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Review of Kung Zhu from Zhu Zhu Pets

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I won't lie.  We purposely did NOT jump on the Zhu Zhu Pets bandwagon awhile back.  The commercials irritated me, and my 3 boys thought the hamsters were "girly."  I avoided anything Zhu Zhu and went about my business.

Then, I started hearing about Kung Zhu -- a more masculine version of the robotic hamster.  I wasn't sure it was all it was cracked up to be, but I volunteered through MomSelect to let my boys be the ultimate deciders of how "cool" these little Ninja and Military-inspired pets would be.



We received a few hamsters, sets of armor, training sets, and the ultimate in Kung Zhu products: The Battle Arena.  The boys went nuts opening all the boxes, setting up the training sets (which was so easy my 3-year-old figured it out in minutes), and putting armor on their hamsters.  Batteries were already included, so play time began immediately.  After a couple of minutes of "learning the ropes" the boys had put their hamsters through the training courses and were ready to battle it out in the giant Battle Arena.  (This thing is big, so if floor space is a premium, beware!)

Since we have carpet in EVERY room except the dining room/kitchen, the boys crowded around our table and set up their Kung Zhu empire.  They played for hours.. no joke, and Zhu Zhu was the first thing on their mind when they woke up for the next 5 days.


Needless to say, they loved these toys.  The batteries eventually ran out on 2 of the 3 hamsters, giving me a chance to box them up and add them to our "toy rotation."  The youngest son asked for his "Zhu Zhu's" once or twice before the pool went up at grandma's, and now they are distracted with outdoor activities for the next few weeks.

I'm confident that once we get back to indoor play, the hamsters will be met with eagerness from the boys.  They were completely OBSESSED with these toys while I let them play with them.  I honestly just needed a break.

If you want to get your money's worth out of a toy, I think these may be it!  Of the 3 boys, the 3 and 5 year old loved them the most.  My 6 year old isn't really a "toy" kind of kid (he likes to draw and paint), but he played along for most of the activity.

Here's a video of our 3- year-old yelling "Go Zhu Zhu Go!" and enjoying his Kung Zhu:



These hamsters are cute, but feature some fun interactive "battle" play that isn't too violent (they're hamsters!) and lets kids get creative by building and mixing different training sets, armor, and accessories.  I'm not too keen on any toy that encourages kids to "collect them all", but I love that they stayed entertained for days while I was trying to get things done after the birth of our new baby.  Just be careful -- Zhu Zhu accessories hurt when you step on them.. believe me!!

Learn more about these tiny warriors and rangers at the Kung Zhu website.

Wanna Win?  We have an AWESOME prize pack to give one lucky reader. 


You'll get a hamster, armor, a training set, a weapon, and the battle arena!  It's valued at over $75!  To be entered to win, just visit the Kung Zhu site and let us know which pet your child would love to have!  You have until July 18th at 11:59 am CST to get your entries in.  Giveaways are subject to complete site rules. Open to persons 18+ U.S. only, please. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck, and be sure to check out all of our other giveaways!

* Sample and prize pack was received for this review.  Opinions are my own.

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96 comments

  1. We'd love to have Stonewall from the kung Zhu Special FOrces

    goldengoddiss09(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. My little guy likes Rivet because he said he is in camo. lol

    tricia (at) nolamommy (dot) com

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  3. Seargent Serge would be our man!

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  4. My son would love Azer.
    jennifer922(at)windstream(dot) net

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  5. Im going to say my son would like Thorn.

    piscesvirgo(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I think my little one would LOVE to have TEX when he comes out because we live in Texas!!!

    emmerswee at gmail dot com

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  7. My son loves the Drayko Zhu Zhu pet. He would have so much fun with this!

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  8. My son would love to have Rock'O!!!!
    He too thought the Zhu Zhu pets were silly when his sister begged for them for Christmas, but the minute these came out, he was all over it. He is still begging for the playsets but we have not made it quite there yet!!! :) Good Luck to all.
    justlistit2@pineland.net

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  9. My daughter loves stone wall. YoungersX2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I would give this to my nephew, should I win. When I asked him which Zhu Zhu he would love he said Thorn! He took over his sister's Zhu Zhu that she got for her birthday last month and won't give it back. Maybe this will help!

    I hope I win! Thanks for doing this give-away!
    Sue Z.
    ssaz518 at gmail dot com

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  11. stonewall is awesome (mummy's favorite colors). Drayko looks like a night winner!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  12. My 5-year-old saved up his reading money and bought Drayko - now he wants to get Azer so his brother has one too! They are also pooling their money for a battle arena, but it's going to take all summer, I think.

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  13. My son really wants to get Azer! Thanks for the chance, my son would be thrilled to have this great set!!! justicecw@hotmail.com

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  14. We like Yama.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  15. These are so cute. I would say my kiddos would love Yama.

    dizzybloom@gmail.com

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  16. My daughters would LOVE Azer. They are both obsessessed with Zhu Zhus but I am not always sure what accessories are worth buyig so this contest would be wonderful to win. Thanks!

    melodyerez@gmail.com

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  17. My daughter would love Battle Hamsters Rivit and Thorn.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  18. cdziuba@aol.com


    We love Azer!

