{Product Review} Furby: He’s furry, he’s irritating, but the kids love him…

We first met Furby towards the end of October last year when we were invited to see him at Toy Kingdom at Sandton on a Friday morning. I was on a mid term break and it seemed a good idea at the time to have a little outing before we did our grocery shopping. Little did I know that blue furry toy would worm its way into Nicky’s heart and stay there quite firmly.

Nicky had a lot of fun playing with the toy and was quite sad to leave him behind. I think he thought the promotional box we received contained the toy and was a bit upset that there was no blue furry creature inside.

From then on we never heard the end of it.

When we asked him what he wanted for Christmas we were very firmly told “Furby”. Now Furbs does not come cheap, and swinging R2000 seemed a bit  much, so we left it for a while before we decided. Towards the end of November there were lots of specials online but even a drum set could not tempt our kid. He was locked on Furby. 

My husband found him online and we received the desired toy in a box. He went all the way to the Eastern Cape with us for Christmas. 

On Christmas day Nicky was so happy to get his gift. He was walking around with Furby the whole time. The reason Nicky is not in the  Christmas dinner photo is because he passed out after having a tantrum about it. I refused to have the chattering toy at the Christmas dinner table. This was too much to bear and after an early morning his engine konked out as he was sulking over Furby on the couch.

For the next car trip on our journey we told Nicky that Furby needed to sleep. (That is what the sleep mask is for. Do not lose it!}

Furby has a few cute sayings that make me smile:

“Rock abye Furby on the tree top….”

“What the Furb?”

“Light as a feather, soft as a Furb.”

“To Furb or not to Furb, that is Question.” Very profound, Furby. 

Furby

Insert batteries underneath Furby

Actually Furb comes to an end pretty quickly if you have him going all day long. After 15-28 hours of being awake he needs new batteries. For us this lasted a few days and then we got rechargeables. You’ll see Furby went along with us on holiday and even took the top bunk bed when we stayed over in Bloemfontein. 

Furby on a bunk bedWhen we started school again my boss was curious about Furby since she’d also had the toy around when her kids were younger.  Nicky brought him in for a “Show and Tell” and three other kids pestered their parents until they got the toy too. 

The thing is, once a kid sees Furby, they are hooked. It’s cute. It talks (own language, but anyway…). It’s like a little friend, and it makes them laugh.

There are a lot of cool things that Furby can do, I’ll just mention a few:

There’s an app you can download and interact with on the IPad. There are also more things you can feed it on the app. 

Furby has a few rude noises. He can burp and fart when you pull his tail. There’s even a part on the app where you can hold him over the toilet. Gross, yes, but little kids love it.

 

When it wakes up he is normally hungry. He will ask to be fed and you put your finger in his beak. You will actually see the food flash past on his eyes (e.g. watermelon, pizza).

 

He has very expressive eyes and you’ll see all sorts of movement on the eye screen. 

 

When you’ve had enough of Furby you can put him to sleep with his sleep mask. He is very cute when he goes to sleep, most commonly saying “Power nap!”

 

Furby is available at leading toy stores and Vodacom too. He’s available in blue, pink and purple.

For more info see this website. 

SAMB Gift Guide from HASBRO

There are so many toys out there for kids. We have put together a series featuring some of our favourite toys, hopefully helping to make your Christmas shopping a little easier. First up we have some Hasbro toys. This link include one of my favourite brands – the Transformers. It is probably my favourite series of movies, these toys excite me, never mind my kids.

With the festive season around the corner, Hasbro, one of the world’s largest toy, game and entertainment experience companies, shares some of the top picks for the upcoming holiday period.

From creative to digital, outdoors or more traditional play, Hasbro has a solution for all.  

