Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster Toys Ready For Holiday Invasion

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Kids are crazy about Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters. These little robot hamsters could be the big toy craze this Christmas.

Parents dig these kids' toys, too. Unlike real pets, Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters don't eat or poop. They don't get loose, hide under the couch and terrorize Aunt Frieda. They don't require wood-chip bedding that ends up as much on the carpet as in their cages.

And even though they don't die.

At last. The perfect pet.

Make-believe pets -- from Furby to Luv Cubs -- have often been all the rage with kids. However, the Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster may be the height of robotic animal evolution. According to The Associated Press, they are flying off the shelves at Toys-R-Us, Walmart and other places where mechanical rodents are sold.

"As soon as we're getting them in, they're literally selling from boxes," Laura Phillips, vice president of toys at Walmart, told the AP. "It's hard to keep them on shelves."

The wee beasties are already climbing the pop chart that is the Toys-R-Us' Hot Holiday Toy List -- right up there with those rocking robots from "The Transformers." Heaven help us if Zhu Zhu pets and the Decepticons ever join forces.

It's bad enough that Zhu Zhu pets have driver's licenses. That's right. The hamsters retail at about $10. But for another $10, you can get the creatures their own set of wheels. Of course, Zhu Zhu pets a place to keep their cars, so you can also get them a garage.

There is also the Funhouse, Hamster Carrier (with bed and blankie), Deluxe Surfboard and Sleep Dome and Skatepark. And there is more than one Zhu Zhu pet. Depending on the color hamster you choose, you're either purchasing Mr. Squiggles, Chunk, Flopsie, Num Nums or Pipsqueak.

All together, an entire Zhu Zhu universe (Zhuniverse?) costs more than $300. Batteries not included.

Would you kick another parent in the shins to score the last Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster on the shelf on Christmas Eve?

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