If you’re a fan of Hasbro toys, you may have heard and wondered about Project Zambi. I did, but the holiday season was so crazy busy that I didn’t have a chance to look into it. So recently, I headed over to the Project Zambi website and checked it out. And I have to say that I’m really impressed! Listen to this:
PROJECT ZAMBI came to life following Hasbro visits to communities in Zambia that are working to support the widows and children of the AIDS epidemic. A passionate group of Hasbro employees came up with the idea for the global campaign and product to raise funds and awareness of the needs of these children.
I really love that Hasbro is doing this. It’s fun to buy a toy for your child, but knowing that part of the proceeds will help other children gives you a great feeling. Hasbro committed to donate a minimum of $500,000 in U.S. dollars to the Project Zambi fund beginning in 2009. Let’s hope there are many more projects like this in the future!
For more information on Project Zambi, please visit www.projectzambi.com.
Zambi the Baby Elephant is a super adorable, life-like, interactive electronic pet from the FurReal Friends line. He’s a special edition pet, created especially to raise money and awareness for the AIDS orphans in Africa. He features:
- Artwork done by children in Africa – these paintings line his ears on a beautiful batik fabric backdrop.
- Soft “fur” covering his entire body, baggy in places like a real elephant!
- A flexible, movable trunk, neck, mouth, and legs (he can stand up or sit down).
- Life-like features.
- A myriad of different sounds including trumpeting, grunting, sighing, snorting (or whooshing air out of his mouth or trunk), and much more!
- Touch-sensitive sensors at different places on his body including his back, trunk, chest, and head. Touching these sensors sets off movement and sound.
- Zambi takes three “C” batteries and has an on/off switch.
A Mom’s Thoughts:
I’m Smitten. I’ve always loved stuffed animals, but this is so beyond any stuffed animal I’ve ever had. I thought zhu-zhu pets were cool. This is awesome! I’m gushing, I know, but I really love this toy.
What do I love about it? Zambi really is extremely well-made. All of his movements are very life-like, and his eyes have a lot depth to them and are realistic. His “fur” is soft and, as I said above, baggy in some places just like a real elephant’s. His body is pretty hard, not too cuddly (though that doesn’t stop my daughter from cuddling with him).
Zambi has sensors all over his body that, when touched, will set off a new behavior and noise. The cool thing is that the sensors don’t always set off the same thing in the same place – Zambi isn’t predictable. And I know you’re probably thinking, “Oh no, not another toy that makes noise…” – but really, this one is not too loud or annoying at all! There are some toys I’ve reviewed and purchased in the past that I wanted to lose the batteries to (ha), but this one doesn’t bother me at all. The trumpeting is the loudest, but not too loud.
This toy is recommended for ages 4 and up, but my 20-month-old daughter really REALLY loved Zambi at first sight. And I couldn’t deny her. :-) So Zambi has been hugged, pet, and thrown around quite a bit. And he’s held up very well under the circumstances!
Check out this video demo I made up for you so you can see how cool Zambi is for yourself:
In conclusion, this is seriously my favorite and the most-recommended toy of 2009! Zambi the Baby Elephant is fun, interactive, and reminds me to pray for the children in need all over the world every time I play my daughter plays with him. :-) I’m sold on FurReal Friends, too – I can’t wait to see what else they come up with, and I want to collect them ALL!
Buy it now!
The retail price on Zambi is $50.00 and I think he’s worth every penny! However, you can find him for much cheaper if you look hard enough. I know of at least one blogger who found him for $10.00 on clearance. Right now you can purchase Zambi the Baby Elephant from Amazon.com for $28.99 with free shipping! You can also find him in the toy section at stores like Walmart and Target, and at toys stores such as Toys-R-Us.
Disclosure: Thanks to Hasbro Toys for sending me Zambi the Baby Elephant in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post.