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Hasbro FurReal Friends Snuggimals
Member Name: alnilam
Hasbro FurReal Friends Snuggimals
Date: 30/08/11, updated on 30/08/11 (43 review reads)
Advantages: somewhat cheap, mechanical, soft
Disadvantages: strange looking, loud mechanism
I was planning a simple surprise party for my partners birthday this year, as my gift to him. As I am a person who is somewhat obsessed with giving gifts to people I decided a small physical gift to top it up is in order. I decided to buy a small cheap stuffed toy, a orange cat that would resemble his (although not living with him) new cat. Just one of those gifts that have no greater purpose.
When at store, I was a little bit disappointed. True they had a broad selection of stuffed toys but the selection on cats was very modest. White and white and black cats were taking the lead and there were only two somewhat orange cats to choose from... None of them had much resemblance to an actual cat but I had to pick one, and the Snuggimals was the "winner" since it had some mechanical advantages compared to the other. It only cost me around Euro9 (can't remember if it was 8.99 or 9.99) which in general is not too much for a toy I reckon. I see you can buy it for £ 3.29 from Amazon.co.uk at the time of writing.
It is a small cat-like toy, white and orange/brown colored with green eyes. It's a soft, furry, cute and nice looking thing (the last only being true if you forget it is supposed to be a cat). It is not exactly proportional.
It has a interesting twist to that makes it more realistic they say, I would say more fun, not realistic though. It is electronic and if you pet the cat on its back it starts to wiggle it's tail and move it's head for a while. You have to pet it quite roughly though and when petting you will feel the switch that sets the mechanism on the back of the cat. The moving has an unpleasant mechanical sound to it, quite loud for such a little kitty. This movements are somewhat natural looking, they are not exactly smooth but can't say it looks awful. It gives this toy a fun twist.
The toy feels very fragile to me, on the box it is stated that it is for ages 4 and beyond but frankly I would not feel comfortable with a 4 year old tossing it around - I won't give it a test run throwing it in the room to confirm this but I do feel the mechanism inside could break apart.
The toy is surface washable only, and that can be done with a wet cloth I reckon since there is no way to get the mechanism out.
We petted the cat quite a lot in the past months and there was no need (yet) to change the battery. It runs on 1 AA battery (already included) and to change it you will need a screwdriver.
+++Final thoughts on this one+++
I do not especially like it. I have seen other mechanical stuffed toys form Hasbro (the bigger ones) and they do look great and move better but this one just does not impress me. I think it is OK for a quick fun gift to someone, but I would not be buying this for a child.
Summary: A toy that does not impress
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