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Pi-KAA! With 10 sounds, light-up cheeks, and moving ears, this Pikachu is surprisingly durable. Just be sure to switch it from ‘demo’ to ‘on’ to hear all the sounds.
<p><strong>Toy Description</strong></p> <p>Approximately 10 inches tall.</p> <p>Requires 2 AA batteries, which are included.</p> <p>A switch on the bottom sets the toy to off, demo, or on.</p> <p><strong>Play</strong></p> <p>Press the belly to make the ears move and activate one of ten sounds.</p> <p><strong>Overview</strong></p> <p>Getting Pikachu out of the box may be almost as difficult as Ash trying to get Pikachu into a Pokeball. Numerous ties and plastic bits will require a good pair of scissors to get through, so plan ahead for this if giving the toy as a gift.</p> <p>Once out, look for the power switch on the bottom of the toy. It should arrive set to &lsquo;demo,&rsquo; which restricts the noises to only three sounds. Setting the toy to &lsquo;on&rsquo; allows for all ten sounds, a few of which sound like a baby giggling. While this sound is certainly cute, a few users have said that it sounds more like a Tickle Me Elmo than a Pokemon. Some really picky fans might not like this sound, so just switch the toy back over to &lsquo;demo&rsquo; to keep it down to traditional Pika-speak.</p> <p>Turn the toy &lsquo;off&rsquo; when ready for bed or naps. Sometimes the toy will make a noise if turned on its side or shook up and down, so turning it off just helps avoid those surprise noises. Turning the toy fully off also helps when trying to keep the toy wrapped up or hidden as a gift. Sorta blows the whole surprise when a package starts saying &ldquo;Pi-KA!&rdquo;</p> <p>The ears move up and down when the belly is pressed, controlled by an internal lever. The mechanical parts can be felt through the padding when squeezed, but it&rsquo;s not uncomfortable to give the toy a hug. Since the ears are controlled mechanically and not electronically, they don&rsquo;t take up battery power.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re also impressed with the durability of the ears. Kids can drop the toy or knock it off a table and the toy keeps a-tickin&rsquo;. It shouldn&rsquo;t be thrown around recklessly, but it can handle a few accidents here and there.</p> <p>Overall, this toy is pleasing fans of all ages. We recommend it for ages 3-8, though, because older kids may only want it for the purpose of building their collection. If that&rsquo;s the case, then they don&rsquo;t really need a toy that makes sound or moves. A plush or figurine may work just as well for older kids.</p> <p><strong>Care</strong></p> <p>Wipe down with damp cloth.</p> <p><strong>Parts and Pieces</strong></p> <p>Requires 2 AA batteries, which are included.</p> <p><strong>Concerns</strong></p> <p>The vast majority of users are thrilled with their Pikachu, though a few have noted that they wish it had more of the sassy sounds Pikachu makes on the show. This has not been a deal-breaker for buyers, though.</p>
Pokémon  My Friend Pikachu
Date published: 2016-12-12
8.00 / 10 stars

Pokémon  My Friend Pikachu

by TOMY
current stage2016-12-12

Sure to please Pikachu fans, this electric mouse has 10 different sounds and phrases, light-up cheeks, and moving ears. Durable enough that it can survive some drops and dings, it’s suitable for ages 3 and up, though we really think the really young kids would prefer something softer. Being a mechanical toy, it’s not going to be as cuddly as regular stuffed animals, so if it’s a bedtime buddy that is needed, take a look at some of TOMY’s incredibly crafted Pokemon stuffies.

Some users have said they wished it made some of the more sassy sounds that are so classically Pikachu, or at least the battle cry made during a Thunder move. Alas, this toy is not sassy or spunky but it IS quite cute. A few of the noises sound like a baby giggling, which a few users have pointed out sounds more like Tickle Me Elmo, but this hasn’t bothered any kids. Just be sure to flip the switch on the bottom of the toy to ON. If left on the demo mode, it only cycles through three sounds. 

