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Hasbro Reveals FurReal Friends Cuddles, My Giggly Monkey as Tech Savvy Parents Exclusive Pre- Toy Fair

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

FurReal Friends Cuddles, My Giggle Monkey Pet – EXCLUSIVE PARENTS.COM

As the toy industry prepares to assemble in New York City for Toy Fair to reveal new toys an event that is the largest in the Western Hemisphere, keen eyed buyers and members of the media are looking for the golden items that will be the year’s best sellers. These toys are the ones that will be in high demand well before the holidays and could be long gone from store shelves come December. What sorts of items are likely to make the list even though they might not be available for purchase for months?

Building on the popularity of their FurReal Friends line, Hasbro has provided exclusive access to Tech Savvy Parents about FurReal Friends Cuddles, My Giggly Monkey.

Cuddles is a life size, lifelike baby monkey that is the most interactive pet in the FurReal Friends line thanks to technology that allows her to react differently to classic nurturing patterns. With over 100 realistic sounds and phrases, Cuddles, My Giggly Monkey responds to many play patterns like feeding, diaper changing, cuddling, tickling, swinging, and being rocked to sleep.

Nurturing boys and girls ages four and older will love watching this soft, animatronic plush open her eyes and make sweet noises as she wakes up. She recognizes when a child is near and leans in for more snuggles. Feed her from her banana-shaped bottle and Cuddles will happily make slurping noises, moving her lips in and out. After a delicious snack, it’s playtime for this baby monkey! Swing Cuddles and she knows she’s moving. She’ll respond with lifelike laughter and silly monkey sounds. Tickle her tummy and this loveable monkey bursts into a fit of giggles.

Just as play is hard work for any child, it is for Cuddles too. After a long day of play, children will enjoy putting Cuddles to sleep by rocking her gently. This motion tells this interactive toy that it’s time to sleep and she’ll slowly close her eyes.

Parents will appreciate that there are times that Cuddles behaves just like their preschooler or toddler. Just like a child vies for a parent’s attention when they’re not playing together, Cuddles acts the same way. She’ll move her head and make sounds to garner more attention perhaps teaching patience and empathy to your child through play with their new interactive plush toy.

Toy Fair begins on February 10 and will reveal new toys that will become available at  retail outlets such as mass merchandisers, toy and hobby stores, drug stores, department stores, grocery chains, TV shopping networks, outdoor retailers, amusement parks, warehouse clubs, gift shops, museum stores, and more.

Image courtesy of Hasbro

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Electronic Toys for Ages 6 and Under Debuts at Toy Fair 2012

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Last week’s Toy Fair in New York City displayed the newest toys that will debut in 2012.  What are some of the innovative ways toys will incorporate technology this year?  Take a look at some of the items that are on store shelves, available through iTunes as new apps, or will be on store shelves this fall for ages 6 and under.

Furreal Friends Baby Butterscotch Pony— Furreal Friends has been known for soft interactive pets but Butterscotch Pony is even more engaging thanks to an abundance of sensors on her back and face that gauge how a child is playing with her.  Stroke her soft coat and she’ll move her head, blink her eyes, move her ears, or softly whinny.  She nuzzles when you nuzzle her and loves to chomp on her carrots.  $119.99, available Fall 2012 for ages 4+

A Little Book About Feelings iPhone/iPad eBook app— Based on the hardcover book of the same name, Los Angeles based The Mother Company expands their line of products into the digital realm with the release of the A Little Book About Feelings eBook app. The app is designed to teach kids about their feelings but also assists in developing reading skills in a fun, interactive way as the text as it is highlighted as it is being read. Currently available for iPad and iPhone ($0.99) for ages 0-6.

Rocktivity Jump ‘n Jam Guitar— The youngest rockers can get a head start with the motion sensitive Jump ‘n Jam Guitar that starts playing classic and new rock songs from the likes of JLo, KISS, Jackson 5, and more when your child pretends to strum.  $19.99, available Fall 2012 for ages 3+

HoodiePet— Upon first glance, what looks like just another cozy fleece is so much more.  HoodiePet comes with a plush finger puppet toy attached with Velcro to the front so your little one always has a friend nearby.  Additional pets can be purchased separately in the event that a favorite is lost!  For older kids, the HoodiePet website is an interactive world where they can learn about fun facts about animals. $29.99 and available from the HoodiePet website for ages 1-10.

Images courtesy of Furreal Friends, The Mother Company, Playskool, and HoodiePet

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