They seem to be a hot toy for Christmas this year. Honestly, I don't get it. But it was on my daughter's Christmas list, because of course she'd want difficult things to find.
I didn't think I'd luck out. But I kept calling my local Toys R Us and was told they generally get new shipments every few days.
I happened to go to Toys R Us one day. I looked down the aisles for a Hatchimals. Natalie wanted the exclusive unicorn Hatchimal found only at Toys R Us. Naturally it was no where to be found. But then I went to customer service and found 4 Hatchimals sitting there. No unicorn, but oh well. A Hatchimal was a Hatchimal, right? I could make a horn and stick it on the thing's head.
"Can I get one of these?" I asked.
The worker nodded. She said they keep them at customer service because people kept buying them all up to sell online. Or they'd try to steal them.
First of all, if you're buying these up to sell for triple the cost online, you suck. Don't do that. I know you need Christmas money and blah, blah, blah, but don't do it in a disgusting way. Stop it.
Second of all, how in the world would people steal a Hatchimal? The box is all awkward. But okay. People are weird.
I was pleased with my purchase because it was on sale for $49.99. I think the normal price is $59.99.
I'm also hearing they pop up randomly on Amazon.com. Add the Hatchimals to your cart and keep checking if the $59.99 price comes up. Unfortunately there are assholes on there too and some are selling the thing for $100+. Don't give into their greed.
A few people online have also suggested going to the Target Inventory Tracker and typing in the DCPI numbers of the Hatchimals. Some of them are: 086-08-0396, 086-08-0898, and the Target exclusive one is: 086-08-0899. This will tell you if they have any in stock.
If your kid doesn't get one and really wants one, just explain that it's really not that great. Seriously there are YouTube videos showing that the toy isn't the best. My daughter might get a kick out of the thing when it pecks out of the egg, but I can almost bet it'll end up at the bottom of the toy chest after a week or two. I'll try and remember to share a video of the toy in action.
So if you have a Toys R Us nearby, call them. Ask if they have any in stock. If you go into the store, check out customer service. That's where I found mine, plus 3 others. This thing reminded me of when Furbys came out. I really wanted one, and happened to find one at the shoppette, because I was in Belgium at the time. They were all the rage and guess what? I played with it for a week, then turned it off because it kept making noises at me in the middle of the night and freaking me the hell out.
Does your kid want one of these? If you already opened one up, does your kid like it?