05 August 2009

Face Bank Full Range of Colours and Lowest Price Online!

Face Bank recently appeared on BBC2's 'Something for the Weekend' and became an instant hit with collectors and japanese toy lovers in the UK. The chewing money boxes have just become available throughout shops in the UK and retail for £19.99... However, the show stated that they could be found for as little as £16... where is this magical place? Electronic Pet Shop were the first shop to sell Face Bank in the UK and offer a variety of colours at the lowest prices online!

Why settle for just pink Face Bank, blue dotty Face Bank or red brick Face Bank when you can find the full assortment at ElectronicPetShop.com? For that price you can afford to collect them all and still have money for them to eat!
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18 June 2009

Jetta Company Ltd acquires Ugobe and continue Pleo line.

Jetta Company Limited, the company that manufactured the Pleo robot dinosaur for Ugobe has bought the intellectual property rights and other assets at the Ugobe bankruptcy sale that occurred on May 21. The company is firmly committed to re-launching Pleo and continuing the line including accessories such as the vital battery and charger components.
The original press release from the company regarding their relaunching of Pleo reads as follows:

Jetta Company Limited acquires Ugobe out of receivership
Hong Kong – Jetta Company Limited acquired the assets of Ugobe and will be re-launching “Pleo” in the near future. Established in 1977, Jetta has focused on manufacturing an extended range of toy, consumer electronics, juvenile, robotic and gift products and is one of the most recognized engineering and OEM companies within the toy industry. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Jetta currently operates five production campuses in Guangdong Province which combined has over 4.5 million square feet of production floor space. At the forefront of the fast-paced toy and robotics industries, Jetta continues to strive for “excellence” and is pleased to add “Ugobe” to its operations.

29 May 2009

Peanut, Dotty and Charlie - New AniMagic Pets

Following the success of Honey my Baby Pony, Vivid Imaginations will be releasing a similar set of household pets at the end of June.

The new range of interactive plush pets is called AniMagic, a range of animals that respond to touch. For dog lovers, there's Peanut My Playful Pup and Dotty my Playful Pup Dalmatian. They each come with their own bone which can be put in their mouth to hear them chomp and bark. Stroking their head will make them move and wag their tail.
If you're more of a cat person, they are also introducing Charlie My Cute Kitten to the collection. Feed Charlie her bottle to hear her slurp and rub her back to see her move her paws, meow and look around.

The range will be released at £44.99 and are suitable for ages 3 and up. Very soon you'll be able to adopt your own at Electronic Pet Shop.
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Related Link: Honey My Baby Pony
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15 May 2009

RSPB Bird Collection with Real Birdcalls!

Electronic Pet Shop now stocks the full range of Electronic RSBP Bird Toys from every series.

Each cuddly bird can be squeezed to activate a genuine recording of the bird's birdcall. Collect all of the birds and in no time you can learn all of the birdcalls. Never again will you have to experience that feeling of utter embarrassment when you got that cuckoo mixed up with a bullfinch.

The RSPB Plush birds are produced by Wild Republic and the RSPB so that every time you adopt a bird from Electronic Pet Shop, a donation is given to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to help endangered species. Each bird comes with its own little booklet so you can educate yourself or a loved one about the new bird in your life. The birds are a perfect gift for bird lovers or anyone that's ever seen a bird and wondered what it was.

The sharpest of you may have noticed a bee in the picture above. Don't worry, we know a bee isn't a bird. The RSPB have also released 7 insects with real buzz. The bugzzz come with their own little booklet and a percentage of the profits are also donated to charity. Even sharper viewers may be able to spot a monkey. We have no explanation for this.

Excited? Well, for any collectors out there we also stock the RSPB bird nest, perfect for anyone wanting to show off your new birds. And you know what they say about the early bird... better get yours now!
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Related Link: RSPB Birds with Real Bird Calls
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03 May 2009

Pekoppa, another success for Sega Toys.

The Sega Toys Pekoppa is a small electronic plant that nods to voices. It is said to have a 'healing' effect and can act as therapy for the lonely. It is well known that communication works better when the participent reacts to your words!

Sega Toys reported in January that, in just three months, it had sold 50,000 units of the Pekoppa. Pekoppa was developed with the help of a Dr. Tomio Watanabe in Japan and is becoming a valued asset of the Japanese household. The company attributes the success of the plant to the epic loneliness of many Japanese.

