AD – Owls are adorable aren’t they? Think Harry Potter and Owls definitely come to mind. My work mate is a little Owl obsessed and I remember going around Birmingham and searching for them one summer when the Owls came to town. I have to say Spinmaster have done it again with this Owleez flying Owl toy. It is absolutely brilliant and such good fun. I really didn’t know what to expect when I saw pictures of it but after reviewing the Luvabella and Luvabeua Interactive Doll and Hatchimal Hatchibabies, I knew we we would be impressed. It’s almost like a cross between an Owl and a helicopter.
More About Owleez Flying Owl
Retailing at £49.99, I can see these Owleez flying owls being very popular with Santa this year. They are aimed at children aged 6 years and over.
They come with 1 x Pink Owleez, 1 x Berry food accessory and 1 x nest and you teach them how to fly! You help them by swinging them though the air to their happy noises and they fly like a little baby bird. This isn’t all! Their eyes change colour too and they respond to your touch! You can feed, pet them and play games. They even sing and dance to their own beat.
They are perfect for kids who love interactive toys and to play, pet and care for animals.
Available at Smyths Toys.
Teach Your Owleez How to Fly
By far the best part of the Owleez product is when it flies and as it practices it gets better, flying for 10 seconds as a maximum. The gremlin and I tested this out on our own when her baby brother was sleeping and we were screaming and laughing, it was that much fun. I guess I didn’t know what to expect!!
It is pretty easy but your Owleez needs to be fully charged as we realised when it kept failing to fly, it needed a charge. To get it to fly you wait until its eyes are white and hold it in your hands moving up and down. The Owleez will say weeeeeeee and there is a trumpet sound, her eyes turning a rainbow colour. You then put it back in its nest and stand back!
The flying experience is fab! It’s like a Owl helicopter and the propellers really spin fast, as it is about to take off! We were all watching, thinking is it REALLY going to fly??
Yes it did!
What we did find though is it does crash when it has finished. My eldest kept really worrying it was going to break but there were no issues. You mustn’t try and push the head down and place your Owleez on a flat surface. It will close alone. Then it is good to fly and again and with more practice gets better and better. Your Owleez will seem a bit sad after crashing and my eldest enjoyed patting and comforting it afterwards.
The instructions do say keep the nest at least 5 foot away from any obstacles, so that is probably wise to avoid crashing.
It did seem to run out of juice though and needs charging after lots of flying.
Charging your Owleez is easy. You need a USB plug and it doesn’t take long. The eyes are red when charging and they change to green when finished. I would also say switch it off at the back to conserve the battery. Your Owleez can be woken up by pressing the little button above the on-off switch. She also can’t fly when charging.
If you want to re-start your Owleez flying experience and start from scratch, you can hold the back button for 10 seconds. The eyes turn white and there is a long beep sound. They are reset!
Playing with Your Owleez
As I said earlier your Owleez toy doesn’t just fly, it is interactive and you can play with it too! It’s eyes change colour and you can see what they needs from you. There is this helpful crib sheet to help.
My eldest always loves feeding it interactive toys and of course her Owleez was no exception.
She also liked to tickle its belly when its is in its nest and the Owleez does have a giggle. We soon realised Owleez doesn’t like being held upside down and its eyes go red!! Poor Owleez will need petting to make it happy again.
Like some of the other Spinmaster products, you can play a game with your Owleez. It’s called Catch the Colour game. You have to hold its back until a twinkling noise is made. Your Owleez eyes will light up a colour which needs to be remembered. It then sings whilst going through the colours. When the colour is the same as the start one you have to pat your Owleez head. If right, it will be excited and happy and if not be sad but continue for three rounds. My gremlin had good fun with this!
Our Thoughts on Owleez
I loved Owleez the flying Owl toy! I really didn’t expect such a small, light little toy to have so much power and start flying like a helicopter. I always find with Spinmaster toys, there is the WOW factor and you almost have an experience and not just a toy. This was no exception.
My gremlin was a little more unsure at first, as she was worried it was going to break but her Owleez was fine and always survived its flight. I did worry, I must admit if we would break one of the propellers but we never seemed to. The instructions are also very comprehensive and help with troubleshooting! Just a tad difficult to find the English bit sometimes.
Like many toys, the interactive side is brilliant, especially for kids who love to respond to a toy and to care and look after it. It does promote caring behaviour and imaginative play. Plus Owleez is very cute.
I liked the way the batteries are rechargeable. This is so much easier and saves money. Plus we all have a USB plug kicking around so that’s easy too.
Price-wise it isn’t a cheap toy but it works, its novel and great fun! I think as its so light it feels a little expensive but I guess it needs to be quite light to fly.
Overall I was really impressed once again. It’s such good fun when your Owleez flies and your little ones will love the interactive experience.
Thumbs up from us!
Disclosure – we were provided this Owleez flying Owl toy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.