Manufacturer: Spin Master
Manufacturer Description: Bring home your PURRfect friend with Zoomer Kitty! She’s the sweetest interactive Kitty who loves to play, pounce and purr! Using True Vision Technology, she follows your movements. As you play, her eyes will change color letting you know exactly how she’s feeling. Zoomer Kitty has touch sensors in her head, ears, and cheeks and she loves when you pet her. She’ll nuzzle in, and even respond with affectionate purrs that you can actually feel! After you’ve discovered Kitty’s softer side in Cuddle Mode, get ready for some fun in Play Mode. Kitty sings, dances, and performs secret tricks! You can tease her with her interactive Kitty Toy and watch her go cap-nip crazy, following it as you play! But don’t forget to give her attention or Kitty will wander off and go on her own adventures. Zoomer Kitty is curious, cuddly and loves to perform tricks. Adopt the kitty that’s full of life with Zoomer Kitty, your PURRfect friend!
Even as toddlers it seems that most of us have – at least in one form or another – an affinity for animals… even mechanical ones. As toddlers, though, those animals must not only provide unconditional love and hours of play time, but also equal parts durability and sensibility. With these thoughts in mind, Spin Master has taken what was once a simple “walk straight, flip over, repeat” toy and turned it into something quite special with its newest feline friend, Zoomer Kitty. The kitty itself is fairly straightforward; Spin Master has smartly foregone the idea of realistic “fur” of any kind, instead just creating the illusion of feline fluffiness with a robotically cute face and features.
The kitty has several interactive features, all of which can be manually prompted at any time, and each of these sees the kitty cuddling, playing, sleeping, pouncing, or performing a trick. The interactive response times are both quick and accurate, but one detractor is the fact that at large distances – 10 to 12 inches or greater – the kitty suffers from out of range lag. So while; yes, one is purchasing a robotic pet and all the electronic wonder that comes with that pet, the assumption that said pet will be able to wander aimlessly around the house when it’s not playing with a child is inaccurate. Another aspect that takes some catnip away from kitty is that the toy’s energy level seems to fall off at the 30 minute mark. This leads to a series of perpetual charging, playing, charging, and playing which; while good for a child’s attention span and a healthy pause from the gadget, could lead to fussing and fits while kitty inanimately charges. On a side note, and maybe this is just me, but the choice of giving the kitty red eyes while it’s charging is oddly ominous. It seems that this kitty can get quite evil when it’s run down. And while the eye color changes to a pleasant green when kitty is fully charged, perhaps blue would have been a better hue for a drained kitty.
Aside from the hefty $99.00 and up price tag – a tag that is hardly ever reminiscent of a toddler’s toy – the only other consideration with the Zoomer is the fact that the more convenient wall charger is sold separately. More important still, though, is the fact that Spin Master does not actually sell this part separately, one must find an aftermarket charger for this process. There are several out there, but at the time of this review I did not have one available for evaluation. It seems Spin Master might be passing up quite a few sales without a compatible wall charging solution for the kitty, but with many outlets now affording USB slots built in the assumption is that the company took this aspect into account. So with technology that even comes in tabby that’s anything but shabby Spin Master’s Zoomer Kitty is sure to top the nice list this Christmas season.
Zoomer Kitty Features:
Zoomer Kitty has touch sensors in her head, ears and cheeks and will nuzzle in when you’re petting her. Pet her gently and you’ll feel her really purr!
Discover Cuddle Mode, Pounce Mode and more! She sings, dances, performs secret tricks and loves to play with and follow her interactive Kitty Toy!
Winner: Gizmodo’s “Best Stuff at Toy Fair 2015” Award (2015)
Zoomer Kitty is made for kids 5+ and charges via USB. USB cable included. Wall charger sold separately.
CHOKING HAZARD – Small Parts, Not for Children under 3 years
1 Zoomer Kitty
1 Kitty Toy
1 USB Charging Cable (wall charger sold separately)
1 Instruction Guide