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In the grand scale of annoying toys, this one has to rank up there with some of the worst. Not because of the incessant noises it makes, but because of the build up of the noise and how it's never really 'off'. Originally called Go Go Hamsters but experiencing a name change around the time Gogos started becoming popular, these Zhu Zhu Hamsters come in a range of a few different colours. Ours is white and is named Chunk apparently.
Chunk was a toy that our son was given as a present one year, and we didn't really pay him much attention. It's a vaguely realistic hamster toy that is essentially a hard plastic hamster shaped shell with a covering of synthetic fur and other hamster bits, such as the eyes, nose, whiskers and tail. On the underneath there's a flat hard plastic panel, which house wheels for the hamster moving and a battery catch. The hamster takes a single AAA battery.
The idea of the toy is that once it's on it can wheel across the floor, occasionally making little mewing hamster noises. To see the little thing zip across the floor can be quite realistic, especially when seen out of the corner of your eye, and for a while it seems fun and entertaining. When it comes to calling a halt to the proceedings though, this is where it starts to get annoying. You see, you can stop it from moving easily enough, but you'll have put it away, and then a few minutes later that little mewing noise will announce itself albeit briefly from wherever it is.
This started to get annoying after the first few times, as it's motion activated and will make the noise very easily. The problem comes really when you've tidied a load of toys away and you're not exactly surely where this one is until the noise starts. It's incredibly annoying when it keeps going off, and it doesn't seem to take much to start. Many a time I have come close to throwing this across the room...
The battery lasts a long time, which is usually a good thing with a toy. This one being annoying I have honestly wished it had run out, but it really is economical with the power. The realistic element though I guess is what is the lure for this toy. They seem to have fallen back a bit of late, I can't honestly say I've seen them anywhere, but at the time these things were available for around the £5 mark. As I said, this was a gift for our eldest son, and while we don't let our youngest (19 months) play with it, our eldest now 9 has kind of grown out of it. I'd say ages 3-7 are probably ideal for the entertainment factor. they don't have the same extension in age suitability that things such as Hexbugs do, although they're significantly more cuddly. This may drive you mad as a parent and it doesn't actually do much other than move a bit and mew annoyingly, but your kids may appreciate it.
My eldest two daughters became zhu zhu hamster, or should I say go go hamster as they were originally called crazy when they first came out around 4 years ago now and we have acquired quite a lot of these since then.
Chunk is a lovely little hamster with nice soft fur, he is motorised to move around by wheels on the bottom of him and has a sensor on top of his head and in the end of his nose.
My daughters love these; they have the world to go with them too. These hamsters are great if you can teach your child to only use them in the hamster worlds so that the cogs on the bottom don't get clogged up with fluff or hair as this damages a clip in the motor stopping them moving and has happened to all of ours in just a few months of owning them so I think they could be a lot better made as they were not the cheapest toys to keep replacing so often when they first came out but they have dropped in price drastically since the release of fur reals version of these which I have to say we also own and are so much better quality.
Would I suggest these? Defiantly they are a great fun toy but if you can get the fur real version instead all the better as they are a lot tougher made.
When I bought this toy I had no idea what Zhu Zhu pets even were and it was only after I read a few reviews on here that I thought, oh, we have one of those. I was guilted into buying this toy for my little girl on a shopping trip in Matalan. She saw it and immediately held up the box to me with her sad puppy dog eyes and so, "oh, he's so cute, can I take him home mummy, please," so who couldn't resist this! I think it only cost me £5 so it wasn't a big purchase and she was happy so that's all that counts really.
Its only when we got it home and out of the box that I realised it moved and was sort of like a real hamster and a bit realistic so for someone that doesn't like hamsters as I think they are small and creepy and weird, this was not my most favourite toy purchase!
According to an article I read, "Zhu Zhu pets, formerly Go Go Hamsters in the UK, is an American line of plush robotic hamster toys, created by Cepia LLC in 2009. They were a craze during the 2009 Christmas season holidays. The name comes from Mandarin zhūzhū (Chinese: 猪猪), meaning "little pig."" Obviously they are not so popular now as they were only being sold for £5 in Matalan but still I guess quite a lot of people have them.
Ours is called Chunk and he is a white hamster with a little pink nose. He is robotic and yes does move and I think this is the part that freaks me out. In order to see him move you either press his nose or press on top of his back and the wheels underneath him move. There is one wheel at the front and two at the back and so he scampers across the floor, sort of like a real hamster and will twist a bit and keeps on moving long after you have pressed him. He goes for quite a while and if you pick him up his wheels will still keep moving. He also makes these little squeaky hamster noises so I actually think he's quite realistic. One annoying thing though is that the motor is quite loud so he makes a lot of noise when he is moving.
My daughter absolutely loves him. We've had him for quite a few months now and he is still one of her favourite toys. It really makes her laugh when he moves across the floor so I guess that is the purpose. The battery pack is under his tummy and he takes 1 AAA battery although we have not had to change it yet which is good.
All in all, a toy that freaks out mummy but that my little girl loves!