Sunday, December 10, 2017

An Honest Review Of A Fingerlings Monkey

The picture on the box freaked my daughter out.

"This doesn't seem like an appropriate toy for children," she said, pointing at the corner of the box at the monkey on the finger.





I mean. It does sort of look inappropriate if you look at it quickly.

These Fingerlings toys are all the rage at the moment and neither of us are understanding why. Yeah, they're kinda cute, but what exactly is the point?



I lucked out and found one at Think Geek for $16.99.  Natalie put it on her finger and was like, "It's not going to bite it off, is it?"

Our monkey was named Sophie, according to the box.

"Oh man, Sophie is so pissed at Kevin right now on This Is Us," I couldn't help but say.

Natalie scowled. "Who? What? Aren't we reviewing this toy?"

"Oh. Right. Continue."

The box said you could swing the monkey from the tail.



It makes more noises doing this. It laughs, which sounds sort of evil. I captured it in this video:





Natalie admitted that while it WAS cute, she didn't understand how this could amuse kids for long periods of time.



The box said there are over 40 ways to play. Maybe? I don't know. My daughter mostly just put it on her finger and swung it by the tail.



It also moves its head and blinks its eyes. You can buy accessories for it to climb on, apparently.

It kept making noises, so Natalie wanted to put it to sleep, and it refused.



It would close its eyes when you rocked it, but then the eyes would pop right open and it would make a string of sounds.



"Why won't this thing stay asleep?"

"I asked the same about you when you were a baby," I replied.



Bottom line? While it is a cute toy, I would not spend a cent over the retail price. My daughter is 10, and she was ready to set it aside after 5 minutes. Maybe younger kids would want to play more with it. It does fart and burp, so that will get laughs.



Where can you buy them? Well, stores randomly get them in stock. Amazon will randomly have them online for retail price. Right now they all seem to be above $50. Do NOT do it. Plus, a lot of them seem to be knock offs.

If you can't find one for Christmas, I can almost guarantee they'll be all over the place in a few months like the Hatchimals.

Did you buy a Fingerlings Monkey?


58 comments:

  1. Where did Natalie get her sweater? I am obsessed!!

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  2. Ummm... $17 for that? And for what? Ha. Not sure I would enjoy that if I were a kid!! Thanks for your honest views!

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  3. Wow, those seem kind of pricey, but then again I know they can get it because they are so sought after right now. Glad my boys are older LOL.

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  4. Haha. These things are so weird. I am glad my kids don't want one!

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  5. I always thought Fingerlings were potatoes and couldn't understand why I kept hearing about these recently. I know these figures are a hot thing right now and I don't exactly understand the huge appeal.

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  6. I hope my 5 year old grandson likes it because it's one of his gifts from me - not the main one, of course. You know how we grandmothers roll. :) I thought it did more. Oh, well.

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  7. Never heard of these. I kind of agree with Natalie, I don't really see the point. And I agree with you, Sophie wants to kill Kevin...

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  8. I missed not knowing anything about this toy. Sounds like I didn't miss much. Can't really see 40 ways to play with this monkey.

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  9. I did...for just under $15 shipped. My 10 year old didn’t ask for it. Hope she likes the surprise. Idk...you win some...you lose some.

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  10. I’m so thankful my kids have not asked for this! All the moms in my community are talking about this nonstop, I don’t get it either!

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  11. See, I knew that thing was sort of...crap. Years ago there was this really cool toy called Fijit. It was cool...it was a hot toy item for Christmas. Santa scored one for my daughter, and she literally played with it for a couple of weeks, and then it never was turned on again.

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  12. I've seen this being advertised all the time and I agree with you that the laugh really sounded creepy. I still don't see the point of the toy.

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  13. There is always some sort of FAD that we are all run to buy. My daughter wants one so bad so I may have to buy one. Did you hear about the fake ones that some vendors are selling!

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  14. Natalie's facial expressions were cracking me up! I have one, since I found it for retail on Amazon, and I was a little concerned that someone would start talking about them at school and my youngest would ask for one... but he told me he thinks they're creepy. So glad I didn't overpay for it!

