Perhaps you’ve heard of the Webkinz phenomenon affecting children aged 6-12? It’s like Beanie Babies and Neopets combined. Each plush pet comes with a birthdate and special information about it, as well as a code you enter on the website to create a virtual copy.
(It differs from Neopets in that you have to buy a toy before you can play and Webkinz only has ‘real’ creatures; no made up animals like shoyrus, grundos, ixis or zafaras.)
So this Webkinz thing… My little brother and sister are completely swept up by it. I don’t think even they know how any of the plush pets they have any longer. Last I checked it was in the 40’s. And that was a while ago.
Most of those they’ve gotten cheap at Value Village minus the code, but they still have many many brand new toys. It seems like every time we’d go somewhere, they’d be begging my mom for a new Webkinz. “Please, we’ve always wanted the blue whale!!”
Funny, that’s what you said about the husky I bought specially off ebay for you A WEEK AGO!
Actually, that’s not even correct. It was more like 5 days previously.
They wanted the husky Webkinz which was impossible to find in our area – believe we, we looked and looked and looked. Finally as a surprise, I bought it and a lioness off ebay for them. And then five days later we’re out shopping and my little brother is wailing he wants the blue whale and my little sister the blue google. (The google is a made up creature, the only on the Webkinz site from what I can see. It’s like a wingless duck.)
THEN the next day, we had some errands to run in town and this time they wanted the leopard gecko.
Shortly after that, my little brother asked me, that if he paid me back, would I buy him a german shepherd from ebay?
My little brother has speech problems; nothing major, but I’ve been working with him to fix the areas he has trouble with. I told him that as a reward once he was able to speak better, I’d be happy to buy him the german shepherd.
A few days later, I am informed that they have purchased a leopard gecko off of ebay with my dad’s help and that they told my dad I would pay for it!
No! What I said was that I would buy the german shepherd – oh you know what, forget it. I’ll buy the stupid thing but now you can’t have the german shepherd AND you can’t use the code on the gecko until you are talking better.
I’m not so disappointed in them as I really do just think that my little brother misunderstood me, but our dad surely should have known better than to let two little kids loose on ebay to bid willy nilly!
Webkinz are all my little sister talks about. She breathes and eats Webkinz world. Webkinz, Webkinz, Webkinz! They play with these things fanatically, too – they are all well loved and very well played with. Every trip to town, every time they are outside they each have one to play with. None of their collection have ever been mauled by one of the dogs, or gotten left outside. (They have a shelf just for the Webkinz.)
But sometimes I just feel like I’m going to go crazy if I have to hear one more thing about these toys!