Where Can I Buy Shnooks Zuru Toys?! Update
Shnooks, Shnooks, Wherefore Art Thou?
Flickering TV screens from across America have started airing a commercial for a brand new toy called Shnooks. Now, like many American children, my daughter wants a Shnook. She wants one for her birthday, which is next month.
There are twelve different Shnooks: Fershnizzle, Yengo, Woogie, Wawikki, Tweeki, Blizz, Teeki, Oogadoo, Nookoo, Kookajoo, Zazzee, and Shazzabamm, And no, I didn't just make those names up. But, I don't imagine a bunch of suits sitting around a board room table spending hours upon hours, skipping lunch, late nights, ect. coming up with Shnooks character names. But, they're cute. Who wouldn't want a Oogadoo or a Shazzabamm?
Shnooks In Action
Does Any Store Carry Shnooks?
Out of the scanty postings I found for these wild cotton candy-looking fuzzy toys that claim to expand to more than eight times their original size once its sealed package ("Schnubble" as Shnooks.com refers to it) is opened, I found they seem to only be widely carried in New Zealand and the UK.
And so, being the loving parent who wants to please her--probably spoiled--daughter, I did what I always do when looking for further information on a product: I turned to the Internet to see how much one of these must-have stuffed creatures costs. After surfing around a bit online, I found the task to be most unfruitful. Toys "R" Us doesn’t even carry them! Amazon now carry four types of Shnooks, I am happy to report. Their stock is minuscule, but they are there for the purchasing. Ebay is the other only retailer you can turn to. Again, a small supply, but readily available.
Birthplace of the Shnook
New Zealand has had these fuzzy-haired colorful dolls (think Trollz) since 2009 and the UK plucked them up in February, 2011. There is a cute website, complete with theme song and back-story at Shnooks.com. After clicking on a link labeled, “Find Us!”, I found the USA has its own distributor, Zuru.
Shnooks Have Been Spotted!
***So, yes, the ever-enigmatic Shnooks have been found! I received an e-mail from Cathy at "Team Zuru", the US Shnooks distributor. and she wrote that Toys "R" Us is expected to begin selling Shnooks in MID-March, 2011. And Shnooks are at all Walgreens stores now. However, my local Walgreens does not carry the hairy Shnooks, nor are they listed on the Walgreens website. In fact the store manager I spoke with has not even heard that they will be receiving a supply of Shnooks. (She didn't even know what it is.) I checked CVS too, just in case. They don't have Shnooks, either.
According to the Shnooks Facebook account (who isn't on Facebook?), the wacky hair-styling toy has been spotted by some fans near and far at their local neighborhood Walgreens. One buyer was in New Jersey and another in Virginia. Per their postings, however, it appears Shnooks supplies are low and they are quickly flying off the shelves.
Easter this year is April 24, 2011, so only time will tell if there will be enough stock by then to go around. Oh dear, it looks to be that Shnooks will be just as hot as the Cabbage Patch Doll was in 1985.
Opening Shnooks Tweeki
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