Fingerlings by WowWee is an ideal exemplory case of how robotics and toys could be paired perfectly together. Designed for children ages five or more. Fingerlings, popular series launched by WowWee launched in 2017 as some small, colorful, and incredibly lifelike little monkeys. Retailing for only $15.99, these were collectable and affordable which led to them skyrocketing to popularity. As the 2018 year begins, WowWee has plans to expand the line from merely monkeys into unicorns and sloths…with a lot more to come in the near future. Additionally, the monkey figurines are receiving cute updates with impending models to arrive two-tone and glitter options.
Fingerlings are made to have the ability to hang ugly from their tails.
Fingerlings Product Details
Fingerlings are small toys that can grip onto fingers or hands via their arms and tail. As small robots, the Fingerlings are infused with multiple touch-sensors so they know if they are being touched on the top, stomach, or sides. When you hand them ugly and swing them, they state “WEEE!” Fingerlings are also made to appear interested in the world around them. They are highly interactive and even blow kisses and babble and chatter like living creatures.
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Fingerlings come in a range of colors.
Pros and Benefits
Fingerlings are incredibly lightweight and fit easily into your hand, essentially strengthening their “cuddly” aesthetic. The cute sounds these toys emanate are heart-meltingly adorable. The tiny monkey also blinks its eyes, turns its head, and responds to touches on the belly, head, and elsewhere because of touch-sensors which renders it shockingly life-like. Their hands sit in a manner that let them easily grip on your own finger and their curled tails easily hook onto backpacks, hangers, and more. The bright colors and soft patch of hair at the top of their heads, makes the Fingerlings very pleasing to check out which increases the collectability factor. Moreover, the Fingerlings can “converse” with each other when two of these are facing one another. On top of that, they retail for $14.99 and so are therefore very reasonable. The batteries are in the toys, so they will be ready to be played with from the box.
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Cons and Drawbacks
The largest drawback to the Fingerlings is that they come one in a pack which means you have to spend about $30 to see two interact cutely. Their arms and legs are also stationary so, although they are cute and do grip onto things as advertised (as do their tails), their legs and arms otherwise usually do not move which somewhat detracts from the otherwise life-like qualities. Also, they are a bit too delicate to take care of being hit against hard surfaces, so putting them on backpacks could bring about them breaking. They’ll also likely not prosper in heavy rain.
Fingerlings are also available in a Unicorn model.
Fun Additional Ideas
There are plenty of great methods to play with the Fingerlings. Although they include assigned names you might have fun creating your own names and personalities for the monkeys. Moreover, you can create little “jungles” playsets for them out of cardboard, papers, and other found and/or r