Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I’m in Zhu Zhu Hell!

I can’t be the ONLY parent out there who is pulling their hair out trying to get these damn things, am I?

Let me back up a bit.

About a month ago, Mini-Me called me over to the TV to show me a commercial for this new toy, called Zhu Zhu Pets.

They are these little battery controlled hamsters that have small sensors on them that tell them what part of the habitrail they are currently in. So, for instance, they know to make car sounds when they are driving in their little car. That kind of thing.

From the first time my son saw these little fuckers, he was hooked. He PLEADED with me to get them.

So, being the most awesomest dad in the world, I set out to put a smile on his face.

Easier said than done.

In case you haven’t seen, these things have become THE hottest toy on the planet. Stores are selling out in literally SECONDS after opening, and Amazon and Ebay prices are DISGUSTING right now, as asshats all over the country buy out whatever they can find, and then mark up the damn things by about 500%.

Seriously. The hamsters alone sell for $7.99 a piece at Toys R Us. Right now the CHEAPEST Amazon is selling them for is $20.00. Some real humanitarians are charging as much as $50.

But I, being SUPER-DAD, have not been daunted. Never being one to back down from a challenge, I have actually been going to local Toys R Us’s before they open, and waiting outside.

It’s usually just me and about 10 other housewives, which is nice since, I’m pretty sure in a fist fight I can take 2 or 3 of them at once.

Anyway, it’s been a rough few weeks, but I am actually making progress. I have been able to get almost all of the tracks, and 2 of the hamsters. My son is in absolute Zhu-Zhu heaven, playing with them every night and being the envy of all his friends who clearly don’t have dads nearly HALF as fucking cool (or hot) as me.

Anyway, most people seem to think that Zhu Zhu pets will be THE impossible-to-get toy this Christmas, and I’d just as soon finish getting the entire set now before these get even HARDER to find.

I don’t normally do stuff like this, but if anyone out there can find me either the big blue ramp accessory, the Hamster Ball, Mr Squiggles, or Chunk, I will fly to your house, reimburse you for the items, and then have mind-blowing sex with you. I Promise.

The above offer is only redeemable if you’re a chick. Offer not good in Idaho, or parts of the country where people are inbred.

Sigh.

Oh Hell, I’m desperate. Let’s compromise, shall we? If you’re a guy, I’ll blow you. Is that fair?

But just this one time, ok?

(Seriously, if you find them for me, I will gladly pay you for your trouble. You will also have my undying thanks. That’s gotta be worth SOMETHING, right?)

30 comments:

Cuz said...

will check all nearby TRU and let you know!

Mrs. Holly Hall said...

Damn Slyde!

Yeah, the wee Pancake went all apey about these things. But, I told her to wait till christmas. By then we won't have cable anymore and she'll have forgotten the whole thing.

But, if-en I come across these here mikanical hamsters, i be letting ya know!

:)

Heff said...

Bwahahahaaa !!!! I remember similar days. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm glad my kid is a teenager now !

mo.stoneskin said...

Firstly I want them now. Secondly, could you not just buy a real hamster for about 3 quid, shove a battery up his, um, I mean strap a battery to his back, and build yourself a sensor helmet? Hell, you could even give the little critter a jetpack.

B.E. Earl said...

I don't understand anything from this post. Not even going to pretend.

Sass said...

I have Mr. Squiggles.

And Chunk.

*waiting till you get here to tell you the truth...

Steph said...

Oh gods, first Cabbage Patch dolls, then Beanie Babies, now this... I'm so-o-o glad our kids are all grown up. Our oldest daughter turned 21 yesterday. All she wants is a quiet little jazz/hors d'oeuvres/wine gathering in our home on Saturday evening with family and friends, something I can have fun with too.

~ A Moxie Mom said...
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~ A Moxie Mom said...

I'll check the toy stores here too.

Bruce said...

" if anyone out there can find me either the big blue ramp accessory, the Hamster Ball, Mr Squiggles, or Chunk,".....this has to be one of the sadest blog lines I have ever read. Ow, how the mighty have fallen. Another good example of why I don't have kids.

