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Ok, so first thing, what exactly is an iDog? Thankfully it's not got to do with Steve Jobs' latest mad idea in putting a lower case i in front of everything, but in fact an iPod accessory created by Hasbro and Sega.
The basic idea behind this little toy is pretty basic - you plug your iDog into an MP3 player or some sort, probably an iPod, and as well as working as a speaker, the little dog lights up and jerks around like he's trying to dance. it's cute, albeit a little weird. Or at least, the original iDog is cute.
When Spiderman 3 was released, the iDog was released as a variant - the Spi-Dog, which is essentially the same thing with a bit of a body colour change. Made to look like Spiderman as a dog, it does the exact same things as the original iDog. The problem with it is that the dog is just terrifying when it lights up red and dances about.
The Spi-Dog took everything that was cute about the original iDog and turned it into an angry-eyed demon hellhound. The Spiderman design simply doesn't work on it at all.
The main problem I have with this is that I really have no idea who it will appeal to. Spiderman fans, unless they're the hardest of core, probably won't want this and people who simply casually like Spiderman and their music collection would probably not like Spiderman enough to have his pet dog dance around on their desk. In every circumstance, the original iDog just seemed like a much more sensible option.
In its defense though, it is a cool gimmick and it's certainly the same quality and everything as the original, and the colouring job to give it Spiderman's suit has been done with good attention to detail. I just have a problem with why they even thought to merge the two together. Spiderdog wasn't even a character, like Krypto the Superdog was.
Oh well, for what it is, it works and looks kinda cool. The gimmick of the dog dancing to your tunes is still their, but if you're gonna get one, then why not just get the classic?
Spider Dog, Spider Dog, does whatever a Spider Dog does!!
First there was Furby's now we have I-Pets to play with! The Spi-Dog is exactly the same as the I-Dog but he's wearing a Spiderman outfit!
You can use the Spi-Dog as a speaker for your iPod, Mp3 player or CD player and he'll "dance" while your music plays.
You need to regularly 'feed' your Spi-Dog with music to keep him happy and the type of music you feed him with determine his personality. You can either plug your iPod into him or he can listen to music being played through other speakers. The Spi-Dog responds to music by moving his head and ears, flashing lights on his face and by making noises like barking and growling.
You can also pet him by pressing his nose and stroking the top of his head (light sensor). If you need him to be quiet then just flick his tail.
You can pose his legs and his paws have rubber grips so he's able to stay safe on sloped surfaces.
The Spi-Dog takes two AA batteries and to play with him often you'll need good quality batteries and plenty of them!
The instruction booklet tells you what mood each light pattern represents and the colours will tell you his personality:
Red means he's into rock and punk.
Green means he likes dance and techno.
Yellow means he's a rap and hip-hop fan.
The Spi-Dog is very cool to look at and quite fun to play with to start with but the novelty wears off. As a speaker, the sound quality isn't very good and you can't have your music very loud as it distorts it.
What looks like a spider but rocks like a dog? Meet SPI-DOG the little dog with BIG sound! When it's not fighting crime, this heroic webbed wonder digs your music rock, punk, rap, hip-hop, dance, techno, and more. Its mood and personality change, depending on your music and how often you play with it! Just plug it in to your music player (not included) to feed this super-pooch your music and listen to it play your tunes through a built-in speaker or your headphones. Webbed out and ready to rock, SPI-DOG saves the day with expressive lights, movements, and sounds! SPI-DOG works with most portable and non-portable electronic audio devices. Plus he easily connects to any standard headphone jack with the included dual-plug cable.