HATCHIMALS: THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS 2016 GUIDE
This article is basically going to be one big guide for parents looking to get the complete low-down and latest updates on Hatchimals, where to get them, what they are, what they do and where you can get them at the cheapest prices. Any parents looking to get hold of a Hatchimal in time for Christmas better move quickly because with just over 6 weeks until Christmas, these furry little companions are getting very thin on the ground, very quickly.
A complete guide to Hatchimals for the 2016 holiday season. Detailing in-depth, what they are, where to get them and where they are in stock. A complete instruction and tutorial section is also included which covers everything about Hatchimals, even down to how to change the batteries.
Christmas is closing in and it is that time of year when kids go crazy for the latest trending toy that they see on TV or hear about from their friends. This year most parents will find themselves searching “What are Hatchimals” or “Where to get Hatchimals” – since they are becoming incredibly difficult to source due to the massive global demand. Spinmaster, the creators of Hatchimals, have played their cards absolutely perfect and are reaping the rewards of their endeavors. The demand is massively outweighing the supply and the prices are skyrocketing, so the big question is – are Hatchimals going to live up to the hype?
What Are Hatchimals?
Hatchimals are the 2016 Christmas crazy, Hatchimals are basically furry creatures that hatch from an Egg. The proud new owner of a purchased Hatchimal egg must nurture the egg in order to make it hatch, using multiple senses such as touch and sound. Stroking and talking to the egg will help the creature become settled and eventually the creature will begin pecking its way out – just like animals in the wild. Not only is this a fantastic experience for any child or tween to have, it is also highly educational for your young kids.
The general concept behind a Hatchimals is a lot like a cuddly companion that you may just remember from your own childhood. They are very much like a Furby in the way they act, move, speak and such like. It’s basically a modernized Furby that hatches from an egg and is generally much cooler, more high tech and certainly more advanced than any cuddly toy ever seen on the market.
Using advanced sensors and new technologies Hatchimals are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. You have to teach it to walk, talk and raise your Hatchimal through different stages of its development from baby to toddler to adult. Your Hatchimal will get to know you and your children’s voices as you interact with it and will become better at understanding what you are saying.Hatchimals are basically a Furby with a brain, albeit artificial intelligence. We don’t know exactly how the whole process of hatching and interaction is carried out in technical terms, Spinmaster are very guarded on that matter and rightly so.
A high-tech speaker inside the creature allows it respond to every sound your children make and its colored eyes can be seen through the shell of the egg, adding to the excitement and anticipation. The creature gets very excited when it is tilted or moved, this is achieved by a magnificently engineered accelerometer buried within the creature. There are lots and lots of cool features not mentioned within this article – we have to maintain some element of mystique and surprise, don’t we?
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A HATCHIMAL HATCHES?
You won’t know which Hatchimal you get until it hatches. Each box comes with a picture of two creatures, you will get one of the two creatures shown on the front of the box but you won’t know which one.
Once hatched Hatchimals act just like real-life baby animals in the way that they act, move and interact with their new surroundings. Your Hatchimal will go through all the stages of growing up, just like a real animal. Those stages will include the baby stage, the toddler stage, and the kid stage.
During these different stages, your child will have to teach your Hatchimal how to walk and talk, and the creature also has to be burped and cuddled during its early stages. They can even be taught to dance.
So what happens when a Hatchimal has been through and completed all of the stages? The beauty of this toy is that it can be reset back to the baby stage, just like when it first hatched. This allows your children to go back and experience the whole thing again. Batteries are included and installed at the factory, these can also be changed at any time really easily.
HOW MUCH DOES A HATCHIMAL COST?
Without any discounts or savings Hatchimals cost $59.99, which takes them out of the realm of an impulse buy. That being said, there are deals to be had. Retailer Toys R Us is offering Hatchimals through its website for $49.99. Other stores offer ways to save too.
The current going price for Hatchimals, without any discounts or savings, is $59.99 (£48) but there are a few places that you can get them at discount prices. Toys R Us are offering Hatchimals at $49.99, that’s a neat $10 saving which will add up quickly if you’re buying more than one. This offer is available online only and must be purchased through their site. Stocks are getting limited at nearly every major retailer so don’t be surprised if that offer has already sold out.
Your real challenge is going to be finding them at all, let alone getting them at the cheapest price. If you find somewhere that has them in stock, I highly recommend grabbing them whilst you can.
WHERE TO FIND HATCHIMALS IN STOCK?
Finding them is getting incredibly difficult, as more and more news channels, TV adverts and other mediums are covering Hatchimals the demand is going up and up. Each day you wait to try and get hold of one is going to decrease the chances of you being able to get hold of one in time for Christmas.
