Our youngest daughter received this Jakk's Pacific Scorchio Neopet for her birthday. This little guy, or should I say girl, is just as cute as a button. The stuffed toy is sweet and cuddly. But it is more than just a stuffed toy.
Neopets were developed in 1999. The original concept was an online world where children could have pets they could care for and keep without there being an actual living creature. In Neopia, the Neopets virtual world, children can find items to buy for their pets and games to play to stockpile Neo Points for the goods. The stuffed Neopet you buy comes with a credit you can use online in the form of Neo Cash.
For the most part I found the games hard for my child to play, especially if the keyboard must be used. Gaining Neo Points is relatively easy though if you or your teen play the games.
The best part of the site is your child will learn responsibility. In the virtual world the Neopet must be sheltered, fed, and played with in order to survive.
Caring for my daughter's Neopet online has become quite the chore. Just the other day we went online to fine her pet dying. She didn't have quite enough Neo Points to buy food so we had to explore free food options. This took us a while and there was no stopping until the Neopet was fed and brought back to good health.
The saddest thing is you see your little Neopet with tears in their eyes. I think this is heart wrenching. My child began crying. I think the online option is more appropriate for older children, say 9 - 13. It's also better for children who can play online. I don't like my child playing online.
Heed my warning, if you don't visit and feed your Neopet online daily, it will starve to death. You can put your Neopet up for adoption, if you can't care for it.
The stuffed Neopet is well made, soft, and extremely huggable. If you get one for your child, consider the online option before you dive in. If you don't, you will be fighting for computer time, stuck at the computer monitoring your child, and cursing the day the Neopet came into your life.