I have a weird relationship with bugs. Out in my garden they don't tend to bother me. Some are a little gross, but I am content to have an ant or small spider crawl on me in my flower bed. In my house? Not so much. I have gotten better with spiders over the years, but I still yelp and call my husband to get rid of one if it's over about a centimeter. Boo claims to be terrified of spiders, so I wasn't too sure about reviewing this toy, but decided to go for it. And I'm glad I did!
From the makers of the adorable Little Live Pets, come the not quite so cute Wild Pets. The Wild Pets are surprisingly realistic, though quite large, spiders, and they come in a variety of distinct characters. We received Striper, along with his habitat playset to test out, and he was a lot of fun. Here's his bio:
STRIPERThe Wild Pets have three modes - calm, to exploring, to attacking. You change the mode with a touch to their back. Striper moves like a real spider, though his glowing eyes give him away as an electronic toy. Those eyes change colour depending on which mode he is in. The body is furry, and the rubber legs tickle like a real spider is walking on you. Totally creepy and totally fun!
When it comes to being wild, this guy has earned his stripes! Striper gets fired up easily but once you catch him you can tame him! Touch his back and make him your pet. Watch his eyes as he explores, goes on an adventure or attacks at your command. He's the wild pet that you can tame and turn into the coolest pet you'll ever have!
Boo made a video for his YouTube channel, which I'll share with you here. Check out how this guy moves!
The one issue we did have was with the packaging, which is common to so many toys these days. It was a bit of a struggle to free this guy and his habitat from the box, although I suspect I would have had it done in way less time than it took Boo! Extra bonus - batteries are included.
Wild Pets are available as a single spider, retailing in Canada at approximately $19.99, or in the Habitat Playset, at $32.99. They are recommended for ages 5 and up. You can find them at ToysRUs, and be sure to visit them over on Facebook.