Product Review & Giveaway – Aurora Launches New YooHoo and Friends Web Site which Coincides With Design Next YooHoo and Friends Contest


Toy and gift manufacturer Aurora World Inc. has launched a brand new web site for its best selling brand, YooHoo & Friends. The free, interactive virtual world at requires no activation code and is targeted to children 5 to 12 years old. At the web site, visitors can learn about real animals and their environment, play games, send e-cards, download wallpapers, calendars and coloring sheets, as well as adopt and raise YooHoo & Friends. Additionally, “Design YooHoo’s Next Friend Contest” entries are being accepted now; the contest runs through May 31st.
“We are really happy with the new web site, which is now compatible with multiple browsers. Most importantly, we developed the site to make learning about the world’s animals fun and entertaining,” says Michael Kessler, SVP of Sales. He adds, “The site is packed with quizzes and maps about animals, a ‘My Room’ section for taking care of your pet; a ‘Playground’ with animations and more than 15 games; as well as a fun zone for downloads, e-cards and keeping an eye on what’s happening with all the YooHoo & Friends.”
The “Design YooHoo’s Next Friend Contest” encourages children to submit drawings of who they think YooHoo’s (the original character from YooHoo & Friends) next friend should be. Every entry, such as the “pouch rat” (pictured left) is posted on the Facebook fan page. Three winners will receive various prizes including plush toys from the YooHoo & Friends line. Winners are chosen based on creativity (50%), colors (30%) and choice of animal (20%) and will be notified by June 15, 2010. Aurora encourages fans of the brand to join them on Facebook and Twitter to see the submission and be the first to get updated on product news, events, and freebies.

Aurora is committed to providing a safe Internet environment for kids and will never distribute personal information to third parties. The website is COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) compliant. For more information, please visit, email or call 888-287-6722.

About Aurora
Aurora World, Inc. ( is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high quality, competitively priced plush toys and gifts. Aurora’s name reflects its extensive product lines and growing influence in the worldwide marketplace, as well as its international manufacturing, R&D and distribution resources. Founded in 1992, the U.S. company has ascended quickly to become a respected leader in the world’s toy and gift industry. Aurora created one of the nation’s best selling plush lines – YooHoo & Friends™ – and its corresponding free, interactive web site (, appealing to young children and tweens alike. The company sells its products via a wide variety of retailers including major zoos, high-end toy stores such as Learning Express, top gift chains such as Hallmark and Claire’s as well as hospital gift shops, fine florists, candy stores and gift/stationery stores worldwide. 

My Take on the Animals
I had heard of these animals before and even tried a few of them out in the past. The ones that I received this time were similar to the last ones I received and the girls loved playing with them (as they do all their stuffed animals).

What is unique with these toys is the noises that each one makes (which always brings a smile on my girls’ faces). Though they may look a bit strange, they are still a bit lovable if I do say so myself.

I also checked out their new shopping site and was amazed at the number of other gifts available. Though they are all stuffed animals, the company has a wide variety of different animals to choose from (that are not YooHoo and Friends related).

Overall, I was impressed by the quality and the cute nature of the animals and my girls adored them!


How would you like to win random five inch birthday style YooHoo and Friends? I will be giving away 2 of these to lucky readers. All you need to do is let me know why you would have an interest in this product to be considered and which one you are interested in. The contest will run for one week and will end on May 1, 2010.
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    This contest will run until May 1, 2010 at approximately 11:59 pm Eastern.

    Winner must be a resident of the U.S or Canada.

    Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

    Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

    All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site’s Terms of Use  for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

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