online "virtual pet" community, Neopets at
neopets.com, is so popular that a merchandise line is now
available. Even Hasbro and Thinkway Toys are producing Neopet toys. There's
plenty to do at the site, and best of all, it's free! We show you
what Neopets.com has to offer.
virtual pets that kids access online. Children feed their pets,
offer them toys, collect Neopoints (the Neopia currency), trade
with others in the community, play games, and more. The basic idea
is to keep your Neopets happy and healthy, but there are many
"other" things to do at the site.
How Do You
Kids need to
sign up and create an account at the Neopets site (neopets.com). It's free and requires an email
address. First off, they pick their age and create a user ID. (NeoPets
has over 40 million users to date, so choosing a good name, like
choosing a great domain name, is difficult).
activating their account (by confirming your email address), kids
choose their first pet's species (such as "Chia" - see
screenshot at right). Note that children can "own" no
more than four pets at a time, which is a good thing because the
pets can be hard to keep track of, and hard to keep happy, when
there are too many. After this, the pet can be personalized by
choosing its color, gender, personality (for example, how does it
greet strangers?), and name. Finally, kids are brought to a screen
that randomly generates their Neopet's stats that show its
strengths, weaknesses, and size.
Once a NeoPet
is created, kids enter Neopia. They'll want to keep their Neopet(s)
happy and healthy by offering them food and toys, but these pets
don't always like the food they're offered! They might find a toy
"boring" as well.
Kids can buy
new items in shops, and they can even haggle with shopkeepers. In
fact, over time, they can create their own shops.
Then there are
the games...puzzles, action games, chance games, and so on. Some
are educational (such as a math game that requires rapidly
entering answers to math equations), and others are just for fun.
Kids earn NeoPoints when they succeed at the games -- these are
flash games that are decent quality. The games can take a little
time to download with slower internet connections.
to do include battling in the Battledome ("weapons" are
rather tame, such as the cookie dough bomb), chat with other
players, join clubs, explore new lands, and even trade stocks. We
liked the fact that kids can open up a bank account and earn
interest on their NeoPoints. Another feature that (kind of)
teaches kids some real-world skills is the Auctions option. Kids
can bid on items that are up for auction and/or put their own
random surprises here and there, plenty of newsletters that keep
children up to speed on the latest happenings in the community,
and more. The site seems to be well-monitored and supported.
NeoPets News - First Ever Console Game
The first-ever console game starring Neopets is set to be
released in September 2005. Neopets: The Darkest Faerie
for the PlayStation 2 will allow players to guide a knight named Tor
and his sorceress partner Roberta (switching between the two
characters) on a quest to defeat the Darkest Faerie, set in familiar
Neopets lands such as the Haunted Woods and Meridell. There will
even be PetPets to take care of in this much-anticipated video game
for the PS2.
has released a new line of voice-activated Neopets toys. These
cute toys are about four inches high, and they respond to children
in different ways, depending on which Neopet it is. For example,
the adorable little blue Kacheek (pictured at left) features light-up cheeks,
wiggling ears, and a nodding head--all activated by a child's
voice--and the Kougra "kneads" the ground with its paws
while Uni flaps its wings. These toys respond to kids' voices with
sound, voice, and lights. Their moods change depending on the tone
of voice used to speak to them! See our full review
of these toys.
board game that allows
kids to play some familiar Neopets mini-games offline, and with
their friends or siblings. Neopets Game
features game pieces, a spinner, cards, and a board. Children have fun in Neopia
in a totally different way. Parents will appreciate the idea that
kids are enjoying their favorite characters without tying up the
family computer quite as much. Our kid testers thoroughly enjoy
playing Adventures in Neopia, the board game.
Interactive Plushies from Thinkway are available to buy.
These soft toys are voice-activated pets. They are approximately 9
inches tall, and they respond to children's voices with lights,
sound, and chatter. They interact with other interactive Neopet
plushies as well--in fact they recognize other Petpets by name and
have unique reponses to each! Each Petpet responds to yes/no
questions. Some sample phrases include Shoyru's "Could you
rub my tummy?" and Uni's "Can you brush my mane?"
Neopets Plushies with less
interactivity are also available. These Petpets feature light-up
cheeks and some sound effects.
Here are the NeoPets toys
currently available at Toys R Us online. We've arranged them in
order of popularity. Click on a link to find more information
about the product, or to buy:
Trading Card Game (TCG)
See our review
of the collectible, playable card game starring Neopets here.
Neopets Collectables - Neopets now has their own eBay store:
The people at Neopets now have an
eBay store called NeopetsCollectables, where they sell Limited
Edition plushies. All plushies available through the Neopets Ebay
store are authentic Neopets products. Currently available in the
Magazine - Subscription
Subscribers get 6 issues
of the official Neopets magazine over 12
information about their favorite Neopets
areas of Neopia. Reviews and
previews of Neopets products and the trading card game are
included, as well as games, articles
that teach kids how to draw Neopets, contests, exclusive Neopets
tips and tricks, and each magazine includes a special Neopets
If you missed
some (or all) of the Neopets Plushies offered in McDonald's Happy
Meals in June (the promotion ended June 24th), you can certainly find sets and individual Neopets
It's a great way to find the Neopets toys your kids missed (and
really want). If you aren't already an eBay member, it's free to join and
much easier to use than you may think!
residents: Find hard to find items on eBay!
(simply enter the keyword "neopets" in the search box).
Learn how eBay works
or search for Neopets at eBay.ca!
(simply enter the keyword "neopets" in the search box).
McDonald's 2005 Neopets Plushies: There
were 12 plushies in 7 different colors. The promotion ended August
2004 Neopets Plushies come in an assortment of colors. (This
promotion ended June 24th, 2004). The basic
#8 Neopian Mystery Item (Magic Nova, Paintbrush, Speckled
Egg, Ultra Nova)
In other words, there are 15
Neopets and 4 Neopian Mystery Items, for a total of 19 unique
plushies. For super collectors, there are 109 toys in all, which
include all 19 varieties in every color available.
Current eBay auctions for Neopets
Search for NeoPets
toys at Amazon.com: