When I was younger, one of the hottest toys to get for Christmas was the Cabbage Patch Doll. Finding one of those in a department store or big box store was like finding a buried treasure. People got into fist fights over these adorable dolls that it made the news on many different television stations across the country.
A few years later, it was the Tickle Me Elmo doll that had parents searching stores high and low in the pre-internet days. You had to look in the Classified ads in your local newspaper if you could not find one in a store. And remember the Furby craze of the early 2000’s? That was another toy that was difficult to locate.
When my twins were in first grade in 2009, I spent a lot of time on the phone and online searching for the elusive Zhu Zhu Pets. When I finally found some at my local CVS drugstore, I had the cashier put them behind the cash register and I drove as quickly as I could to the store to purchase them.
For Christmas 2016, the hottest and hardest to find toy is Hatchimals.
What Are Hatchimals?
Hatchimals are an interactive toy that was developed by Spinster, the company that brought you Etch-A-Sketch and Tamagotchis, to name a few of their most successful products.
There are five different kinds of Hatchimals, each with it’s own color scheme and design:
The toy comes in the package in the form of a speckled egg. In order for them to hatch, your child has to interact with it by touching and tilting it in the air. It will glow and make tapping noises while still an egg. The different colors that it glows means different things, like needing to burp, it is dizzy, or it has the hiccups. It’s as if the Hatcnhimal is communicating with your child.
According to the Hatchimals official website, it can take anywhere from 10-40 minutes for the egg to hatch, as each one is unique. It cannot hatch while your child is not with it, so this important and exciting part of the toy experience will not be missed. Once it has been hatched, you child can play with it. Just press it’s stomach and watch it sing and move!
Where Can I Find Hatchimals?
Searching for Hatchimals is now on many parents “To Do” list. But where can you find these hard to find toys?
There are many retailers who are carrying them. Kohl’s, Walmart, Meijer, Target, Best Buy, Kmart, Books A Million, Barnes and Noble and Toys R Us have had them advertised in their circulars. It is true that they are printed in advance, but the first thing you should do is call all of the stores in your area and find out if there are any in stock. Some stores are not placing them on the shelves, but are keeping them behind the cash registers in the electronics or toy departments and even behind customer service desks. These stores are trying to prevent people from clearing the shelves.
You can also check online at each stores’ website to see if Hatchimals are in stock. Even if it says that the item is sold out, call anyway. They might have a few still left. Inventory counts have known to be wrong.
Of course, you can go to the store and check the shelves to see if any are hidden behind something else.
You can also use online tracking sites like Zoolert and Now In Stock, as they track all of the toys that are popular.
Amazon has many sellers who have Hatchimals for sale.
If you want to try and find a Hatchimal at a lower price, then you can try bidding here on eBay for all of the live Hatchimals auctions. Put in your Max Bid for an item and see if you win the auction. They are selling at lower prices.
Good luck finding your Hatchimals for Christmas 2016!
Featured image from Pixabay and altered by the author in Picmonkey.