A few years ago, I can remember the only toy the girls is Beansy's class played with were ZhuZhu pets. I remember thinking myself lucky that as I had two boys who were only interested in soldiers, star wars and lego that I had got the long straw as all the annoying squeaking was by passing our house.
How wrong was I?! This was a trend that is set to stay and with the introduction of the Kung Zhu range which was quite clearly aimed at boys, my boys are also well and truly hooked.
Pixie got her first Zhu Zhu last year and I have to admit that they do all play nicely together and so when we were asked to review the latest range Zhu Zhu Pets Safari I knew it was going to be a hit in our house.
We were sent a play set and Wharton the mouse to review and the kids immediately went and got the rest of the zhu zhu family to join in the fun. It was very easy to assemble and like all play sets, it gives you the option to link up to other play sets which means that you can create all sorts of play adventures. In our opinion, it really is better to have this linked up to other sets as it means the pets can really explore.
The kids commented:
"This is really good but why is it only babies that can go down the slide and on the monkey swing?"
This is true. Half of the playset is only suitable for zhu zhu babies which of course is a great marketing ploy by the company for you to buy more product - this actually really annoys me (and lots of other parents I know and I really think that companies should do their research into what parents really want as it puts parents of buying from these brands).
Fortunately we had some babies that were able to participate in the play and the kids have spent a long time with their pets in the jungle play set.
Value for money: 8/10
Durability: 7/10 (feels flimsy but has actually lasted very well with my 3!)
Peace and Love