10 Best Hatchimals of 2018

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The latest version of the newborn baby craze that seems to capture the imagination of small children everywhere, Hatchimals are just that – unique and colorful interactive animals that are hatched from an speckled egg. What makes Hatchimals special is their robotic quality that triggers the imagination and creates an immediate connection between toy and child. While not all Hatchimal products have this interactive quality, the concept is still creatively unique.

Following its initial success the Spin Master company has even introduced a line of collectible miniatures (called CollEGGtibles) which can be collected and traded. Playsets for these miniatures have been added and the inch high figures can be purchased separately or in sets.

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  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Powered by imagination
  • Each egg is approximately 2 inches high
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  • Recommended for ages 5+ years of age
  • Interactive with 2 CR123A Batteries included
  • Size - 5.8 x 8 x 12 inches
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  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Powered by imagination, no batteries required
  • Set is 1.6 x 7 x 9.2 inches in size

Now in its season two of production, there are over 100 new little Hatchimals to be collected. Here is a list of what might be the best options for finding all of these cute, sparkly miniatures.

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1. Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 2

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 2

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There is no better way to start a collEGGtion of Hatchimals than this set of 10 in-egg and 2 out-of-egg figures. Each figure is begging to be cuddled. Each Hatchimal is unique in design and comes with a name and personality.

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Why We Like It
  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Powered by imagination
  • Each egg is approximately 2 inches high
  • Includes storage/display egg carton and 12 figures
  • Magic egg that breaks when warmed
  • Includes one of 2 exclusive Flamingoose figures
Recommended Age
5 years and up
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
1.3 x 1.3 x 1.8 Inches
Our Verdict

What could be a better beginning to a Hatchimal’s collEGGtion than the opportunity to hatch out 10 tiny figures that are uniquely adorable. The process of hatching is simple. Hold the egg until the purple heart turns pink. Once it has changed colors, just push the heart until the egg cracks and the Hatchimal is born.

The combination hatching nest and storage cartoon, has 12 places for the new hatchlings to stay. The set also includes one of 2 exclusive Flamingoose figures. Check the collectors list or app and trade with friends to get all of the 100+ characters in Seacon 2.

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2. Hatchimals Surprise Peacat

Hatchimals Surprise Peacat

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This giant egg hatches to reveal a surprise like no other - twin Pea Cat Hatchimals. The speckled egg is nearly 12 inches tall must be ‘hatched’ by the efforts of the owner. Once born, each pea cat character has its own personality and individual markings. Smaller (and cuter) than the original Hatchimals, these twins are just as soft and adorable as the original.

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Why We Like It
  • Recommended for ages 5+ years of age
  • Interactive with 2 CR123A Batteries included
  • Size - 5.8 x 8 x 12 inches
  • Includes one hatchable egg with twin pea cats
Recommended Age
5 years and up
Battery Operated
2 CR123A Batteries Included
Dimensions
5.8 x 8 x 12 Inches
Our Verdict

This quite large speckled egg might take some doing to get it to hatch but once it does, there will be double the fun with twins. The two pea cat figures have different markings and different personalities. They will sometimes make noises while inside the egg and respond to voices outside of the egg. As they ‘age’, the twins will entertain each other by telling and answering jokes.

Eyes may glow as part of the hatching process. A highly interactive toy that - when it works - does not take constant supervision or replacement batteries. Manufacturer recommends replacing batteries shortly after the figures hatch to avoid downtime.

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3. Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 4

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 4

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A collEGGtor’s dream is this 4-pack set of season 4 Hatchimals with special features that shine when placed on top of a light. As a bonus, one out-of-egg figure comes with the set. Each set is different and there is no way of knowing just what will be inside.

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Why We Like It
  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Powered by imagination, no batteries required
  • Set is 1.6 x 7 x 9.2 inches in size
  • Includes 4 orange-umber colored eggs ready to hatch
  • Includes one additional figure
  • Figures have special light themed properties
Recommended Age
5 years and up
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
1.6 x 7 x 9.2 Inches
Our Verdict

Inside the 4-pack display and storage egg carton are four ‘golden’ eggs that hatch to reveal four different Season 4 Hatchimal figures. Each figure - including the bonus figure - will have a special characteristic such as a shiny tummy, metallic appearance, glitter or glow-in-the-dark appearance.

