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So let’s get started by addressing the elephant in the room: this isn’t a Zoomer! Well, it is in name, but if you’re expecting something along the same lines of Zoomer Puppies, Zoomer Dino, or Zoomer Kitty, then you’re going to be in for a pretty big shock. Zoomer Hedgiez, which are Zoomer’s hedgehog offering (they’ve definitely got a bit of a menagerie going on now), are more in line with the Zoomer Chomplingz than anything else. The big differentiation here coming because of the very major lack of wheels.

Wheels or not, the Zoomer Hedgiez toys (there’s 4 of them to choose from) do look good, I can’t deny that. They come in various shades of blues, purples, and pinks, and have some pretty intricate designs on them, especially in their fur, which does make them look great. Not realistic, of course, but vibrant, certainly, and exactly what kids want. As an electronic pet, it probably falls somewhere between a Furby and the WowWee CHiP, being a bit more pet-like than a Furby, but not quite as advanced as CHiP.

 

What Does it Do?

If you’re somewhere around my age (but let’s keep that quiet, shall we?), then no doubt you remember that classic ‘Fantastic Puppy’ that walked, barked, and rolled over. You know the one I’m talking about. Well, while it’s not really fair to compare that to the new Zoomer Hedgiez, there’s definitely a bit of a similarity there; there’s the same ‘backbone’ if you will. The highlight of the Hedgiez is their ability to somersault just like these puppies, but newer technology brings a new level of interaction here.

The big difference between the Zoomer Hedgiez and the old somersaulting toys is sensors. The Zoomer Hedgiez have sensors in both the head and the belly, and they’re reasonably sensitive which makes it easy to interact with these things. The Hedgiez will respond and react to pressure on these sensors, either through movements or audible output, so there’s a cause and effect thing going on which is ideal for kids. It’s educational, as well as boosting interaction. This isn’t just a piece of plastic. It’s a toy.

 

Any Good?

Whether the Zoomer Hedgiez are ‘good’ really depends on what you’re looking for. There’s two aspects that have really stood out to me, and that’s the price, and the age recommendation. If you’re looking for an affordable electronic pet, then you’re going to be hard pushed to find one as cheap as the Zoomer Hedgiez, which retails for anywhere between £30 – £50 depending on the exact model you want. That’s pretty decent for a Spin Master toy as they’re a massive brand. You’d also find it hard to find another electronic pet that’s designed for kids as young as 4, with many alternatives actually aimed at older kids.

But I can flip this on its head, too. The lower pricing and the preschool-friendly nature mean the Zoomer Hedgiez are somewhat limited when you look at other pets like the FurReal Friends for example, or even some of the other pets in the Zoomer range. It’s an ‘entry level’ pet, so if you’re looking for something to keep an older child entertained, or even something that you can have a little play with yourself, the Zoomer Hedgiez may just be a touch too tame. This is the petting zoo of toys, not the safari park!

What’s in the Box

  • Zoomer Hedgiez toy

Zoomer Hedgiez
Design81%
Usability82%
Fun83%
Addictability82%
82%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (4 Votes)
56%