these Micro Pets is very short lived, with my daughter soon becoming bored once she had seen all that it could do. There doesn't seem a lot else to them.
      On the positive side, these toys are durable, having been dropped countless times and still work as they should. These toys have a certain novelty factor about them and being pocket sized they are handy for children to carry around.
      I would not recommend these to anyone because they do not do a lot for the money. Pretty soon they become boring and even a little bit irritating.
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      29.10.2010 19:34
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      Cute but overall, underwhelming electronic toys

      Micro pets are a range of bewilderingly expensive electronic little toy animals.

      They come as approximately three inch long toys from various familiar species: dogs, cats, rabbits etc. They're cartoon style creatures with large domed heads - but they don't come in very outlandish colours and aren't overtly / excessively cute looking, unlike some of the other cyber-pets available on the market. (Actually, myself I thought they were cute but a bit on the dull looking side, but that's just a personal thing.)

      Each toy comes with a partially-hollow pale yellowish coloured plastic play-ball - about the size of a standard glass marble - which its sensors cause it to 'follow' when the ball is rolled about so that it looks a bit like the toy animal is 'playing' with its ball. They have some kind of 'avoidance' sensor that enables the toys not to bash into things - but it's nothing vastly impressive when in operation, really.

      Presumably because of the play ball - which is of a size to lodge in anyone's windpipe, the toys are intended for kids of more sensible ages - six years and up.

      These toys are basically battery-operated little animals. They are entirely made of slightly shiny plastic, and have limited points of articulation mostly around their leg joints - so that these can wave up and down a bit (the legs aren't made or positioned so the toys actually move around with them). The animals click and whirr quite noisily when in use, and also occasionally 'sing' as well - so you definitely know when one is about. Probably the best thing I can say about them is, at least they come with the batteries already installed so you don't have to go faffing around with that.

      There's a tiny push-switch behind each animal's head that can be used to activate / deactivate it (brilliant - so you are able to turn them off when the incessant whirring and clattering gets too annoying). They operate in various - well at least two - different 'modes': there's 'play' (with the plastic ball) and 'sing', for instance. Once switched on, they can roll about on flat surfaces via the little wheels in their bases. As aforementioned, the toys also have other points of articulated motion: the white rabbit one we've got occasionally starts emitting a weird whirring noise as it stamps its hind leg. Sometimes they make little animal-like noises - squeaks and yips and so on - too.

      They do come quite nicely packaged in a transparent sort of disposable little box.

      Really they don't do a vast amount. If you have two Micro pets and they 'meet' each other during rolling about mode (there's some sort of sensor / LED thing on each pet's collar), they both go into the 'song' mode - apparently - and start to play a tune. We don't have more than one Micro pet at the moment, nor are we likely to get another in the foreseeable future (as I'm leaning towards being a bit underwhelmed, rather than overly impressed by them) so I can't really comment on this aspect of their functioning.

      Micro pets cost £9.99 each from Argos although they're currently included in a two-for-£15 toy deal that Argos are running so you can get one there - from a VERY limited selection - for effectively £7.50 if you buy something else from the offer range there too. I'm racking my brains to think what the market for these things is: presumably they were manufactured with the intention that kids would avidly wish to collect large numbers of them, but at a tenner per 'pet' they're definitely on the overly expensive side, I would say. Possibly if you have large numbers of them all rolling about they're a bit more fun than just the one is - but if you have say, two or three Micro pets, just think, that's twenty or thirty quid you'll have had to shell out for them, and frankly, all right to quite nice little things that they are, that's getting a bit ridiculous.

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