I've heard of Talking Tom before – I've seen the commercials but I never had downloaded the app. When I received it, my family all knew of it & clued me in. The toy is the same as the app in that Tom repeats what you say but in a funny voice.
The Talking Tom that I was able to review is from Cuddle Barn and is currently valued at $34.99 (don't worry – they have Talking Tom & Talking Ben squeezers for just $12.99). You press the Talking Tom's foot, wait for his belly to turn red & you just say something & he'll repeat it back to you. It goes to "sleep" if you don't play with it for a couple of minutes but you can press the foot again to get it started. There's an off/on switch at the bottom of his foot in case your kids play with it too much (I've had to do this on two occasions). This toy is actually quite addicting and I've had to replace the batteries since we've gotten it since everyone has been passing it around & recording messages with it on their phones & my son has been playing with it nonstop.
My whole family loves it & everyone who comes over gets a kick out of it. If you're a fan or know someone who loves Talking Tom, this would make a great gift.
Disclosure: I received item for review purposes. However, all opinions are my own.