Every year there’s a toy all the kids want. And every year around this time, parents are bombarded with commercials for said toys, meaning you can bet your bottom dollar that they’re being added to children’s lists everywhere. Cabbage Patch Kids. Tickle Me Elmo dolls. Furbies. Tamagotchis. This year, it’s the Hatchimal because who wouldn’t want an interactive egg that hatches into an animal thanks to some TLC? But while it may be the season’s It toy, they have created yet another holiday poopstorm in the process.
Because once again, they’re impossible to find. And unless you want to spend more than the retail price of $80 and go a-hunting on eBay, Kijiji, Craigslist or a Facebook buy and sell board, your kids probably aren’t going to get one.
But a mom who was able to track one down is letting all you parents know that maybe, just maybe, your kids won’t want one. Kirsty Myerscough posted a review of the hot ticket item on Facebook and let’s just say she and her daughter were less than impressed.
“Overall not worth the money.” Ahh, music to a parent’s ears — but not so much for the kiddos. Based on her seven-year-old’s playtime with the Hatchimal, it doesn’t sound like you’re getting your money’s worth. (Not that your kids will care; they just want what they want.) For those parentals that have kids who are a tad more reasonable than others, you might want to consider explaining what may or may not happen and perhaps, fingers crossed, they’ll move on to the next big toy.
The fact that Myerscough’s Hatchimal wasn’t working up to snuff had to be maddening — for both mom and kid. And it doesn’t even talk? It just records the child’s voice and plays it back? That’s a bit of a letdown too.
Myerscough’s best tip, if you get your hands on one: be aware that the hatching process starts as soon as you open it. Which means your kid better be around to witness this 20-minute event; otherwise it’ll all have been for nothing.
You get what you get and you don’t get upset, right?