Know someone who needs a friend? Do you just want to add a bit of greenery to your modern home, why not adopt your Pekoppa now...
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30 April 2009

Possible Extinction for Pleo?

For a short time only, Pleo is available at Electronic Pet Shop for just £179.99 with Free UK delivery.
This month UGoBe Inc, the company that produces Pleo, filed for bankruptcy meaning Pleo the Camarasuarus may go the same way that all the other dinosaurs did…

Pleo the dinosaur is one of the most interactive and lifelike robotic pets available. The baby dinosaur has drew many fans since UGoBe was founded in 2003 by Caleb Chung, the creator of Furby. While Furby sold over 50 million units, the £200 price point proved to be a little too high for Pleo.


UGoBe generated around $19.2 million in 2008 but it sharply dropped in the first three months of 2009. The robotic dinosaur ages to have different personalities and can interact with people through their 38 sensors. Pleo barks, shakes and generally responds like a real pet. With over 200 parts, it is by far the most complicated robotic pet currently available for under £200. The lifelike skin and autonomous behaviour makes it one of the first robots to compete with the likes of the Sony Aibo at a fraction of the price.

After floods of press coverage, Pleo was supposed to be released in 2006 but was delayed due to power problems. After delays, it took an extra year for Pleo to be on general distribution.

After a number of departures in UGoBe and suppliers suing the company for money, it filed for Bankruptcy earlier last month. Chung, who owns around 5% of UGoBe, has moved on and taken over as director of a School in Idaho.

What does all this mean for Pleo? Unless a toy supplier takes over the manufacturer of Pleo, it will stop being produced. Thanks to the recession, Pleo the baby dinosaur will be very diffult to get hold of soon.
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22 April 2009

Free UK Postage for orders over £25!

Electronic Pet Shop now offers Free UK standard delivery on all adoptions over £25! Adoptions qualifying for free postage will be sent by Royal Mail 2nd Class postage or DHL for larger packages.
If your order comes to less than £25 or you want your pet a little quicker, no worries. Unlike many online shops, Electronic Pet Shop offer a weight based postage rate meaning that premium postage for small items can cost as little as £1.40.

Electronic Pet Shop delivers to over 50 countries worldwide. Find out more here.

29 March 2009

New WowWee Alive Pets - Press Release

The WowWee Robotics Alive range, released in 2008, capture the technology of Hollywood-Style animatronics and captured our hearts over Christmas selling "over a million worldwide", says Graham Spark, Marketing Director.

The range will be a major focus for the firm this year with an extended line-up
Four new large pets will be available in the Autumn – the WowWee Alive Seal Pup, Husky Puppy, Koala Joey, and Leopard Cub. Each features animated facial and vocal expressions triggered by users' touch and comes with adoption papers and a family portrait. Other products included in the WowWee Alive line are adorable, 8-inch WowWee Alive™ Minis, complete with a feeding bottle the cubs can sense. These WowWee Alive Minis feature touch and tilt sensors triggering soft endearing sounds from snoring to gurgling that indicate the cubs’ various moods.

WowWee has also unveiled a new line of pajama pals, the WowWee Alive™ Sleeping Cuties™ pets. These adorable sleepy pets are perfect to cuddle up with for a nap. Featuring lifelike fur, a poseable head, and their very own blankets, the WowWee Alive Sleeping Cuties pets make gentle slumbering sounds, have animated eyes, and curl up into a cozy, napping position when you pet them. The WowWee Alive Sleeping Cuties pets come in four varieties: Labradoodle Puppy, Beagle Puppy, Cinnamon Persian Kitten, and White Persian Kitten.

The robotic animal sector is currently dominated by Hasbro's FurReal line, but Spark believes WowWee can compete and actually has a superior product. "We feel there is room for a good strong number two," adds Spark. "We're probably more expensive but the quality of the plush is better and there's the whole tactile side to it."

The plan is to link the WowWee Alive brand up with a conservation group. Each animal will donate a percentage of its profits to an endagered animal. A TV campaign will run from August through to November.

