Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Perfect Pet: Gemmy Fincredibles {Review & Giveaway}

Gemmy logo
On average, I'd say it's about once a week that one of my kids brings up the idea that we should have a pet. It typically varies between being a cat or a dog, but there are a variety of other animals tossed into the mix as well – everything from a turtle to a bird to a goat (that last one was after visiting a petting zoo).

And as much as I know my kids would love having a pet around the house, getting a dog or cat right now is just not in the cards for us. Although the love and responsibility that would come along with taking care of an animal would be beneficial for them, the idea of having one more living, breathing character to be responsible for around here is too much for me.

Fortunately, we have found the next-best thing thanks to the always-entertaining, extremely innovative, and ever-creative minds over at Gemmy. Because now that we have been introduced to their new line of Fincredibles, having a pet has never been easier and more manageable.

Gemmy Fincredibles

For the past 25 years, Gemmy Industries Corporation has been the premier industry trendsetter in the fields of holiday home decor, advanced animatronics, and unforgettable novelty items. If you read our My Pet Firefly review from last summer, then you already know that we were beyond impressed at the the realism and entertainment provided by watching this electronic creature flit and fly around inside the jar.

But an electronic pet fish? How could Gemmy have possibly taken their ingenuity and technology and put it underwater and still allowed it to work?

Gemmy Fincredibles review

The day the Fincredibles Clownfish arrived, I thought that it would be fun to surprise Big Sister E and Little Sister B by setting it up without them noticing. Hoping that the assembly process wouldn't be too long or complicated, I raised my eyebrows when I saw the instructions on the back of the box. Just add water and screw on the top? It couldn't get much easier than that!

Gemmy Fincredibles instructions

As the girls were still happily engrossed in a game, I quickly pulled out the Fincredible pieces and realized that this was indeed going to be just as simple as the box indicated.

Gemmy electronic pet fish

After removing the lid and placing the underwater decorations in the bottom of the bowl, I filled it with water to the clearly-marked MAX line. Lowering the fish into the water and screwing the top and lid into place, we suddenly had an almost-real fish swimming around!

fake pet fish

Bringing the bowl in to the other room, I set it on the table and watched as my girls' eyes lit up! A fish! We got a fish?!

Even though it didn't take too long before Big Sister E had realized that our clownfish wasn't real, she was still just as enthralled as Little Sister B in watching it swim around.

The wire that attaches the fish to the animation module is incredibly thin, so it isn't outwardly noticeable when you look into the bowl. Combine that with the realistic darting and swimming, and this is pretty darn close to the real thing (although you do have the soft noise of the motor and some clicking sounds in the background).

Even better, with three play settings, you're able to customize how long your pet fish will swim: 30 seconds in the Demo mode, 90 seconds in the Play mode, and 5 minutes in the E.P. (Extended Play) mode.

Gemmy Fincredibles

In all three modes, you also have the ability to tap on the cap to interact with the fish – something which has made my kids smile every time. They love seeing the clownfish dart around in different directions and change paths just by having tapped a few times on the lid!

Even more, however, they have been thrilled with the addition of the colorful lights that glow down from underneath the top and constantly illuminate and change. During the day the colors aren't overly visible, but in the evening or in a dark room, the girls love seeing the water change from blue to purple to red to green and more!

fish colored lights

Whether displayed in the family room for everyone to enjoy or kept in the bedroom to double as a unique nightlight, we have found that Fincredibles really are the perfect pet – providing the appearance and entertainment of a real fish but never hungry or in need of cleaning.

We'll never have to plan for friends to take care of our clownfish when we go on vacation and it is one pet that can be with us forever (as long as we keep changing the AA batteries). What more could I ask for?

kids' fish tank

Available in Clownfish, Guppy and Oranda Goldfish varieties, all that Fincredibles require are those batteries (or an adapter, not included) and a little imagination and you have a gift that is sure to amaze for years to come. Retailing for $24.99 (or slightly less on Amazon), these innovative pets are available at Cracker Barrel and Kmart stores nationwide.

And, thanks to Gemmy's generosity, one person will be able to share the enchantment of these electronic pets as well, because...

One lucky person will win a Fincredibles 
electronic pet fish from Gemmy!


(Enter with the Rafflecopter form below - if you don't see the form, click here! If you have any problems entering, there is a video tutorial found here that can help.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway A big thank you to Gemmy for providing a Fincredibles fish for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Chris said...

I know my son would love either a fish or a dog. We already have a cat!

