We were super excited when we were selected to review the Zoomer Chimp by Spin Master through BzzAgent. I first came across the toy at Toy Fair 2016 and was super impress by the amount of features it offers. I was only briefly familiar with the "Zoomer" line, with the Chimp its most technologically advance and lifelike one to date. The others previously offered by Spin Master being the Kitty, Dog and Dino.
Zoomer Chimp which is indicated as for ages 5+ runs on rechargeable batteries which you can plug with a USB cable to a PC to charge or if you have a USB outlet on the wall. Upon first showing it to my ten old daughter her initial reaction was “those are some creepy black eyes!” But once I had it unpacked and charged she was more than excited to try it out as well when I started monkeying around with it. The amount of articulation and facial expressions that can become animated is a dream of every kid that has ever own a GI Joe and Transformers toy that wished their figures would come alive before them. This generation of kids with the Zoomer line are truly blessed thanks to Spin Master.
The Zoomer Chimp offers numerous modes including “tricks” and “voice command” which the latter was my favorite. There are also “Guard mode” and others which is indicated by the color of the light up eyes of the Chimp. Initially, I found the learning curve a bit steep despite a small booklet of instructions and even a link to an instructional YouTube video. But it really takes a hands on playing around with the little Chimp to get to know it and even then it can be a bit unpredictable. It is advertised as knowing over 100+ tricks! I like to think of it as a little playful kid with attitude!
Overall, I would highly recommend the toy for this holiday season. While I did not have a chance to play with it extensively, the Zoomer Chimp appeared well made and capable to provide hours of entertainment to justify the $119.99 retail price. I love how the instructions are written in a way that is friendly to children reminding us constantly not to play the Chimp on tabletops. I love the realism of the facial movements as well as the body movements. This is Rise of the Planet of the Apes meet Terminator in a Rated G entertainingly playful sort of way. Kids under 5 will be frightened by the animated Chimp as my 1 ½ year old was, so the age recommendation is pretty right on target.
To order from Spin Master - https://www.spinmaster.com/product_detail.php?pid=p20744&bid=
To order from Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/zoomer-6027473-Zoomer-Chimp/dp/B019K8K75U
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5 Stars