Ever since Toy Fair back in February, I've been hearing that Bigfoot the Monster was going to be let loose and our kids would never be the same again.
And I got this from adult sites -- get your mind out of the gutter, I meant sites not known for being typically kid-centric or parenting-oriented for that matter (hello Boing Boing).
But since it hit the market late last month, I haven't seen any actual reviews from people who have played with it.
Maybe it's the price -- this retails for just over $100 (just under if it's on sale) -- but there's nothing on Amazon or Toys R Us.
And after watching the videos of a character Bigfoot rather than the toy, we were still pretty lost on what was supposed to make this special.
So we asked Fisher-Price to let us test one. Or, more specifically, I set it in front of my daughter and her babysitter (who is 14) and watched them play.
One tip right off the bat: Do NOT tell your child they can play with something before you've opened the box and determined whether you have to charge a battery. Oops.
Bigfoot uses his opposable thumbs (and meaty claws) to do flips, ambles around with hulking Sasquatch shoulders, and basically amuses by being completely Cro-Magnon -- at the direction of your remote.
He throws a ball, eats leaves, and even burps (yes, that was the favorite part of EVERY age group).
Cryptomundo is disappointed the designers didn't "make a more zoologically attuned creature." They're right; he's not going to win awards for being super-educational. But the last I checked, Bigfoot is imaginary, so attuning your designs to the faux world leaves plenty of room for interpretation.
So the cat is out of the bag -- or Bigfoot is out of the forest -- he's purely for entertainment value.
Will you put him on your toddler's toy list?
Image via Toys R Us