With Christmas fast approaching now is the ideal time to pop together those wish lists for Santa and discover what your little ones would love to receive this year. Character Options have always had a great variety of interactive products so I wouldn't be surprised if Snuggles My Dream Puppy takes the top spot!
The 'Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy' is aimed at children aged 4+, although I'm sure younger children would also appreciate and be able to use this toy with ease as there aren't any small pieces to worry about. Initially it is set to demo mode within the box, which nicely resembles a pet carrier, but you can set it to 'on' or 'off' with a click of a switch on the back right paw. 4 AAA batteries are required which were included so it was ready to go from the moment the packaging was removed.
As soon as this arrived Minxy was very keen to get it unboxed to play. With a love of animals and a dream of becoming a vet it's a great way for her, or any child, to learn about the importance of pets and how to care for them without the ongoing expense!
Snuggles has 6 play modes and makes over 35 sounds when activated via the nose and mouth buttons or the petting sensors situated on both the head and tummy. It was quite fascinating to see its tummy move to simulate breathing when turned on its side or back, it's eyes open and close when patted and to hear the slurping and burping noises when fed via a bottle.
If you're not keen on getting a real animal, or don't have space for a proper dog, this is a lovely alternative.
Snuggles certainly has the cute factor and it has been well looked after by both Minxy and Jamster over the past few weeks. They really like the fact that there is a space on the tag to write on a name and an adoption certificate to make it even more personal - they decided to call him Spartan after our own poochie!
You can watch Snuggles in action here:
The instructions provided are very informative and describe the different modes, safety precautions and care details. Minxy particularly liked the attention mode where Snuggles will randomly cry out for something so she had to offer love and care to it before being rewarded by secret phrases!
Snuggles has an RRP of £49.99 and is available from a variety of stores including Amazon. It is a great size for younger children at 31cm x 16cm x 30cm and the mechanisms inside means it has some weight to it which aids sitting. If left unattended it will go into sleep mode which is great for saving power too.
So far we haven't found anything negative to say about it!