Zoobles Review

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Zoobles may end up just another flash in the pan, but with 2-packs starting at just under $10 and single-packs going for less than $6, this is one cheap toy trend you that won't dent the holiday gift budget too badly.

If you know a child with Bakugan fever, Zoobles toys (starting at $7, Amazon) looks awfully familiar. For those oblivious to the Bakugan craze, more explanation is needed. Bakugan toys are small balls or cylinders that pop open to become fearsome sci-fi warrior creatures. Zoobles toys, on the other hand, are cute plastic pets that fold into a ball shape and pop open when placed on their magnetized "happitats." Released this fall by SpinMaster, the company that makes Bakugan, Bendaroos, and Magic Beanz, Zoobles toys have made it big with girls in the 5 to 7 age group and are expected to be hot for the holidays. Based on our own Zoobles review, Zoobles proved adorable enough to win "awwwww"s from our child testers, and the moms couldn't resist playing with them once the kids set them down.

Because Zoobles toys are fairly new, Zoobles reviews by users are still somewhat scarce. But overall, the reviews that we found trend positive. One parent posting a review on Viewpoints gives Zoobles a thumbs-up for entertainment value and variety. The toys review goes on to caution, however, that the little ball shape presents a choking hazard to babies and toddlers. A grandparent posting a review on Amazon is not so impressed, noting these small creatures often got stuck in the act of springing open -- something our child testers also encountered during their review.

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Still, like Littlest Pet Shop figurines and My Little Ponies before them, these highly collectible cuties have a way of multiplying. The mother of one of our child testers experienced an onslaught of begging and pleading for Zoobles during a recent toy store outing. She also reports that the 4-year-old brother and 9-year-old sister of our tester clamor for turns with Zoobles.

Zoobles may end up just another flash in the pan, but with 2-packs starting at just under $10 and single-packs going for less than $6, this is one cheap toy trend you that won't dent the holiday gift budget too badly.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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