Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal-Fingerlings

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal-Fingerlings

Article excerpt

Montreal-based WowWee Canada has come up with the perfect balance of technology, whimsy and price to create the holiday season's best-selling toy.

Fingerlings are a line of animatronic baby monkeys who respond to touch and sound by blinking, chirping, and blowing kisses and they've

raced to the top of the coveted "Hot Toy" lists.

They were released earlier this year and quickly sold out in stores, prompting frantic online searches by parents looking to secure one of the colourful 12-centimetre-long plastic toys in time for Christmas.

As of this past Friday, various colours of Fingerlings made up three of the top five toys on Amazon.ca, and they've been described as one of the hottest toys of the year by Forbes.com, ToysRUS and Target.

The product's runaway success is not entirely surprising to WowWee's creative director, Benny Dongarra, who was part of the Montreal team that designed the toy.

He says he always believed it would be a huge hit -- but, then again, he believes that of every toy he makes. …

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