The phrase “stuffed animal” was initially used to refer to the hunted animals which were stuffed with random stuffings now commonly referred to as taxidermy. The concept was soon adopted by Steiff, the first stuffed animal commercial manufacturer back in 1880, using mostly wood wools, beans, and straws as its stuffing.

Yes, plush toys have always been such a universal staple of any little kid’s bedroom. The only difference is, with our much more modern technology, the material used for stuffing is mostly synthetic.

Even up to this day where it is now considered the age of high-tech radio controlled electronic toys and fancy highly customizable LEGO sets, the humble stuffed animals have yet to lose their appeals.

It does not matter whether your little one is a girl or a boy, at one point in their childhood, they have at least one stuffed animal they love and are feeling emotionally attached to.

Not only that, plush toys or stuffed animals are also widely popular among people of all ages. They are purchased for different occasion and for a large variety of purposes. Whether it be for birthdays, Valentine’s day, or even graduations.

The Best Plush Toys Interactive 2017

From bears, penguins to giraffes and ponies, the adorable fluffy dolls can be seen decorating the room. Comes in all shapes and sizes, the wide range of plush toys on the market suit nearly all personal preferences and tastes.

However, choosing the right plush toy that is suitable for your child or your best friend as a gift can be extremely challenging. The challenges aren’t limited to the endless array of options available on the market, but also the quality and design.

If you are one of those people who is looking for that perfect plush toy, here is our buying guide to help you get started.

Plush Interactive ToysWeightDimensions 
Hatchimals Penguala - Teal/Pink 1.8 pounds 8 x 10 x 5.8 inches Check Price
FurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo My Walkin' Pup Pet 3.2 pounds 7.5 x 14 x 14 inches Check Price
FurReal Roarin' Tyler, the Playful Tiger 4.8 pounds 8.5 x 20 x 17.5 inches Check Price
Joy for All Companion Pet Golden Pup 4 pounds 4.4 x 8.4 x 9 inchesCheck Price
Webkinz Signature Deluxe Plush Figure Dutch Bunny 6.4 ounces 6 x 5 x 10 inches Check Price
Talkie by Toymail: Gory a Shark10.4 ounces4 x 9.7 x 9 inchesCheck Price
Despicable Me 3 Jumbo Fluffy with Light & Sounds 1.7 pounds 10 x 9 x 18 inches Check Price

1. Hatchimals Penguala – Teal/Pink

Hatchimals Penguala -Teal-Pink Best Plush Toys 2017This plush toy is one for the books, as evidenced by the hype and the number of children telling us they have actually written Hatchimals Penguala on top of their Christmas Wishlists last year.

So what is a Hatchimal and what about it that makes children go crazy over it?

Comes in the shape of the gigantic pink/teal egg. It would perhaps come across as odd to many unknowing parents that their little one would want a Hatchimal. But what’s hidden underneath is what the children are after.

But what’s hidden underneath is what the children are after.

Who would have thought that the egg holds an adorable surprise?

Yes, that is essentially what a Hatchimal is. It is a magical creature living inside the egg. Unlike real eggs in real life, these magical furry creatures are unable to hatch on it own.

 

This is what makes it special:

it teaches your children how to care for others.

Containing one interactive Hatchimal, your child must nurture the egg by playing with it. If they lovingly tap the shell, it will tap back – and your child will love how their eyes light up and how they make cute sounds during playtime.

Your child’s nurturing touches will encourage them to hatch. Once your child has played with it long enough, their Hatchimal’s eyes will turn rainbow colored and it’ll finally peck their way out!

 

This is where the actual fun begins. Your child will be able to raise them through all of its 3-stages of life and teach them to do a lot of things such as how to walk, talk, dance, and much more!

Review & Rating Score

PROS

  • Teaches nurturing and compassion
  • Building emotional bond
  • Offering incredibly unique experience

CONS

  • Takes time to hatch
  • Won’t grow without care
  • Needs around-the-clock attention

2. FurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet

FurReal Friends Get Up Best Plush Toys 2017As parents, we all know having a pet is an excellent way to teach our children compassion and nurturing. It is also a great way to help them build an emotional bond.

