This is Xeno, he’s an interactive baby monster who loves to play!
Xeno has been hotly tipped by popular toy store Hamley’s as one of the top ten toys for Christmas 2014 and we were sent our very own for review.
Xeno comes in three different colourways, (all of which have the same play functions) Pacific Blue, Burnt Orange and Ultra Violet which is the one we were sent. Quickly named by Joseph as “Dave” Xeno was welcomed into our family with open arms. He’s made from a soft rubber, the kind that you find on sensory balls and has long floppy ears, big eyes and a little pot belly.
He has over ten different emotions (happy, moody, grumpy, upset, hungry, playful, unwell, thoughtful, disappointed, annoyed, bored and sleepy), forty plus different eye expressions with his clever LCD graphic eyes and will make over eighty different sounds.
Xeno has eight different sensors located around his body (head, mouth, tummy, right hand, left hand, left pawfoot, tail and snot) He has extremely ticklish feet, he likes to be fed, he’ll dance to music but only if he likes it and he also like to burp and trump a lot which the kiddywinks think is hysterical!
If you hold both of his hands Xeno will ask if you “wanna play?” and he’ll play 5 games with you. These include Beat-a-Burp where Xeno will burp a rhythm and you have to copy it by pressing one of his hands. In Catcha-Catcha you simply have to try and put your finger into Xeno’s mouth before he closes it and the kiddywinks favourite Quikk-a-burp where you have to guess when Xeno is going to burp and press his hand at the same time he does, it’s not an easy one!
Just like most interactive toys Xeno has his own free App (available on iTunes and Google Play) which will let you bathe and cook for Xeno. The app is great just by itself as is Xeno but put the two together and you have hours upon hours of fun.
Having had the pleasure of Xeno’s company for a couple of weeks I can see why he’s made it to the top ten Christmas toys list, he’s awesome. Imogen and Joseph have played with him every day since he’s arrived with Imogen running home from school to make sure he’s OK and isn’t hungry. My only advise would be to stock up on good quality batteries (Pound shop ones don’t last long) and a couple of rechargeable sets would probably be best.
There is more information on Xeno on his dedicated website www.xenotoy.co.uk and he’s available from Amazon priced at approximately £79.99.