I’d like you to meet the Happy’s-A New Interactive Toy Pet from the creators of Zhu Zhu Pets. This line of 8 adorable pets can do tricks like sit, pounce, spin, and play, just like real pets can do. My daughter asked for new crayons, more coloring books, and an inside pet for her birthday. I WASN’T going to go for a live animal in the house (been there-done that), so I found the next best thing, The Happy’s!
You may remember the post from last month when Irina from our blog went to the 2014 Toy Fair, this is where she was first introduced to the Happy’s. There are 8 different pets to choose from. My daughter received this adorable puppy named Chance, a puppy “treat”, batteries, and a chase ball. (FYI-Batteries are not included in general purchases)
Since I was going to give this to my daughter as a birthday gift I pulled it out while she was at school to put the batteries in so it would be ready for instant play when she opened it. I was having a hard time getting it out of the package until I realized it required a small screwdriver to remove it from the cardboard. Then it got a whole lot easier when I grabbed the proper tool.
The Happy’s work through an infrared signal system, which enables your animal to chase a ball or do a trick for you. For this reason it works better if you don’t play with your pet in bright sunlight. You can tell when the accessories are on because an indicator will light up.
Chance came with a “trick” treat that makes him “pounce”. Any treat works with any animal, so the more treats you have the more tricks your animal can do! Each treat enables the pet to do a different trick, such as, wiggle, beg, pounce or chase.
I thought the chase ball was a really fun accessory. It takes 3 AAA batteries which are generally not included. It has 3 modes: Gather mode, Trick Mode, and Sleep Mode. In gather mode you get to watch your pet “find” the ball. Set the chase ball 8-10 feet away from your pet then turn on the ball. Then turn your pet on. Watch as your pet finds the ball and chases it!
When your pet gets close to the ball it will see the trick mode infrared signal and perform tricks-we also have the “pounce” ball. It is fun to watch 1 animal play with the ball, it would be a blast to see several animals going after the ball at one time! When the ball isn’t played with for several minutes it will shut off to save batteries. Here is a quick video of Chance chasing the ball!
The Happy’s are recommended for ages 4 and up. Although it does work on carpet, the Happy’s toy pets work best if they are on hard surfaces. It was finally time for the moment of truth….present time. My daughter opened her gifts, said her thank yous, gave hugs to the guests and then it was time to play. The first thing she wanted to play with was Chance. We turned it on and I could not believe the laughter that was coming from all the kids (ages 4-9). If I would have been really prepared I would have had the video camera rolling. It was priceless! My daughter played with it the rest of the night, slept with Chance, and thanked me several times for the cool new toy pet! I did take a video of our Happy’s pet in action. Check it out here:
The Happy’s are hitting store shelves today, April 4th 2014! They are available starting today at Toys R Us, Wal Mart, Target, Justice, and Radio Shack.
The makers of The Happy’s have offered to give away one of their new pets to one lucky reader. Entry will be easy to do, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to US only and will end on April 11th at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be randomly selected and emailed. They will have 24 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
Congrats to our winner Chattie Hale Hinkle! Chattie, you have been emailed and have 24 hours to reply to that email or a new winner will be chosen. Congrats!
Disclosure: Cj from I love my kids blog received the products mentioned above so I could give an honest review to you and compensation. Regardless of our arrangement all the views posted above are my own and are not influenced by compensation.