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You know when a toy is the official hottest Holiday toy of the year when the New York Times runs a story about it. The making of the WowWee Fingerlings is an very interesting read. Sydney Wiseman, a member of the family who runs Canadian toy company WowWee, came up with the Fingerlings. The origin of the idea of little robotic baby monkeys lies in Ms. Wiseman's obsession with pygmy marmoset monkeys.
Parents have to thank Walmart for the low $15 price point of Fingerlings. WowWee planned to sell Fingerlings for $20, but Walmart insisted on the $15 price. Turned out Walmart got it right. $20 is too high for something that is also a collectible. Many people buy more than one Fingerling.
WowWee is very proud that Fingerlings can fart. "You know you can trust a toy company if its toys fart," Ms. Wiseman said. "It knows what kids want." Another interesting revelation from the WowWee Fingerlings background story on the NYTimes is that Fingerlings Sloth are moving and speaking 10% slower than the monkeys. That kind of detail is really neat.
Last Friday was a big Fingerlings day. Amazon has sold a wide range of Fingerlings for hours. Walmart has also stocked Fingerlings online on Friday as well. If Fingerlings will be in stock online today, on Green Monday remains to be seen.
To get notified when the WowWee Fingerlings are in stock online, download the free online inventory tracking app The Tracker. The app will notify you when any of the online available Fingerlings are in stock at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and other stores.
Here is a brief video showing how the Tracker App works. Do you know how to make Fingerlings burp? Find out how to do the three most popular Fingerlings tricks.
The Tracker app is available for free on iOS and Android. You can find the app in the app store with searching for just for "i4u". Alternatively, you can follow @TheTrackerApp Twitter account to receive the in-stock notification on all hard to find products of the season.
We have published a new report on how to avoid buying fake Fingerlings. There is a new wave of counterfeit Fingerlings on sale on marketplaces. The newest Fingerlings knock off have a different design.
The WowWee Fingerlings are the hottest toy of the Holiday 2017 season. One of the reasons for the success is a video of a girl crying out of happiness to have found Fingerlings in stores back in August. How a toy becomes the most popular Holiday toy is a mystery. This year it's Fingerlings. The good news is that Fingerlings are cheap if you find them in stock. The retail price of a Fingerling is between $14.99 and $17.99, depending on the edition and store.
WowWee certainly pushes all the right buttons with the Fingerlings toy. The little robot pets are extremely cute and make adorable noises when playing with them. Fingerlings are very affordable. Sensor, motors and microprocessor technology got so cheap nowadays now that WowWee can make an interactive toy for just a couple Dollars. WowWee is positioning this electronic toy as a collectible. That is only possible because of the low price.
Initially, when Fingerlings launched back in August there were only six Fingerlings. Now there are much more and not just baby monkeys. There are store exclusive Fingerlings and special editions to collect. Each of the toys has a name, making them easy to identify. The most popular Fingerlings include Kiki, Ava, Gigi and Kingsley.
Some Fingerlings editions are coming bundled with an accessory including stands and blankies. WowWee also offers Fingerlings Playsets. Playsets include a toy for the Fingerlings and also include a Fingerling.
The Fingerlings Editions include the Glitter Monkeys, exclusive to Amazon launched on Black Friday. The just-announced Fingerlings Two Tone Fingerlings will be on sale at ToysRUs, Walmart and Target starting Friday, Dec. 1
Find the complete list of all released WowWee Fingerlings. With the Tracker app you can find the Fingerlings and Playsets in stock that are sold online. The first Two Tone Fingerlings stock trackers are now available in the Tracker app.
You can find WowWee Fingerlings on marketplaces like eBay and Amazon. When buying from a reseller, you need to pay extra attention to make sure you get authentic WowWee Fingerlings and not a fake. Look for US-based sellers with great customer feedback track record.
Counterfeit Fingerlings have been flooding marketplaces right from the start. There are still lots of fake Fingerlings offered. Make sure to follow precautions to avoid buying a fake Fingerling.
WowWee's Fingerlings are the hottest Holiday 2017 toy. Each Holiday season there is one toy that becomes for some reason the hottest toy. Last year it was the Hatchimals. This year its toy maker WowWee's turn to have a viral holiday toy on their hands.
The demand and hype around the collectible interactive toys are incredible already weeks ahead of Christmas. Fingerlings retail for around $15, making it one of the most affordable Holiday 2017 toys. The little WowWee Fingerling baby monkeys cling to kids' fingers and go where they go. Fingerlings react to sound, motion and touch, make fun little monkey noises, and move in ways that will make kids squeal with delight.
Fingerlings baby monkeys come to life with endless ways of play and realistic sounds to let you know how they are feeling. Kids can swing them, pet them, kiss them, and even rock them to sleep. WowWee unveiled the Fingerlings at the Toy Fair 2017 in February. Fingerlings went on sale on August 11 in the United States.
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