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I have spent a lot of time reading blogs and articles about what it suspected to be the most popular toys of the 2017 Christmas season. The Fingerlings have come up number 1 or 2 on every list I’ve seen. These bad boys are probably going to be one of the most coveted toys of the season and guess what…they’re actually affordable. Shut the front door! I scooped up a handful of them to play with and they did not disappoint.
Here are the product details according to the packaging:
- Responds to sound, motion and touch with blinking eyes, head turns, and silly monkey babble. Over 40 ways to play.
- Requires 4 LR44 batteries (button batteries)-included
- Ages 5+
- 6 collectible friends in all
Here is the run down of some of the different positions you can put them in to see different reactions: (you can also watch the video of me showing how to get reactions from them)
- There are 2 sensors on their heads. One on either side of the tuft of hair. A lot of their actions are correlated to these sensors.
- You can pet each sensor individually for a response or both simultaneously for a different response. For best results, make sure you’re touching both sensors at once.
- If you hold the monkey upright and cradle his head for a couple seconds he will fart and laugh.
- If you blow him a kiss in the face he will either kiss back or sneeze.
- You can turn it upside down for a response.
- Shaking him while upside down will elicit another response.
- While he’s hanging upside down, if you cradle his head for a couple seconds he’ll burp and then laugh.
- If you pet his head while he’s laying down he’ll coo.
- He will respond to sudden loud noises like the clapping of hands.
- If you have multiple monkeys it’s funny to watch them sort of join in together in response to your actions.
- They also have a power saving mode. If the monkey is left alone for 60 seconds he will whistle at you like he’s bored. If you don’t respond he will try to get you attention a couple of more times. If you continue to ignore him he will make a snoring sound and then go to sleep to conserve energy. Usually they will wake back up with movement or sound but if he doesn’t then turning him off and back on again should do the trick.
I played with this thing for like an hour when I first opened it and have since logged an embarrassing amount of time for an adult with a child’s toy. Here is my pros and cons list based on my assessment.
- This thing is entertaining and hilarious. When I shot the video I had only let me 21 month old see it, but since then my 5 year old had also played with it and they both went ape shit. They absolutely loved it.
- This is a popular Christmas toy that’s actually affordable. Can I get an amen???? It could be great as a main gift or even a stocking stuffer.
- There are many accessories available to go with these monkeys if your child falls in love and you want to add to their collection.
- The monkeys don’t always give the specific reactions they’re supposed to. I couldn’t get mine to give me kisses when I blew them kisses. I would get a response, just not necessarily the one I was expecting.
- Like most other things that are affordable, the company comes up with ways to make more money. There are a whole host of accessories that are available for this product. You may find yourself in a standoff in the toy section of Target someday. May the odds be ever in your favor.
- As soon as my 5 year old figured out how to make him fart that’s all I heard for the next 5 minutes. The good news is they’re small enough that you can make them disappear for a day or two.
Overall, I think this product is a winner for this Christmas season. Kids seem to love them and they’re a price point that is affordable for most. I wouldn’t wait to buy these though, as some places are already selling out.