ReggieMann said...

I would like to have tropical fish

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ said...

we are very happy with our cat :)

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

Emily said...

My daughter would LOVE to have a cat. She adores the one that my brother has, but my husband is allergic. :-(

k. said...

I'd love to have a big cat...snow leopard, but I know it would be wrong....

Dwayne Berry said...

A puppy, but she'd love this too.

Anissa said...

Probably a dog (we have 2 cats and I small house/yard so not really dog friendly).

Julia said...

These look so cool! The kids would love it! juliaguinter{at}hotmail{dot}com

Julia said...

whoops forgot to answer the question, they would probably like a dog

LissaDora said...

A black lab! A black lab PUPPY!

Denise said...

We have a dog and we used to have 2 cats. I think my kids would love to have a cat again.
stonemedic76@hotmail.com

Julie Lynn Bickham said...

My daughter wants a cat so bad but I am highly allergic so we can't.

peg42 said...

It would be a dog. My sons want one so bad but because of allergies, we can't get one.
Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

Dominique said...

Oh man, I'm an animal lover. So a better question would be, "How many animals/different types of animals would I have?" lol. Right now I have a dog, 2 cats, and 2 hermit crabs. Perhaps a sugar glider...I've always wanted one of those. Or a huge aquarium filled with tropical fish. Even freshwater fish would be nice. I haven't had the heart to try setting up an aquarium again after my guppies died. I was too heartbroken. Or...since ANY is an option, most definitely a baby sloth! They're my favorite! They're too cute!(Nikki Marie on rafflecopter)

SueZH said...

We have 2 dogs. I think shes happy.

cupcake mama said...

We have 3 cats, a dog, and 10 laying hens. My son however, desperately wants a pet iguana!

mmjohnson555@gmail.com
GFC:Mechele Johnson

jbmthill said...

My son wants an Alpaca. NOthing like starting out big!

like2sweep@gmail.com
jbmthill

Janet W. said...

I would love to have a guinea pig because they are so cute!
janet3rdgrade@yahoo.com

ColleenMarie82 said...

i THINK MY DAUGHTER WOULD LIKE A FISH ACTUALLY, WE HAVE 2 DOGS. SHE MIGHT ALSO LIKE A CAT BUT THAT IS NEVER HAPPENING.

INMAN@MOBAP.EDU

eclairre said...

A penguin.

wigget said...

most likely a puppy

BabyRoadlander said...

Everyone in the family would love ANY pet. But I do not have time for animals with five kids and they are not responsible enough. They would specifically want a monkey. Not happening.

-Justice Montgomery
sassymommax3 at yahoo dot com

Holly S. said...

I would like a big fluffy kitty, my son would want a snake (not going to happen!), and my daughter would probably want something cute and cuddly like a Guinea Pig. Thanks!

jayedee said...

i'm always on the lookout for a dog that reminds me of my Sugar who passed a few years ago. ideally, i could have her cloned...she was the perfect companion

Azslyn said...

If i could have any pet it would be a nursing shark

Holly Thomas said...

Already have one,my cat SweetPea!!

mywildcrazylife said...

Any kind in the world? we would have pigs, goats, horses and cows! Right now we just have dogs and chickens
masugr at yahoo dot com

Elizabeth said...

I would really like to get a cat but I am concerned about the pet box odor

GabbyLowe said...

my son wants a spider monkey

timmiedeluca@comcast.net

Katrina said...

my daughter would love to be a cat!

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Reejen said...

My sons want a dog.

Marie said...

We already have several pets but I know my daughter would add a horse if she could and my son wants a fish :-)

marielay@gmail.com

Mammamayor said...

My daughter wants a horse! Natbelinsky@verizon.net

Linda W. said...

We already have a dog, cat, betta fish named Kevin and a tank of tropical fish, but knowing them... they would probably answer.. a monkey. It will NEVER happen. LOL

adf said...

A bunny

adf said...

a bunny

Anonymous said...

My nephew would love a dinosaur. Yeah, a dinosaur.

Lena said...

I would have a cat, my son would have a dog.

BowieTip said...

My two daughters are eager to hatch "Sea Monkey" eggs. What is a Sea Monkey? Brine Shrimp!

Hope to win!

xxbowietipxx@gmail.com

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

We have a cat and dog...my son says a cow. LOL

Jennifer Rote
wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

Tammy1409 said...

I'd love to get a rabbit one day when the kids are older.

Robin Quick said...

A pug puppy.

