Last year’s toy pet substitute was the Zhu zhu Pets hamster without the mess. This year sees the launch of new Teacup Piggy Toys as stand-ins for the controversial Teacup Pig pets. Teacup pigs, of course, are mini pot-bellied pigs bred for the purpose of serving as domestic pets. Despite their cute factor and obvious popularity, royal pet pigs require more attention than the average pet. However, this is good news for parents looking for toy substitutes this holiday season. The new toy teacup pigs may be the hassle-free alternative you’ve been looking for.

Made by Toyeck, the teacup pig toys are articulated with movable heads and feet. Teacup Piggies also come with a 25-word vocabulary, making them almost more interactive than real piggies. There are a total of fifteen Pig Toys to collect. Each pig, with its unique personality and matching accessories. The toys come in three litters, the first batch hatched on Christmas Day, December 25, 2009. These include Snowflake, High Tips Locket, Goldie, and Copper and Princess.

The second litter of Teacup Piggies was born on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2010. This litter is made up of Carat, Jade, Glitter, Ivory, Denim and Bling. The last litter is born on February 1, 2010 and is made up of three little pigs Emmie, Oscar and Jade. Each Piggy has a matching cup and accessories. Children can also create dress-up games with their piggies from the variety of outfits available. Play sets including a Teacup Piggies Electronic Lights & Sounds Showtime limousine, a beauty spa playset with lights and sounds, and a fashion runway playset are all sure to keep kids entertained for hours.

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