Electronic Pet Shop is the only online store in the UK where you can choose from all four Alive Cubs - Lion, White Tiger, Panda and Polar Bear. The high realism of the cubs is what makes them so lovable. Intricate details such as a backbone and blinking eyes make it very easy to believe that you have a real endangered cub in your arms.
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Related Link: WowWee Robotics Alive Cubs
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20 March 2009

Spring is Here.. Finally!

The snow has cleared and all the bad weather seems to have evaporated into blue skies and new seedlings. There's still a little nip in the air but what does it all mean? It means spring is finally here after what feels like a year of gloom.
To celebrate the first day of Spring and the oncoming Easter celebrations Electronic Pet Shop has started an Easter Section of all our Springtime Electronic Pets. Electronic animals are much less fattening than chocolate, so perfect as present for Easter.
Do you know someone who loves plants? Why not get them an Electronic Plant. A hassle free way to make a tribute to greenery; the Flip Flap uses only solar power to move. The flip flap is an attractive plant in various pot colours that requires no water or batteries. Simply sit it on your windowsill and watch it flap merrily away.

If you'd like a more complicated potted plant why not adopt a Pekoppa? Pekoppa is a plant imported from Japan that responds to your voice with silent nods of aggreement. Telling your problems to a plant may seem like madness but can be a theraputic way to get rid of your worries.

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RSPB birds are a great way to learn about the different birdcalls. I never knew what a Hoopoe sounded like but now I can instantly tell if I hear one. Hoopoes are very rare in this country though, so it isn't very often! There are loads of different birds to collect and each one comes with information about the bird. You can even buy a nest to hold your birds, perfect for the bird lover.

For a more realistic bird, you can now adopt the Sega Toys Cockatoo or Canary. New in from Japan, the lifelike bird will open its beak and call when you pet its back. The Sega Toys birds are a perfect touch of nature for the modern household.

Electronic Pet Shop has a wide range of FurReal Friends Newborns. The FurReal Friends pets are lifelike animals that respond in various ways when they are stroked. New in are the Springtime Honey Bear, Dalmatian, Piglet, Chipmunk and Chimp. Perfect to keep the kids entertained or for the collector.

Get ready for some fun in Spring! You can even personalise your new animals with a free adoption package that includes a keyring with the owner's and pet's name, factsheet and collectable badge.

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19 March 2009

Pekoppa the Japanese Healing Plant!

It's a common theory that the household plant loves to listen to you talk. There have been many investigations into the theory and while results have come back saying that it aids in growth.... there is no actual hard evidence. Until now.

The Sega Toys Pekoppa is a potted electronic plant imported from Japan. In today's busy, frustrating and fast-paced society, sometimes we just need someone to lend an ear to us. Plants don't answer back, interrupt or judge you. The Little Healing Pot Plant is always there for you. It'll respond to your voice with lifelike leaf and stem movements as it bends, sways and nods, reacting to your voice. If real plants could move, this is exactly how they'd do it!
Pekoppa was developed with the help of a Dr. Tomio Watanabe in Japan. At first glance, the little pot plant looks real. However inside its stem lurks cutting edge technology in the form of high-tech material. The "muscle wires" become stiff to extend and contract silently when electrical currents are passed through them, creating fluid, lifelike movement.

Pekoppa aids with relaxation, de-stressing, expressing feelings and sharing secrets or worries. Speak to it whenever you want, and it'll respond with a mixture of casual and hearty nods offering agreement, comfort or sympathy depending on your voice tone. The more you talk to it, the more it seems to understand you.

We're not suggesting you should throw away all your household plants yet, but lets face it - when was the last time your Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant) really gave you any feedback on all your hard work? What's more, the Pekoppa makes a great easter gift for the green fingered wannabee!
To find out more about Pekoppa Click Here.

06 March 2009

FurReal Biscuit wins Girls Toy of the Year Award

Experiencing the hype over Christmas it's not much of a surprise that the FurReal Friends Biscuit My Lovin' Pup won the girl's toy of year award. Biscuit, the animatronic dog, was following in hoof-steps of Butterscotch the Pony, which was the TRA's Innovative Toy of the Year for 2006.
We have found that as much as electronics and robotics are exciting for boys, they only need to be converted in plush to be made appealing to girls. The FurReal range is especially appealing to girls at allows them to own dream pets. Butterscotch and Biscuit both have another thing in common - the scale to start creating real excitement.

