AKA: The ultimate solution to the age old question "What do i get my niece/nephew for her/his birthday / stocking / mitzvah / etc?"
These little plush toys come in dozens of levels of 'cute', but that's not what makes them so gosh darn brilliant. That comes courtesy of the simple fact that a Webkinz plush is more than a simple toy.
Webkinz is a mutant hybrid toy line that combines Cabbage Patch Dolls, Beanie Babies, Tamagachi, Pokemon and Animal Crossing into one small and loveable package --a fusion of all that made any one of its inspirations cute into one fluffy candy coated candy toy with a candy center that will no doubt keep your kids occupied for all eternity.
Here's the deal. You buy your target child a Webkinz or Lil' Kinz plush (preferably from DVDBoxOffice, of course ;) ). Target child receives toy, and instantly tosses adjacent packaging to the wind. You retrieve the packaging from its new home (probably the floor), and dig out the adoption notice and show it to target child. You and the child read through the notice, paying special attention to the magic adoption code therein. You and target child take a spin on your internet browser of choice, heading over to http://www.webkinz.com/. There you register the new toy, and begin taking part in interacting with other Webkinz in other places by way of a super-secure and designed-with-the-young-in-mind chat interface. Each Webkinz is given his own home, which can be decorated and furnished using Kinz Cash, which is earned by playing fun yet suspiciously educational games within the WebKinz universe.
And there you have it. Target child now frolics into the cyber-sunset with his/her new toy and is well on his/her way to learning the essential skills that will be required for him/her to join his/her first Warcraft guild in the next year or so. Before you know it, they'll be scouring eBay for the silver sword with 10,000 hitpoints that they need to defeat the evil Lord Zhorn and save Hyrule from the Space Marines of Krom.
They grow up so fast.
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