Hatchimals, the hot toy that blasted onto the toy scene in 2016 and is still going strong, has won over 16 various toy awards and still has parents scouring stores to buy them for their kids. What is it? It is a robotic, plush, toy animal that can talk, move, play games, repeat phrases, and interact with your kid. The best part is that it comes in a large egg and must be hatched before it can be seen or enjoyed.
The specks on the egg match the color of the soft, furry animal inside, but you do not know what it looks like or which species you have until it comes out of the shell. The available species of animals are Owlicorns, Burtles, Pengualas, Draggles, and Bearakeets.
Each of these comes in different designs and colors. The hatching process can take from 30 to 40 minutes and depends heavily on the care from the child. More handling and touching makes the hatch time sooner. The rainbow eyes from inside the egg let you know that hatch time has arrived.
Once hatched, the toy grows through three more life stages – baby, toddler, and kid. Several version of this toy are available on the market from the manufacturer. The original is one character in a large egg. The Surprise Twins have two smaller animals in a large egg and the CollEGGtibles are tiny, one-inch plastic figures that do not move, talk, or make sounds. Their character group is large with over 100 critters for kids to collect. The plush twins can interact with each other and play together.
One twin loves to talk and repeat phrases and the other like to move and dance. These do not look like the original Hatchimals and are of different species, such as Giravens, Zuffins, and Peacats. There are several seasons of these for variety. Besides the character toys, we also feature other Hatchimal-themed toys that admirers may like, as well as a couple of carrying cases for the smaller Hatchimals. Here are the best reviewed Hatchimals for Kids and Toddlers in 2018.
Best Hatchimals for Kids and Toddlers Reviewed in 2018
Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Hatchimals for Kids and Toddlers
Overall Description of a Hatchimal
Hatchimals come in three different styles. The original characters come one to an egg and they are about as big as an adult’s hand. They are furry, multi-colored, and have wings. These can talk, move, dance, sing, and play games. The animals arrive in a speckled egg that must hatch. By touching, rubbing, and holding the egg, the hatch time is hastened. When the Hatchimal breaks open the top of the shell, kids must help it out of the shell. Then the character goes through three stages of growth – baby, infant, and child.
These can be repeated over and over once the child step is complete, but the critter can never hatch again. The other furry type of Hatchimal is the Surprise Twin version. These come two in an egg, so the toys are smaller.
These interact and play with each other, sing songs, play games with kids, and can repeat voices. The twins are labeled Twin A and Twin B and they act differently. One likes to talk and repeat voices and the other dances and moves a lot.
The eyes of all of the furry Hatchimals change color depending on what is going on with the toy. That is the reason for the reference guide that comes with the animal. It tells what the eye colors mean. They change when they are happy, sad, about to hatch, and when the batteries are low.
The last type of Hatchimal is the tiny one that hatches but does not move or interact. It is simply an adorable figure toy. These are the CollEGGtibles because there are over 70 of these to gather. They are very colorful and have unique animal names.
All items are Hatchimals from Spin Masters or Hatchimal Related Merchandise
Each item featured here is either a Spin Masters Hatchimal character or a product that requires Hatchimals to use it, such as the carrying tote bag, nest, organizer, or the playset for the CollEGGtibles. The puzzle, board game, and sticker book are Hatchimal-themed for kids that want to do activities with Hatchimal characters. All of these products make wonderful collector’s pieces for kids or adults.
Appropriate Age for Toys
The manufacturers state that Hatchimals are most appropriate for kids of five years old and older. This is because the smaller ones may be swallowed if children put them in their mouths. The larger Hatchimals might be enjoyed by kids smaller than five, but parental supervision should be stressed for safety. The characters are so cute and colorful that any child would love to have them and play with them for hours.
Skills and Abilities Hatchimals Impart on Kids
Hatchimals teach kids the process of an egg hatching and the tending to the egg and the animal after it emerges from the shell. These robotic creatures make wonderful companions for children because they can talk and play. Motor skills, imagination abilities, and loving emotions are all experienced by kids as they play with these fantastic toys.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do the small Hatchimals that come in the egg cartons (4-pack or 12-pack) move, talk, or make sounds? Do you get different characters in the pack?
A: No, these are the tiny Hatchimals that are collector items. There are over 70 different creatures to collect. They hatch and then they are just a figure to play with. Buyers should get different animals in the package, but some parents claimed that they received duplicates in the same package.
Q: Once Hatchimals hatch, can they be put back in the shells to hatch again?
A: No, none of the creatures are able to re-hatch. The shells can be saved for displaying the animal or as a place to put them when not at play. The Hatchimal can, however, go through the growth stages again after going through them once. Those stages are egg, hatching, baby, toddler, and kid.
Q: Are the Surprise Twins the same size as the regular Hatchimals? Also, how do you know which color they will be before they hatch?
A: These are smaller than the regular-sized Hatchimals because there are two of them in the same egg. They are much cuter though say some of the parents. The colors of the speckles on the egg tell what color the creatures will be that are inside.
Q: What do the different eye colors mean on the Hatchimals? I see a lot of reference to that in the reviews.
A: The eye colors are discussed in the reference guide that comes with the purchase of one of these Hatchimals, but in general, the eyes tell when they are sad, happy, about to hatch, and ready for new batteries. The eye colors are a way that they tell kids how they feel.
Q: How long does it take to hatch a regular-sized Hatchimal?
A: The length of hatching seems to depend on how much attention it gets before hatching from the child. Usual hatch time is about 30-45 minutes. This is based on reviews and comments from purchasers. Kids can touch, rub, and play with the egg before the creature hatches, which provides interaction between child and toy. The more attention to the egg, the quicker it will hatch. The eyes as they glow can be seen from the outside of the egg. When they are rainbow-colored, the Hatchimal will open the top of the egg itself and “hatch.” Kids must help get the critter out of the egg once the top is open.
Q: Do the Hatchimals on the clips make sounds, move, or talk? What size are they and do they actually hatch like the others?
A: The toys with the clip-on are different than the other toys and different from each other. The Mystery Mini Plush Clip-On does hatch out of its egg, but it does not talk, make sounds, or move. The toy is about 2-3” tall. The Sound Clip-On Plush Hatchimal does make sounds but does not move or talk. It does not actually hatch out of its egg either. The toy is about 3-4” tall.
Q: What is the Egg Crate Storage Organizer made out of and can you choose the color you want?
A: The storage container is made of hard durable plastic that has a see-through lid so kids can look at their toys inside without opening the box. Buyers can select the color choice desired.
Q: I noticed that the Eggventure Game can be played by kids as young as three years old. Would older kids or adults be bored with this game if they played along with young children?
A: Parents that bought the game said that it was exciting and fun enough to hold their interest to play the game with young kids. It is colorful, interactive, and very cute!
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