Bina said...

Oh my God. I'm on a mission. I could REALLY use some mind-blowing sex from a really awesome, HOT dad about right now. I'll let you know as soon as they are in my hot little hands.

Michelle said...

I have them all, now come to me!!!

Vinomom said...

How have I not even heard of these things?? Am I on the non-cool mom planet or something? I don't watch a lot of tv, but my kids sure does and she has yet to bring these to my attention. They remind me of The Littlest Petshop stuff (of which we have umpteenthousands)

If I catch sight of them anywhere I will be sure to pick them up for you! And if you already have whichever one I find I will totally be selling them for $50 on ebay.

sybil law said...

Never even heard of this! Should I be looking? Crap!
And, so.. you weren't serious about the sex? You took my motivation, man.

AlleyCat said...

Having no experience in such critters I googled em......

"As shown in the table below, Zhu Bamboo Flooring can be 70% harder than Western .... areas in the home (small children and pets) and commercial areas." hmmmm best I unclick Australia only......

Good Luck SuperDad :0)

Chris H said...

Sorry Dude, much as I'd LOVE to have sex with you... we don't have any of those toys in New Zealand! And for sure we are not inbreds down here!
Harper's Island is starting here soon... should I watch it????

Candy's daily Dandy said...

SOOO happy those days are behind me. BUT, I have a seven year old niece and nephew.

Never saw these little fuckers, but now I'm on a mission to get them for XMAS so I can be the cool Auntie.

See how demented I am?? I'm calling Toys R US right now. Thanks for the heads up .

terri said...

I'm SO glad my kids have outgrown the age of needing the hottest new toy. This brings back nightmares of Pokemon cards and the Beanie Baby craze. There's no way I'd want to fight off other shoppers for stuff like that again...although the mind blowing sex offer makes it really tempting.

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badgerdaddy said...

Technically, I'm not working or anything today and I'm not on the computer... I'm resting...

They're called Go Go Pets over here. Toys R Us in the UK has a bunch of stuff, and another bunch which is out of stock. But the prices will be about double what you pay over there, so not sure it's worth your while to do it this way.

Drop me an email if you want me to investigate further.

Slyde said...

badger: they were actually called go-go pets here at first too. I'm not sure why they changed the name, but they must have changed more than just name since some of the things i found that say GOGO dont work very well with some of the other things ive found that say ZHU ZHU.

thanks for the offer, but you are right.. the cost to ship across the pond probably wouldnt be worth it.

debi_in_Hawaii said...

Wow a challenge I can't refuse! I've been bummed lately. So a mind-blowing Pontiac man would take a lot off my mind right about now. I will have to check our TRU store and heck, the BRU store too this weekend.

Faiqa said...

You're a waaaay cooler dad than I am. The only way I would stand in line to buy anything is if I was waiting for a chance to .... go out on a date with Aerosmith.

Yes. All of them.

Ali said...

So, does this offer stand to Canadians? Because I'm all OVER Toys R Us if you just say the word...

Nej said...

I have to admit, I'd never heard of them....but now I want some.

*ahem* For my niece and nephew..of course.

Yeah, that's it - my niece and nephew.

:-)

honeywine said...

Oh no. Blondie has asked for them too and I was thinking I might get it for them for Christmas. Screw that idea. I'm not going all kung fu just for a toy.

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Anonymous said...

Sorry to break it to ya boss, but there are actually 2 versions of each of these things. The regular ones and the even harder to find ones with the same head markings but only much smaller markings. PRAY you can get them before everyone finds this out too because those little suckers will be selling about 10X the price of even the regular ones. If you plan on getting all of them try to grab the little logo ones 1st!

Ookami Snow said...

So you are saying that if we find these items to buy them and sell them on ebay at 500% mark-up?

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

Ah Slyde! You just crack me up my friend! Hilarious. I'm sure no one else has as cool (or hawt) a dad as does your mini-me. I'm still laughing!