Hatchimals have been a craze for kids worldwide ever since it launched last year but the question every parent is asking is…. IS it worth the price?
I mean – what is it about kids and eggs – right?
I am sure that you have come across dozens of posts and reviews on this toy but you are probably still feeling unsure on whether you should purchase it or not.
The truth is, I was extremely fascinated with Hatchimals when I first heard about it. I think I wanted it more than my daughter did.
Today, I want to answer a few of your questions so that you can understand the product more and, more importantly – the reasoning that Spin Master aimed for when creating this must-have toy.
What is a Hatchimal?
Hatchimals are magical creatures that live inside of eggs. They are neither animals nor birds but a bit of both.
Who’s inside? Well… the fun of it is that you will never know until it hatches – just like a baby! 😉 It’s a surprise and that is one of the biggest reason kids are going crazy about it!
Each egg contains one of two interactive Hatchimals. Love and care for yours inside the egg and its eyes will light up as it makes cute sounds, telling you how it’s feeling!
I think the brand is extremely clever, they created a toy that is all about “experiencing” it. As soon as it started cooing, I was in awe.
It is interactive and communicates so that you can ‘bond’ with it. You see a Hatchimal cannot hatch without you.
Once you’ve played with it enough, you’ll see rainbow eyes – that means it’s time to hatch!
Your touch encourages them to peck their way out of the egg! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Once it hatches, then what?
So now you either get to raise your furry Hatchimal or become a grandparent. 😉
They go through 3 developmental stages – from baby to toddler, to kid. Your Hatchimal sings “Hatchy Birthday” each time it enters a new stage!
Teach yours to walk, dance, play games and more! It will even repeat what you say in its own voice – and language!
The toy has hatched but my kid isn’t interested in it anymore?
I think this is the part where most parents think that they just wasted their money on a useless toy. To be honest, most kids are just fascinated with the hatching of the egg, I’m sure that by now you have realized that surprise eggs are trending in the industry at the moment.
Once its hatched, many kids lose interest and put the toy aside. The biggest reason for this could be because your child doesn’t really understand the concept of the different stages.
The lighting cues tell them what’s to be done. If your child asks you for a Hatchimal – ask them if they are prepared to take responsibility for it.
Children need to learn accountability and responsibility.
How can I tell what stage my Hatchimal is in?
When you first get your Hatchimal it will be in Stage 1: Egg.
Once your Hatchimal starts pecking, it has entered Stage 2: Hatching.
After your Hatchimal is out of its egg it will be in one of 3 stages – Baby, Toddler, or Kid.
To check which stage your Hatchimal is in, press its belly, and check the eye color.
If the first eye color you see is:
- YELLOW and you hear giggling, your Hatchimal is in Stage 3: It’s a Baby.
- PURPLE (dance mode), your Hatchimal is in Stage 4: You have a Toddler.
- RED (tag game), your Hatchimal is in Stage 5: Well done – you have a Kid.
When we opened Kitana’s Hatchimal box, I decided not to read the instructions and go with the flow. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help at all, reading the instructions for this toy is crucial because it explains every little detail on how the toy is going to grow and develop a personality.
Hatchimals were created to give your child an experience but also to teach them a little bit about responsibility.
Why should I get one for my child?
Hatchimals are basically robotic pets. If your child is keen on having a pet or loves taking care of the animals at home, then they will have a blast with this toy! My daughter loves her Hatchimal, she treats it like a little baby and even attempted feeding it… *gulp*. We now have a little baby at home called “Isabella”.
There’s a reason why the toy is suggested for 5-year-olds and older.
I love that is has become a collectible item and that there’s more than one type of Hatchimal available to purchase however it is a bit on the steep side when it comes to pricing. The starting price is R999 in South Africa and can go up to R1600 – depending on which one you purchase.
The Different Hatchimals available in South Africa:
Hatchimals Pengualas are happy-go-lucky, quirky, naive, friendly, clumsy and kind. There are two in the range – a pink one and a teal one.
Hatchimals Draggles are curious, brave, and energetic, they are also quite shy and lovable. There are two in the range – a green one and a purple one.
Owlicorns – Toys R Us Exclusive
Part Unicorn, Part Owl – the Owlicorn is sure to bring magic to you home with its magical and endearing personality.
Bearakeet – Toyzone Exclusive
Part Bear, Part Parakeet – the Bearakeet has a heart that is courageous and full of fun!
Burtles – Exclusive to Hamleys and Toy Kingdom
As one of the newest members of the Hatchimal family (only available at Hamleys South Africa and Toy Kingdom South Africa) Burtles are one part bug and one part turtle! Just like their little-winged friends, it is both peppy, energetic, and full of happiness. As Burtles grow up you see a bit more of their turtle side: reliable, careful, and strong willed.
As you can see you have a choice of personality and type. The question is – Is it worth it?
And the answer is …
It’s a personal choice. For me – it’s an investment, and the value of the return is actually what you decide to put in …
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