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December 7, 2011 / glass5

Product Feature: Penbino and Bebe

Written by “Laura Glass” – guest contributor and soon-to-be mother of three
 iloveRobots, featured at Time to Play’s 2011 Holiday Showcase, has a new line of interactive toys for kids called Penbo and Friends. They are adorable little penguins and I brought home Penbino and Bebe for my kids to check out. Penbino is a cuddly penguin that responds to how the kids talk to and hold her. Her cute little voice says “Hello” and when you touch her wings, she sings and dances. There is even a memory game where Penbino asks the kids to emulate her movements. My kids (4 and almost 2) were drawn to her right away. The best feature we found was when you rub Penbino’s head, she falls asleep. We spent a lot of time putting Penbino to sleep and then yelling at her to wake up and dance!  Penbino is available in pink, blue, jade and purple.

Bebe, the little baby penguin, is sold separately and comes in a plastic egg. Bebe has three switches that you can press to make her talk. The directions state that Bebe can “talk” to Penbino if you point her directly at Penbino’s heart. We had a little trouble getting this to work but were able to get Bebe to say “Mama” in a cute little voice and that seemed to be enough for my little ones!  Bebe is available in 6 different colors, each with its own unique voice.

I was actually very impressed with the packaging, I got out my scissors and screwdriver anticipating the typical battle with the box and plastic ties but Penbino was secured to the box using cardboard twisties which I haven’t seen before, no scissors required! Penbino requires 4 AA batteries not included and Bebe comes with her own batteries already installed.

Penbino and Bebe would make a great gift for the 3 & 4 year olds. Although not recommended for children under three to due small parts, my 20 month old was quite enamored with these adorable penguins and enjoyed taking care of Bebe in her little egg.

Penbino and Bebe retails for about $29.99 and $9.99, respectively, and can be purchased directly through iloveRobots’ website or other retailers like Amazon.com, Toys R Us, Target, Radio Shack, and Hammacher Schlemmer.

ABOUT iloveRobots

iloveRobots is a leading developer of interactive play experiences for children, using today’s most innovative technologies. Though our products debuted in 2009, we got our start more than a decade earlier, building high-tech mobile machines at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. What entranced us more than robots’ ability to do tasks, however, was their power to inspire intelligent engagement and emotional exploration. We experimented with using what we’d learned in the lab to transform everyday experiences. The result? Robotic toys for kids that actually adapt to each interaction and grow as kids grow, taking playtime from fun to magical.

Disclosure: I received iloveRobots toy samples for review purposes only; no other compensation was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Bicultural Mama / Dec 8 2011 10:08 PM

    I saw these at the show and thought they were cute. Good point about the packaging – it can be quite the effort to remove toys from their packaging and at least these toys made it easier on the parents!

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