The last time we saw something funny and Japanese hiding in the fridge it was in a Pink Panther movie (kids get Googling). But then someone put a few Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets in the fridge here at Firebox HQ. Talking milk cartons disguised as animals? What’s not to love!
Utterly bizarre but totally adorable, these cute electronic friends live inside your fridge, only speaking when you open the door. How? A light sensor on the top of each Fridge Pet triggers any one of a number of sentences and phrases, all in Japanese, natch.
As well as various greetings, Fridge Pets are not averse to dishing out a ticking off; keep the door open too long and your fridge-dwelling buddy urges you to close it. In Japanese. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts. Besides, open fridge doors result in over $1.7 billion worth of wasted energy each year in the US alone (it says here), so Fridge Pets aren’t half as silly as they seem. Incomprehensible tree-hugging milk cartons? Whatever next?
It goes without saying that Fridge Pets are cool (they live in the fridge, after all) but the fact that they’re voiced by members of the popular Japanese hip-hop outfit Romancrew (no, us neither) makes them positively sub-zero. Factor in an eco-conscience and you’re looking at some of the coolest things ever to hit the icy innards of your fridge.
Different animals available (from L-R): Polar Bear, Penguin, Walrus and Seal
Each Fridge Pet will say various phrases and greetings
There are four crittery cartons to choose from: a polar bear, penguin, seal and walrus. Brrr-illiant! Yes, you could stick a note on the fridge door reminding housemates not to linger there gawping at gone-off salad and out-of-date ready meals, but that’s nowhere near as entertaining as seeing the look on some hungry sap’s face when they are admonished by a Japanese-speaking milk carton posing as an animal. Ooh, shut that door!
Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets greet you when you open the fridge
Says Japanese words and phrases
Phrases are repeated if you leave the fridge door open to urge you to close it
When are you getting some more of these cool creatures back in stock - I really need to purchase. . :-)
They look fantastic fun ! Christia Brown, Notttingham - 3rd December 2012
Firebox says: Hey, this product is currently on wind-down and we won't be selling it anymore we're afraid!
This would be a great gift for my dad, he is always complaining about people having the fridge open for too long! Beth, Hogwarts - 8th November 2012
Batteries have run out. Can you tell me what they are so I can get some more?
Alec. Alec, Northamptonshire - 24th October 2012
Firebox says: LR44 batteries x3 =)
A superb gadget. Brought my daughter it for her birthday, she was home from uni at the time so we had it in our fridge for a few weeks.
Whole family started talking to the fridge (in our made up Japanese) every time any of us opened the door
Liked it so much, now shes back at uni, we're missing it so have just ordered another one for us. Phil, Gorleston, Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk - 20th October 2012
Firebox says: Glad you liked it enough to order another one Phil.
Do you have the walrus. Hippo, London - 10th October 2012
Firebox says: Sorry we only have the Seal left, please give one a good home!
What is this and what does it say. Hippo, London - 10th October 2012
Firebox says: Basically you put it in your fridge and when you open it the Fridge animal will spout random nonsense at you!