Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kung Zhu Pets Review

Kung Zhu Pets is the hottest new toy line from Cepia, the creater of the cute furry toy hamsters called the Zhu Zhu Pets. The Kung Zhu Pets are toys that are targeted towards boys and are 8 warrior hamsters that are separated into two groups, the special forces and the ninja warriors. These hamsters are trained through special training grounds that have obstacle courses. The hamsters have smart chip technology that allows the hamsters to remember and upgrade themselves once they have trained. Once transformed into ultimate battling machines to have their hand fighting opponents in the Battle Arena. Their armor also comes with a "Tablet of Zhu". Swipe the hamsters on the back of the "Tablets of Zhu" to power up the armor! Each set of Battle Armor also has its own unique action sounds!

The Special Forces of the Delta Forces Tribe Kung Zhu army includes Stonewall, Rock'O, Rivet and Sergeant Serge. These tough hamsters will evolve into Special Force Warriors after training in either the Alpha or Bravo training grounds with different weapons, armors and defense technology. In the meantime, the Ninja Warriors including Drayko and Yama from the good Dragon Clan and Azer and Thorn from the evil Skull Tribe, will transform into rough fighters after training in their Samurai and Ninja grounds using their own weapons and armors. Each of these Ninjas has a skull or dragon symbol on their fur while the Special Forces have either a star or comet army sign. You can get to know each hamster by clicking on their bio. Collect them all for your very own Kung Zhu Battle!

We received the Kung Zhu Pets Party Pack which included: 11 Kung Zhu hamsters with 11 sets of Battle Armor(most to give away to the guests), Kung Zhu Play Sets and Accessories (which included: Giant Battle Arena, Special Forces HQ, Training Ground - Alpha, Training Ground - Bravo, Combat Bridge, Missile Attack Tower, Ninja Dojo Base, Ninja Training Ground, Samurai Training Ground, Ninja Snake Pit, Dragon Alley U-Turn, Wheel of Fire, Dragon Hammer, Rhino Tank, Buzzsaw Tank, Spider Skull Tank, and Scorpion Tank. We didn't get the: Mission Control, Ambush Alley U-Turn, KZ-18 Fighter Jet and the Garages... but it does say on the box that they are constantly improving and updating their products so colors and contents may vary from those shown on the packaging.) themed games and activities, and easy-to-make recipes. My boys were even more excited to open these than the Zhu Zhu Pets! We set a date for our Kung Zhu Pets in-home party and everyone had a blast playing with the toys.

We also made all the recipes they suggested we make for the party. All were a hit especially the Kickin' Kung Fu Kabobs which were gone in a matter of minutes. Here they all are in case you want to try them out too:

Sgt. Serge’s Swamp Punch
2 cups Boiling water
1 large Package lime-flavor Jell-O
2 cups orange juice
1 liter bottle seltzer
1 pint Orange sherbet; slightly softened
Optional: Thinly sliced Oranges and Limes

Stir boiling water into Jell-O in large bowl until completely dissolved (approx. 2 min). Stir in orange juice. Cool to room temperature. Just before serving, pour into punch bowl. Add cold seltzer and ice cubes. Place scoops of sherbet and fruit slices in punch.

For an extra swampy treat, freeze raisins in your ice cubes. True Kung Fu warriors won’t mind a bug or two!

Kickin’ Kung Fu Kabobs
These fun little kabobs are so colorful, it will be hard for your pals to pass up…and they’re healthy too! Great for up and coming Kung Fu Warriors!
1 lb. Brick cheddar cheese (cut in ½ inch slices)
Honeydew Melon (remove seeds and rind)
Strawberries (washed and hulled)
10-12 wooden skewers

Using a 2 inch star-shaped cookie cutter, cut cheese and melon shapes. Alternating 2 cheese pieces and 1 melon piece on each skewer and place whole strawberries on ends. Serve with cottage cheese or yogurt dip – yum, yum!

Rocko’s Turkey Roll-ups
These turkey roll-ups pack a powerful punch of protein that will benefit all who study the art of battle! Cut them into small 2 inch sections to make them more snack-friendly!

2 (8-ounce) packages nonfat cream cheese, softened
3 whole green onions, finely chopped
1-ounce package dry nonfat ranch salad dressing mix
6 low-fat flour tortillas
1/2 pound low-fat turkey breast, roast beef, chicken or ham slices
6 whole iceberg lettuce leaves (we used fresh spinach leaves)

Combine cream cheese, green onions and ranch mix; blend ingredients until mixed. Divide cream cheese mixture among tortillas, spreading an even layer on each tortilla. Place a lettuce (spinach) leaf on each tortilla and top with 3 or 4 slices turkey breast. Roll tortilla tightly and cut into ½ or thirds and serve immediately or place in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days.

We played some fun games that were included with the party too. Kung Zhu Pilot Practice which included making paper airplanes and seeing whose plane flew the farthest, Kung Zhu Basic Training which involved a homemade outdoor obstacle course and having the kids run through it and Hot Grenade which is a lot like hot potato.

After it was over we handed out the extra Kung Zhu hamsters and armor and some stayed to play with the playset for a while longer. Some of the hamsters got stuck in the tubes and turned over on their sides, but despite the little quirks in the toys the kids were having a blast and after everyone went home my boys couldn't get enough of the hamsters and their training base camp and fighting grounds. I highly recommend this toy for ages 4 and up (this age limit is also what is stated on the boxes)! Buy them at your local Walmart, ToysRUs, Target or online at eToys or!

DISCLOSURE: Thanks to MomSelect and BSM Media and Cepia LLC. for giving me information about the Kung Zhu Pets and for providing me a Party Pack for free to test and review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review.

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