Toronto's Spin Master has done it again. The toy company that brought kids to a fervour over Zoomer robotic pets has created the hottest toy of 2016: Hatchimals. But they're already sold out everywhere, leaving parents in a panic.
WTF is a Hatchimal? Good question.
— Alexa Starr (@AlexaStarr97) November 1, 2016
Imagine a large, speckled egg that hatches as a result of touch and sound. Inside, your child will find a bright, fuzzy robotic creature. It could be a Draggle, Penguala, Owlicorn, Burtle or Bearakeet (don't worry if you can't tell the difference, they look pretty similar.) That's when the fun starts. Kids then teach it to walk, talk and play using specific phrases.
"Hatchimals incorporate the very best elements of nurturing play with the interactivity of robotics in a truly innovative and entertaining way," Ben Varadi, Spin Master's chief creative officer, said in a press release. "This is one of the most unique products Spin Master has ever launched and we're confident that the consumer response will be strong."
Both Mastermind and Chapters confirmed with HuffPost Canada via email that they are sold out and working hard to restock the shelves with the elusive creature. In the meantime, frantic parents, aunties, uncles and grandparents continue to look.
mainly going to sleep worried I won't be able to find a #hatchimal to buy my nephew for Christmas
— BJ (@britjulian) November 9, 2016
— Liz Wilkinson (@liz8wilkinson) November 8, 2016
— Kristen White (@kwhite0221) November 5, 2016
Spin Master has issued this statement on its Hatchimals site:
The consumer response to Hatchimals has been extraordinary, exceeding all expectations. Some of our first shipments have already sold out. While additional product will hit retail shelves in November, we anticipate this inventory will also sell out quickly.
We have increased production and a whole new batch of Hatchimals will be ready to hatch in early 2017. This is a special season and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed, nor do we support inflated prices from non-authorized resellers.
We are working on creative solutions to help kids and their parents withstand the wait. In the interim, some retailers are developing pre-sale and/or rain-check programs for redemption in January. We will continue to update with program details as they become available.
This mention of inflated pricing is referring to sellers on Amazon and eBay taking advantage of the situation, trying to get more than $2,600 for one of these furballs.
Not wanting to disappoint the kidlets this season, parents are forking over the cash.
— Andrea :-P (@twistolipz) October 28, 2016
Because, seriously, happy faces like this is all we want for Christmas morning.
— TaraRizzor (@743770ae5498497) October 25, 2016