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My Meebas Video
My Meebas is a new concept from Mattel which is aimed towards the younger set of kids. It’s a mixture of several things like a virtual pet, games and activities and finally a real plush toy which is the ultimate “reward” that kids get for “looking after” their virtual pet so well. Some say that it is loosely based on the Tamagotchi from Bandai America, which I am inclined to agree with. Having played with My Meebas, I do see some potential of kids liking it because of it’s friendly nature. But I can imagine that the ending would be bittersweet for me when the plush toy pops out (it hasn’t happened yet).

Pros

  • Games and activities keep kids busy
  • Surprise plush toy that pops out is the “grand reward”
  • The LCD screen moves up and down

Cons

  • Animations are not that great on the tiny LCD display
  • Once tube pops open, that’s the end of it

Description

  • My Meebas come in different colors
  • My Meebas retail for approximately $20
  • You can play different games and watch as your Meeba does different things
  • The My Meebas will pop and you get a real plush toy surprise at the end of it all

Guide Review – My Meebas from Mattel

A pink My Meebas arrived for me in the mail the other day. Having heard about it on the grapevine, I couldn’t wait to try it out first hand. By the way, there are four colors of My Meebas, signifying different things like love (pink), friendship (blue), intelligence (purple) and happiness (blue/green), with two more joining in later this year.

The My Meebas are basically a little tube with an LCD screen attached. The screen can be moved up and down – actually it’s pretty cool how this is done. There is a control panel with buttons that can be used to guide the little creature here and there within the screen. You can play games, make the little Meeba do various activities like explore the surroundings and watch as it grows.

The first time the My Meebas grew and changed, my little one burst into tears! She was upset and couldn’t understand why her new little Meeba looked so different. She finally got the picture that the Meeba keeps growing as you keep playing with it.

After playing with the Meeba for a while, it is supposed to pop and a plush toy is supposed to emerge. I’m still waiting for mine to pop. I just hope it doesn’t scare my little one this time around!

The Bottom Line

Now, this is one cool kid-friendly gadget! The Fisher-Price Kid Tough DVD player is just what the name signifies – a rough and tough DVD player which your kids will love. I personally loved the bright colors, the fair-sized screen, the crystal clear sound and the ease of operation. The kids got the hang of the Kid Tough DVD player pretty easily (which shouldn’t surprise me because kids nowadays are tech experts, anyway). The Fisher-Price Kid Tough DVD player was a real hit from the word go! I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a durable DVD player either for the road or for home for your kids.

Pros

  • Rough and tough – nothing happened to it after it was dropped twice
  • Clear picture quality and sound
  • Easy and child friendly usage
  • Rechargeable battery!!!

Cons

  • No headphones included
  • It’s hard to get the kids to stop watching!

Description

  • The Kid Tough DVD player comes with a 3.2″ color screen
  • You can pick up the Kid Tough DVD player in different hues like pink, blue
  • The Kid Tough DVD player plays CDs too
  • The Kid Tough DVD player comes with a rechargeable battery, a charger and a power wall adapter

Guide Review – Fisher-Price Kid Tough DVD Player

As you can probably tell, I’m one happy mom right now. Well, the Fisher-Price Kid Tough DVD player does have something to do with it. After trying out the Kid Tough Mp3 player and the Kid Tough Digital Camera also from Fisher-Price, I think the Kid Tough DVD player is the best of the lot. It’s well designed and the best part is – it’s performance is flawless.

There are a few colored buttons on the front panel with easy to understand symbols which will start, stop and pause the DVD player. You can go to the DVD menu pretty easily with minimal clicks. The headphone jack is at the side, and so is the A/C power input. The sound is pretty clear even without headphones and the volume is adjustable.

I can envision the Kid Tough DVD player being taken along on long car trips or to grandma’s house. It’s a perfect way to keep kids occupied and entertained (asuuming you’re ok with them watching DVD’s). Of course, parental supervision is advised with regards to nature of content watched, but that’s another story… As far as the Fisher-Price Kid Tough DVD player goes, I would definitely go in for this one. It also makes an excellent gift for the holiday season.