Interactive toy pets are definitely still on trend this year. Today I am playing with Spin Master Toys' Digibirds.
These little guys are only about 2 1/2 inches tall and 4 inches long, and they tweet and sing up to 20 different songs. They also move their heads quite realistically and look like inquisitive real birds. You activate the DigiBirds in one of two ways. Blow on the chest sensor to hear a tweet, or blow the included whistle to have your bird sing a song. If you have multiple Digibirds you can activate them in choir mode, and they will sing together! The cages have a hook on the bottom, so you can hang and stack them. All I can think of when I picture this is the Tiki Room at Disneyworld!
Here's my Digibird singing me a song:
There's also an app available for iOS and Android systems that includes games as well as bonus songs your Digibird can learn to sing.
You may call me crazy, but I think I'm keeping this one for myself. Boo did comment on how cute our Digibird is, but I think she's the perfect size to sit on my desk and keep me company while I work. A little distraction and a little bit of pretty in my day. Also potentially good for some fun with our cat. (I'm evil.)*
One note, that is either a positive or a negative, depending how you look at it - the on/off/choir mode switch is pretty small, and I found it a little difficult to move. It needs a firm touch, so it may be harder for little hands. Meaning, mom or dad may be called in to help turn it on or switch to choir mode. Also meaning, once mom or dad turns it off, it's not easy for little hands to start it making noise again. There's a definite plus side. (Though the singing and tweeting is quite lovely.)
I found Digibirds available from ToysRUs as singles ($12.99) or in packs of 3 ($29.99). The Digibird with cage (the one I tried) is available from Chapters/Indigo for $17.95. They are rated age 5 and up, and batteries ARE included. These would be a great gift for kids or tween girls. Or me, apparently.
*For the record, we donate many of the toys we receive for the Gift Guide. This one was originally scheduled for donation. It will likely still go, but I'm tempted to get one for myself too.
Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family.