There is no best friend quite like a pup, after all.

But what if our child is too young for a dog, or we are not in a place where we can afford adopting a real-life dog?

Get them GoGo My Walkin’ Pet Pup is the answer. Yes, this one-of-a-kind interactive plush toy takes the concept of having a stuffed animal to the next level.

This adorable little furry toy comes in the size of a real pup.

The difference? Your children don’t have to actually struggle to potty-train and teach them a few basic tricks, simply because this real-life puppy play speaks and sits on command.

Comes with a switch to turn it off when not in use, your child’s GoGo My Walkin’ Pet Pup sits on top of four little wheels and comes with a leash for them to hold.

When it’s time to go for a walk, all your child has to do is grab the leash and push the button.

With a push of a button, your child’s pet pup will excitedly wag its tail as it walks. Your child can also interact with them by giving them simple commands such as “sit down” and the pup will actually respond with either a bark or a howl and actually do as it’s told.

Need more options? You and your child will be pleased to know that it comes with a free application where your child will be able to play with the puppy and give them a cute makeover.

Review & Rating Score

PROS

  • Has an on/off switch
  • Does everything on command
  • Application enables virtual-care

CONS

  • Requires four C batteries
  • Toddlers should be supervised
  • Requires utmost care

3. FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger

Roarin Tyler the Playful Tiger Best Plush Toys 2017

Take your child to the zoo and you’ll notice how fascinated they are by tigers. Some will cower in fear when they hear the tiger roars but still mesmerized.

Soon they’ll talk about tigers and how incredible they are and how much they love their powerful persona nonstop.

While you cannot adopt a real-life tiger for your child or take them to the zoo every Sunday to see their favorite animal, you can still give your child the best gift ever – and what’s better than this FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, The Playful Tiger pet?

Comes in the size and form of a baby cub

Tyler will definitely roar his way into your child’s heart.

With its soft golden fur and big adorable green eyes, this tiger pet comes with lifelike motions and features. Your child will definitely think they have a real tiger pet.

Equipped with responsive sensors all over its muzzle, forehead, and back – this tiger pet can do everything a real tiger can. Whether it be flashing his ferocious teeth, crouching down to stretch his furry body, or even blinking sleepily and letting out a yawn!

Comes with a chicken toy, when your child squeezes it, Tyler will instantly perk up and get into its crouching pose showing that he is ready to play.

Put that chicken toy in his mouth and Tyler the Playful Tiger will playfully chew it as if it is a special treat for being a good companion

Not only that, it’s also equipped with more than 100 of motion and sound combinations, he will roar spontaneously with the roar that fits the mood.

When your child roars or makes loud noises, he will immediately respond to join in on the fun and roar with your child.

Review & Rating Score

PROS

  • Incredibly responsive and interactive
  • Lifelike motions and noises
  • Playfully ferocious yet cuddly

CONS

  • Incapable of walking
  • Only able to pose
  • Can be repetitively boring

4. Joy for All Companion Pet Golden Pup

Companion Pet Golden Pup Best Plush Toys 2017With its long tradition of creating the best play pet for children, the manufacturer comes up with a thoughtful idea.

Stems from the belief that joy belongs to people of all stages of life and no exceptions, the manufacturer comes up with a companion pet play.

We all know the joy of having a furry companion, but at one point in life, we are unable to afford taking care of a real-life pup.

Perhaps it’s our packed day-to-day activities, or perhaps it’s our age or physical disabilities.

Worry not, though. Because Hasbro has released Joy for All Companion Pet Golden Pup.

Comes in the form of a miniature golden retriever, the pup is incredibly engaging and interactive.

It is almost as if the Pet Golden Pup is a real pup!

Yes, the playful pup is indeed very realistic as it barks and makes noises just as the real-life one would. Not only that, its gorgeous golden fur is also pleasantly soft and feels incredibly real.

Another thing that makes it realistic is the fact that it comes with a heartbeat that has been quoted by many people as an aspect that is oddly comforting.

Many senior citizens with advanced Dementia and other health problems enjoy the companionship. They actually love talking to the dog.

