Hatch your own furry friend with the new Hatchimals. These are electronic toys that come inside speckled eggs. You won't know what your Hatchimal is going to look like until the egg hatches. There are four styles of Pengualas and four styles of Draggles. Once the egg hatches, you get to play and nurture your Hatchimal through baby, toddler, and kid stages.
But first things first: hatching the egg. You have to nurture the egg by tapping, tilting, and touching it to prompt it to hatch. You'll be able to see lights on the outside of your egg that will let you know how your Hatchimal is feeling, and you'll have to hold the egg accordingly. Pink eyes mean you can hear the Hatchimals heartbeat when you hold it, while red eyes mean your Hatchimal is upset, so you'll have to pat the bottom of the egg. The Hatchimal might also need to burp, get cold, get sick, or get scared. And if the eyes are yellow, you can tap on the Hatchimal's egg and it will tap back.
When the eyes turn into rainbow colors, the egg will start to hatch. The Hatchimal will spin around inside the egg, pecking its beak to break free. Keep holding and rubbing the egg to encourage pecking.
And then once the Hatchimal hatches, you've got to nurture it as it grows. There are three play modes. First, it's a baby. In this mode, you're doing basically what you did to nurture the egg but with a soft little creature that rolls around and flaps its wings. You'll need to watch the color of the Hatchimals eyes to determine what it needs. Purple means it's hungry, pink means it wants to cuddle, and green means it's sick, for instance. You can also press its chest button to tickle it and tilt it down and up for a reaction.
Once you get into Toddler mode (and you'll know you're there when you see rainbow eyes again and hear the "Hatchi Birthday" song), you can teach the Hatchimal to talk, help it walk, and make it dance, along with the other play from the Baby mode.
And then in Kid mode, there are four games you can play with your Hatchimal. In Silly Sounds, the Hatchimal will tap a pattern, and you've got to clap the same pattern back. In Tag, the Hatchimal will roll around and change the color of its eyes. When you see red, tap its head. Hatchimal Says is a game where the colors of its eyes tell you what action to take: pat its head, press its belly, tilt it upside down. The longer you play, the faster it gets. And you can ask Psychic Hatchimal a yes or no question, and then hear a positive, negative, or maybe sound. Again, all the features from the previous two modes are still available in this mode.
Kids are going to be clamoring for Hatchimals. Parents might remember a similar kind of craze from when they were kids with the original Furby and Tamagotchi. This toy has some of that similar interactive, nurturing play and is so cute to boot. Kids will like that they get to play with this toy from hatching egg and beyond. The hatching experience can only happen once, but luckily there is more interactive play to be had after that, and kids will like unlocking each of the subsequent modes and discovering even more that their Hatchimal can do.
Hatchimals is for ages 5 and up. This is a toy that kids are definitely going to want. It's got the cute care-for-me appeal that toys like Tamagotchi did 20 years ago, a cuddly look, and a nurturing experience that changes the more you play with the toy. Kids who are into electronic pets and stuffed animals will have fun playing with this toy and helping it grow. The hatching experience can only happen once, but luckily there's more interactive play to be had once your Hatchimals hatches.
This comes with two AA batteries. You won't be able to replace the batteries until after your Hatchimals hatches, and you'll definitely want to do that for best results.
The toy can only hatch once, but after you've taken the toy from baby to kid, you can reset it to go through the baby-to-kid process all over again.
It took 45 minutes for our Hatchimals to hatch and that was with us peeling part of the egg away to move things along. The problem is that the creature inside tends to peck away at the same spots over and over again. Couple that with the fact that you have to be holding and rubbing the egg to keep it pecking, and the hatching experience starts to get old after about 15 minutes. We also had issues removing the creature from the egg. The instructions say to remove the top of the egg and any extra pieces of shell that might block the toy's way. Then, pull it out of the egg. We didn't realize that you have to peel the rest of the egg down toward the bottom on your own in order to clear the way, and then it still took a bit of force to pull the creature from the egg. A child might need adult assistance for this step.
Peeling away the eggshell does result in some small plastic pieces, so you'll want to make sure that you clean up the play area once the egg is done hatching.
2 AA batteries required
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