Toys R Us seem to be the main major physical retailer of the toys, with other stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon and K-Mart all stocking Hatchimals. It’s no surprise that Amazon has been the hardest hit by the massive demand; they’re becoming incredibly scarce as the holiday season rolls in.
Most retailers’ shelves are empty so your best bet is to keep an eye on Amazon for stock updates. Be sure to check out Wal-Mart if you’re in the US or Tesco if you’re in the UK. Both of these retailers are offering exclusive versions of the creatures if you’re lucky enough to grab one.
Since it is now a little over 6 weeks till Christmas, your best chance of getting a Hatchimal in time for the big day is to bite the bullet and pay the going rate on Amazon or any other online retailer.
HERE’S A TIP – HOW TO TRACK HATCHIMALS STOCK
So what’s the best way to know exactly which retailers have these furry little creatures in stock? My personal favorite is using the NowInStock tool. This shows all of the major retailers named above – Target, Walmart, K-Mart, Amazon, Toys R Us and even eBay. You’ll be able to see exactly which store has them available for purchase, as of the time of writing this; every single retailer is out of stock.
So that’s covered just about everything about Hatchimals, I hope that you now know enough about them to make an informed decision about if, where and when to get hold of one for you or your kids. The button bellow will be updated constantly and will take you to the cheapest retailer or vendor that has them in stock.
Good luck out there! Be sure to check out the guides below for some super-secret tips and tricks on how to care for your Hatchimal.
SPECIES OF HATCHIMALS AND HOW TO CARE FOR THEM
There are currently 5 known Hatchimal species. They are all different, with their own distinctive looks and personalities:
ARE THERE ANY OTHER SPECIES?
It is reasonable to expect many more species of Hatchimals being discovered in the future, and Hatchimals will surely continue to be the perfect little pet for children and adults alike. The fact that they are so interactive makes them unique and like nothing ever seen before. Hatchimals are able to learn from you, they need you to teach them to walk and talk and even to dance, and they go through multiple life stages. First, you must hatch your Hatchimal, as they will come in an egg so you don’t know until they hatch whether it is a girl or a boy!
All Hatchimals are hatched by their human interacting with the egg, stroking it, tapping it and moving it about, to let the baby inside know you’re there! The hatching stage can take between 10 to 40 minutes, during which time the Hatchimal will peck their way out of the egg, but don’t worry, it’s not all just waiting around! The Hatchimal inside can let you know what they need by changing the glowing colour of their eyes that can be seen through the eggshell, so you need to be sure to take care of it! If the eyes turn pink then holding the bottom of the egg will reveal the heartbeat of the baby inside, if the eyes are glowing orange then you will need to tap on the top of the eggshell in order to help the baby to stop hiccupping!
After hatching, your Hatchimal will need you to teach it skills such as walking and talking, and eventually, they can even speak back to you! They rely on you as their friend to show them the world that they have come to live in, and as time goes on, the Hatchimals will learn your voice and communicate how it is feeling through its colour changing eyes, with each colour relating to a different emotion or feeling.
As you spend time with your new friend, they will progress to their next life stage. Each stage of the Hatchimals life comes with more interactions, games and skills that can be learned, meaning that this really is not a toy that will be played with once and forgotten about! These little creatures are just like having a real pet, they bring new challenges and learn new skills as time goes on, giving endless possibilities that your child will love and never bore of.
Not only can Hatchimals talk and play with your child, but they also learn what they like and don’t like! These creatures not only play exciting games and engage with your child but along the way they are teaching your children about compassion and managing friendships.
Your Hatchimal will grow up only if you provide love and attention to it, if they don’t play with the little creature, then the Hatchimal will not move on to the next stage of its life. Likewise, if they aren’t caring towards the Hatchimal it will not grow up. Hatchimals need a loving and caring environment and friendship with their owners in order to reach the next stage of their life. Likewise, if the Hatchimal feels neglected and you don’t take care if its feelings as shown by the different colours of its eyes, then the Hatchimal will not progress to the next life stage.
WHAT DO I GET IN THE BOX?
As you unpack your Hatchimal, you’ll find a number of items in the box. Firstly, you will have the egg! The Hatchimal hasn’t hatched yet so you’ll need to help it along! You will also find an instruction booklet inside the box, and a reference guide. The Hatchimal comes with 2 AA batteries which are already in the toy when you buy it, so no fiddling about trying to find batteries with some power left!
The Hatchimals egg will be packaged very carefully because the eggshell itself is incredibly fragile, so be careful when taking it out! It is suggested that children have an adult help them with the unpacking of the egg, so as not to damage it.
