Last year, it was Prima Toys’ Furby that made most kids’ Christmas wishlists. This year, it will likely be Xenó and MIP that become the most wanted (and possibly nagged for). I haven’t tried them out yet, but they’re on my review wishlist.
Xenó is a little monster that craves care and attention in the most adorable way. When you give him love and attention, he will respond to your touch and communicate with you. He has more than 40 expressions, and eight responsive sensors so that he reacts and moves to the touch. He comes equipped with a microphone and speaker and has three different modes in which to train him.
Xenó can also interact with others of his species. Place them together and they will soon be chatting happily together. Xenó also has his own app linking you to the Xenó community.
Suitable for kids between 5 and 8, Xenó is available at leading retail outlets for around R1 199.
MiP is a balancing robot that can be controlled using the MIP app on an Android or iOS phone. It’s controlled via hand gestures, and you can get the MIP to dance and roam. You can also stack him with objects to see how many he can carry (he can carry his own bodyweight), plus get him to do tricks. There are also seven game modes.
The MIP is available from leading toy stores for around R1 800.