I can't even say I'm a sucker for advertising, or was hounded to the purchase to keep my three-year-old quiet. I never once saw an ad. I only heard of them on the news. In the category of "must-have-but-can't-find-gift-of-the-year." With a few murmurs online. "How do you pronounce this?" "Are they all they're cracked up to be" That's it.
I had decided that this particular toy was not on the radar, and not that interesting, so why bother? If he's not asking for it, who am I to decide he must have it?
And then they re-appeared in the stores.
Of course I'm talking about the infamous Zhu Zhu Pets.
I was in ToysRUs a couple of nights before Christmas (yeah I know .. nuts). And there were signs everywhere - "We have Zhu Zhu Pets!!" "Limit 2 per Family!!"
Can I just say here that that is the best marketing ploy ever? A LIMIT!? Why, that must be something really and truly special. If it's a limited purchase, clearly I have to have one (or two, or three), or else I'll be missing out. Worse - my kid will be missing out! Heavens, no!
And so, in spite of my earlier decision and best intentions to fight the hype, I sought out the bin of little noisy hamsters, and I bought one. And I giggled with excitement at the knowledge that I had nabbed the season's hottest toy for Little Boo. (But, for the record, I did just buy one. I have a tiny little bit of restraint left.)
And you know what? That little guy is really adorable. He ran around the floor on Christmas morning, checking out the presents and visiting us all one after the other. And did you know that he moos and goes cock-a-doodle-doo? Who knew?!
The verdict - Zhu Zhu Pets are indeed a lot of fun and cute little monkeys to boot. Oh, and they like to play with Slinkies too.