A few weeks ago we received our Hatchimals egg and it was the talk of the house for days! What child doesn’t like a surprise and this is the ultimate in surprises – a toy but you don’t know what it looks like!
Hatchimals is billed as THE toy for Christmas by SpinMaster (makers of Paw Patrol, so they should know a thing or two about toys!) and we were lucky to get our hands on one to review.
There are two ‘species’ to choose from – Penguala or Draggle – but you don’t know what your Hatchimal is going to really look like until it’s hatched!
As soon as it’s taken from its packaging the hatching process starts to work. There are noises coming from the egg, lights start to flash inside, it’s all very real! Then when the pecking starts it’s pretty cool!
Each ‘hatch’ should take about 20 – 30 minutes, and its done by keeping the egg moving, or rubbing it and general movement. So the children have to interact with the egg otherwise it won’t hatch.
Picture the scene….
Christmas Day, an Egg is found under the tree. It gurgles and flashes, it’s then passed from child to mum, to auntie to Dad, from Grandma back to the child who each have a giggle & a shake as the egg starts to hatch.
Could this be what they mean by a truly interactive toy?!
Our Hatchimal took little longer than 30 minutes to hatch, if I’m honest (over an hour, so quite a bit longer!) but to her credit Mademoiselle didn’t give up. The egg continued to flash & squeak and she persevered, and the process was amazing considering it’s just a toy!
And then ‘Cubby’ was born – the name Mademoiselle has given to her Hatchimal and she has been smitten since!
Our Hatchimals has hatched!
From the moment it hatches it really is interactive, and it doesn’t need an App or iPads to make it work, which is a real bonus! Next, it was up to Mademoiselle to rear her Hatchimal.
All hatchimals start life as a baby and the more you take care of it the quicker it grows up – going from baby to toddler to child – and the more skills and games it unlocks.
Oh, Those Eyes!
Just with any newborn, it’s all in the eyes with Hatchimal. They’re big, flashing and it’s the toy’s main mode of communication.
Its eyes change colour to express what it needs from you. Purple means it needs feeding; flashing orange and it has the hiccups, and so on. Be prepared to feed and burb it a lot when it’s a baby!
There’s a full eye colour change menu but the children remembered these colours very quickly and didn’t need it!
Handy to keep eye colour chart
Our Verdict – Do Hatchimals Make it on the Little Shires Christmas List?
I think we received the one in a thousand which didn’t want to hatch on schedule! So this process took a while and Little Mister was turned off by this. However, Mademoiselle was stoic, but she’s that type of girl.
If this happened on Christmas day surrounded by other toys I’m not sure she would persevere.
But it was worth the wait or the price tag at £59.99*
Mademoiselle (who’s now 8yo) loves Cubby and has played with her Hatchimal a lot and includes it in her play with other toys – much like you would a pet. And Little Mister has too, despite the long hatching process.
It’s not the most cuddly of toys because of the mechanism inside so I wouldn’t suggest you go to bed with your Hatchimal, but it is super cute and very interactive, which makes it a winner in our eyes!
So, the Eyes have it – they captivate you and you quickly fall in love with your hatched Hatchimal.
It’s a thumbs up from us!
Aww, just look at those eyes!
Disclosure: We were gifted a Hatchimals Toy by SpinMaster in return for a trial hatch. All reviews are my own, honest and true.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.