It's a new toy premiering on shelves this month (October 2017) and I had the opportunity, along with my SweetPea, of reviewing them before they hit the shelves.
When I first heard about the opportunity to review this product, my first thought was, "That sounds cool! My kid loves to crack eggs while we're baking cakes and pastries. But then I started to question what happens after you crack the egg the first time?........... is it a one-time experience? (it is).............. will this be messy?............ THEN WHAT?????? I was kind of lost regarding the purpose.
Well, what happens next is basically, you have a set/series of collectables. For someone of my age and experience, I can certainly understand a handful of cute, adorable, collectables but for my 7 year old, I was skeptical. To my surprise, we were able to incorporate the hatchimals into other types of play, even with our legos. However, in a few weeks, I'm pretty sure they will find their way to the corners of the toy chest hanging out with some of the other tier 3 toys. But I'm hopeful.
*There are a couple of different toys in the collection but the ones we received can be found here: http://hatchimals.com/en_us/colleggtibles Click on the "Video" link to see a sneak preview. It's worth it if you are trying to get a better understanding. :-)
This set of collectable toys was interesting. There was quite a bit of explaining that I had to do with my daughter before she completely bought into the idea. At first we didn't really understand the purpose as she had never really intentionally collected anything other than blocks. However, once we opened the toy, found the map inside, and then went to the website an watched the videos, we had a better idea of what it was we were supposed to do with the product. Another thing about watching the video that I realized is maybe this might be a little better for older girls (mine is 7) that are more into collecting just for the sake of collecting.
What I would have wanted to known before purchasing the product is that it comes with a map, checklist, and explanation of "Hatchtopia." Knowing that those things were included (as well as knowing that additional downloables were available) would have made me more confident that we could figure out this toy and enjoy it together. The outside packaging said nothing about those things being included on the inside. Also, I would I would have known how many were in the entire collection before making a purchase. Something like "12 of 70" would have helped me understand the future investment I would be making for a series of toys for my child. Other than that I really enjoyed the collectables as did my daughter.
We enjoyed imagining we were living in Hatchtopia and enjoyed the idea that each egg had something different in it. The packaging was cute but could have been more informative. I was also quite excited that it came with it's own egg case so that they have a "space" to live after the hatching fun is over. Over all, it's a fun and cute toy and I would certainly recommend it to a friend or buy more pieces. But I would definitely encourage others to view the videos first from the product website!
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