Darlene said...

A black lab puppies, I love dogs.

owen.darlene@gmail.com

Darlene said...

I like Philips AVENT feeding bottles

owen.darlene@gmail.com

D. Zielinski said...

Another cat.

Kristen said...

I'd like to have a leopard tortoise.

Bethany C. said...

I'm happy to have cats.

Ann Fantom said...

My daughter is currently BEGGING for a dog.

abfantom at yahoo dot com

michele376 said...

We already have a St. Bernard, a bunny and 2 snakes. I think my grandson will be very happy with an electronic fish.

beh2351@frontier.com

Marisa M said...

My kids would probably love another dog since our sweet old dog of 12 years died last year.
madmegid at yahoo dot com

nickieisis3 said...

Fish or puppy

Stacey said...

I would love to own a horse

Unknown said...

a puppy

catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

Ravyn Jazper-Hawke said...

I want to get an Xtreme Dandy miniature teacup pig. Oink oink! :D

Ravyngoth@yahoo.com

Sandy VanHoey said...

My grandson loves every pet he sees and he has a dog and cat and they did have an aquarium but I'll bet he'd love a chimp
sandy1955@comcast.net

Crafty said...

Probably anything but a dog...she does not like dogs. I think a kitten would be good.

Karen said...

My daughter wants a horse, and my son would probably pick a tarantula or something that I wouldn't want anywhere near me !!

ktgonyea at gmail.com

anosweeps said...

My entire family is full of cat people. Cats make the perfect pets!

gail said...

a golden retriever
gkuroda(at)gmail.com

Anonymous said...

hahaha Well, the little girls want a ... PONY. Does that surprise anyone?
Spacemonkey907 (at) yahoo.com

Daer0n said...

I want a dog, and my kids want a cat :)

Nury77 at live dot ca

agatewood1 said...

my son wants a dog thanks!

emeraldmaz said...

If I could have any pet, i'd like a potbelly pig :)

PaulineMilner said...

I would love to have a pet skunk (desmelled, of course!).

Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline

dod@rogers.com

Lane Mahnke said...

I'd love to have a cat.

Anonymous said...

IT WOULD BE EITHER A FISH OR A RABBIT.

LOVE3570@AOL.COM

crystletellerday said...

a raccoon or a skunk crystletellerday@yahoo.com

Heidi said...

I have always wanted a pet iguana. Thanks.
sweet_soul_sistermi@yahoo.com

sheila musselman askins said...

my daughter would like to have a cat! thank you!

Candice said...

I asked my son (he's 4) and he said a flying polar bear. I am definitely not cleaning up after that! Thank you for the chance to win!
candicesweeps@yahoo.com

brandyk said...

Guinea pig

Debra Guillen said...

We are cat lovers at our house guillenwins1 @ kc dot rr dot com

EMMAHORTON said...

HORTON111@AOL.COM

I THINK WE WOULD LIKE A HORSE

Misty Hurtado said...

Prolly a million puppies!! LOL...

Redneckrebelgrl@hotmail.com

Jessica Rose said...

A unicorn. Hands down.

Jessica Rose said...

A unicorn. Hands down.

sammie111 said...

My grandaughters just lost their pet fish.(He was very old for a fish) This would be the perfect pet for them.

mogrill said...

She would get a Monkey.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

Rebecca Graham said...

A Panda

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

~*Laura*~ said...

A giraffe...and a fennec.

Liza Vladyka said...

a horse a dog a ferret and a black panther

blessedintexas said...

My son would love a dog
kim(at)kimberlychance(dot)com

(Josh ) Lesli Kerfien said...

I'd love a chameleon!

True_blonde_87 At hotmail.com

mommygidget said...

i'd want a sea dragon. (its a sea horse that looks cooler than a normal sea horse)

Anonymous said...

A rabbit
alicia75136@yahoo.com

Tamara said...

Hmmmm, ANY pet at all? Probably a monkey :)
wazzuroo at gmail dot com

christaj3 said...

We already have our dream pets: our five year old pekignese (Gizmo), our one year old pee-ka-poo (Auggie), and our two year old cat (Zoey)!

escapefor1@msn.com

Amy V said...

a horse!

melsywsou said...

A cat of course!

Sleppery said...

if my son could have his way he would have a dog. But not til he's old enough to clean the poop! lol

NwHome steader said...

A unicorn...does that count?

ossmcalc said...

My grandson loves dogs. The two dogs that they have have been there since before he was born: Gretal the German Shepard and Arthur the Golden Retriever.

