October of this year looks to be an exciting month for all Webkinz fans. The Sneak Peeks of the October releases are out and they look fun and exciting. Originally created by Canadian toy company, Ganz in early 2005, Webkinz are adorable plush toys that have a fun, interactive virtual counterpart online. Each plush toy comes with its own unique “secret code” that unlocks the virtual venue, Webkinz World for the children who own the toys. Webkinz World is a virtual community that is family friendly and helps kids learn social skills and basic computer and Internet skills as well. Prizes for games and special rewards that kids can earn, are all redeemable for online merchandise and “virtual” items for their new friends.
Each month sees new additions to the Webkinz family, and they have grown in popularity much the same way as Cabbage Patch kids, or Beanie Babies. Children and adults alike enjoy the website as well, where kids can start learning their first lessons about sharing and being respectful to each other. The site encourages visitors to be polite, reminding them of the simple friendship-based rules for the community right on the registration page. The site says right up front that the site is family friendly, and they will ban anyone that tries to cause problems in the community.
Webkinz have grown into a huge seller for Ganz and brought them a long way from their not-so-humble beginnings in Canada. With 100 million users online in 2006, it is estimated that they saw $100 million in revenue as well. Ganz has done an amazing job holding the public’s interest to boot, offering the regular sizes and styles of the Webkinz line, as well as smaller L’il Kinz, and the slightly larger, more exclusive Signature collection. In 2009, Ganz started offering monthly themed pets with the Birthstone pet series, then followed that in 2010 with the Zodiac pets. Now special themes and editions are coming and going constantly. This year will see the end of the Signature Pets collection, meaning October’s Webkinz Signature Moose is among the last of this series that we’ll ever see.
And each month sees new Webkinz introduced into the fold. For October, Webkinz fans are already raving about the fluffy Orange Soda Pup, the super-cool Groovy Gorilla, and majestic Chinese Dragon will be joining the fun, as well as the fun-loving Ice Cream Pup, and the tiny, lovable Teacup Yorkie. Also, October’s Webkinz Signature Moose is sure to be a big hit.
The latest in the Soda Pup series, Webkinz Orange Soda Pup comes from a long successful line of lovable pooches. Looking like the foam scooped off the top of an orange-y float, this is a fluffy white pup with orange accented ears and paws. It’s ready for refreshments with its special item the Pop Bottle Fridge, and naturally, its special food is the cool and fruity Sherbet Float. This is one deliciously cute dog!
The jazzy and snazzy Webkinz Groovy Gorilla is the funky primate of the month, swinging on in for the jam session with his Boppin’ Blueberry Shake to keep him cool, and special item, the Bongo Trampoline to show off his licks. This big, baby blue fellow will definitely get you dancing. And he is just as adorable in Webkinz World.
And the exotic, mysterious Webkinz Chinese Dragon, with its multicolored, ancient face, golden horns, and long, twisty, scaled back is a striking vision of this fantasy creature. Its traditional style and elegance will catch your eye right away. This regal pet loves the heat, so it comes in with special dragon food, Fire Spice Ramen and to keep its treasures safe, the Ancient Dynasty Trunk. This stately plush toy is a fine, tiny tribute to the legendary dragon.
The adorable Webkinz Teacup Yorkie is, as you would expect, a lovable handful of fur. With its classic markings in black over deep russet brown, and its little dark eyes peeking out, this refined little canine is guaranteed to make you melt. This one will most likely be a popular choice. It is ready for an elegant afternoon tea with its delicious Tiny Teacup Scones and Tea for Two Tea Set so there’s plenty of room for friends.
The Webkinz Ice Cream Pup is a delightful little creature with a love for ice cream that really shows. Made from a white fabric, covered in an assortment of ice cream treats, this pup’s floppy ears and perky, short tail will certainly delight the kids this year. And since this pet’s all about chilly treats, Ice Cream Pup comes with Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches and is ready to make more with his very own Ice Cream Sandwich Maker.
And another great Webkinz Signature pet joins the family in October, the Webkinz Signature Moose. This big, chocolate brown, antlered forest dweller will help you get back to nature. It is expected to go fast, since Ganz will be retiring the Signature pets this year. To satisfy the hungriest friends, it brings Signature Maple Syrup Brownies for its mountaineer sized appetite, and comes with the huge Forest Ranger Tower to help it keep an eye on things below.
Remember, there will be only two more Signature pets added to this beautiful Webkinz series. No further information is available right now regarding the last two pets of this series. 2014 will definitely see at least one new line for us to start collecting.
These wonderful new additions to the Webkinz product line are practically guaranteed to be well received by their fans and followers. Their online versions are bound to please your youngsters too, with their fun, educational activities. Ganz can certainly be proud of their continued creativity in their product line, and fans and their folks can enjoy a unique, cuddly plush toy at home, and in the virtual Webkinz World. We’ll all be waiting breathlessly to see what the brilliant designers at Ganz will come up with next.