Are you desperately searching for where to get your Zhu zhu pet, the must have toy of the year? A lot of people have had trouble finding them. This is due to several reasons.
Zhu zhu pets are known by several different names:
- zoo zoo pet
- zu zu pet
- electronic hamsters
- motorized hamsters
The official name and spelling is Zhu Zhu pet. Also these very cute electronic critters used to be called Go Go pets.
You might still find Go Go pets at some outlets. They are exactly the same as as the new model just packaged differently. Who knows, maybe the originals will become collector’s items. Recently the company who makes the toys repackaged, repriced and relaunched Go Go pets under their new name Zhu zhu pets. They did a limited prelaunch in the Phoenix area and the results shocked everyone. The little electronic hamsters flew off the shelves and within days were Sold Out! And now everyone wants one.
The manufacturer Cepia is a small company based in St Louis, Missouri. They have only sixteen employees, though I bet they’ve employed a few more casuals in the last weeks. They promise they are in full production mode making millions of the electro-hamsters so that everyone who wants one will eventually be stocks are flooding into the shops as fast as possible. Apparently the company has been besieged by emails and phonecalls and even people come knocking at the factory doors.
Despite Cepia’s best efforts the pets are so popular at the moment that they will be difficult to find in some retail outlets, especially just before Christmas. In fact I just heard that one major, major retailer has emailed all their customers who ordered their zhu zhus online in September and cancelled their orders.
There have also been reports of fights breaking out between customers trying to buy these things! Pepper spray and even tasers have been used by desperate shoppers. Crazy eh?
So why oh why are these toys so popular?
The motorized hamsters are very lifelike. They are soft and cuddly as well as adventurous and busy. They operate in two modes. One mode is called ‘nurturing or loving’. This is when they love being petted and cuddled and respond with sweet chattering and purring. This gives children the opportunity of interacting in a gentle and loving way with their ‘pet.’ If you’ve ever had a real hamster you’ll know that in reality they do bite and wriggle and scratch. Cuddling up to a ‘lifelike hamster’ is a lot safer for children.
Also the toys have an ‘adventure’ mode. This is when their advanced artificial intelligence really shines. They zip around, either free-range on the floor or in their specially designed hamster habitats, and interact intelligently with whatever they encounter. And of course the bottom line is kids have gone nuts over them.