New Hatchimals Versions

Unless you were living under a rock in 2016 you should know about the smash toy hit known as Hatchimals, those cute little interactive toys that would hatch and mature as they are played with.  The problem was they sold out almost immediately after release and they were nearly impossible to find all the way through Christmas.

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Original Hatchimals – 2016

But now Spin Master, the company behind the craze, is release two new versions of their Hatchimals.  They are not available yet, but will likely hit stores in a few months.

The first is Hatchimals Glitter (priced at $59.99 each), which enhances the original Hatchimals concept with some sparkle. The new creatures’ names are “Sparkly Pengualas” and “Shimmering Draggles”, both of which sport sparkling fur, new sounds, songs and games. Hatchimals Glitter will hit stores in July.

Also new are Hatchimals Colleggtibles, which will hit stores in May.  The are smaller versions of the the original Hatchimals – mini plastic creatures that live inside a mini egg with a large purple heart on it.  These are self-hatching like the original version – kids have to help hatch their Colleggtibles by rubbing their hearts until they changes from purple to pink, which means it’s ready to hatch.  Manually crack open the egg and hidden inside are mystical animal-inspired creatures with glittery wings.

The first line of Colleggtibles will have 70 creatures, including severak limited editions. The Hatchimals Colleggtibles will be sold in packs ($2.99 for a single and $9.99 for a 4-pack).

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Girls Love Dress Up Fun

What little girl doesn’t like to dress-up in her favorite character, whether it be a Disney princess or some other character in the movies or TV.  We’ve found a few really cute dress up sets that we think will thrill the girls looking to emulate their favorite characters.

Disney Dress Up Trunk – Four Outfits

Disney Dress Up Trunk

Disney Dress Up Trunk

The most popular dress-up set that we’re seeing is the Disney Dress Up Trunk with four beautiful character dresses.  This trunk includes a total of 21 separate pieces, and includes outfits for Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.

This set is very affordable, and may be on back-order when you go to order it so keep an eye on those availability dates.  If you would rather be ensured timely delivery there are other options to choose from.

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Disney Frozen Dress Up Trunk

Disney Frozen Dress Up Trunk

Disney Frozen Dress Up Trunk

Disney Frozen still ranks high on the popularity list for young girls everywhere.  The Disney Frozen Dress Up Trunk includes outfits for Anna and Else and has a total of 20 separate pieces, and of course the Frozen-decorated trunk is the centerpiece of this set.  If your child is a fan of Frozen then this may be just the set to warm their hearts.

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Fairytale Dress Up Set

Fairytale Dress Up Set

Fairytale Dress Up Set

Not into Disney, or just looking for something different?  We like this Fairytale Dress Up Set which includes a really cute set of butterfly wings and a tutu.  The purple and blue color theme is wonderful and the simplicity of this set will allow your young girl to explore their imagination. The other accessories include a wand, headband, and halo.

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Melissa and Doug Dress Up

Melissa and Doug - Waitress Dress Up

Melissa and Doug – Waitress Dress Up

Another theme that we are finding to be very popular is Melissa and Doug.  Most of them break from the princess mold that you see mainly driven by Disney. There are a number of different dress up outfits available, and the highly-rated set pictured above is the Melissa & Doug Waitress Outfit.  There are also other sets that we think are interesting:

Melissa & Doug Pediatric Nurse Dress Up Play Set

Melissa & Doug Doctor Dress Up Play Set

Melissa & Doug Ballerina Dress Up Set

Note: These plays sets target traditional female roles, but there are also Melissa & Doug outfits for traditional male roles like firemen and policeman.  This does not mean, of course, that you have to limit your purchase to the gender of your child, e.g. a little girl might love to dress up as a police officer, and a little boy may want to dress up as a nurse.

 

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Hatchimal Alternatives

hatchimalsAs expected Hatchimals have turned out to be the hottest and hardest-to-find toy this Christmas season.  What is surprising is that they have completely sold out in early November and prices are sky-high (through 3rd-party sellers).  We don’t know when there will be more supply to satisfy the demand, but in the meantime if you would rather spend something like $40-$60 for a reasonable replacement toy, rather than spending $150 and up for a Hatchimal then we have some ideas for you to consider.

