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Age Range: 5 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: EGG-sperience anticipation, surprise and wonder with Hatchimals™! Hatchimals are magical creatures who live inside of speckled eggs. Who’s inside? It’s a surprise! Play with your Hatchimal in the egg, and before you know it, they’ll be ready to hatch! But, they can’t hatch on their own – YOU are the key to releasing the magic.
Review: Hatchimals burst onto the toy scene a year or so ago with great success, and they aren’t going anywhere any time soon! Lydia has been asking for a “proper big Hatchimal” for months so she was completely and utterly over the moon when we were sent this to review.
The new Hatchimals Fabula Forest range have two new types of Hatchimal; you could be hatching either a stripy Tigrette with metallic ears, or a tufty-headed Puffatoo with patterned fur.
Inside the box you get your Hatchimal egg, a pretty comprehensive instructions booklet, and a handy cheat sheet. It runs on two AA batteries, which are included – you can replace them by unscrewing the battery cover on the base of the hatched creature.
Lydia had a great time hatching her egg, and found it really exciting. She got busy straight away cuddling it and rubbing it to encourage her new friend, whose eyes we could see glowing through the shell. The cheat sheet told us what each eye colour meant, and Georgie was reading it aloud for Lydia as she held, rubbed, patted and tapped on the egg to attend to it’s needs.
With a bit of encouragement, the Hatchimal inside was soon pecking it’s way around the egg to break through the shell. Once it had pecked almost all of the way through, we were able to lift off the top of the shell, and reach in to pull her out. It takes a good tug to remove it so don’t be afraid to use a bit of force to detach your new furry friend from the base of the egg!
It was love at first sight! The newly hatched ‘baby’ Hatchimal can learn your name, and needs lots of love and attention to grow from baby to toddler to kid.
Once hatched, you can play games with your Hatchimal, and even teach it to say you name! Lydia loves when it plays music and moves around. Each stage of your Hatchimal’s development unlocks new games to play.
Our Tigrette, which Lydia has rather randomly named “butterfly”, has blue wings, green, pink and blue fur, and a blue beak. It’s pretty big eyes are shiny and glow all different colours.
As you can tell, Lydia really loves her Tigrette Hatchimal – it is lot of fun, and very cute. I have been pleasantly surprised at how much you can play with it once it is hatched – with the hatching stage being so exciting I was worried that Lydia would lose interest once that was over, but she was really entertained by the way you could play with it and ‘teach’ it to walk, talk and dance.
There has been lots of cuddling and reacting to the different cute noises it makes – for instance when it is scared it makes pretty adorable whimpering noises!
Overall I’ve been pretty pleased with this toy, and Lydia is clearly a big fan too. The only thing that makes me hesitate is the price, simply because it is right at the top end of what we would be happy to pay for a toy for the kids, even an electronic one. 4 stars for this fun interactive toy!