  1. Bring back game night with the all-new Monopoly Mzansi. The South African public voted on their 22 favourite places in Mzansi, and now you can race around the board visiting each spot or bidding on some prestigious property with Monopoly Mzansi. In this classic game of buying, selling, wheeling and dealing – players strive to buy their favourite places in South Africa before their opponents and making sure they avoid paying rent on already owned slots. Monopoly Mzansi makes a perfect gift for the festive season, a definite must have for travellers and provides an opportunity for family and friends to come together and enjoy some quality time, Mzansi style.
  1. The iconic Furby brand from Hasbro recently introduced a new furry friend, just in time for the festive season. The digitally-integrated Furby Connect, delights kids with engaging gameplay, is an interactive companion full of personality that uses Bluetooth® technology to connect with kids through entertaining video clips, catchy songs, phrases, global events, and more. The Furby Connect World app, available on iOS and Android devices, allows Furby Connect to bring together the worlds of digital and physical play, offering kids an engaging real world play experience. Furby Connect reacts intuitively to sound and touch, speaks more than 1,000 phrases and further expresses its moods through more than a hundred unique, colourful animations displayed in its full colour LCD screen eyes. Furby Connect even knows the date and time so it can delight owners with fun surprises like asking for breakfast or a late-night snack.Furby|HarassedMom
  1. With summer temperatures expecting to soar, it’s time to head outside and get nerfed! Nerf works like a water blaster – but has the advantage that nothing gets soaked. The colourful toy blaster, which shoots soft foam darts, entices kids away from the TV or the PC and encourages them to play with each other by providing action-packed and safe fun, indoors and outdoors. Nerf fans can look forward to customising their blasters for their mission or battle with the N-strike Modulus Expand the possibilities with firepower and tactical gear and achieve unprecedented levels of customisation with the new NERF Modulus Tri-Strike Blaster, Battle scout Blaster and ECS-10 Blaster. Sign up to nerfblastermasters.co.za stand a chance to win some Nerf prizes, get some tips from the experts and join the South African Nerf Blaster Masters community.
  1. Open a can of imagination with Play-Doh. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Play-Doh is taking fans on more colourful, creatable, adventures with a range of new Play-Doh products. A childhood staple since its introduction in 1956, the Play-Doh brand continues to captivate the imagination of children and artists of all ages. Craft hundreds of different exciting creations with a selection of fun Play-Doh tools, characters and playsets such as the Drill ‘n Fill, Ice Cream Castle and Cake Party playsets and don’t forget the quirky characters of Play-Doh Town waiting to welcome you to their home.
  1. My Little Pony continues to engage and inspire girls around the world with magical adventure. Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity and Pinkie Pie are all excited to discover the magic of friendship together. Create new friendship experiences with Baby Flurry Heart and Princess Cadence in the Crystal Empire Castle or row, row, row your boat with Pinkie Pie and her awesome Row & Ride Swan Boat. With entertainment, toys, publishing, digital gaming and lifestyle licensing to choose from; your child will be occupied for hours.
    1. Transformers, one of Hasbro’s top toy brands for boys, have discovered a powerful group of Mini-Con allies that not only convert to weapons but they give other bots a Power Surge to use in battle. Hit the Decepticons with a super-charged attack with Power Surge Bumblebee or with Power Surge Optimus Prime. Bumblebee links with the Mini-Con Buzzstrike to activate his Power Surge mode and Optimus Prime links with the Mini-Con Aerobolt to activate Power Surge mode, then uses his wings and flight power to battle in the air. Based on the popular Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series on Cartoon Network, Transformers: Robots in Disguise toys give kids the opportunity to own their favourite characters. Transformer action figures bring home exciting interactive play, but the action doesn’t stop there as the Transformers: Robots in Disguise App, based on the animated series, creates an interactive mobile gaming experience that brings the characters of the show to life.
  1. Explore the world of Yo-Kai with the Yo-Kai Watch and Yo-Kai medals, which launched earlier this year to the South African market. The Yo-kai medals unlock a magical Yo-Kai world providing kids with access to a fantasy experience that Hasbro is building across toys, games and digital. There are over 200 characters, each with its own Yo-kai medal (ranked from high to low based on its availability), which the Yo-kai offers as a symbol of their friendship. To engage with the Yo-kai characters you can either ‘summon’ a particular Yo-kai by inserting its medal into the Yo-kai watch, scan the medal with the Yo-kai Land app (available as a free download on Android and iOS) or by collecting the various Yo-kai medals and storing them for safekeeping in the Yo-kai Medallion Collection Book or swapping with friends.
  1. Kids have always found a friend in pets and now, with Littlest Pet Shop and FurReal, kids can get carried away into a world of fantasy pet fun with their very own play pet. FurReal Friends plush pets are all about rich pet experiences and engaging play to create unforgettable memories. Meet the newest addition to the FurReal range, Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon. This adorable baby dragon has a fiery personality and is full of excitement and surprises.
  1. To add to the family fun occasion, one of the most popular games for kids, Pie Face, is filled with excitement and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get spattered! Just add some whipped cream or a wet sponge on the ‘hand’ of this hilarious game unit and start turning the handle. It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face. This holiday season, get your family game on with Hasbro’s selection of board games, with a choice for everyone, you will keep the whole family entertained.