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  15. I found one unexpectedly at a Kohl's, so I bought it "for my son" for christmas (who is 2), though it was for my own selfish reasons because I wanted it for myself ;) I still have yet to open it, but I also don't know how this would really keep a kid entertained more than 2 minutes, and with my 2 year old son, more than 2 seconds. I think for, me it's all about the hype of finding one, just like with Hatchimals...which I want too but don't want to pay for with it's high price tag!

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  16. Much to my chagrin, I guess this is the main thing my mother in-law bought for my 5 and almost 2 year old daughters for Christmas. :/ Great. Just what we need. More annoying, weird electronic toys that don't want to go to sleep!

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  17. My son was not a great sleeper either. I would think he was asleep and than his eyes would pop open. It sounds like this toy would be fun it snored and made sleep noises.

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  18. This is certainly a unique toy. I hadn't heard of these before. Love the review - very real!

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  19. I agree with Natalie. It seems like a silly toy in a way. That being said, my kids have asked for it. I'll be sure to only get one and see what they think of it. Thanks for the honesty!

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  20. I'm definitely laughing at how it does look a little inappropriate but its so cute that I know little kids would absolutely adore this little thing.

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  21. HAHA OMG. You are right when you look at it quickly it is inappropriate but it is still cute. I would probably agree that it is more tailored to younger kids as well x

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  22. They must be pretty popular this year with those prices going up. I can see how they'd appeal to younger kids even though they're silly.

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  23. I have been wondering what the big fuss was with these Fingerlings. The video is great. I have never seen one out of the box.

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  24. Reading your blog post I swear I was making the same faces your daughter was making thinking about the sounds. That laugh is creepy and I can see why one would lose interest after a short while.

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  25. This is expensive for what you get, and I agree, it is kind of weird and creepy. That said, my 3 year old niece is obsessed with all things monkey and would adore this!

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  26. This is great review. I didn't buy fingerlings for my nephew. I almost thought about. Thanks for review!

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  27. Thanks for the HONEST review. I bought one for $14.99 on Amazon and will gift it to my niece. I saw them marked up to $30-40 on some websites and sold out on others. I was patient and waited and got what I wanted at regular price.

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  28. Some of them are going for $50?! Wow! That is crazy to me. I'm with you - I can't see this providing much entertainment for any child over three, but I guess you never know!

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  29. I found a few for my kids but I am so glad I paid retail. They are cute but not worth more than retail for sure!

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  30. Fingerlings are the hot toy of 2017 holiday season. Although children seems to enjoy these toys, but i would agree, it seems pricey.

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  31. that is an interesting toy indeed and it does look inappropriate when looked at super quick! not sure i'd buy such a toy though

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  32. Your photos are adorable! That does seem like a high price tag for this. Sounds like it is funny tho!

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  33. I was looking these up the other day and it seems like 10 is at the very highest end of the age spectrum. The kids who enjoyed it most seemed to be about 4-6 years old.

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  34. You are right. At first glance the cover picture of the toy does look inappropriate. I am not sure how this toy can keep a kid engaged for long, I am sure after the initial novelty has worn out, they will get tired of it.

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  35. She is too cute and looks a bit creeped out at first. I had wondered what these were really about. Thanks for the video

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  36. This is a neat little toy for the young ones. My girl would have loved it.

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  37. I've seen a little kid playing with this toy. I did not know it could do so many things. My kids are all grown ups now so getting a fingerling monkey for them will not happen. I could suggest this to friends and family though. Thanks for the honest review.

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  38. Natalie looks so awkward holding the monkey toy at first but she seems to like it in the succeeding pictures though. Haha, I am not actually familiar with this toy. Not sure if my little cousins would love this too.

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  39. Not to crazy about that toy especially when you first look at it. Have not seen it in stores. I am sure some children enjoy playing with it.

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  40. I've heard so many raves on the internet and glad to read an honest review. I don't think I want to spend $16.99 for it.

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  41. This made me LOL! I have seen these stupid things everywhere and people are going NUTS for them!! Yes, very inappropriate if you just glance LMAO!!

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  42. this sounds like the new fidget spinner ;) I bet my niece and nephew want this toy!

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  43. My kids don't even know about these! I'll totally hold to that for as long as I can. They still haven't really hard of Hatchimals?? (they live under a rock)
    I'm not feeling this one!

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  44. I’m so out of the loop with new toys! Wow this is kind of expensive.

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