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Cubby the Curious Bear: A Review

Disclaimer: Hasbro sent this product to me for free. Thank you, Hasbro for giving me this furReal product.

I had never heard about Cubby the Curious Bear or FurReal toys until lately. Our household rarely watches television- we use streaming services for most of our viewing entertainment. When we aren’t using streaming it is usually to watch the local weather or news using our antenna.

My children, on the other hand, are exposed to all kinds of kids programming and commercials and always know about the latest toys, gadgets, and cereals, because they watch The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and others at Grandma and Grandpa’s house each day.

It is not unusual for us to walk through Walmart or Target and my daughter will say, “Mom! That’s the cereal I want!” or “Mommy, Mommy, that’s the game with the dog that poops that I told you I want for Christmas!”

Surprise!

When we arrived home a few days ago to find a couple of large boxes waiting on our doorstep, my kids were excited. “What did you get for us? What did you order?” My husband turned to me and asked, “What did you order on Amazon now?”

I honestly had no idea what was in the boxes, but as soon as we opened them up everyone was excited. The first box contained FurReal’s Cubby the Curious Bear. My kids went nuts. Seriously. “Mom! Mom! We see the FurReal toys on TV! Megan and I want them! Mom, open it, open it!”

Boy, were they fired up and ready to take Cubby out to play.

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Opening the box

As we opened the box it was like Christmas morning! Cubby the bear was surrounded by treats. There was a bag of marshmallows, chocolate bars, marshmallow roasting sticks, a lantern, and a compass- everything necessary for a fun night of camping!

My first thought was that Cubby reminded me a little of Teddy Ruxpin, a toy I wanted so badly and would circle every year in the JCPenney and Sears Christmas catalogs when I was a kid.

He has soft fur, large bright eyes, the cutest little bear nose and is overall very realistic looking for a stuffed or plush toy. I turned on the little switch hidden by Cubby’s flannel shirt and immediately he came to life.

Cubby is an interactive toy, so he will react to the way you touch him and talk to him. In fact, he has over one hundred sound and motion combinations. He will sing songs, play peek-a-boo (a favorite with my son), “eat” a snack or “drink” from his cup, laugh if you tickle him, and more.

Right away my kids were fascinated by Cubby. They insisted on having a “camp out” in Abby’s room with him. We set up their tent and they had a lot of fun holding Cubby, feeding him, dancing with him, laying him down to sleep, and pretending they were camping in the back yard.

Somehow, my son got a hold of one of the Hersheys bars, opened it, and ate half before I found him trying to share with the bear and getting melted chocolate all over his sister’s bedroom!

Trying to feed Cubby chocolate

Cubby quickly became part of the family. He slept in my son’s room and had to travel to Grandma and Grandpa’s house the next morning.

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My thoughts

I have a soft spot for bears, my favorite animals, and teddy bears in general. I love Cubby. He is fun to play with and is soft and snuggly.

He is not a loud toy, compared to an Elmo doll we have that will talk and make limited movements. As a parent, toys that make noise are not my favorite, but Cubby is not loud enough to be annoying or jarring if he were to make noise at night. Plus, Cubby is really cute and is not creepy, as some toys that speak and move can be.

My favorite feature is his sleep mode, which will play three different sounds: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and some nature/white noises for a short time before he “goes to sleep.” My kids have had other toys that they’ve wanted to sleep with but would wake them up at night if they rolled over on them or knocked them off of the bed. The children can still cuddle with Cubby and I don’t have to worry about them waking.

There are only two potential drawbacks that I can see as a parent- one is the weight of the toy and the other is the batteries.

My son is two-years-old and Cubby is a little heavy for him to carry around. The product specifications say he weighs 2.2 lbs, which is not much, but could be heavy to someone with little arms and legs. The suggested age is 4 years & up, but Oscar has so much fun playing with the bear.

The batteries necessary for Cubby to work are four C batteries. Four batteries is a lot and C batteries can be expensive, especially if a toy is well-loved and played with often. The size of the battery probably contributes to how heavy Cubby is too.

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Are you looking for an unforgettable Christmas gift? I think Cubby would make a great gift for a kid you know!

I’d love to give a big ‘thank you’ to Hasbro for giving us the furReal product.

If you would like to find out more about Cubby the Curious Bear or any of Hasbro’s other FurReal toys, check out their website.

Do you have a Cubby or another FurReal Pet? I would love to hear about your experiences!

Please note that all opinions expressed in this review are mine and those of my family only.

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