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  19. Rock'o seems like a cool one. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Mercedes

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  20. My daughter like drayko.
    slkkitchen@gmail.com

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  21. The battle hamsters look so cool! I think my son would love Rock'o. Jenprincess88 at yahoo dot com

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  22. Looks like fun! We would like Rivet.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  23. My daughter would love Rivet.

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. My kids agreed they would share "Rock'o". Thank you for the offer.
    Carol T.
    cows4me79@yahoo.com

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  25. My kids agreed they would love to have Rock'O. Thanks for the offer!
    RMoore
    littilangel429@yahoo.com

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  26. My daughter loves Stonewall!
    Thanks!

    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

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  27. my son would most like the rivet pet! because it seems the most boyish.

    jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

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  29. Azer looks so cool ;)

    thabal628 at gmail dot com

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  30. My little grandson wants Rocko.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail.com

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  31. I think Yama would be a favorite
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  32. Rivet

    droopydog63@hotmail.com

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  33. My daughter would love Stonewall. We just love his colors. Thank you!

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  34. I like the colors of the Stonewall hamster best.

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  35. My son would LOVE Drayco!!!! He's really excited about the Kung Zhu pets!! :)

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  36. My son says Stonewall rules !

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  37. My daughter, the tomboy, would love Stonewall.

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  38. My son's favorite is Stonewall.
    monster6236 at gmail dot com

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  39. Sargeant Serge.

    Hubby and I are both veterans so we have a fondness of those who share the uniform.

    Christine
    dazed1821@aol.com

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  40. My son would love to have Yama

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  41. I think my son would like Rivet!

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  42. My daughter loves Rivet.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  43. My daughter would like Stonewall because of his color and the star on his forehead.
    yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

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  44. We like Rivet at our house.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  45. Rock'o is our favorite! honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

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  46. Rock'O
    dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

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  47. I like Yama because of that crazy eye!

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  48. I think my son would like Stonewall.
    Susan
    mama2rob at yahoo dot com

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  49. My daughter would like Rivet! Thanks!

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  50. I'm sure they'd love to have any of the Kung Zhu's but I'm sure they'd say Rivet and Sgt. Serge look pretty cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

    buckeye7081@gmail.com

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  51. I don't think he would care which one he got, but I like Sergeant Serge.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

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  52. Rivet has wormed his way into my grandsons 4 year old heart!

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  53. My son would love Drayko


    mellanhead74 at hotmail.com

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  54. My son would love Thorn.

    rsbryswrrl at gmail dot com

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  55. My son like Drayko the best. I think Rivet is really cute.

    casey.becher @ yahoo.com

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  56. Though I picked Drayko, my kids have informed me that Stonewall is "da man!"
    pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

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  57. My son wants Stonewall. pandahugger at gmail dot com

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  58. my boys would love stonewall from the special forces

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  59. My kids would love to have stonewall

    macd9900 at gmail dot com

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  60. My son would love Sergeant Serge.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  61. My kids would love Stonewall from the kung Zhu Special Forces.
    jcristig@hotmail.com

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  62. My son would love Seargent Serge. His favorite color is grean. I love Thorn, myself.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  63. We liked Drayko from the Ninja Warriors.

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  64. I think Rock'O would be a hit here, we have a sheltie named Rocco!
    pbjmama@live.com

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  65. My son would like Azur
    lil.blessing at gmail dot com

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  66. My son has been talking about these and he really wants Azer because that was the last name of his first grade teacher!

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  67. My son told me that Yama was the best because he's one of the ninjas. The kids would love these, thanks!

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  68. He would love to have Yama!

    jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  69. Seargent Serge would be the favorite around here

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  70. My son would love stonewall

    Midgetmomma1200budget(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  71. The boys would Love any of them, but I will choose Sgt. Serge because my husband is a retired Sgt. lol! Thank you for the Giveaway! lanemarinab@aol.com

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  72. My daughter would love them all, but I think that she'd like Yama the most.

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  73. I checked out the hamsters and my son would love to have Stonewall cause blue is his fave :D

    justine417@comcast.net

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  74. I think my kids would like stonewall.

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  75. Stonewall. My son wants these so bad because he says he lost his girlfriend (he's 8) to Zhu Zhu pets. She's always playing with them, so if he had a Kung Zhu, he can play with her again!
    harmonden[at]wowway[dot]com

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  76. My 3 yr old likes rivet!

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  77. My daughter thinks Rivet is pretty cool!

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  78. Sergeant Serge would be my son's favorite since he loves the color green!

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  79. My son loves Rocco and anyone of the Ninjas.

    Thank you for the entry,

    Nikki

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  80. my niece would love azer he is so cute :)

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  81. My daughter LOVES Zhu Zhu pets. She has been asking me for these new ones. I think she would love Stonewall.

    Great giveaway!

    thisisme79(at)gmail(dot)com

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  82. I think the kids would like Seargent Serge the best!

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  83. oh my son would love Rock O everytime the commericial comes on he goes nuts over it!

    morethanrubiesllc at gmail.com thank you!

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  84. Sergent Sarge is our favorite. Thanks

    Jujubee782 @ AOL DOT COM

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