XiaXia Toys Are New Toy Hermit Crab Pets
What are Xia Xia Toys?
Xia Xia Toys are the new release from Cepia-the makers of the infamous Zhu Zhu Pets. Xia Xia (pronounced Sha-Sha) Pets is a series of colorful plastic Crustaceans. Four toy Hermit Crabs for kids (four years and older) to collect, play and dress. Like most toys these days each come with its own 'personality' and accessories too.
Like real Hermit Crabs, the Xia Xia gang also comes with different shells. That's because in real life Hermet crabs look for new shells to live in- as they grow bigger. Each Xia Xia toy comes with an aptly titled ‘Silly Pet’ random plastic blob or shell shapes. Each toy crab comes with 2 shells and there are another 12 to collect.
Xia Xia Pets Names
The Xia Xia Toys names are the names of islands in the Caribbean.Their bright colors also exude the color and fun in the sun associated with this location.
The bright colors and wide eyes of the toy crab no doubt will get kids attention with Colour and surprise is the two ‘key elements of the robotic crab toys-according to the Cepia Press Release. Colors ranging from pink and blue to bright orange.
There are a total of four xia xia toy crab pets on offer-two boys and 2 girl crabs to appeal to boy boys and girls.
- Bimini: the pink hermit crab with pretty in pink polka dot shell.
- Trinidad: The grey crab with skull spotted skull.
- Turks: the red crab with pink bow.
- Tobago: the blue Xia Xia Pet.
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Xia Xia Playsets
Xia Xia Pets are ‘robotic toys’ but it is uncertain if they react to play sets as their predecessor the zhu zhu pets have done. Also unknown if the Xia Xia pets are waterproof—after all one can assume that kid will want to play with their toy crabs in water.
Xia-Xia Confetti Cottage Play Set
- Play sets include the Xia-Xia Confetti Cottage Play Set which doubles a home and a carry case for the toy crabs.
- Retails Price: $59.95
- The whimsical two layered cottage I not like a doll house but open ended with a pool on the lower level and balcony on the top level.
Xia-Xia Rio de Trio Village Play set
- This is the lager play set suitable to accommodate all four Xia Xia pets and their shell friends.
- Current retail price: $ 44.95
Where to Buy Xi Xia Pets?
- Xia-Xia will be available at select major retailers this October. Xia-Xia hermit crabs, playsets and accessories range in price from $5.99-$19.99,Though this is the recommended retail price you can expect to pay nearly two as much as the rush for holiday shopping sets in. Already advertised Xia Xia pet’s retail online from $ 24.99 (as advertised 20.10.2011). For more detailed product information view the Xia Xia official page.
$12 for this?
Xia Xia Pets on the Holiday Toy List?
It may be a little too early to assess if the Xia Xia Toys will be as successful the zhu zhu pets where- one has to wonder why they were not released during the summer vacation-since crabs are often associated with water and outdoor fun.
Secondly the randomness of the 'Silly Pets friends accompanying the Xia Xia Pets is definitely not worth the $12 price tag (as advertised 20.10.2011). It appears random and thoughtless-like the example on the right-a chicken's face on a snail’s body? The bold colors may appeal to kids but what does it teach them about the anatomy of a chicken or a snail?-perhaps these are not the kind of issues a four old should be concerned with.
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