Snowcup and Dashington Zhu Zhu Pets Exclusive

 

Cepia the makers of Zhu Zhu Pets have done it again with what they are calling their “Royalty Collection” of Zhu Zhu Pets. Girls are going to go crazy over this new line which includes a Zhu Zhu Pet Princess Snowcup and her adorable Zhu Zhu Pet Prince Dashington.

In addition to the Royal Zhu Zhu Pets you need a place for them to call home and of course that would be the Zhu Zhu Pets Castle which has lots of fun features that will keep the kids busy for hours. But how do the Royal Zhu Zhu Pets get to their Castle?….or course, in a Zhu Zhu Pets Carriage….what else !!! How cute is that carriage which you can have your Zhu Zhu Prince drive around for the Zhu Zhu Princess.

Of course Prince Dashington can also take Princess Snowcup to the Zhu Zhu Pets Ballroom so they can dance the night away under the stars – How romantic !!!

zhu zhu pets princess outfitsAnd this Royalty Collection would not be complete without a change of outfits.  They created 8 Royal Looks for this collection which include:

  • Princess Ballroom Gown
  • Prince Outfit
  • Guard
  • Footman
  • Dragon
  • Blue Princess
  • Tea Room Princess
  • Princess Maiden

I don’t know about you, but I think this new line of Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters are beyond adorable and I can see these on all the kids Christmas Lists this year for sure.

Toys ‘R’ Us Trims Losses by Making a Hamster Hot

New York Times, By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM

Long before stockings were hung and Christmas trees twinkled in windows, the chief of Toys “R” Us threw his company’s weight behind an odd bet.

It was early summer, and Gerald L. Storch had a fake hamster on his desk. His buyers, the executives who study and order merchandise, were predicting it would be a holiday hit. Mr. Storch laughed as the rodent scurried around and plopped off a table, then he turned serious: “How big can we make it?”

So big, it turned out, that mothers are now lying in wait in Toys “R” Us parking lots all over the nation, desperately hoping to score fake hamsters for Christmas.

Mr. Storch’s big order for Zhu Zhu Pets was the latest achievement for a man who, in the midst of a recession, has begun to pull off a retailing turnaround. Only five years ago, Toys “R” Us was in grave trouble. Sales had shrunk and the chain had fallen under the shadow of Wal-Mart, the behemoth discounter. Retailing professionals said the beleaguered toy industry was losing ground to flashy electronic gadgets.

When Toys “R” Us was sold, in 2005, for $6.6 billion to two private equity firms and a real estate developer, analysts thought it was only a matter of time before the chain would be carved up and sold.

They were wrong. The toy company’s new owners hired the bespectacled Mr. Storch, a longtime Target executive, to help Toys “R” Us get its sparkle back.

In the last year, Mr. Storch has taken bold steps. He snapped up nearly every well-known specialty toy chain and Web site, including F. A. O Schwarz and KB Toys. As mall retailers went out of business, Mr. Storch opened more than 80 temporary holiday toy shops in their vacant storefronts. He is opening supercenters, with Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores together under one roof. And he kicked off the holiday shopping season earlier than ever, opening his stores at just after midnight on the Friday after Thanksgiving, instead of hours later.

Recently, Mr. Storch stood at the flagship Toys “R” Us store in Manhattan and gazed at a replica of the Empire State Building made of Legos. “While it would be easy to get into a very defensive hunker-down mode during these economic times,” he said, “history has shown that the future rewards companies which are aggressive during economic downturns.”

Toys “R” Us has not gone unscathed in this economy; the chain said in its most recent reporting period that sales declined from last year. Even so, Mr. Storch has managed to make it the last big specialty toy retailer left in the nation, and one whose prospects are looking up.

Where consumers used to shop at KB Toys in malls throughout the country, they are now shopping at Toys “R” Us holiday boutiques. When tourists buy wide-eyed dolls at F. A. O. Schwarz, their dollars go into the coffers of Toys “R” Us. Even a search for the word “toys” on the Internet inevitably leads to a Web site owned by Toys “R” Us: Toys.com, eToys.com, BabyUniverse.com, FAO.com or ePregnancy.com.

Wal-Mart overtook Toys “R” Us as the largest toy seller in the country more than a decade ago. Mr. Storch’s fundamental strategy is not to try to compete by matching Wal-Mart’s prices, a battle he would surely lose. Instead he is trying to outfox Wal-Mart by focusing on service and especially on selection, perceiving the next hot toy trend and locking in big orders before his competitors even see it coming.

