Insert Double-A batteries, press the button, sit back, relax and enjoy the singing and dancing! That’s how Google describes the new sensation from TikTok - Wiggly Dancing Cactus. The toy has become a viral hit with over 100m views on TikTok under the hashtag, #singingcactustoy. One of the most appealing and enjoyable parts is the repeating mechanism - everything you say will be repeated by this toy in a funny singy-swingy way. The last version comes with 120 preloaded songs, glowing LED lights, and it was considered a number one Christmas gift in 2021.
To this day, there are thousands of videos where kids, toddlers, or even whole families are interacting with this simple plush toy, originally invented during the pandemic. The purpose of the toy was to keep toddlers engaged while their parents were working from home. Promising endless hours of entertainment and a 30-day money-back guarantee, customers really didn’t regret this purchase.
It’s not only toddlers and families who have been interacting. Videos on TikTok can be found where adults have their engaging moments with this toy too. For instance, music supervisor Ryan Svendsen, also known by his nickname musicbefore, took social media by storm, thanks to his creative idea of leading a choir of dancing cactuses while playing music on his trumpet. This unique idea gained him more than 139 million unbelievable views.
The dancing cactus also has it’s downside. In November 2021 a woman in Ontario discovered her cactus was singing about less than wholesome subjects .
The buzz around this toy is definitely immense. According to the official website, the toy has been around since at least late December 2020. Following this success, many manufacturers are trying to copy its mechanism and use it for different products such as – plush hamsters, which have already been seen on Ryan’s TikTok.
Being “good for TikTok” definitely continues to be a popular trait when it comes to launching a new toy, and that trend doesn’t look like going away anytime soon!