Prior to set up, Mr. Robot took in the tree at Rockefeller Center–hope the lights will make it more robust!
The city is already full of tourists for the holidays! Mr. Robot made his way through the crowds as he got ready for set up.
What are the hottest toys of the season? Tune in tomorrow …. I’ll announce them on the TODAY Show in the 8 o’clock hour.
The Zhu Zhu Hamsters have scurried their way into first position as the “hot-completely sold out” toy of the season. Today’s article by Stephanie Rosenbloom in The New York Times will certainly help fan the craze. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a hot toy. The toy industry has been battered the last few years by serious issues about toy safety and a shrinking audience as kids leave toyland earlier and earlier. And even though the little creatures are not from one of the major toy companies (they are produced by Cepia LLC), everyone in the toy biz should be pretty happy. These little guys can drive parents into the toy stores–and if you can’t find a Zhu Zhu–you’re bound to buy some other toys. The media is also happy to have a light story to report on – rather than announcing rolling toy recalls.
We did not receive our required safety verification from the manufacturer Cepia on these little critters so we can not give them an official Oppenheim Toy Portfolio award –but given all the hype we thought we should give them an unofficial review.
This is what you need to know:
they are pretty cute
they make a variety of sounds (including mooing like a cow and crowing like a rooster)
they don’t cost a fortune (retail ranges from $7.99 to $9.99)
they are easy to activate -by touching them on top
they have wheels that go back and forth (which can hurt if you put your finger right next to them)
watch out for long hair getting caught in the wheels
they do not require feeding
unlike many virtual creatures of late, they won’t die if you don’t take care of them
there is no cage to clean
unlike the real thing, they also won’t eat their young!
Two toyportfolio.com videos of the Zhu Zhu Creatures
Yesterday I posted a review of a great new product, Take Your Pix Board Book Photo Album from www.boardbookalbums.com. The President of the company Laura Miranti sent me an email from the hospital–she has just had her fourth baby!! She wanted me to be sure to let people know that the books come in white, blue and pink — we only showed the yellow one yesterday. I love the idea of these books for toddlers…but they would also make terrific presents for toddlers to “give” to their grandparents–fill it photos of them together. The book then becomes a special “go to” book when they are together.
So congratulation to Laura and her family!! They will need another book or two in their own house!
Be sure to tune in on Monday morning– I’ll be showing the FIVE hottest toys in toyland! To see all of our reviews and ratings of this year’s top toys, visit www.toyportfolio.com.