The brand managers for Girls Toys at Hasbro commented "Hasbro are delighted with the TRA Award for FurReal Biscuit, My Lovin' Pup. The award is a testament to Hasbro's innovative toy development. 2009 will continue to see the brand evolve with the introduction of Zambi The Baby Elephant and Lulu My Cuddlin' Kitty from FurReal."

The FurReal Biscuit Dog will be making a national comeback at Christmas 2009. In the meantime, they can be found in the Dog Pound at Electronic Pet Shop.

03 March 2009

Facebank Japanese money box

Every so often, a new pet comes along that is as weird as it is wonderful. Forget Facebook, meet Facebank, the japanese imported moneybox which loves to chew on your loose change.
On first appearence the Face bank may look like what nightmares are made of. A thin latex skin stretched over a number of electronic muscles which moves when it gets a whiff of a coin. The monkey like face on a wall may seem creepy at first, but once you've become accustomed to it it becomes irresistible and is a sure way of helping you save money. You've got to admire how realistic the chewing is and at around 10cm high it makes a perfect companion for your desk top.

Facebank comes in a range of colours and makes for a very unique present for lovers of the bazarre. The Facebank is of course harmless and will not try to attack you when you're asleep. It can be found in the Side Alley at Electronic Pet Shop or Here.

26 February 2009

Moving & Grooving Snake Speakers - 50% Off RRP

Everyone remembers the popular Movin' & Groovin' Flowers by Commonwealth toys. Ninties-esque flower speakers which moved and grooved to your tunes. Just like real flowers, they had sunglasses and little handbags...
Not as many people have heard of the Movin' & Groovin' Snake Speakers also by Commonwealth. While they weren't as well known, we think that on the whole they are better made and much, much less girly... Perfect for any snake lovers or anyone who needs to overcome their fear...
This groovy snake speaker comes with its own 3.5 mm jack connector for any of your multimedia devices. It doesn't require pluging in as it is battery powered. This makes it more portable and means it can be used outside. Just crank up the volume and enjoy the snake grooving to the beat. It can also be used as a stand alone speaker. For a portable speaker of its size, the sound quality is very clear and will liven up any desk space.

The Snake Speaker Retails at £29.99 but is sold at the Electronic Pet Shop, from just £14.99. As with all of the pets adopted you can add all the details about the new owner and personality of the pet to receive a Free personalised adoption package. To Find out more about the Snake Speaker, Click Here.

21 February 2009

18 February 2009

Playskool Kota the Triceratops - Price Reduction!

For a limited time only, Electronic Pet Shop has reduced the price of the Kota ride-on triceratops to just £259.99 - That's a saving of £40! The full-sized Kota has now been discontinued in the UK and with the introduction of the Kota & Pals hatchlings from Playskool, Kota will soon be in very high demand...

The dinosaur features sophisticated electronics, animatronics and design meaning the baby dinosaur springs to life, creating a magical experience for preschoolers. The triceratops features sensors in eleven areas of its body meaning that children can interact with 'hotspots' all over the creature's back and face. Kota loves being stroked on its tail and horns and will give a friendly roar or move its head towards you.

As with every pet adopted at the Electronic Pet Shop, Kota the Triceratops comes with its own personalised adoption package!
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Electronic Pets Ltd are Twittering

Electronic Pets has joined twitter. Our twitter homepage can be found at http://twitter.com/electronicpets.

For anyone that hasn't joined the Twitter Phenomena, it's an online social network to follow others and find out what they are doing, and thinking, during the long days.

We have installed applications on all of our computers so that we can easily update you on what's happening at our offices.
Why not give it a try? http://www.twitter.com/

17 February 2009

Rock with Hasbro's I-DOG Brand - Press Release

PAWTUCKET, RI – February 13, 2009 – Every dog has its day, and this one belongs to the I-DOG Interactive Musical Companion. In 2009, Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) is unleashing several new music-playing pals into its popular I-DOG collection of speakers with personality.

This year, the already popular I-DOG SOFT SPEAKER will be available in a fabulous new colors and designs including pink, purple and white. This spring, you can also jam to your favorite tunes with the adorable I-TURTLE, a rockin' reptile addition to the I-DOG line.

