We were recently sent a Newborn Mini Teksta Puppy to review. He is a small interactive puppy who can walk, beg and sing. He is suitable for children aged 3 and over, and retails at £19.99. He has 3 modes… Walk, sit (beg) and sing. Here he is in beg mode…
As well as reviewing him, we were challenged to introduce him to our cat. I am never one to shy away from a challenge, so I popped in some batteries and let him say hello to Ellie the cat… I caught their meeting on camera – see for yourself what happened here!!
Rather than write loads about him, I have decided to make a video demo and review so that you can see for yourself exactly what Newborn Teksta Mini Puppy can do, and how I found him.
In case you don’t have time to watch the video, I’ll briefly explain our findings…
He retails at £19.99 and requires 2x AAA batteries (which are not included). Newborn Teksta is suitable for children aged 3 and over. I’m not usually one for obsessively adhering to these guidelines, but the ears fall off the puppy very easily, and they are small enough to swallow, so I’d bare that in mind if you’re considering giving this to a preschooler.
Newborn Teksta is very loud, and doesn’t have any volume control. He got very irritating very quickly.
He wasn’t as responsive or interactive as I was expecting after reading the write ups on several websites. I had a few issues with my first model, and was informed he was faulty. I was quickly sent a replacement, but the second one still didn’t beg properly, and his ears still fell off.
I love the design of Teksta Puppy, but unfortunately, his ability to engage my children was short lived. My son has autism and was immediately taken by Teksta. This was short lived though, and after 2 days, he would only look at the puppy if it was switched off. (Looks like the bark was annoying him as much as it was, me).
My daughter loved him, especially when he was singing to her. She loved his irritating bark, and spend several hours playing with him… until she lost one of his ears! She was less drawn to him from this point onwards.
I really wanted to love Newborn Teksta Mini Puppy, but unfortunately, he fell short of my expectations. I’d probably be giving him a more favourable review if his price tag was closer to £10. I don’t think I can recommend him at £20, though. Sorry Teksta, but Newborn Puppy needs a bit of work, in my opinion.
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