“Now our competitors are left competing purely by making price claims,” Mr. Storch said, adding that he would not reinforce “a rush to the cheap.” He pointed out that his competitors could not cut prices on toys they did not have.

Mr. Storch, 53, joined Toys “R” Us after 12 years at Target, where he rose to vice chairman and was widely considered to be one of two contenders for the top job. But in 2005 he abruptly left the company, never giving a reason. Retailing professionals said they think it became clear inside Target that Mr. Storch, known as more of an operations man than someone with a flair for merchandising, was not going to ascend to chief executive.

Four months after leaving Target, Mr. Storch was named chairman and chief executive of Toys “R” Us, where from his early days he held the chain accountable for its poor results and invoked the mantra, “We are not victims.”

Industry veterans praised Mr. Storch for his intelligence (he has a bachelor of arts, a master’s and a law degree from Harvard), and for bringing Toys “R” Us back from the brink. At the same time, Mr. Storch has been described as being obstinate and of not having a particularly warm personality. Industry professionals said he had gone through several senior executives.

At Target, Mr. Storch worked in areas as varied as supply chain operations and financial services, and led the development of the company’s grocery strategy and its Target.com business. “I remember when I was giving a presentation,” said Mr. Storch, “one of the board members saying, ‘Well, we can’t do a Web site at Target because, you know, you have to be specialized in something the way eToys is.’ ”

Today, Toys “R” Us owns eToys. All of the recent acquisitions are meant to differentiate Toys “R” Us from its value-priced rivals, especially the purchase of F. A. O Schwarz, which enabled Toys “R” Us to offer exclusive, high-end toys.

Toys “R” Us posted a loss of $67 million for the three months ended Oct. 31, an improvement over a loss of $104 million last year. The company typically makes large investments in the third quarter to prepare for the holidays. Net sales were $2.7 billion, down from $2.8 billion last year. Sales at United States stores open at least a year declined 9.3 percent year-over-year. Still, Sean McGowan, a toy industry analyst with Needham & Company, said Toys “R” Us had lately gained market share.

“The profitability of the company is better than it’s been in a decade,” he said.

Also, Toys “R” Us, which is owned by the private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital, and a real estate developer, Vornado Realty Trust, refinanced its debt so that no major payments are due for two years. Last month, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the chain’s outlook.

Retailing professionals said Toys “R” Us — which has 849 Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores in the United States and more than 700 international stores — will probably file for a public stock offering in the next year or so. Toys “R” Us declined to comment on that.

Buyers at Toys “R” Us were first introduced to fake hamsters, known as Zhu Zhu Pets, almost a year ago, at the Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair.

“We saw the potential,” said Lisa Harnisch, a vice president and divisional merchandise manager for Toys “R” Us. Ms. Harnisch and her colleagues knew children adored hamsters — and they sensed that mothers would like fake hamsters that required no care.

By May, Toys “R” Us had partnered with Cepia, the small company that created the hamsters, to do a test run in a few stores in Arizona. Sales were off the charts. “At that point we knew this was going to be really big,” said Ms. Harnisch, adding that Mr. Storch trusted her and her team to find the season’s hottest toys but “at the same time he’s very challenging and he’s very aggressive.”

“From his perspective it was less about that item,” she continued, and more about “how do we make it big for Christmas?”

Toy’s “R” Us spent the summer talking to Cepia about how many fake hamsters could be manufactured and what exclusive variations could be made for Toys “R” Us. In August the chain began placing orders for the holidays. This week, Toys “R” Us promised it would have more than a million Zhu Zhu Pets and accessories available through Christmas eve.

Mr. Storch boasts “vastly more Zhu Zhu inventory than anyone else,” and other people in the toy trade confirm that claim. That buzz is what has mothers camping out in the parking lots of Toys “R” Us.

Our Top Items this Christmas!

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Here’s a look at the TOP 10 ITEMS on CMDSTORE.COM this Christmas! Is the Holiday Season creeping up a little too quickly, leaving you without ideas for what to get the fanboy or fangirl in your life? Take a look at the hottest toys we’ve got this Christmas, plus all the deadline dates to follow if you want your purchase to arrive right on time!

1) BAKUGAN : MAXUS HELIOS 7-IN-1
The most impressive Bakugan out there isn’t a single battle brawler, it’s the sum of seven! With this exclusive pack, you get six Bakugan that combine into a single Maxus Helios beast!