Being an interactive pet play, the Golden pup responds with adorable tail wags and cute barks.

The pup is also equipped with sensors which are the reason why it makes incredibly smooth motions and is highly responsive.

Review & Rating Score

PROS

  • Well-hidden on/off switch
  • Very responsive and realistic
  • Comes with mute option

CONS

  • Requires lots of batteries
  • Maybe too loud
  • Not easy to hold

5. Webkinz Signature Deluxe Plush Figure Dutch Bunny

Deluxe Plush Figure Dutch Bunny Best Plush Toys 2017Many of us who were born in the 90s will most likely remember the times where an electronic pet game took over the world by the storm.

It was one of the greatest toys we had back in the day.

Fast forward to this day, while children nowadays do not know how fun that electronic pet game was, they still get to experience the same excitement with Webkinz.

Perhaps a combination of two beautiful concepts; the nurturing aspect of our 90s electronic pet game and the comfort of plush toys.

This Webkinz Signature Deluxe Plush Figure Dutch Bunny

For instance. If back in the day we could only take care of your pet in its 8-bit digital form, kids these days have the best of both worlds.

Other than a relatively realistic plush toy to play with, they also get a secret activation code.

Yes, this secret activation code will bring kids to the virtual version of their Dutch Bunny.
Using the activation code, they can decide whether it’s a girl or a boy and name the pet as they wish.

Once they have completed the adoption process, they will be taken to their Dutch Bunny’s virtual room. This is where the fun begins!

Kids will be able to purchase food, furniture, clothes and much more using their KinzCash.
Not only that, the Dutch Bunny will rely on them to survive just like our electronic pet game did back then!

All your child has to do is closely monitor their Dutch Bunny’s Hunger, Happy and Health meters.

That way, when it needs some playtime, food or medical attention – kids will be able to figure out what they have to do.

Review & Rating Score

PROS

  • Teaches children responsibility
  • Fun virtual games
  • Elaborate games with features

CONS

  • Can get very expensive
  • Toddlers must be supervised
  • Limited play without KinzCash

6. Talkie by Toymail: Gory a Shark

Toymail Gory a Shark Best Plush Toys 2017Looking at the number of children addicted to smartphones and tablets nowadays can be worrying, more so when you have a child of your own.

You want your child to be active playing with toys that can actually help them develop yet to be able to have the communication aspect of a smartphone without having them stare at the screen for such a long period of time – but how?

Get them Toymail Talkies is the answer.

Remember how back in the day we, too, had so much fun playing walkie talkies with our siblings? The concept of communication is still alive and well, but with Talkie by Toymail: Gory a Shark, it’s made ten times better.

Comes in the form of an adorable shark plush toy, your child will get the best of both worlds! Not only will they be able to stay connected by sending and receiving voice chats as well as texts, they will also be able to learn and get their own source of entertainment.

It comes with a timed schedule as well, so you do not have to worry about your child staying awake through nap time just to play with their Shark talkie.

Using open-ended imaginative play concept, Talkie by Toymail: Gory a Shark lets children have a two-way voice chat over WiFi and play with its fun features such as the silly voices filter recording and physical play.

Best of all? It is incredibly safe as the only ones who can connect with and send voice chats to the children are the contacts that parents have approved.

You no longer have to worry about strangers contacting your child to take advantage of them.

Review & Rating Score

PROS

  • Very easy to use
  • Simple setup and configuration
  • Secure and reliable performance

CONS

  • Only compatible on 2.4GHz
  • Difficult Android synchronization
  • Lack of directions

