The Hatchimal craze has taken the world by storm. In fact, the Hatchimal has been dubbed  one of the top holiday toys by several big-box retailers, both here and abroad. Parents of kids the right age already know about them – the first shipments are just about sold out – but in case that's not you, here's what all the fuss is about.

What on Earth Is a Hatchimal?

These bright-colored, furry toys, encapsulated in an egg, is are a cross between the Tamagotchi and Furby. But here’s the catch: They live inside an egg that won’t hatch unless it receives a ton of attention. In other words, the more you play with your Hatchimal, the quicker it will come out.

Fortunately, you won't be the only one interested in fun and games. If you tap the surface of the egg, the Hatchimal will actually tap back. Plus, you can listen to the heartbeat of your newfound friend as it develops.

And when it's ready to hatch, rainbow eyes will appear on the surface of the egg. At that point, all it takes a few tender touches for the egg to crack. If you don't live around a lot of kids' TV and you're curious, click on the video to see what happens next.

How Many Hatchimals Are There? 

There's a mini-menagerie of  Hatchimals to choose from, including:

  • Pengualas

  • Draggles

  • Burtles (Walmart Exclusive)

  • Owlicorns (Toys-R-Us exclusive)

  • Bearakeets (Target exclusive).

Acquiring one starts at $48.88 (a discount price that's rare) and they go up from there.

Where To Buy Yours

Hatchimals, manufactured by Spin Master Corp., are currently sold at, Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and Walmart.

Even this soon, it may be difficult to get your hands on an Hatchimal before Christmas. According to the Hatchimals website, the first shipments are just about sold out. The company anticipates the same demand for the next wave of Hatchimals, due to hit the shelves sometime this month. Some retailers may have January redemption program in the works.

Let's hope Hatchimal hunters don't have to wait for their animal-in-an-egg until Easter.... (No bunny Hatchimal sightings so far.) 


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