The translucent figures will ‘light up’ when placed on a light. As the hatchlings ‘grow’ the will seem to learn how to dance, sing, or play games. Collect and trade all the Season 4 collEGGtibles.

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4. CollEGGtibles Neon Nightglow

CollEGGtibles Neon Nightglow

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Another dozen reasons to adore Hatchimals have been packed in this star highlighted egg carton packaged set. These figures, however, has special features that only Season 4 characters have. The translucent bodies in neon colors seem to glow when put near a light.

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Why We Like It
  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Powered by imagination, no batteries required
  • Carton Size - 3.9 x 9.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Exclusive carton is sparkly and star-covered
  • Includes 12 hatchable figures
  • Amazon Exclusive
Recommended Age
5 years and up
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
3.9 x 9.2 x 2.2 Inches
Our Verdict

The Season 4 Hatchimals theme appears to be all things shiny and this set has several reasons to ‘shine’. It starts with the sparkling and star-covered egg carton in which the 12 eggs are stored. The shells are in something of a metallic goldish color. Rub or warm the egg until the purple heart turns pink then press to crack the shell. The new ‘hatchling’ has a translucent body which seems to glow when placed in front of a light.

Each figure comes in a special neon color that is characteristic of the Season 4 figures. Combine this set with the Hatchy Home Light-Up Nest for even more fun. There is no idea of what figures will hatch so trade those duplicates with friends and family until the collEGGtion is complete.

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5. HatchiBabies Chipadee Hatching Egg

HatchiBabies Chipadee Hatching Egg

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Another Amazon Exclusive, this combination set includes large egg and Hatchimal as well as five accessories for raising the new baby. Chipadee is one of three sets that are availabe under the HatchiBabies logo. HatchiBabies are soft plush interactive toys that can be cuddled and feed and which will respond in kind with noises and phrases.

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Why We Like It
  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Interactive with 2 AA batteries included
  • Set Size - 7 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Includes one egg and one Chipadee Hatchibaby
  • Colors vary depending on the gender of the new hatchling - will it be a boy or girl?
  • Five accessories and birth certificate are included in the egg
Recommended Age
5 years and up
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
7 x 8 x 10 Inches
Our Verdict

This HatchiBaby kit is a great extension for playtime. This Chipadee kit and the other varieties (Ponette and Cheetee) hatch from a large speckled egg (directions use the word Peel rather than crack) and the contents of the egg include five accessories and a birth certificate for the new hatchling.

Accessories and appearances may vary from one kit to another. Interactive programming allows these creatures to ‘come to life’ and respond as small babies might do under normal circumstances.

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6. Hatchery Nursery Playset

Hatchery Nursery Playset

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There is just no better place for new collEGGtible figures than this nursery playset that has room for many miniature characters. Located in a magical forest setting, hatchlings can sit in the treetops, swing on the double swing or take a nap in the swinging crib.

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Why We Like It
  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Interactive with 2 AA batteries included
  • Box size - 5.2 x 12 x 10 inches, play area may vary
  • Includes magic forest setting with spinning cribs, Hatching tree and so much more
  • Comes with an exclusive CollEGGtible figure
Recommended Age
5 years and up
Battery Operated
2 AA Batteries Required
Dimensions
5.2 x 12 x 10 Inches
Our Verdict

What better place to have all these new miniature Hatchimal figures than a magical forest nursery. With up to 35 places for these cute characters to play and be displayed, the set includes spinning cribs, swings, slide and shower for imaginative play. The Hatching tree helps with the task of bringing new figures into this world with its special hatching feature.

Spin the yellow handle as it gets higher up the tree and - Surprise - the egg is cracked and the new figure revealed. Comes with one exclusive Hatchimal CollEGGtible figure.

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7. Fabula Forest Hatching Egg

Fabula Forest Hatching Egg

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Will it be a boy or a girl in this speckled egg with special surprises in store for the owner? Available in Tigrette and Puffatoo varieties, the new Hatchimal will peck its way out of the shell. Listen for the heart beat and tap on the shell. Patience might be needed as this Hatchimal decides when to be born.