I-DOG PLUSH PUPPY
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 09) The I-DOG PLUSH PUPPY pet can be your best friend! A smaller version of the I-DOG SOFT SPEAKER, this cuddly, pint-sized pup is always ready to rock. When plugged into any MP3 player (not included), the I-DOG PLUSH PUPPY will broadcast rockin' tunes. Available in a variety of colors, the I-DOG PLUSH PUPPY also features the classic I-DOG color dot representation on its face. No batteries required.

I-TURTLE
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 09) I-TURTLE Interactive Music Companion is the newest member to the popular I-DOG family and this adorable turtle is one rockin' reptile! Simply place their pal in front of a speaker or plug it into the headphone jack of any hand-held music system and get ready to rock. I-TURTLE sways its head side to side, taps its foot and moves its shell up and down as it flashes an array of colorful LEDs, all to the beat of the music. Plug your hand-held music systems directly into I-TURTLE and music will broadcast through a built-in speaker. I-TURTLE is compatible with most portable music devices (not included) and comes complete with a dual jack. Requires 3 "AAA" batteries, included.

i-Dog TurtleI-DOG SOFT SPEAKER
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $34.99) Cuddle up and rock out with the I-DOG SOFT SPEAKER pet. Available in a variety of fabulous colors, simply plug an MP3 player directly into this dog and music will broadcast through a built-in speaker. Just like the original I-DOG, this puppy features the signature array of colorful LEDs located on its face which will light up as I-DOG SOFT SPEAKER plays your favorite tunes. I-DOG SOFT SPEAKER is compatible with most portable music devices (not included). Requires two "AA" batteries, included.
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Source: Hasbro - Released 13/02/2009 11:32
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13 February 2009

New Generation of i-Dog - The i-Dog Dance!

The i-Dog dance has joined the Electronic Pet Shop! i-Dog World is a series of electronic pets that plug into your music player and act as a dancing speaker and interactive pet. i-Dog Dance was released in the USA at the end of 2008 by Tiger Electronics as a new addition to the i-Dog series. Upgrades to the pet include new dance moves and a touch sensitive face.

Multicoloured LED lights appear on the Dog's face to the beat of your music and it will tap its paw along to the music. The new dance moves includes the ability to stand on its hind legs and "twist" to the music.

The i-Dog Dance's touch sensitive face obeys eight different commands. You can even run your fingers over either side of its face to make DJ scratching noises. Available in black and white, the i-Dog Dance is on sale at the shop for £39.99.
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Hasbro's Official list of FurReal Friends 2009 - Press Release

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – February 13, 2009 - In 2009, Hasbro, Inc.'s (NYSE: HAS) FurReal Friends line, the #1 selling Special Feature Plush brand for 4-8 year olds(Source: The NPD Group / Consumer Tracking Service, YTD 2008 through November), once again delivers the amazing “wow” factor that kids have come to expect with the introduction of LULU, MY CUDDLIN’ KITTY pet. As the newest member of the FurReal Friends family, LULU, MY CUDDLIN’ KITTY is a fun-loving feline that preens, cuddles, and mews just like an actual kitty, making her the most realistic cat to join the brand.

Since its 2002 debut, Hasbro’s FurReal Friends brand has offered children loveable plush electronic toys that “come to life” and provide realistic, nurturing animal experiences. In 2006, Hasbro introduced the popular FURREAL FRIENDS BUTTERSCOTCH PONY, a classic 'dream toy' for girls -- a virtually real pony that girls can love and care for, which became one of the biggest hits of the holiday season. Squawkers McCaw the FurReal Friends Parrot followed in 2007 and FurReal Friends Biscuit, My Lovin' Pup, one of the most talked about toys of 2008, continued to deliver the magical play experiences that have become synonymous with the brand.

