FurReal Friends’ cuddly 16-inch Chewbacca is better than any real pet
Everyone’s favorite wookie is now cuter and cuddlier than ever before.
Ahead of New York Toy Fair, Hasbro has announced the “Star Wars Ultimate Co-pilot Chewie,” a 16-inch tall furry version of Han Solo’s BFF that roars when it’s pet and detects movement and sounds. And here’s the craziest part: rock Chewie and he’ll fall asleep like a baby.
Created by FurReal Friends, the toy company behind the irresistibly adorable Roarin’ Tyler Tiger, it’s no wonder Chewie is equally as cute.
The company tells me the Chewie toy, which comes out this fall for $129.99, has been in development for about about a year and half. Even though it won’t arrive in time for the Solo movie this May, it’s still a sweet toy for Star Wars fans. Kids will probably enjoy it a lot more, though.
Hasbro brought a prototype version of Chewie — wires exposed out of its back and all — for me to try out and it’s quite a toy. I definitely wished my toys were this high-tech.
Talk to Chewie and he’ll respond by roaring back and raising his arms up and down. The lil fella can react with up to 100 different sound and motion combinations.
Here’s a look at Chewie in action:
There are various different ways to trigger Chewie besides talking to it. You can press a button on his tummy hidden underneath his fur, rub his forehead, shake him up and down, and fly him around. He’ll respond differently each time.
By far the most weirdest and strangely satisfying feature involves putting Chewie to sleep. Rock the toy in your arms and his eyes will close as he starts snoring.
If you’ve always wanted your own pet Chewbacca, this toy’s as good as it gets.