We were sent one of these new Zhu-Fari playsets plus a Zhu-Fari Elephant for my daughter to try out. They follow on from the highly successful Zhu-Zhu hamsters and they are aimed at girls aged 4-8. My daughter already had a hamster which she enjoys playing with so we were looking forward to trying out the set. They sets are available from stockists such as Argos for £19.99.
The first test for me was to put the playset together following the "simple" instructions. As they are designed for many countries these have no words and just images. Needless to say it took me longer than it should have done to make the playset look like it did on the box:
The sets do not come with any animals so you need to buy these separately. We were sent Wharton the adult elephant:
It's very amusing to all ages to watch the animal scuttling around and changing direction when i finds its way is blocked. It also makes noises as it makes its way around. To buy a similar animal from Argos would cost you £9.99. The elephant successfully negotiated its way around the lower levels of the Playset but was too large for the slide and swings.
To get full use of the Playset you need a baby Zhu-Fari animal. These should be available from most toy retailers but online I can't find many as yet. It is possible to buy a mother giraffe and her baby for £24.99 via Amazon.
In the absence of a baby Zh-Fari animal my daughter enlisted a baby Zhu Zhu hamster instead. This whizzed quite happily down the tunnel and on the swing. It isn't however designed to interact with this playset so we may have missed out on somethings.
My daughter and her little brother enjoyed playing with the set when we got it but haven't expressed too much interest in getting it out repeatedly. Their favourite bit was definitely Wharton the elephant. If you have a big Zhu Zhu fan then this could be a fun addition to their collection as long as you can get the animals to go with it.
We’ve Just learned that with Zhu-Fari you can even win a break for all the family at the Safari Hotel at Chessington World of Adventures. It’s a great competition, you can enter here www.zhufari.co.uk. I'm off there now to check it out.