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What’s On for Families This Weekend in Gauteng and Durban link (22-23 October)

Lots happening this weekend, particularly with furry creatures! You can meet Furby at Sandton City this Friday, Barni Bear all weekend at Eastgate and drop off your old bear at Greenstone Mall.

We also have our dino expo in Klerksdorp, a fun kid’s day in Hatfield Pretoria, biking at St Stithians and an exciting play in Parktown.

In Durbs we have story telling, a park run and a market.

 

Gauteng:

  1. Barni Activation at East Gate Mall 20-23 October

barnieastgateSo, our family really had fun at the last Barni activation. They had a bit of a song and dance and lots of gross motor activities. Nicky ran around like a mad thing and we ate too many Barni sponge bears. 

This time there is a new activation to promote the new addition, the milk bear.

Running from 9am to 5pm on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and 9am to 9pm on *Friday.

Activities include:

  • Stage Show and Barni Meet & Greet (11:00, 13:30, 16:00 and *18:30)
  • Barni Story Reading (12:30, 15:00, 17:30 and *20:00)
  • Hop Scotch, ‘Where’s Barni’ Wall, Barni Photo Area, Tricycle Track, Sampling for Mom, Barni Memory game and arts and craft corner (throughout the day).

2. furbyFRIDAY & SATURDAY: Furby Playdate: Toy Kingdom Sandton City

Meet Furby Connect 9am till 5pm.

furby-and-nickyWe just went there this morning and Nicky really enjoyed it. It is running for Saturday as well. They have a huge Furby you can take a pic with and then some people with IPads to play with the app and of course, Furby. Nicky liked puttting on the glasses for him to sleep and then wake him up again. It has buttons to press on his head, forehead and you can play with his “beak” as well.

3. Best Bear Friends Forever

Drop off your old teddies in the 3m high wire teddy bear in the Truworths court before 20 November and they will be given to a children’s home before Christmas. Greenstone Shopping Centre.

dino3. Dinos Alive: Klerksdorp

Twenty five robotic dinosaurs will be on display: with all from the T Rex to the Velociraptor.  The dinos mimic breathing, roar, move their tails and even blink their eyes.

From 2-16 year olds, Matlosana Mall, Klerksdorp, cost R100

4. Penelope Pixie’s Birthday Celebration

penelope-pexies-birthday-adventureThe National Children’s Theatre presents this action packed, song filled, interactive production. Together with Gary Goblin, Penelope journeys to Magic Mountain for an adventure for her birthday.

5. Hatfield Pretoria: Kids @ Duncan Yard

kids-at-duncan-yardA special day for the little ones with a junior market, clowns, jumping castle, story teller, face painters and food stalls. 

6. African cycle fair 

If you’d like to get active, the 2016 Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair at St Stithians College, Lyme Park will be happening 21-23 October. Races, special bikes, food and outdoor family fun will be in full force this weekend. Tickets are R75 per day for adults or R100 for three days. Under 18s may enter for free.

 

Durban:

I am thrilled to announce that we have managed to find someone (Jenna!) who will be supporting the what’s on feature in Durbs. Have a look at her calendar (and the rest of her site) to see what is hot and happening in Durban.  I see she has a Park Run,  a market and a story time happening this Saturday.