Thank you,

Christine Womack
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

~The Bargain Babe from *Zucchini Summer Blog* said...

Oh probably another dog!

Hannah Adkins said...

A Great Dane!

Kristen said...

My daughter would LOVE a horse!
aeris321 at gmail dot com

Some Lucky Dog said...

I already have two cats that I am madly in love with and I'd love to add a dog. It's just not the right time for a dog, but in a few years we'll get one. We miss our last dog terribly!

Cindy B

mimo said...

Hamster

Mama Zen said...

My daughter wants a python!

Shelly said...

we would love an Alpacca

won said...

Easy.

I want an adult Golden retriever.

freddie said...

We have dogs so I think my grandchildren would probably want a cat. dwelchert@yahoo.com

Barbara Platt said...

puppy

Melissa said...

i work with rescues and there's lots of dogs i work with and my daughter is around them oin weekends, and we have 2 dogs at home, 1 cat, 1 hermit crab, 2 fish, 2 birds, and ......i think thats it lol

Jennifer F said...

My son really wants a parrot!

clynsg said...

My own personal favorite is a cat, but I live with a mini-zoo! 3 cats, 3 dogs, 1 bearded dragon, 2 cockatiels, 2 aquatic turtles, 1 chinchilla and my daughter just added a ferret that my grandson brought in. A 'friend' had him and was completely neglecting him--the poor thing is skin and bone, and was almost dead. After a few days of care, he is starting to move around a little more and looking somewhat alert.

cgclynsg0 at gmail dot com

Catie said...

We are a dog family, so I'd have to say we'd just add another pup!

Brenda Callahan said...

my girlfriend just got a miniature horse... she asked if my daughter wanted one (which we can't)... but now that is at the top of the wish list

Sarah said...

I'd want a lion who's back I could ride on

leanne_mac said...

my daughter would love a dog

leannemacg at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I work in an elementary lunchroom and I took one of these in for a decoration and placed it at the end of the counter with some other clean aquarium type decorations around it. I made a little display with "Nemo" as the center piece. All the kids from kindergarten to 5th grade just LOVED our fishy!

Christine Jessamine said...

it would be a monkey, if we could choose any!

christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

Trixie said...

My daughter tried to convince me the other day that if we got her a horse, it could live in her room and she would teach it to use a litterbox. So...I think she's in the "I want a pony!" phase.

Anonymous said...

my daughters both really want a dog! trishbazin(at)yahoo.com

enizete said...

This is so cute!!! I have 2 little chihuahuas and always wanted some more, maybe one o two more....

Jay said...

We would get a fish and maybe a cat.

mverno said...

we've alredy got what we want a german shorthair called bear who's as big a part of this family as he can be
mverno@roadrunner.com

Anne N. said...

My DD loves a cat.

Patricia said...

We would have a dog if the boys had their way. I would prefer a cat.

Rochel S said...

a parrot!

Darcie K. said...

My daughter wants a puppy.

Ladytink_534 said...

I had birds growing up. They'd love one!

missreneer said...

My daughter really wants a cat. She even named it Angel already. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

Renee
fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

Phoenix said...

Cats!

Melissa said...

enetered the pixie hollow greenhouse giveaway!

Jennifer Van dahm said...

A squirrel!
jennifer (at) jennifervandahm.com

bkeg said...

My boys have always wanted a dog and we got one last September and they have been happy ever since!

fooks213(at)yahoo(dot)com

Adrienne V. said...

A fish! We have had 2 but they both died! It was very traumatic for my son. this fish would be perfect!

Cyn said...

A jellyfish

kellyr78 said...

We would have a dog. I would love a St. Bernard.
KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

Kiley P. said...

We don't have any pets. My 3 year old wants a cat or a dog.

Crystal said...

I'd love to have a horse again!

Crystal said...

Oh, durrrr. I just put this giveaway in the "name another giveaway you entered" spot. Substitue Perfectly Posh instead. Sorry!

Crissy Durst said...

My son wants an iguana

Kimberley Meier said...

My daughter and I have wanted a salt water aquarium for a long time.

Kimberley Meier
momof3chaos at gmail dot com

alicia zirjacks said...

My son would love to have a lizard

Teh Doll said...

turtle

*Brittany C* said...

My daughter really wants a "pet" Giraffe! :)

AndreaH said...

I would love to have another pet rat.

Alicia said...