LULU, MY CUDDLIN’ KITTY
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $54.99/Available: Fall 09)The FurReal Friends brand launched in 2002 with the introduction of a lifelike cat and this fall, the brand returns to its roots with the introduction of LULU, MY CUDDLIN’ KITTY pet, the most realistic feline to join the family. The "purr-fect" pet for little girls, LULU, MY CUDDLIN’ KITTY pet features soft white and marmalade fur and preens, cuddles, and mews just like a "real" kitty cat. LULU, MY CUDDLIN’ KITTY loves to snuggle; gently rub her back and she will “purr" and "meow" to show that she is happy. Once she's relaxed, LULU will roll over onto her back, indicating it’s time to have her tummy rubbed. Just like a "real" cat, LULU preens as she "licks" her little paw, then lifts it up to clean her adorable face. Requires four “C” batteries, included.
FurReal Lulu KittyFURREAL FRIENDS LIL' PATTER PUP
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 09)The FurReal Friends brand has gone to the dogs with the introduction of the LIL' PATTER PUP pet. This perky little pup cannot wait to get moving! The LIL' PATTER PUP pet loves to walk around and wag his tail. Show him his bone and he will sniff it and then make eating noises! The LIL' PATTER PUP pooch loves to be petted and will respond to touch by walking and barking happily. Pet lovers can choose between two types of puppies - an adorable auburn Pomeranian or a loveable tan, white, and grey Shih Tzu. Each puppy is sold separately. Requires three “AAA” batteries, included.

FURREAL FRIENDS CUDDLE CHIMP
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 09)FurReal Friends' Cuddle Chimp pet is sure to bring lots of laughs and love to children this fall. This realistic-looking chimpanzee loves snuggle and cuddle - give him a hug and he hugs you back! After being “fed” from his banana bottle or stroked along his back, Cuddle Chimp lets kids know he is ready for a hug by stretching out his arms. When hugged, the adorable chimpanzee snuggles into his owner’s arms and makes "real" happy chimp sounds. Cuddle Chimp loves to be tickled - but watch out, as this loveable chimp will go bananas by clapping his hands and crying out excitedly with baby chimp noises. Requires three “C” batteries, included.

FURREAL FRIENDS LUV CUB PANDA
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 09)Cuddly and cute with arms open wide for a hug, children will love to snuggle and play with the FurReal Friends' Luv Cub Panda pet. This adorable black and white panda bear loves to be held and makes "real" bear sounds to show his delight. Give him a “bear hug” and he’ll give a hug right back! FurReal Friends Luv Cub Panda loves to play peek-a-boo and will move his arms up to his face to cover his eyes. FurReal Friends Luv Cub Panda comes complete with a “bottle” that he loves to slurp up, but be careful, if you “feed” him too much, he’ll get the hiccups! Requires three “C” batteries, included.
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Source: Hasbro - Released 13/02/2009 11:32
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Pets with Pulling Power

With less than two weeks until Valentine's Day, it's time to start thinking about what to get for that special someone in your life. An electronic pet makes an original and fun gift that won't be forgotten in a hurry. Here we have a select few electronic pets from our range, which would be perfect for Valentine's Day:
We also have a great value Gift Wrap service. Your pet will be carefully wrapped in quality paper and tied with a ribbon, and you can even include a hand-written gift tag at no extra cost. This is excellent for lazy or time-challenged people, or those who just can't get the hang of the whole present wrapping thing. It's also great if your loved one is not nearby; why not get it sent directly to them, all wrapped up nicely ready to open. We've just introduced a new Love Heart design especially for Valentine's Day.

Your fail-proof guide to a hassle-free Valentine's Day:

1 - Select an electronic pet at http://www.electronicpetshop.com/
2 - Enter the owner's name, and choose the pet's name and favourite things, to get your free unique personalised Adoption Package. Find out more here.
3 - Choose 'Love Heart' gift wrap and enter a personal gift tag message.

And hey presto, you have a completely original and personalised Valentine's Day package that is sure to be adored.

12 February 2009

Hasbro releases 'Kota and Pals', electronic pet dinosaurs for 2009 - Press Release

Toy Fair 2009
PAWTUCKET, R.I.--Hasbro, Inc. Comes to Toy Fair ’09 with a powerful and versatile portfolio of brands with a focus on providing unique forms of entertainment for children and families at a great value. The following pets are new to the Kota and Pals Electronic Pet Range.

Kota and PalsKOTA & PALS MONTY REX Dino
(Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $74.99/Available: Fall 09)
Preschoolers will delight in the awesome animated MONTY REX dinosaur. Standing over 15-inches tall, this lifelike dino not only moves its head, tail, and arms, but also actually walks. Toddlers can enjoy fun filled adventures with this realistic T-Rex pal that responds to touch, roars back when spoken to, and dances along to four engaging onboard songs.