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Why We Like It
  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Interactive with 3 LR44 batteries included
  • Size - 4.2 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Includes one hatching egg and Hatchibaby figure
  • Colors vary depending on if its a boy or girl
Recommended Age
5 years and up
Battery Operated
3 LR44 Batteries Included
Dimensions
4.2 x 4.2 x 6.6 Inches
Our Verdict

This Hatchimal seems to follow the more traditional method of being born as it is heard pecking on the inside of the shell. Hold, talk to and tap the egg until the pecking starts. This baby has some new tricks as it can learn names, recognize music and wobble its way around.

Hidden surprises are tucked away in each egg for even more fun. As the baby grows, games and skills seem to change. A highly personable animated and fuzzy thing that is only looking to be loved.

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8. Hatchimals Mystery Hatch

Hatchimals Mystery Hatch

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Who knows what will come out of this Mystery Hatch set! It might be one of four characters from Cloud Cove or a different character altogether. The only thing of which to be sure is that the hatchling will be super fluffy and adorable. This completely new species and design has patterned fur and expandable wings.

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Why We Like It
  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Interactive with 2 AA batteries included
  • Size - 5.8 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Includes one egg and new species Hatchimal
  • Accessories hidden in the egg for the newborn
Recommended Age
5 years and up
Battery Operated
2 AA Batteries Included
Dimensions
5.8 x 8 x 10 Inches
Our Verdict

Multiple mysteries are part of the birth of this new species Hatchimal. Will it be one of the four new characters (Bunwee, Pandor, Hedgyhen, or Elefly) or something completely new. The answer will come when the egg is cracked and the newborn is freed. With fluffier patterned fur and expandable wings though, this will be a new experience for any Hatchimal fan.

Hold them in just the right way and their eyes will flash and change colors or say a word and the hatchling will repeat it. A truly surprising option for the avid Hatchimal fan.

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9. CollEGGtibles Tropical Party Playset

CollEGGtibles Tropical Party Playset

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With a collection of Hatchimals, it is logical that they should get together and have some fun. This Tropical Party Playset offers just the right setting for music, lights and action. The set comes with 2 exclusive Hatchimal characters and detail befitting any afternoon on the beach.

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Why We Like It
  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Requires 3 AA batteries included
  • Box Size - 12 x 5.3 x 12 inches, play area may be larger
  • Includes 2 exclusive Hatchimal collectibles
  • Comes with stage, music and lights as well as accessories that add to the fun
Recommended Age
5 years and up
Battery Operated
3 AA Batteries Included
Dimensions
12 x 5.3 x 12 Inches
Our Verdict

Including everything from water and palm trees to light effects and sound stage, this is set comes ready for a day at the beach and an evening of music and dance. Hatchlings can slide down the sparkling waterfall, build a snack shack with the included craft project and unlock the secrets to finding the dance music.

A stroll down by the dock ends playtime with a bit of quiet time. These small soft characters can spend the night in the cloud nests when the music is placed on lullaby mode. A playset that expands playtime activities for these little newborns.

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10. Hatchimals Advent Calendar

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This specialty Advent calendar offers 24 egg shaped compartments for a great countdown to Christmas. Each compartment is filled with a surprise for the young Hatchimal fan. In addition to in-egg and out-of-egg characters, accessories, crafts, and stickers are just some of the 50+ gifts to be had.

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Why We Like It
  • Recommended for ages 5+
  • Interactive with installed 2 cell batteries
  • Size - 12 x 0.7 x 20 inches
  • Includes 10 Hatchimal figures and countless accessories/gifts
  • Winter scene design
Recommended Age
4 years and up
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
12 x 0.7 x 2 Inches
Our Verdict

A great way to start or build on a collection of Hatchimals for the avid fan. Countdown 24 days until that special day with this Advent Calendar. The set includes a total of 10 Hatchimal characters, some in-egg and some out-of-egg. Molded nests, accessories, craft ideas, and sticker round out the over 50 surprises in this gift package. Start the season early with this daily gift giving idea.

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Buyer’s Guide

What are Hatchimals?