2) ZHU ZHU PETS
The latest craze to sweep this nation and others, we’ve got the four Zhu Zhu Pet hamsters, plus four accessories including the fun house and the Hamster City garage.

3) MARVEL SELECT: RED HULK
The Exclusive Marvel Select Red Hulk has been very popular this year. It features great sculpting, impressive articulation and a variant head, plus a rubble-strewn base sure to look awesome on any toy shelf.

4) TWILIGHT & NEW MOON FIGURES
The juggernaut that is the Twilight series has left some very nice NECA toys in its path, featuring Bella, Alive, Jacob and, of course, the man himself: vampire Edward Cullen. Swoon!

5) STAR WARS CLONE TANK
Featuring Electronic lights and sounds, plus launchable weaponry and some truly cool design, Star Wars fans should be pleased to see this brand new Turbo Tank roll out!

6) TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
Deluxe Class, Voyager Class, Robot Heroes and more! We’ve got everything from 2009’s biggest movie.

7) MCFARLANE’S HALO: SERIES 6
One of the biggest games of all time, the folks have outdone themselves in coming up with their toy line. Series 6 brings Brute Boyguards, Pure-form Floods and more!

8) SONIC ACTION FIGURES: SERIES 2
Sonic fans young and old will enjoy these figures, which bring together everyone from the Genesis years to Sonic’s rebirth with Nintendo. The new series features Yellow Super Sonic!

9) GI JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
This one’s a line of toys for fans of the film, but it should also be very appealing to any GI Joe fans looking for a new take on their favourite characters.

10) GEARS OF WAR: SERIES 5 Check out Col. Hoffman, Boomer, a COG soldier and a Grenadier Beast Rider in this awesome new series based on the hit XBox game.

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Zhu Zhu Pets Electronic Hamster – Mr. Squiggles Brown

If I had to pick a favorite Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster, who would it be?   There is not a lot to pick from…the litter is pretty small right now.

It would have to be….the Brown guy….Mr Squiggles.  Why you ask?  Well…he’s got a great name.   Mr Squiggles is like a super awesome name (not sure if that sounds right…I sound like a 7 year old).

The reason why the Zhu Zhu Pets are so popular amongst kids is the fact that zhu zhu pets are not just toy hamsters but they are actually the worlds first interactive plush toy hamster.

Buy Zhu Zhu Hamster Pets online at www.cmdstore.com

Get 15% off Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster

Zhu Zhu Pets are the hottest 2009 toy out-selling everything else in the universe. Get an additional 15% off your purchase when you spend over 20 dollars (before shipping charges) at Cmdstore.com. Simply add the items you want to your shopping cart and then proceed to checkout using the coupon code: cyber15. Then click the apply button and your discount will be given. Coupon expires Monday, 11:59pm on November 30th, 2009 so hurry to take advantage of this limited offer.

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CmdStore.com is one of the retailers able to offer the season’s number one hot toy, Zhu Zhu Pets, with every accessory possible still available for sale through the site! Cmdstore has been in business for over 16 years and is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau Inc (BBB).

Here are some other Zhu Zhu Pets articles you might be interested in reading:

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Zhu Zhu Pets toy hamsters – How to buy and find the pop culture phenomenon toy in stock!

Zhu Zhu Pets Hamsters Invade America

Cyber Monday search for Hot Christmas Toy: Zhu Zhu Pets

The term Cyber Monday refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday, the ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shopping season in the U.S. after Thanksgiving Day. Whereas Black Friday is associated with traditional brick-and-mortar stores, “Cyber Monday” symbolizes a busy day for online retailers. The premise was that consumers would return to their offices after the Black Friday weekend, making purchases online that they were not able to make in stores.

Is Cyber Monday really the best single day for online retailers? For us, it ranks #5 however I did some research online and it appears that Cyber Monday average ranking is #10. We actually sell more on the day before Cyber Monday….Sunday. Sunday is the day to go online to buy what you couldn’t find at the stores. I have noticed most online retailers are offering discounts and free shipping for Friday and Saturday only. Have fun shopping online!

Looking for Zhu Zhu Hamster Pets? We have a selection of Zhu Zhu Pets and related merchandise to satisfy your needs. Zhu Zhu Pets are the hottest 2009 toy out-selling everything else on the planet.

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