Kota Pals Monty Rex Dinosaur

KOTA & PALS HATCHLINGS
(Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99-$16.99/Available: Spring 09)Preschoolers will want to collect all of the adorable HATCHLINGS dinosaurs! For the first time, dino-loving tots can have their very own newborn T-Rex, Pterodactyl, Hadrasaur, Stegosaurus, Brontosaurus or Triceratops as a playful pet. The HATCHLINGS dinosaurs respond to touch with a variety of lifelike movements and prehistoric sounds, and each comes with a fun dino fact card. Requires three "AAA" batteries, included. Each sold separately.

KOTA & PALS STOMPERS DINOSAURS
(Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 09) With exciting movements and lifelike sounds, these walking dino pals are sure to become toddler's best friend. Push a sensor on the dinosaur's back to see it "come to life!" The lively triceratops stompers pal marches and throws its head back, and the adorable anklysaurus stompers dino swings its tail as it stomps forwards. Each realistic, roaring dinosaur friend is sold separately. Requires three “AA” batteries, included.
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Source: Hasbro - Released 11/02/2009 10:00
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10 February 2009

Hasbro, Inc. Launches PROJECT ZAMBI for Children Orphaned by AIDS in Africa - Press Release

PAWTUCKET, RI, February 10, 2009 – Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) announces the launch of PROJECT ZAMBI, a global cause initiative dedicated to raising awareness and supporting programs that help care for the estimated 15 million children who have been orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

This latest initiative, which was employee driven, complements the work Hasbro conducts in the U.S. and around the world in helping children in need through the Hasbro Children’s Fund and product donations. In 2008, Hasbro impacted approximately six million children through its charitable programs and product donations.
To bring PROJECT ZAMBI to life, Hasbro will introduce ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT, a special edition FURREAL FRIENDS plush toy. ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT will be available this fall in Australia; Canada; Germany; France; Spain; the United Kingdom; and the United States.

“Hasbro has long understood the important role our company, and our employees can play in helping to address critical children’s issues in the United States and around the world,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s President & CEO. “PROJECT ZAMBI will raise awareness and funding for this important initiative, providing hope for children in need in Africa while reinforcing Hasbro’s ongoing commitment to children and families everywhere.

ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT (Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available Fall 09) features soft and cuddly ears and feet that are covered in a special fabric pattern designed by boys and girls from Zambia in one of the communities dedicated to caring for children orphaned by AIDS. Like the other animals in the FURREAL FRIENDS line of “come to life” plush pets, when you play with ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT, he will play, blow kisses, raise his trunk, and trumpet his elephant call. He’ll also have a sensor on his trunk, so he can hold onto your finger and “shake” your hand.

Hasbro has committed to donate a minimum of $500,000 (in U.S. dollars) to the PROJECT ZAMBI Fund, part of the Hasbro Children’s Fund, in 2009. This fund will benefit programs that help make life better for children orphaned by AIDS in Africa. The company hopes to expand this global campaign to include additional Hasbro products and brands in the years to come.

Hasbro employees developed the PROJECT ZAMBI concept after being inspired by the Chikumbuso Women’s and Orphans’ Project in Zambia. For a number of years the Hasbro Children’s Fund has supported programs in Zambia that assist children in need.
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Source: Hasbro - Released 10/02/2009 11:32
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02 February 2009

WowWee Alive Animals

In 2008 WowWee Robotics released 'Alive pets,' a new range of electronic animals. There are four Alive pets in the range; a Lion, Polar Bear, Panda and White Tiger.

The WowWee Alive pets are quite similar to the FurReal Luv Cubs and Jungle Cats but are more interactive and highly realistic. The pets all make different sounds and respond to motion and touch.
You can't ignore the similarities between the two ranges. Even the tag lines 'If it's not FurReal, it's not For Real' and 'So Real it's Unreal' seem to hold a clear resemblence. The WowWee animals are slightly more expensive than the equivilant FurReal Friends but well worth the extra. They retail at £49.99 but will undoubtably go up in price when the range gets discontinued. Hopefully the new competition for Hasbro will encourage new ranges of realistic pets with more features.

The Alive Panda and White Tiger were Exclusives but have now been released for general distribution. Electronic Pet Shop are currently the only place where you can choose from all four Alive Pets. To celebrate, for a short time we have reduced the price of the WowWee Lion and Polar Bear to £39.99. As always, this will include a free adoption package if you select the details.

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01 February 2009

New Teksta Robotic Pets!