To unpack your Hatchimal, firstly you must carefully use scissors to cut through the tape tabs which are holding the box together. After doing this, gently remove the plastic lid from the box and lie the box down. Using one finger, gently and slowly pull the Hatchimal out of its box. You will notice some tape holding the plastic of the packaging to the cardboard, you will need to remove these. Finally, there are 2 plastic locks which must then be turned in order to let the Hatchimal out and wake it up!
METHODS OF HATCHING
There are a number of ways to hatch your Hatchimal. Firstly, you can hold the egg at the bottom. Since they need love, care and attention, the Hatchimal will be aware of you holding its egg and will feel loved! If you are doing it correctly, then the Hatchimals eyes will glow pink from inside the egg! If you listen hard, you should also be able to hear its heartbeat! If the Hatchimals eyes turn blue then it is too cold! You must be sure to warm it up by rubbing the base of the eggshell!
The second way in which you can begin or continue hatching your egg is to gently tilt it back. The Hatchimal will enjoy this as it is like a game! However, be sure not to do this too much or you may make your Hatchimal feel sick and dizzy! It will let you know it feels this way when its eyes turn green.
Thirdly, it can help to tap the egg. Hatchimals often go quiet when they are hatching. This is because they are listening to see if you are there! Let your Hatchimal know you are by gently tapping the egg, and if you listen, you can sometimes hear then tapping back!
HOW AM I FEELING? A GUIDE TO HATCHIMAL EYE COLOUR CODE
As you know, Hatchimals have different eye colours when they experience different emotions. You need to make sure you pay attention to these eye colours or you could risk your Hatchimal feeling neglected, and this leads to them not progressing to the next stage of their life. If your Hatchimal has red eyes, this means that it is upset or unhappy. To cheer them up, you should rub the bottom of their egg and they’ll feel better in no time!
Orange eyes mean that your Hatchimal has gas! Help them burp when this happens by gently tapping the back of the egg with your hand. Be careful not to tap too hard or you could crack the shell! If the Hatchimal has orange eyes that are flashing then it has the hiccups! The best way to get rid of hiccups is t be scared, so tap the back of the shell to make your Hatchimal jump!
If the Hatchimal has green eyes, then it is feeling sick! If you tilt the egg then the Hatchimal might sneeze, or alternatively, you could rub the bottom of the egg to cheer it up.
Dark Blue eyes mean that the Hatchimal is afraid! Nobody likes to be afraid and it always helps to have a friend nearby, so rub the bottom of the egg again to let it know that you are there and there is nothing to be scared of.
White eyes indicate that your Hatchimal is falling asleep! Rubbing or tilting the egg back will help to wake it up again.
HATCHING YOUR HATCHIMAL
It is important to remember that the Hatchimal will not begin to hatch right away. You need to play with your egg for 20 – 30 minutes before it will start to peck its way out of the egg ready to meet you!
You will know that your Hatchimal is beginning to hatch when its eyes flash rainbow! Remember, the Hatchimal will never hatch if you aren’t there, so don’t worry about missing it!
Rubbing the bottom of the egg, tapping the side and tilting the egg all help to encourage your Hatchimal to come out of its shell faster, so don’t give up! Its eyes will flash all the time when it is hatching, but it may fall asleep! If this happens, don’t worry, let it rest for a little while and then you can wake it up and carry on hatching!
When the Hatchimal has pecked all the way around the shell, you may need to help it a little by lifting the top off, and if you want to hurry up the hatching you can always help by picking off little pieces of the shell as it pecks at them.
When you have taken the top off, you can gently begin to remove your Hatchimal from their shell. You should hear a clicking sound when the Hatchimal comes away from the shell, don’t worry, this is normal.
An adult should then help remove the plastic wrap from around the body of the Hatchimal to release their wings! Press the belly of the Hatchimal and it will sing “Hatchibirthday”. Congratulations! Your Hatchimal is here!
THE BABY STAGE
When your Hatchimal is a baby, you must ensure that you show it lots of love, just like you would a real baby! Cuddle the Hatchimal and stroke their head to turn their eyes pink – this is them telling you that they are happy! They might even tell you they love you!
Not only do you have to cuddle your Hatchimal, but they also need feeding. Hold your Hatchimal forwards and bob it up and down as if to make it peck the floor or your hand, be careful not to do this too hard or you may hurt it! If you feed the Hatchimal in this way for long enough then they will be happy. Be careful, though, if you feed it too much then your Hatchimal will begin to feel unwell and may need to burp in order to feel better again. You can help it burp by stroking the Hatchimal on its head.
