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Toy Review: Disney•Pixar’s FINDING DORY Robo Fish

With Disney Pixar’s FINDING DORY making its way into theaters, the folks at Zuru Toys1 have a full assortment of fun items from the long-awaited FINDING NEMO sequel swimming into toy stores and toy departments. Among the ones that will be at the top of many kids’ wish lists this summer are the FINDING DORY Robo Fish – robotic fish with lifelike action, just as the name implies. Having already been familiar with some of Zuru’s aquatic offerings over the years, we were excited when a trio of Robo Fish – Swimming Nemo, Swimming Marlin, and of course, Swimming Dory – arrived at Rock Father HQ for review in our State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (in this case, our bathtub) by yours truly, and The Rock Daughters . With something this unique, words only go so far, so we made a little video… taking the camera underwater to show you these things up-close and in-action! Take a look… embedded content

The Disney spin on the classic Robo Fish is very cool, and the video really shows you just how these play. Carbon switches on the side are water-activated or can be touched to start the action. When the fish stops swimming, a gentle tap should be all you need to “wake them up.”

Toy Review: Disney•Pixar's FINDING DORY Robo Fish

Bonus: Each Robo Fish comes with an extra set of the tiny batteries, and that’s a plus. Of all the toys we have here, those “button cell” LR44 batteries are usually something I just don’t have in my battery drawer. Kudos to Zuru for including extra!

What to watch out for: The one thing I need to recommend (and this goes for any Robo Fish, or the Swimming Mermaids) is that you makes sure the kids don’t pull the tail off. The tail is the key to the swimming action, and so far so good here – but our youngest specifically has a bad habit of ripping off the tails and losing them, rendering the toy useless. From one parent to some others, just letting you know. The FINDING DORY Robo Fish are Rock Father-approved, and available now at retailers such as Target, Walmart and Toys “R” Us, with a suggested retail price of just ?11.99 each.

Additional toys in the Zuru FINDING DORY Robo Fish collection include Bailey the Whale, and the Dory Coffee Pot Tank Playset2.

Toy Review: Disney•Pixar's FINDING DORY Robo Fish


About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) – James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER .

Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur. He writes for Fandango Family4 and the Netflix #StreamTeam5, serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized brands, and consults for a number of toy manufacturers. Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as co-manager and video director10 for Napalm Records’ PRODUCT OF HATE11.6789

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