Electronic Pet Shop now stocks Teksta Newborn Monkey! Teksta Newborn Monkey is the latest in the Teksta line and is available at the same price as the Teksta Newborn Dalmatian.

The Teksta Newborns come in at £24.99 which is quite a difference from the Teksta Playful Pup. The newborns are perfect for a younger child who wants a Teksta but probably lacks the attention needed for the larger dog.

Unlike the playful pup, the newborns only move in one direction and cannot avoid objects. However, do not let this put you off. The newborns have most of the same features as the larger Teksta including the ability to 'sense' your hand when it is near. In a similar way to the playful pup, it can also be controlled with the included remote control.

Children will also appreciate the mood changes of the monkey. Most of all, the newborn is perfect for someone who loves robots but doesn't want a dog. If only it was legal to keep a real monkey...

Teksta Animals

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31 January 2009

New FurReal Friends for 2009

The Hasbro stand at the Toy Fair in London showed a range of new FurReal pets. Fans will be pleased to hear that limited supplies of the FurReal kittens should be making a comeback sometime this year along with the Cuddle Chimp.
For Christmas 2009 we see the introduction of Lulu My Cuddlin' Kitten, Zambi the Elephant and the Newborn Black and White Guinea Pig.

Hasbro claim that Lulu will be more interactive than the White Cat but unfortunately will not sit up. Instead, Lulu will be able to roll over to let you pet her tummy and will take time out to lick herself. It's nice that the makers took the time to think about hygiene.

Zambi the Elephant will also be making an appearance Christmas 2009. While the demonstration Elephant was not fully working it was able to raise its trunk. When its trunk is stroked Zambi is able to grasp your finger with its trunk and give you a kiss. Zambi is one of the medium sized FurReal Friends and comes in at a retail price of £39.99. Hasbro will be donating 50% of all profits from the elephant, a minimum of $500,000, to a charity in Zambia. 'World Vision' is a charity that benefits children who have lost parents to aids. More about Hasbro children's fund can be found here.
The elephant is being sold for a really good cause and it will be interesting to see how popular the elephant is as one of the only non-household pets available from the range.

The FurReal Newborn range increases in size this year but as always, is a little unpredictable. In spring and summer the sets are said to include a marmalade kitten, chocolate labrador, dalmatian, lamb, piglet, chipmunk, panda and chimp. In Autumn and Winter the range will also include Beagle Pup, Calico Kitten, Honey Bear and Polar Bear. The much loved FurReal Guinea Pig released in the early millenium also sees a comeback in the later part of this year in a new colour.

Unfortunately, due to issues in the far east the FurReal Range will see an increase in prices in 2009. As always, we will attempt to keep the pets reasonably priced so they are affordable to all of our customers.
Zambi Elephant

FurReal White Cat - Back in Stock!

Electronic Pet Shop have come accross a limited supply of FurReal white cats!
Those that are familiar with the FurReal range will no doubt know the playful cat very well. It is one of the most popular electronic pets in the range and has been shown to make especially good company for the elderly and young children. With 5 sensors, including movement detection, the cat looks and sounds extremely realistic.

When it was first released, the Sega cat was available at an RRP of around $200 in Japan. After being released in the US and UK the cat went to a much more reasonable price of £49.99. However, the FurReal cat was discontinued in 2006 and has been much sought after ever since, reaching prices of up to £100 on auction websites.
FurReal White CatThe FurReal cat can currenly be purchased from Electronic Pet Shop for £49.99.

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New Electronic Pet Blog

Welcome to the new Electronic Pet Shop blog. Here you can read all the latest news about Electronic Pets including FurReal Friends, Takara Tomy, WowWee Robotics and even Furby to name just a few!

We have big plans this year to help improve information about electronic pets on the internet. There are many reasons to adopt an Electronic Pet; they help teach responsibily to children, make great company for the elderly and can educate people about keeping real pets. Some people even buy electronic pets just for fun!

With the current economic climate, many people are now purchasing electronic pets as a cost and hassle free alternative to purchasing a real animal. Keeping a real pet is a huge decision and should not be done on an impulse... However, Electronic Pets can be just a bit of fun!

This is a temporary blog to document all the latest news about our shop and new pets available. In the meantime, you can purchase a wide range of pets from our shop. Just click here!
 
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