  • Pokémon  My Friend Pikachu
  • Pokémon  My Friend Pikachu
  • Pokémon  My Friend Pikachu
  • Pokémon  My Friend Pikachu
Pokémon  My Friend Pikachu
Overall8.00
This measure how often, for how long, and how many different ages will play with this toy. A great toy will be loved for years, and is still wanted as the child grows.
Replay
  • 8.50
 
This measures the quality of the materials and production processes used.
Quality
  • 8.50
 
This scores how well a toy encourages critical thinking, pattern recognition, and memory improvement.
Cognitive
  • 7.00
 
Including both gross and fine motor skills, this measure how much this toy engages and challenges physical mobility, body awareness, and coordination.
Motor
  • 7.00
 
This measures how likely a toy is to spark social play between children or how well it teaches socially healthy behavior.
Social
  • 7.00
 

Product Specs

Age 3 - 8
Made in China
Recalls No
Batteries 2 AA Batteries
Materials Plush, Plastic internal bits
Choking Hazard None
Date Reviewed 12/12/2016

Where to Buy

Amazon $29.99
Pros
  • Noises are delightful to the ear of any fan
  • Quickly becomes a favorite toy
  • Ears won’t break as easily since they are mechanical, not electronic
  • Easy to switch toy off during sleepy time
Cons
  • The hard casing inside can be felt during a hug
  • Only makes happy Pikachu noises instead of some of the sassier ones
Detailed Review

Toy Description

Approximately 10 inches tall.

Requires 2 AA batteries, which are included.

A switch on the bottom sets the toy to off, demo, or on.

Play

Press the belly to make the ears move and activate one of ten sounds.

Overview

Getting Pikachu out of the box may be almost as difficult as Ash trying to get Pikachu into a Pokeball. Numerous ties and plastic bits will require a good pair of scissors to get through, so plan ahead for this if giving the toy as a gift.

Once out, look for the power switch on the bottom of the toy. It should arrive set to ‘demo,’ which restricts the noises to only three sounds. Setting the toy to ‘on’ allows for all ten sounds, a few of which sound like a baby giggling. While this sound is certainly cute, a few users have said that it sounds more like a Tickle Me Elmo than a Pokemon. Some really picky fans might not like this sound, so just switch the toy back over to ‘demo’ to keep it down to traditional Pika-speak.

Turn the toy ‘off’ when ready for bed or naps. Sometimes the toy will make a noise if turned on its side or shook up and down, so turning it off just helps avoid those surprise noises. Turning the toy fully off also helps when trying to keep the toy wrapped up or hidden as a gift. Sorta blows the whole surprise when a package starts saying “Pi-KA!”

The ears move up and down when the belly is pressed, controlled by an internal lever. The mechanical parts can be felt through the padding when squeezed, but it’s not uncomfortable to give the toy a hug. Since the ears are controlled mechanically and not electronically, they don’t take up battery power.

We’re also impressed with the durability of the ears. Kids can drop the toy or knock it off a table and the toy keeps a-tickin’. It shouldn’t be thrown around recklessly, but it can handle a few accidents here and there.

Overall, this toy is pleasing fans of all ages. We recommend it for ages 3-8, though, because older kids may only want it for the purpose of building their collection. If that’s the case, then they don’t really need a toy that makes sound or moves. A plush or figurine may work just as well for older kids.

Care

Wipe down with damp cloth.

Parts and Pieces

Requires 2 AA batteries, which are included.

Concerns

The vast majority of users are thrilled with their Pikachu, though a few have noted that they wish it had more of the sassy sounds Pikachu makes on the show. This has not been a deal-breaker for buyers, though.

Manufacturer's Description

Become Pikachu’s Trainer with the lovable My Friend Pikachu plush! My Friend Pikachu laughs and talks! My Friend Pikachu is 10” high with a soft yellow fabric. Pikachu has adorable red circles on its cheeks and features over 10 fun sounds and phrases! Press Pikachu’s belly to make its ears move, its cheeks light up and to hear one of Pikachu’s signature phrases from the show!

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