Zhu-Zhu ZhuFari –
Lion’s Park Playset
*sings* ‘We’re all going to the Zhu tomorrow, the Zhu tomorrow, the Zhu tomorrow, we’re all going to the Zhu tomorrow, and we can stay all day!’
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
(There’s a competition at the bottom too if you scroll down….)
My daughter is completely and utterly obsessed with Zhu Zhu pets, they were top of her Christmas list in fact. With this in mind I pounced on the chance to review the Lion’s Park Playset which is part of the ZhuFari range. Darlek was equally quick to pounce on the package when it dropped through the door.
So, what is it? Well, summarized briefly the Lion’s Park Playset is a jungle style playground for Zhu-Zhu pets and Zhu-Zhu babies. For the Zhu-Zhu babies we have a hamster tube for dashing down, a huge fairground monkey spinny thing to whizz around on, and for the Zhu-Zhu hamsters there’s a pretty pink bridge to cross and a free play area where they can go forwards and backwards and jabber a lot.
I didn’t even know you could get Zhu-Zhu babies until this set arrived, they do look very cute pictured on the box. Unfortunately you don’t get any of those with this which is a shame, I would have loved to have seen how they ‘play’ on the playset. I did however have a Zebra-Zhu-Zhu hamster sent, and my daughter owns two other Zhu-Zhu hamsters so they socialized happily in the free play area and bombed in and out of the ZhuFari set up via the Barbie-esque bridge. To be honest, I do think you need at least one Zhu-Zhu baby to really appreciate this. The Zhu-Zhu Hamsters don’t fit down the tube, and they don’t fit on the monkey either, although that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy spending time in each others company in a jungle setting I suppose?
As for quality, it’s not bad at all. The sturdy plastic fits together reasonably easily (we found it a bit tricky at first, the top bit of the bright yellow lion didn’t attach very easily) and it didn’t randomly fall in bits whilst being played with which is always a good thing. The colours are nice and the kids and I liked the striking african style design too. It does seem a little expensive though I have to say.
I really do have to take issue with one of the statements on the box too: ‘Zhu-Fari animals prance and play in the magical Lion’s Park Playset.’ Right, let’s get this straight, what Zhu-Zhu pets do is gibber strange snatches of music and make odd electronic sneezing noises at each other, whilst going backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards a lot. As for Zhu-Zhu Babies, I haven’t a clue, although I strongly suspect they don’t prance very much.
So, would I recommend the Lion’s Park Playset from the Zhuniverse of Zhu-Fari? I think so, I can’t say for sure without seeing the Zhu-Zhu babies in it as I think it’s primarily designed for them. It certainly looks fun, but I think the full size Zhu-Zhu Hamsters got a little bored of making wierd noises and bumping into each other in the middle bit after a while. If you’d like your very own Baako the Zebra Zhu-Zhu Hamster you can find him HERE for £11.99 and if you want to invest in a Lion’s Park Playset there’s one HERE too for £20 I’d definitely advise buying a couple of Zhu-Zhu babies if you want your kids to make the most of the playset, you can find these little bundles of joy HERE at various prices.
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We were sent a Baako the Zebra Zhu-Zhu pet to release into the wild by Evolution PR, who also sent us the Lions Park Playset. If anyone reading this can translate Zhu-Zhu please feel free to contact me, I’d love to know what the little blighters are waffling on about. Thank you :O)
No other financial reward was given.