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Friday December 21, 2007 7:16 pm
Unboxing Live 027: Pleo Robotic Baby Dinosaur
Pleo is, without question, one of the hottest toys on the wish lists of children across America this holiday season. Ugobe’s robotic baby dinosaur is a wonder, seemingly coming to life once it’s turned on. We were able to get our hands on a brand new Pleo, and as is our custom, we figured it best to hook you guys up with a video of the unboxing experience.
If you are unfamiliar with Pleo, it’s a robotic baby dinosaur toy that was conceptualized by Caleb Chung - he also co-created Furby. It’s modeled on a one-week-old Camarasaurus dinosaur, and mimics the behavior of a newborn baby. Pleo thinks and acts independently, and Ugobe goes as far as to say “just like a real animal.” When you first turn it on, Pleo begins it’s birthing stage. It won’t react to you much, but you should still pet it and give it attention, as that will set the stage for the personality it will eventually have. After about 5-12 minutes, depending on your level of interaction, Pleo enters the hatchling stage. This lasts until the battery charge runs out, which is typically about 45 minutes. This is where it’s basic behavioral drives will start to kick-in. He’ll ask to be fed, he’ll start to walk and explore his environment, take short naps like a baby, and he’ll start to exhibit a wider range of emotions. He will begin to experiment with new sounds he can make.
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After you recharge the battery and pop it back in, Pleo will be in his final stage - Juvenile. The Juvenile stage represents Pleo’s entry into childhood where his full range of movement and behaviors will be exhibited.
This is definitely a fun toy, especially for children. Ugobe doesn’t recommend Pleo for children under 8 years old, but my 3 year old absolutely adores him - you’ll see Alijah in the video after the credits roll, getting aquatinted to Pleo during the birthing stage.
Pleo is going to be next to impossible to find in stores if you want one by Christmas. Your best bet at this point is a Buy It Now win on eBay and getting overnight shipping. Pleo retails for $349.99.
Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!
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