Friday, November 20, 2009

Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster--The Freaky Little Cyber-Pet that Won't Poop, Stink, or Die

The Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster really kinda freaked me out at first.  After all, what's worse than having cutie-affectionate feelings for something that at its heart is made of gears, springs, and a micro-chip?
A lot of things are worse: finding poop pellets inside the new lingere you bought for your favorite significant other, for example.  Noticing that a real rodent has chewed up Volume 17 of your Jack Vance Integral Edition.  Or especially, explaining to your niece why her pet hamster jumped up in the vacuum just as you were cleaning house, and where pet hamsters go when they die.  Not that it's ever happened to me.

But these little guys won't chew up your best books or poop all over anything.  More importantly, they won't force you into any embarrassing, uncomfortable, shame-filled explanations about why little NumNumbs committed suicide and whether or not he gets to enter Hamster Heaven.

There are four different little Zhu Zhu hamsters, each of which have their own "personality".  NumNums is cuddly and Pipsqueak is a little "go getter".  These two are fun. 

Then we have Chunk, "the laid back surfer dude" and Mr. Squiggles who has "been there and done that and seen it all."  I don't make these things up, people--I just report them.  Glad to see that toy creators are still smoking some grade-A dope.

Each one of these things interacts with its environment, sort of like a little micro-Furby on wheels.  Each of the four interacts differently.  Plus you can switch them from "cuddle and coo" mode to "explore" mode, depending on how tame you want to keep the kids.

As you might guess, these guys have their own line of accessories.  Hamster wheel, running ball, slide--even a damn car!  I'm sure I'll have something to say about those in the near future.

But for now, all I really want to say is that Zhu Zhu Pets Hamsters seem like the way to go if your little ones are cry cry crying for a cuddly little rodent, but you know you're the one who's gonna end up picking up the pellets.  Get one now our you're un-American.

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