Hatchimals - Who will you hatch?
Hatchimals Pengualas is rated out of 5 by 19.
Rated 4 out of 5 by abercrombie2044 from My kids are captivated and in love with their Hatchimal! I think that this is an extremely fun toy for kids. I have three children between 4 and 9 (2 girls and a boy), and all three were equally as excited to see the egg. They were all very curious as to what was in the egg, how did it come out, what do you do with the egg. We had initially received a defective egg but fortunately Spin Master sent us a new one. The kids were very disappointed when the first one did not work. They anxiously awaited the replacement egg to arrive. The day that it arrived they were in amazement of the gentle pecking noise you could hear come from the egg, the lights that you could see from the egg, and the noises. They were very engaged with it and played with it from the moment we opened the box until it started to hatch, which took about 30 minutes. They were SO excited to see parts of the egg starting to be chipped away. They were very interested to see what color the Hatchimal was and the girls were very excited to see that it was white and pink. The hatching process took about 15 minutes until the point that you could pretty easily remove the top half of the shell and pull the Hatchimal out. Once it was out they were all eagerly waiting to take care of it. We had to keep looking up what each eye color meant so that we could keep the Hatchimal happy. They have been engaged and playing with the Hatchimal now for about a week and it has started to grow up as they interact with it. We've gone through the baby stage and are currently in the toddler stage and I think it's nearing the kid stage. They really get a kick out of the noises and music it plays, and if you press the Hatchimal's tummy it will record and repeat whatever you say. This is part of the learning process. All three kids take turns playing and interacting with the Hatchimal throughout the week and they have not become bored with it in any way like many of their other toys. Unlike other interactive toys, I think this one is pretty unique because the kids sort of bond with the egg and the Hatchimal hatching. It's almost like the Hatchimal is their little baby pet and they are taking care of it. We don't have any pets, so this has been a great toy for them to play with and it reminds me of taking care of a pet (minus the feeding and digestive parts). I really like how the Hatchimal has taught them to care for something and take care of something. It's very similar to a baby because the color of it's eyes give you cues as to what it is feeling or needing. Sometimes the Hatchimal is scared, cold, has the hiccups, needs to burp, upset, sick, or needs a cuddle and the kids have to figure out what to do to make the Hatchimal happy. The Hatchimal comes with a very handy guide that thoroughly outlines all of the details of the Hatchimal's life-span including what the different color eyes mean at each stage of growth. Overall, this is a great teaching product that teaches kids to be caring and nurturing. The experience we have had so far with the Hatchimal has been great and I think that we may add a couple more at some point to the family as my son would like a blue or green Draggle. We have the pink and white Penguala. As I mentioned earlier, we did have an issue with the first Hatchimal. Once it was opened out of the box, it would not activate or "wake up". I tried everything that I could that was directed by the instructions. After nothing would work, I called Spin Master Customer Service. They tried to troubleshoot over the phone, but we didn't have any luck. They had me send back the Hatchimal that did not work and sent out a new one. It took about a week to receive the new one. My customer service experience was decent, although wait times varied each time I called. The representatives were very nice and helpful though, so I appreciate that. Overall, in my opinion this is an improvement over another similar toy that came out back in the late 1990's. From my kid's perspective, this is the coolest toy ever and they love their Hatchimal! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by kuparstwn from Hatchimals are fun for the whole family As the mother to three girls, naturally I assumed having only one Hatchimal would be a huge problem. However, something about this toy brought my kids together and had them sharing organically without me having to push. We wanted to make sure we had enough time set aside to watch the egg hatch and then to take care of the little friend who popped out. The hatching itself took about 35 minutes. As I said, my kids were thrilled to take turns encouraging the hatching. I would think this could be a little tedious for a child younger than six or with a short attention span. Most of the fun is the interaction, but it does require a great deal of patience. Once the Hatchimal was out of it's egg, my girls spent time with it helping to mature. Our Hatchimal is still not fully mature. My kids would blame school, but as with the egg stage it requires a good amount of interaction to learn and "grow." My family highly recommends this toy. A few tips though - if you're purchasing for Christmas, wait a few days to open the Hatchimal. It won't do any good to have it mixed in with all the other new toys and forgotten. Second, be sure your child will handle the waiting, persistence, and down time associated with this toy. It's worth it for the right personalities, but instant gratification it is not. Enjoy! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by sdestruct from Great toy for kids to develop with I chose my five year old middle daughter Maria to receive the Penguala. She had never heard of Hatchimals before and I wanted to keep the toys inside a secret, so I discarded the outer packaging and just gave her the egg. She was slightly confused, but I explained how eggs hatch and something special might be inside. After school the next day, Maria was carrying the egg around the house when she yelled out for everyone to come quick. She watched in wonder and the toy developed before her. Maria named her Penguala "Frosty" and enjoys playing with him in "Baby" phase. We can't wait to it develops further! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-11-04