A white Bengal tiger.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

bloggyig at gmail dot com

Brutus Duffy said...

i want a skunk! they are so cute!

Melissa Shirley said...

I would want a Squirrel Monkey
melissalucky43@yahoo.com

Gina F. said...

I would want a baby monkey.

ginaferrell3 at yahoo dot com

Michele P. said...

my daughter wants a horse lol.

Karen Propes said...

We would get another dog a Beagle!
ncjeepster@aol.com

Brooke Adametz said...

I want chickens and pigs!

Kendal said...

I would want a dog, but when I am done having babies around!

Kerry said...

A whale :)

STF said...

a ferret

1955nurse said...

LOVE to have a Miniature Horse - so cute!!! Thanks for the chance....

Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

my son would be a monkey
seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

Terra H. said...

I'd love to have a Siberian Husky. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Laurel said...

I think we would love a bunny!
alwaysneedhim4evr@yahoo.com

mframe said...

My son would love to have a puppy
mframe00@gmail.com

Leah said...

I've always wanted a parrot!

carlaboo11 said...

a clown fish

latanya said...

a fish

dario moniz said...

my daughter wants a dog but she's allergic


yanktheese@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

i would get a dog.
flyergal82 AT (yahoo) /dot/ $com^

Jenn said...

my son would LOVE the Nemo fish

mommy2luke2008 said...

We already have fish and a dog, but I would love to have salt water fish. I think salt water tanks are beautiful!

Mrs. Bacon said...

A horse of all things....

rendancechick at yahoo dot com

KPort207 said...

any pet? a puppy for sure

kport207 at gmail dot com

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

a chimp
vmkids3 at msn dot com

Wendi said...

my kids would love a snake or a hamster

jennifer said...

If my child could have any pet he would want a dog.

Anonymous said...

My daughter would love a hamster.
ccole3375@hotmail.com

Renee B. said...

We would love to get a puppy

Tim Stephens said...

My daughter would want a baby Giraffee...

gohanxavier@yahoo.com

xivyx said...

i have a son who just loves tropical fish love seeing his face at the pet store

Cecil Atom said...

I would love a Boston Terrier.

JoMoni10 said...

A bird, too bad dad hates birds

tranch said...

a horse of course

Caryn said...

Probably a cat

caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

Hotsnotty2 said...

We'd love a monkey

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

texaslady22 said...

My son said he'd like a monkey!

brandi.westmoreland(at)gmail(dot)com

Amber said...

He likes dogs

JSweeps said...

We have our dream pet - a horse!

ellie said...

A pony!

mstoolman173 said...

My son wants a hamster
mstoolman173@aol.com

Harold D said...

A puppy...

tannerboyle12@hotmail.com

Pamcakes said...

My daughter would LOVE a fish, but we know our kitties would try to eat it. So this would be great!
b dot ringer at hotmail dot com

Tamar said...

I would let my son have a unicorn.

tavernie said...

If I could have any kind of pet I would have a Bull Dog puppy!
ptavernie at yahoo dot com

Kathleen said...

A corgi or a tank full of pretty jellyfish! :)

neesan at kittymail dot com

Daniel M said...

he wants a dog - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Kim said...

My daughter would love to have a horse

luvdatmouse at charter dot net

Teressa Oliver said...

a monkey or giraffe, you said any

daniel thornton said...

A spider. I don't know what type though.

cranky30[at]hotmail[dot]com

MizVickik said...

A lemur =) (Miz Vickik)

Life Is A SandCastle said...

miniature goat

Nicole C. said...

My daughter would love to have a ferret.

choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

Becca Ann said...

My daughter is a wicked cat person.. I don't like animal fur so we don't have any pets

Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesster said...

My Honey/Hubby always says he wants a dog (puppy) - but guess who would be responsible for walking, feeling, caring for it????

Meanwhile, we have always had cats - we have two now how are seven years old. They are indoor cats and he adores them and they adore him. I think he's just trying to get my goat - or does he secretly want a pet goat?

(Jesselyn A/Jesstinger)
jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

Kathy Davis said...

A puppy, especially a German Schnauzer.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Kathy Davis said...

My FB name: Kathy Newsom Davis
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

schueler1 said...

English Bulldog
schueler.jessica@yahoo.com

Wendy Rozema said...

my kids would love to have a puppy!

Aralynlove said...

A dog

CAJUNMAN12 said...

A dog

ltlbitone said...

A big soft lion... (no teeth or claws) lol

ltlbit1 at hotmail dot com

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