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Product Review: FurReal Tiger Roarin’ Tyler, the playful Tiger

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FurReal Tiger Review

One of the hottest toys this past Christmas was this playful animatronic FurReal Roarin’ tiger toy that responds to sounds and touch by Hasbro. We actually received this as a gift from my mother (thanks mom!) this last Christmas. Read on to find out whether I think the FurReal Tiger was a big hit or big miss before spending any of your precious moolah.

Firstly, what exactly is this FurReal Tiger? Well it’s one of the collection of FurReal Friends toys by Hasbro that is meant to serve as an interactive stuffed animal or ‘pet’ that your child can actually play with instead of just carrying around like they would a stuffed animal. He is animatronic, so he moves up and down on his legs (he doesn’t walk), blinks and makes noises. When your child roars at Tyler the tiger, he roars right back at them. He also has sensors in multiple places, so that he responds when your child pets him. The FurReal Tiger responds to over 100+ sound and motion combinations, and he also comes with a squeaky toy rubber chicken that he responds to as well.

The package does contain instructions so that you know how to interact with Tyler the Tiger and the motions and sounds he responds to. He roars, purrs and even farts (yes, farts). The FurReal tiger does require 4 C Alkaline batteries which are not included (why are kids toys always the obscure C batteries that we never seem to have?!?), and he is recommended for ages 4 and up. As far as I can tell, the age restriction is more based on his size and ability for your child to interact than any choking hazards. He is fairly heavy at about 4 pounds total, and even though he is covered in a soft fur, there is clearly a lot of plastic underneath, so I wouldn’t describe him as plush.

The list price for the FurReal tiger is technically $129.99 (which is super expensive in my opinion), but currently I see it being sold for $54.99 in several stores…so that’s more reasonable, but still pricey compared to a stuffed animal. I didn’t realize it before doing the research for this post, but Tyler the Tiger is just one of many options in the FurReal Friends line by Hasbro…you can also get StarLily, My magical unicorn; Chatty Charlie, the barkin’ beagle; Snifflin’ Sawyer, a Polar Bear; Jake, my jumpin’ Yorkie (apparently Hasbro is really against the g at the end of a word); Baby Giggles, my giggly monkey; Pom Pom, my Baby Panda Pet, Munchin’ Rex, a pet dinosaur and many many more. Many of the other options are cheaper than Tyler the tiger, and seem like they don’t do quite as much, so keep that in mind. However, it is nice that whichever animal your child likes, they likely have an option for you.

What’s in the box?

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The FurReal Tiger itself of course, the squeaky toy, and instructions (no batteries).

Pros:

  • Tyler the FurReal Tiger is really adorable with his big blue eyes and the motions he makes to drop down and look up at you.
  • Tyler is definitely more engaging and interactive than a stuffed animal for a child – and who needs another stuffed animal sitting around in their house?
  • The FurReal Tiger would be a great alternative for a child who cannot/does not have a living pet that they can play with (or perhaps they are not gentle enough with a real pet….I can see Tyler the Tiger being a good training ground for teaching that).
  • It has pose-able legs and a soft fur covering makes him more pet like than other plastic options out there.
  • Children do seem particularly drawn to him and are intrigued by the idea of FurReal interactive pets. The “roaring” at Tyler with him roaring back is a HUGE hit with the little ones.

Cons:

  • While marketed as super interactive, it doesn’t feel like the FurReal Tiger does a whole lot. He has the same series of responses in noise and movement to many interactions. He does not walk or get more intelligent over time. Someone should invent a toy like the FurReal Friends with an AI built-in (like Alexa or Siri)…that would be interesting and probably a bit more long lasting.
  • Toy is not soft or light like a traditional stuffed animal.
  • Super annoying for parents – sorry, but it just is. It will continue to randomly make noises and move even after it’s been left alone. It can scare the carp out of you if you walk into a dark room and Tyler starts roaring or purring (It reminded me of the Furbys we had when we were growing up that would not stop talking. I remember hiding my Furby in the closet because it wouldn’t shut up!) It does have an off switch though – Thank you for that Hasbro!
  • Some children may actually find Tyler the Tiger frightening. My nephew was scared of him, and it took awhile for him to warm up to him…something to keep in mind depending on your child’s temperament.
  • I have seen many reviews reporting that their FurReal Tiger either arrived broken or broke quickly. We didnt have that experience, but it doesn’t bode well that many others have.

Final Review

On to what my final review of the FurReal Tiger…I have to say it is kind of a mixed bag on this one. I think that overall, with all of the hype and at the original expensive price of over $100, I was underwhelmed with this toy and would call it a miss. However, for the lower price it is currently at, and for a child who really enjoys animals, but does not have a real live one that they can play with…this would definitely be a BIG hit. I would say that between the ages of 4 and 6 would be the sweet spot with the younger side being the best (I do think that kids younger than 4 would enjoy this too, but since the manufacturers states 4+ on the package, I won’t recommend that to you explicitly).

If you have any of the FurReal friends, let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are. I’m interested to hear! Also, let me know if there’s another toy or product that you would like for me to review next.

Thanks for stopping by!

Katie

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2 Comments

  1. Randi D says:

    Fisher Price made a Smart Toy Panda (and an another animal that I can’t think of at the moment) a few years ago, that learned about your child the longer you had it and would respond when you talked to him. I had bought one for my little brother. However, they got rid of it and his accessories shortly after that Christmas he came out. I think you might still be able to find him at discount retailers online.
    I think some parents were a little freaked out by him and were worried about security concerns.

    Also, I feel like Charlie the Beagle is a needed addition to your family. 🙂

    1. wordsfromamama says:

      That’s interesting. I’ll have to check it out. I think that’s pretty cool. Sad they stopped selling it.

      Haha I totally agree about Charlie. I laughed out loud when I saw that toy!

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