Characterized as electronic bird-like creature, this toy has been manufactured by Spin Master since 2016 and enjoyed immediate success. The soft plush style coupled with robotic skills and personality has been a winner for the company. What started as a 6 inch plush toy with sounds and movements that hatches out of an egg has morphed into different sizes and species of the toy and a new collectible version of miniature figures.

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Read the Directions

Hatchimals build on the technology lessons of past toys. While they are more interactive than their ancestors, there can still be problems. The best advice anyone can have is to READ THE DIRECTIONS before trying to use the product. A 10-page PDF (Yes, folks, 10 pages in multiple languages) is available from the Spin Master company. Reading in advance of the ‘birth’ might just minimize the frustration when technology does not follow the rules.

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Instructions and cheat sheet are packaged with most models and are key to unlocking the secrets of getting your Hatchimal to interact as advertised. Movements are also included in what the toys can do. (http://download-instructions.spinmaster.com/HTCH/F16/Hatchimals_F16_IS_GBL.pdf)

Life Span Feature

Although it is unclear how all this works, the company states that Hatchimals will transition through certain life stages such as baby, toddler and kid. At each stage, the games and activities change to keep up with the toys apparent ‘growth’.

Age Range/ Gender

Hatchimals are recommended for boys and girls age 5 and older. ‘Hatching’ the egg does require a certain amount of patience and dexterity which is one reason they may not be rated for children age 3 and up. In practice, however, most consumers of Hatchimal products seem to be girls between the age of 5 and 10 years. Maturity levels can factor into their appeal since the figures have interactive personalities.

Younger children may be captivated by the hatching process but care should be taken to keep eggshell pieces and accessories from finding their way into small mouths.

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Choking Hazard

This product is considered a choking hazard due to the small parts that might come off as the hatchling is used. Recommended age for the product is age 5+.

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Batteries or Not

All interactive Hatchimals require batteries to operate their robotic features. Different models of the product may have different battery requirements. Most playsets also require batteries for the sound and special effect features. However, the CollEGGtible miniature figures do not use batteries unless used as part of a playset. Here are a few questions that might come up.

  • What if my Hatchimal ‘dies? As cute as the toy is most children will find some way to interact with it but to make it fully functional the batteries should be replaced shortly after the ‘birth’. Directions for replacing batteries are included
  • Can my Hatchimal be given a bath? Soft and cuddly as they are, these toys are robotic in nature and ma short out or stop working altogether if they are exposed to water or even extended periods of high humidity. The best way to keep a Hatchimal in good health is to keep it warm and dry. Looking for bath toys? Try these awesome bath-time toys.
  • Where can I go to get help if I need it? Spin Master operates an information website for grownups and there is customer service for any product defect issues. All that information should be in the instructions that come with the product.

Blind Box Packaging

Like many other collectible and popular products, Hatchimals are packed by what is known as the Blind Box method. In short, consumers are not given all the details about what is in the package. HatchiBaby products can be either a boy or a girl. CollEGGtible sets have no listing as to the identity of the figures that are waiting to be hatched. While it is very excited to get the gender you want or to find an ultra rare colleggtible in the carton, it is just as likely that the figures will be similar to or even identical to hatchlings that already line the shelf.

The Talking Scandal

When these products first hit the shelves, some parents claimed that the sounds were inappropriate. Mimicking baby talk and baby sounds, a creative imagination could possibly here all manner of words

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Product Website/ Parent Resources

Spin Master maintains a product website for its consumers. Located at http://www.hatchimals.com/en_us/ the site offers product information and ways to enhance the Hatchimal experience. Parents can join the Hatch Club for news and special deals on collectible or new release items. Videos and other activities are also available online.

Expert Tip

Hatchimals has developed and released a line of collectible miniatures known as CollEGGtibles. In just 2 years, nearly 400 different figures have been released. Each has a rating which tells how hard it will be to obtain the figure. Spin Master has created an app for the purpose of tracking and trading it collectible figures. Apps are available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Did you know?

If you have purchased one of the interactive models of Hatchimals, the company recommends replacing the batteries that come with the set soon after the animal’s hatch. Since there is no standard size of battery for these products, check the package for details and purchase those that are needed. In some cases a small screwdriver is needed to access the battery compartment.