December 13, 2007 11:30 ET

Black and White and Loved All Over: WowWee's Robopanda™ Interactive Robotic Panda Teams Up With San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda Research Station

Zoo's Panda Cam Visitors Can Enter to Win their own Interactive, Playful, Robotic Friend

HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2007) - With the recent birth and naming of the newest panda cub at the San Diego Zoo, the fourth giant panda to be born in the United States, parents, children, and panda-fans alike are expected to flock to the San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda Research Station "Panda Cam" to get the first look at the new cub. Families can bring the joy of pandas into their home this holiday season with WowWee's Robopanda™ robotic friend, a fun-loving and curious companion who is animated, talkative, playful, and completely interactive. Visitors to the San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda Research Station Panda Cam sponsored by WowWee's Robopanda interactive playmate can also enter a chance to win a Robopanda friend of their own at

Similar to giant pandas, WowWee's Robopanda robotic friend is playful and curious. He has an engaging personality and bright animated eyes, and loves to share stories and jokes, play games, sing songs and talk with children of all ages. Designed to work without a remote control, the Robopanda interactive playmate is controlled directly by touch and sound sensors. Through interaction with him, children learn facts about animals and improve their memory and sequencing skills through a memory game. Children can experience hours of delight and entertainment playing with his interactive cartridge-based content and can even stimulate complex thinking skills, including both inductive and deductive reasoning, through creative play.

The giant panda is a national treasure in China protected by law. The worldwide love for pandas has been combined with international efforts to keep them from becoming extinct. Today, only around 1,600 giant pandas survive on Earth. Now panda-fans can learn all about giant pandas on the San Diego Zoo's exclusive podcast, narrated by giant panda researcher Suzanne Hall and sponsored by WowWee's Robopanda robotic friend.

For more fun facts on giant pandas and to watch the pandas live on the San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda Research Station Panda Cam, visit Visitors will also be able to download educational podcasts and learn how to help save the endangered giant pandas. The Zoo's recently named 17-week-old giant panda cub, Zhen Zhen, which means "precious," is expected to leave the cub den for the first time sometime this month. Watch this precious one grow daily on Panda Cam!

WowWee's Robopanda interactive playmate has been honored with numerous awards including The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval, a 3-Star Rating from The Canadian Toy Testing Council 2008 Toy Report, an "A" rating from, and was named one of eToys 2007 Hot Holiday Toys.

WowWee's Robopanda robotic friend has a suggested retail price of $149.99 and is available at, The Sharper Image, Toys "R" Us, Target, Wal-Mart and eToys. For more information about WowWee's Robopanda interactive playmate, visit

About WowWee

WowWee, an Optimal Group company (NASDAQ: OPMR), is a leading designer, developer, marketer and distributor of innovative hi-tech consumer robotic and entertainment products. The WowWee group of companies maintains operations in Hong Kong, La Jolla, California and Montreal, Quebec.

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