If you haven’t heard about Hatchimals yet you’ve probably been living under a rock. Toys are now getting more and more interactive, and the Hatchimals trend doesn’t disappoint. We had the chance to hatch our very own Hatchimal from the new Fabula Forest range. We were either going to get a Puffatoo or a Tigrette. Brand new and straight from Fabula Forest, Puffatoo has pretty patterned fur and an ombre-coloured tuft of punk like hair. In contrast, Tigrette has super soft stripey fur and shiny metallic ears. Phoebe was hoping for a Tigrette. We have two cats so I think that’s why. The box is pretty impressive by itself, and makes an impressive main birthday or Christmas present. The bright colours and egg top draw children in to the process. It all starts when you get the egg out of the box and detach it from the bottom of the box. Immediately the eyes light up and your Hatchimal starts to make noise. So when you get it out make sure you have time set aside and you’re together. Phoebe had a friend round and the excitement (and noise) was doubled!
They saw the eyes lighting up and immediately poked them out, making it look like a sad egg, but it meant we could see the eye colours clearly. The instructions tell you what the different eye colours mean and you react accordingly, mostly rocking and talking to the egg. The bonding process started at the egg stage, much like in pregnancy, you fall in love before the birth (I can’t help making analogies). You are what makes your Hatchimal hatch, without interaction it won’t do anything.
Then after about 5 or 10 minutes we saw the flashing rainbow eyes and a change in music, the hatching process was starting! Even I was excited. I always wondered how it was done, the beak pecks back and forth in a circle and cracks the egg. It wasn’t long before the top half of the egg was off.
A Tigrette was born! Everyone was in high realms of excitement, and we helped her emerge from the rest of the egg. Warning – it makes a mess, have the hoover on standby. After the Hatchimal hatched, it moved fairly rapidly through the different stages: baby, toddler to child. Each stage was signalled by rainbow eyes and a happy birthday tune. I think it would be nice if you had a couple of days at baby, then toddler then child to prolong it, it felt a little quick, but they were playing with it a lot so they may have sped up the process. It can be a bit fiddly to get the recording part right, we were trying for ages to get Tigrette to say the name probably and Phoebe got a bit frustrated. She’s just turned 7. I managed it later when things were quieter, and it is very cute when it says your child’s name. You can also record a phrase or song or anything and it will play it back. It can take practice to learn the signs and eye colours but it’s easy once done.
Once they evolve they also walk, sing, dance and play – put them on a flat surface and they’ll spin and move around, flap their wings and talk to you, so the fun doesn’t stop at the hatching. Once they have the hang of your name, they say it frequently in play and also say, “I love you,” which is super cute. You can play Tune Tag, Musical Moves, and Rhythm Repeat with your new Hatchimal, unlocking different games at each stage, so there is endless variation. You can also visit Hatchimals.com for more fun, games and videos to enhance play. There’s also a free app so you can explore Hatchtopia, play games and more. The RRP is £59.99 and the target age range is Children 5+ years. Got a question? Ask me in the comments below.
Disclosure: we were gifted the Hatchimal for the purposes of this review. All opinons are my own.