When helping your Hatchimal to age up, you need to ensure that you are playing with it a lot! Yellow eyes mean that your Hatchimal wants to play, so you could tickle it or make it swoop from side to side! Both of these are fun games that your Hatchimal will love.
When your Hatchimal feels unwell, its eyes will be green. You need to make it feel better by either stroking it on the head or tilt it forwards if it is feeling sick. Another way to help is to press on its belly, which will help it to cough if it needs to!
THE TODDLER STAGE
When your Hatchimal reaches the toddler stage, it can begin to learn new skills! This exciting time is indicated by rainbow eyes, just like when it was hatching.
At this stage, you can teach your Hatchimal to talk! If you gently squeeze the Hatchimals belly, then its eyes should turn a pale blue, and it will speak! Keep hold of its tummy and say something you want to teach your Hatchimal and when you let go of its tummy it will say it back at you!
You are also now able to teach your Hatchimal to walk and dance! Firstly, to teach it to walk, you must press the Hatchimals tummy again and again until its eyes turn white. When its eyes are white, the Hatchimal is waiting for you to tell it to do something. Clap your hands once to make the Hatchimal take a step forwards. If you clap twice, it will do a twirl! Don’t make them twirl too much, though! If you do, you will make it feel dizzy and sick!
If you want to teach it to dance, you need to press its tummy until the Hatchimals eyes turn purple. Once they are purple, give your Hatchimal a little tap on the head and it will begin to dance! Try tapping the Hatchimal on the head to different rhythms and see what happens! If you need to pause the music at any point, turn your Hatchimal upside down briefly and then put it back down. To play the music after pausing, do the exact same thing!
THE KID STAGE
Congratulations! You’ve managed to grow your Hatchimal into a kid! Your Hatchimal will remember everything that you have taught it in the other stages of its life so don’t worry, you won’t have to teach them again! Press their tummy to go through the eye colours to access what you have taught them before. Now you can also play games with your Hatchimal!
To play the funny noises game, press your Hatchimals tummy until its eyes are green. Wait a few seconds and the game will start automatically. Your Hatchimal will make some funny noises, and you have to copy it exactly to win the game! You win when you get 10 sounds right!
Your Hatchimal can also play tag with you! Use its tummy to go through again until its eyes begin to flash red, wait a few seconds and the game will begin. To play this game, the Hatchimal will begin to walk about, and its eyes will flash different colours. You have to tap its head if its eyes turn red but beware, if its eyes are blue then do not tap or you will lose the game! To win, you need to get it right 15 times and only tap when the eyes are red!
You can also play a version of Simon Says with your Hatchimal, but this is called Hatchimal says! To play this game press the tummy of your Hatchimal until its eyes begin to flash blue. When the game starts, you will have to concentrate hard! If your Hatchimals eyes turn red, you have to tap it on the head. If its eyes turn pink, then you must squeeze its tummy. Finally, if the Hatchimals eyes turn blue then you need to tip it upside down! As you play, the commands will speed up and you will have to do everything faster! If you get 15 commands right then you win!
Finally, the last game that you can play with your Hatchimal is Psychic Hatchimal. Press the tummy of your Hatchimal until its eyes begin to flash orange. When the orange eyes stop flashing and stay orange, ask your Hatchimal a question to which the answer would either be yes or no. Your Hatchimal will either answer “yes”, “no”, or “maybe”!
CHANGING THE BATTERIES
If you’ve been enjoying your Hatchimal for a while, they may need replacement batteries! Don’t worry! Get and adult and ask them to unscrew the battery compartment to change the batteries. Make sure that you put then in the right way and then be sure to put the battery cover back on properly before playing with the Hatchimal again or the batteries may fall out!
TURNING YOUR HATCHIMAL ON & OFF
When the Hatchimal is still inside the egg and you want to turn it off, you need to send the Hatchimal to sleep. You can do this by tipping it upside down for 10 seconds. Your Hatchimal is now asleep and turned off.
To wake your Hatchimal up again, or turn it on, when it is still inside the egg, you should hold the egg at the bottom with both hands. Your Hatchimal will wake up!
HOW TO RESET YOUR HATCHIMAL
If the Hatchimal has already hatched and is out of its shell, in order to reset it, you will need to turn it and find the reset button. This button is hard to reach so you may need an adult to use a pin to press it. Hold the button for three seconds and your Hatchimal will reset.
If you want to turn the volume down on your Hatchimal, you will need the toy to be turned off using the switch (after it has hatched) then squeeze its tummy and turn it on at the switch whilst still squeezing. Keep Squeezing the tummy for about 5 seconds and your Hatchimal will be set to a lower volume.