Mattel sent me a couple of their new Fijit Friends Newbies for review on my dad blog. The Fijit Friends Newbies are musical toys that sing and dance. My six-year old daughter and three-year old son love them. In fact, my little girl loves the Fijit Friends Newbies toy so much that she asked her teacher at school if she could bring the toy to class for show and tell. Isn’t that cute? The Fijit Friends Newbies are available now for $18 (Amazon is currently selling them for $14.49 each). There are eight different characters and colors to choose from (or collect all eight). The new Mattel toys are intended for children ages six and up.
Fijit Friends Newbies is one of those toys that kids are encouraged to nurture. There are three nurture buttons on the little toy. One is at the top of the head for petting. The other two nurture buttons are on the front paws for tickling. The more your kids nurture their Fijit Friends Newbies, the better their singing improves. BTW, you get the Fijit Friends Newbies toy to sing by squeezing their sides. By squeezing the toys, they sing and their ears also move. The ear movements are actually manual, which makes sense because automated movements would drain the battery faster.
The new Fijit Friends Newbies also feature a duet mode. By placing two Fijit Friends Newbies together and pressing their duet button, the two toys will sing different parts of the same song. My kids thought that was pretty neat. And if you have a regular size Fijit Friends toy, the Newbies can make the Fijit Friends dance. Fijit Friends Newbies toys include embedded Sonic Chirp technology that will trigger programmed dancing moves in Fijit Friends.
BTW, Mattel also recently launched a new baby doll line that focuses on developing the nurturing skills of girls aged 2-5. The new dolls have a list price of $21.99. Here’s a description from Mattel:
Little Mommy Princess and the Potty Doll
This spring, Little Mommy shows little girls everywhere that she is the only baby doll that’s Born with Style. In 2011, Little Mommy debuts a whole new look for playtime while celebrating the major milestones of motherhood. Princess and the Potty is the newest addition to the popular baby doll line, emulating the experience of potty training through fun and realistic play. Girls just sit their stylish Little Mommy on her special potty to hear silly sounds and giggly phrases while their doll “goes” potty. Girls can look in the potty to make sure their Little Mommy has finished then “flush” to see the potty go from dirty to clean, complete with realistic flushing sounds. Since Princess and the Potty doll does not drink or get wet, moms won’t have to worry about any messy play. Princess and the Potty doll also comes with sparkly sippy cup and hand sanitizer accessories.