7. Despicable Me 3 Jumbo Fluffy with Light & Sounds

If you and your child are a fan of Despicable Me the movie, you know what this jumbo sized plush toy. A scene where the adorable Agnes squeals “IT’S SO FLUFFY!” when she gets her dream plush toy? That’s the one. Have you or your children ever wondered just how fluffy the plush toy is? Just like many of us, you and your children were probably just as curious as we were. If Agnes could plead to get one of those plush toys and then shrieked it was so fluffy she could die, then it must be heavenly. Wonder no more! For we have found just what we are looking for: Despicable Me 3 Jumbo Fluffy! Comes in a jumbo sized 16-inches long, this Unicorn is everything Agnes and your child have ever dreamed of. Not only is it incredibly cute, it is also very huggable. The fur is irresistibly soft and it’s perfect for cuddles. If that is not enough, picture this: the enormous Unicorn plush toy comes with exciting sound effects and lights! Your children will love how soft and adorable it is, and they will giggle with delight when they find out that it can make noises and the horn can light up. Simply by pressing its hoof, this Despicable Me 3 Jumbo Fluffy will instantly light up and make cute noises. That is not all, however. When the hoof of this Agnes’ favorite plushie is pressed, it will also play music which your children will absolutely love.If you and your child are a fan of Despicable Me the movie, you know what this jumbo sized plush toy.

A scene where the adorable Agnes squeals “IT’S SO FLUFFY!” when she gets her dream plush toy?

That’s the one.

Have you or your children ever wondered just how fluffy the plush toy is? Just like many of us, you and your children were probably just as curious as we were.

If Agnes could plead to get one of those plush toys and then shrieked it was so fluffy she could die, then it must be heavenly.

Wonder no more!

For we have found just what we are looking for: Despicable Me 3 Jumbo Fluffy!
Comes in a jumbo sized 16-inches long, this Unicorn is everything Agnes and your child have ever dreamed of.

Not only is it incredibly cute, it is also very huggable. The fur is irresistibly soft and it’s perfect for cuddles.

If that is not enough, picture this: the enormous Unicorn plush toy comes with exciting sound effects and lights!

Your children will love how soft and adorable it is, and they will giggle with delight when they find out that it can make noises and the horn can light up.

Simply by pressing its hoof, this Despicable Me 3 Jumbo Fluffy will instantly light up and make cute noises.

That is not all, however. When the hoof of this Agnes’ favorite plushie is pressed, it will also play music which your children will absolutely love.

Review & Rating Score

PROS

  • Comes in jumbo size
  • Premium quality material
  • Comes with plastic goggles

CONS

  • Limited sound and music
  • Can get dirty easily
  • Too big for toddlers

Plush Toys Buyer’s Guide

Some of the extensive recommendations above may come off as a surprise to you. As parents or someone who had only to experience a humble plush toy, reading our buying guide and seeing what all of them are capable of may leave some of us speechless.

That is just how advanced our technology is!

It is nothing short of mind-blowing to know that what was initially a passive plush toy can be transformed into an interactive toy pet.

Back in the day, all we used was our imagination and our hands – but these days, children can easily give their plushies a command and they will actually respond and play with them.

Those who are incapable of looking after a real-life dog will be instantly delighted as they are able to get the same experience of having the companionship of a dog, yet without the actual responsibilities of physically taking care of them.

All they have to do is make sure they have the required amount of batteries on hand and swap the old batteries for the new one when it is time.

Take FurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet, for example.

They are an excellent companion for your little one as they do not have to actually care for their pet other than virtually feeding them and playing with them.

Letting them walk the FurReal Pup is stress-free as well since just by a push of a button, the pup will walk and realistically wag its tail.

Not only that, the pup will also bark or howl in response and will actually do what your children told them to do.

The Joy for All Companion Pet Golden Pup is another interactive plush pet to note.

Unlike the previously mentioned plushie, this one is intended for adults. It does not as active as the aforementioned FurReal Walkin’ Pup, but it gives many lonely and ailing senior citizens the companionship they are longing for.

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Reading all of the lovely reviews of how the Golden Pup has helped many Dementia patients would bring tears to your eyes. The joy that a plush toy gives is truly wonderful.

 

While we are determined to say that toys are never age-appropriate, it is indeed important for parents to realize whether or not the plushie is suitable for their child.

If you have a child younger than 4-years old, we would not advise purchasing one with a complicated virtual game that demand in-app purchase like the Webkinz.

Instead opt for the responsive ones like Despicable Me 3 Jumbo Fluffy and FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, The Playful Tiger. Also, Talkie by Toymail: Gory a Shark to encourage them to communicate with their family members and peers.

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