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23 of 24 found the following review helpful:
Mom & Son Addicted!!! Fun and educational!!!May 30, 2007
"Mom 2 Sweet Southern Boy"
My 6 year old son just received a Webkinz Chihuahua this afternoon for his birthday. He was so excited! This present is from his aunt who is a first grade teacher and mother of two. My son and I filled out the "adoption" information together online, printed out a few really cute certificates and useful information, and we immediately began playing with his Chihuahua and building the virtual world. I think the games fit for a wide variety of ages. We had a blast playing this evening.
*I have to admit I played for another 3 hours once my son went to bed!! I will need to set firm time limits for each of us. Also, I think I need to get my own Webkins!! :-)
32 of 35 found the following review helpful:
Huge webkinz fanMay 17, 2007
Ok, so we have quite a few of the webkinz. This is requested from my 11 year old as what she wants more than anything, she's been begging for months. It holds up as well as the pink poodle which was her first webkinz pet. I personally think the cheeky monkey is the cutest and holds up the best of all the animals. I think the chihuahua is very cute and is most cherished with my 11yo. It's not JUST a stuff animal.
I can't get over how eduactional the online aspect is. We have spent hours as a family on the quizzey's word challenage. My child actually goes to a "job" everyday there. I think the questions are great for the educational games, especially the health. It is a SAFE place for kids to go online!!
Any little girl would love a little dog as a pet!
18 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Webkinz ChihuahuaJun 27, 2007
My daughter's best friend was so happy to receive her Webkinz Chihuahua just as we set out for vacation. She and my daughter played with their Webkinz pups for nearly the entire trip. Both girls, who are 10 years old, love exploring the Webkinz web site and meeting their school friends there.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
The first Chihuahua I've ever met that I liked.Apr 22, 2008
First of all, it's very cute, and my five year old boy is in love with it, and the idea of selling cute stuffed animals that have a second life in a web world for kids is brilliant. But, know what you are getting into when you by one of these.
And before I continue, I just want to say that this is our second Webkinz toy. The actual plush Chihuahua toy is the same size as the others, but the Webkinz "live" version is significantly smaller than the first Webkinz we bought. Even in magnification mode, it's hard to see the features in detail.
First, you'll of course have to get the pet "adopted" on the Webkinz web site. Then, you'll have to study the online user manual for the Webkinz web site because unless your child has a certain reading ability, maybe fourth grade, they won't be able to read it all by themselves.
Then of course, you'll have to teach your child what you learned. You might be with your child for a few hours at this site while you both learn your way around. With a five year old it is going to take a while. Of course, you may view it as a bonding experience, so it's not all bad, but there is a time commitment you make when you get one of these.
Supposedly the age range for Webkinz begins at five, but the skill required to earn enough "Kinz Cash" is beyond most five year olds. So, if your child is very young you'll likely have to sit with him or her at the computer just to navigate various activities on the site, and then go in after your kids are alseep and make more "Kinz Cash" for them yourself. (I just wonder how many thousands of parents there are across the country pounding through quizzes designed for children because these are by far the fastest way to make money for their children to spend in the virtual world of their kid's Webkinz critter.)
Finally, your pet's life is one year on the site unless you buy more Webkinz toys or buy a renewal of your pet at the end of one year. They want to hook you into spending more money. I'm glad these cute little things don't cost too much.
So, now you have an idea of what you are committing to when you buy one of these toys. Good luck!
30 of 41 found the following review helpful:
not as much fun as it claims to beAug 01, 2007
I am less than impressed with the Webkinz toys. The toy itself is simply a stuffed animal so nothing special there. The associated website with games and activities seems like a fun idea, but can be pretty complicated to figure out, and sometimes hard to log onto. When you register your Webkinz toy online, you'll be faced with a scheme designed to make your child beg for more of these toys. It will tell you that your child's toy is "best friends" with one or more other Webkinz, so naturally your child will want those, too. (I'm not that big a sucker, we're sticking with just the one) As I said, the website can be frustrating for children to navigate, so be prepared spend some time trying to help your child figure it out. In addition, the "subscription" to the website expires after a year, at which point you have to pay in order to regain access. They also try to increase interest in certain animals by following the Beanie Baby tactic of "retiring" some of them, and then charging much higher prices. All in all, this seems to be nothing more than another shameless marketing ploy designed to separate us gullible parents from our money.
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