There is a brand new toy on the block and we have been lucky enough to get our hands on one, you may have caught our Twitter chat on ‘Hatch Day’ where we hatched our Hatchimals , so now it time to let you all know a little more about this much talked about toy in our review.
So, first things first:
What’s in the box?
- One Hatchimals Egg
- A birth certificate
- A quick glance colour code guide
Unboxing a Hatchimals:
The packaging for Hatchimals is very cute, there is a picture of the egg on the front of the box along with a picture of the various Hatchimals available inside and it looks as if the egg is poking out of the top of the box – Of course the kids thought this was the actual egg, as did I, so they were stroking and petting it.
Opening the lid carefully reveals that it is actually a faux top and the egg is securely inside plastic packaging. Careful remove the tape from the packaging and then you will need to unscrew the plastic screws from the egg base. Unscrewing these activates the egg – this means it won’t work until unscrewed which also means the batteries won’t run out while its in the box.
There are two types of Hatchimals available: A Draggle and a Penguala and each of these come in different colours. The Hatchimals eggs are different colours but what is inside each egg is a secret until hatched.
The different thing about this toy is that you have to hatch it from its packaging – the egg and to do so you need to play with it.
There are 3 parts to the actual egg – the bottom (base), the middle and the top. Through the egg you will see your Hatchimals eyes flashing. They flash different colours depending on what you need to do next in the hatching stage – you play with the toy to progress to the next level which in this case is hatching.
You’ll need the colour tips and tricks guide handy to work out what your pet needs.
Pink eyes = Hear my heartbeat. You’ll need to hold the bottom of the egg
Red eyes = Annoyed/Upset. Rub the bottom of your egg
Orange eyes = Needs to burp. Pat the bottom of the egg
Flashing orange eyes = Has the hiccups. Tap on the egg to scare them away
Yellow eyes = Exploring. Interact with your Hatchimal in different ways
Green = Sick. Rub the bottom of the egg or tilt to make me sneeze
Light Blue = Cold. Rub the egg to warm it up
Dark Blue = Scared.Rub the bottom of the egg or knock on the shell
White = Tired. Your Hatchimal will start snoring, wake it by interacting with it
Lights Off = Listening. Knock on the egg and your Hatchimal with play by knocking back.
How long does hatching take?
It says on the box that this stage is around 20/25 minutes but it is definitely longer. Ours was in the egg playing stage for around 40 minutes and then once we got to the hatching stage it was around another 30 minutes to hatch. I have had friends report theirs have taken over an hour to get to the hatching stage.
If you want to turn off the egg at all you turn it upside down for 8 seconds, turn it back on by holding the bottom although I found knocking on the base of the egg repeatedly worked best.
Rainbow lights appear when your Hatchimals is ready to hatch. You will then need to rub the bottom of the egg to encourage it to peck through the egg, you will hear a mechanical click as your pet spins in the egg and then its beak extends to peck through.
The egg will flash white when it is pecking, when it stops it will flash rainbow lights again so you will need to rub the bottom to encourage pecking again.
Ours continued flashing rainbow lights for ages after the initial pecking, and after 20 minutes it hadn’t changed at all but we could see our pet through the gap it had made. We freed our pet at this stage by peeling away the top of the egg and taking of the top of the shell. You can keep peeling the shell until the there is a big enough gap to release your Hatchimal.
It is securely in place in the base of the egg so you need to pull quite hard to get it out of the egg, you will hear a loud click but don’t worry it isn’t broken.
There is plastic around the Hatchimal which secures its wings in place, you need to cut this away and press its tummy. It will then sing ‘Hatchi Birthday’ and your new pet is born and ready to play.
Once born your Hatchimal grows through 3 stages – Baby, Toddler and Kid.
The more you play with your pet the quicker it grows. It learns through play and plays games with you – more of this to come once Emmy has played a little more.
Things to note:
When it says to hold your egg at the bottom, it seems natural for children to cup it in both hands, we were doing this, however this means your hands are more around the curved edges instead of the base. What you need to do it hold it flat in one hand so your palm is on the base and not around the sides.
Your Hatchimal will stay in the egg stage for longer if unplayed with, ours kept going to sleep so we had to keep waking it up as the children were distracted as we hatched it after school at the end of the week when they were both tired and hungry.
They won’t hatch without you so if you get it to the flashing rainbow stage which means it is ready to hatch and then stop playing it will stop until you are back playing, and you then will need to replay some more to get it ready again.
If you drop and break the egg before the hatching stage, you can’t put your Hatchimal back again so you will need to remove the top yourself and pull your pet from the egg.
I’ve been asked this so many times already, it seems you all want to know if it will be a fad or worth the money?
Well, that’s hard to tell currently as it hasn’t long hatched but what I can tell you is Emmy and Harry both got bored during the hatching process – it takes a while and you need to keep playing so while it does state it is for ages 5 plus I would suggest it for older children who have a longer attention span and who will keep going.
Although if they do get bored you are able to put it down, turn off and return to it later or another day which is good.
Once hatched there is an off button which will please ALL parents so if your child does stop playing it isn’t going to randomly awaken in the night is you walk near it.
Emmy has played with it enough to progress to toddler stage but time will tell if she keeps playing longer, I will bring you another review when she has played a little more.
***Post Edit*** (14/11/2016) : Sadly this was definitely a novelty toy in our household and Emmy hasn’t played with it since hatching week. She spend one whole day playing with it after however hasn’t been interested since.
***Post Edit*** (26/12/2016):
This is an update and some advice on troubleshooting from Spinmaster
The first step to note is that the plastic ‘locks’ located underneath the egg needs to be turned 90 degrees and pulled out from underneath to activate the hatching process. You can see how to properly pull them out at the 0:45 mark here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7Mm_LM41e8
1. My Hatchimal started pecking, but now it’s stopped. What should I do? http://bit.ly/2i5SIJD
2. My Hatchimal isn’t responding when I rub the egg, what should I do? http://bit.ly/2i5YStn
3. My Hatchimal isn’t responding in the egg, what should I do? http://bit.ly/2i8i3Fs
4. My Hatchimal isn’t tapping back, what do I do? http://bit.ly/2hpehYL
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Disclaimer: We received this toy from Spinmaster in exchange for this review
(apologises for the video quality and forgetting to turn my phone around when filming – the kids were so excited it was a case of grabbing the phone quickly – all rules went out the window)
Hatchimals are available to buy from Toys R Us, Argos, The Entertainer, Tesco, Amazon, Smyths and other good retailers. RRP £59.99