The toy producing giant known as Hasbro is behind some of the most innovative and memorable products in the history of the toy industry. As of recent, one of their most popular lines has been FurReal Friends, a series of interactive and cuddly plush animals.
When children speak to them, hold them, or likewise interact with them, FurReal Friends make sounds and lifelike movements. Designed to respond to touch, the offerings in this line are highly desirable for their nearly life-like antics. FurReal Friends enjoyed major successes with items that resembled monkeys and dogs; however, for the 2015 season Hasbro has kicked it up a notch by introducing their first FurReal Friends mythical creature–a beautiful pegasus unicorn named StarLily.
StarLily features 100-plus sound and motion combinations and the more she is played with the more she can respond – she even moves her head and opens and closes her eyes! The sensors around her face and on her horn enable StarLily to respond to your touch and her long silky (and multi-colored) hair can be styled, braided and combed in many ways for fun-filled grooming play. StarLily comes with a special sugarberry treat and when she is fed she opens and closes her mouth and makes happy eating sounds. With fluttering wings and a horn that lights up with multiple colors to communicate how she’s feeling, StarLily is a magical dream come true. Additionally, StarLily can be posed to sit, stand, or lie down. She can even move her front hoof!
StarLily is a physical toy but she has a technological edge courtesy of the “StarLily, My Magical Unicorn Pet” app that allows users to become closer friends with StarLily and visit her enchanted forest home–and the more players engage with the app, the more they can “grow” their pet’s power and win collectibles, thereby making her forest world even more magical! This beautifully rendered and free app can be accessed with or without the toy. However, when you play with the app alongside StarLily she will directly respond to whatever is happening on screen.
It might as well be immediately stated what StarLily is–a marvel. Of all the toys and games on the market nothing compares to this one in terms of visual appearance, responsiveness and quality. StarLily is so lifelike that it’s somewhat eerie; even though she is far too beautiful to be considered creepy in any way she is certainly a toy that will quickly be regarded more as a pet than an object. The instructions clearly state that StarLily becomes more responsive the more you interact with her and this is absolutely true. For parents who are considering buying their child an actual pet, StarLily is good practice.
Equipped with multiple sensors, the unicorn sneezes when you rub her nose and nays when you pet her back. She splays her wings when tickled on her lower neck and she bends her head when her neck is touched. Whenever she eats her “sugar-berry” treat she makes a “yum” sound and flaps her wings while kicking out her front leg joyfully. Her horn shines vibrantly and can make her as much of a nightlight as a cuddly plush.
Yet it is the details that really make StarLily stand out. Clearly, whoever designed her spared no room for improvement–everything about her is absolutely gorgeous. Her wings, hoofs and eyes contain a stunning array of sparkles, her eyelashes are adorned with a line of purple glitter and her blonde mane is streaked with light pink and lavender highlights. Moreover, her white fur is made of an incredible soft material which makes her extremely cuddly.
Despite lacking the ability to walk, StarLily is a truly magical toy. Her interactive ways make her amazing even to adults and she is worth every penny of her $120 price tag. If you have a little girl between the ages of 4 and 8 who likes animals and/or mythical creatures then this is the “must buy” item of the season. I give her 5 out of 5 stars and cannot recommend her enough. If I could give this wonderful toy 10 stars I would.
StarLily requires 4“C” batteries which are not included and she is available at most major toy retailers nationwide. Although StarLily is undoubtedly a girl’s toy, other FurReal Friends are suitable for boys. For example, this year also marks the release of “J.J. My Jumpin’ Pug Pet” which retails for $39.99. This character has an excitable personality and can jump up on its hind legs with excitement when he is waved at and calms down if you pet his head.
To learn more about the FurReal Friends toy line, see here. To purchase a StarLily, click here. Additionally, watch this YouTube video to see StarLily in action.