FurReal Friends – Interactive Animals

FurReal Friends Torch

FurReal Friends Torch

FurReal Friends has a few different animals that your child can interact with rather than just hold.  For example the FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon responds to touch with 50+ sound and motion combinations. Fill his tank with water and he breathes flame-colored mist (and burps).  He also give fun responses when you touch his nose.

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FurReal Friends Bootsie

FurReal Friends Bootsie

There’s also FurReal Friends Bootsie – a playful cat that looks and acts just like a real kitty. Wave at her or tap her mouth with included treat for fun expressions.  Pet her head to discover her current mood.

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Little Live Pets

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Little Live Pets – Snuggles

Another alternative to Hatchimals is Little Live Pets.  First up is the Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy.  This is a fun little interactive puppy that responds to hugging and feeding.  It is a very soft animal and kids seems to love it.

The only possible issue with this toy is reported quality issues.  If you absolutely must get this toy do so with the expectation that it might not work properly and might need to be replaced.

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Peppy Pets Dog

Peppey Pets Toy Dog

Peppy Pets Toy Dog

The Peppy Pets Kid Powered Dog can be a nice cuddly companion for little kids.  The dog is soft and can perform tricks like flipping.   The pet is not battery powered – it flips using the tug of the leash.  So it is not as advanced as the more technological interactive pets but it can be a fun friend for a younger child.

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Fun Playsets for Girls

If you’re struggling to come up with an ideal gift for a little girl in your life why not consider a playset.  There are many such playsets to choose from, and each one is typically focused on a particular brand or character.  So take a look at our list of fun and exciting playsets for girls.

First let me mention that many playsets will have small pieces, so take care to check whether they are appropriate for children over 3 years of age.

My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle

My Little Pony Equestria Crystal Empire Castle

My Little Pony Equestria Crystal Empire Castle

This translucent blue My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle by Hasbro can be a great gift for a little girl enamored with those magical ponies.  This highly-rated set has a rotating light-up feature and reflects 3 cutie marks at the press of a heart-shaped button. It also has 2 staircases and areas for play on all sides. There are also 2 closets that have shelves that can spin, and a swing for the Baby Flurry Heart figure. Some of the sixteen accessories include a dress, throne, crystal vanity, cradle, and jewels. And what would any modern toy be without a smartphone app? Just scan the pony’s code to unlock more fun in the My Little Pony Friendship Celebration app.
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Barbie Glam Getaway House

Barbie Glam Getaway House

Barbie Glam Getaway House

The Barbie line of dolls and accessories has a long history of sparking the playful imagination of young girls.  This Barbie Glam Getaway House lets girls pretend that they are de-stressing from their busy life and just chilling at their hidden hideaway. A latch and carrying handle means this getaway home is also the perfect play set to take on a getaway of her own.

The set includes a cute kitchenette, an adorable bedroom and en suite bathroom. Barbie can make a meal at the stove and dine at the counter on one of two included chair stools — so there’s room for a friends and family. Accessories include a teapot, cooking pot and plates. Recommended for ages 3 and older. (Barbie doll not included)

There are a few different options with this set:  Add a convertible, add a pool, or add a Birthday doll.

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Fisher Price My First Dollhouse

Fisher Price My First Dollhouse

Fisher Price My First Dollhouse

The nice thing about the Fisher Price My First Dollhouse is that it is designed for younger kids of 2-5 years old.  All of the features are a little bigger and more easily handled by kids that are developing manual dexterity. Each family member is sized just-right for little hands to hold.  The Dollhouse’s five rooms set the scene for your child to dream up role-play scenarios and imitate everyday life. Includes mom, dad and baby figures.

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Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen

Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen

The Step2 Little Bakers Kitchen is a really cute kitchen set that comes with a ton of accessories.  It has all the features of mommy and daddy’s kitchen, so your child can emulate cooking, cleaning, and other activities. The set has an oven, microwave and refrigerator.  Also a special frying pan and boiling pot with lid activate electronic frying and boiling water sounds in stove’s front burner.  There’s even an attached doll seat for your child’s doll to get involved in the play (doll not included).

This playset is a bit on the bigger side and is something that needs its own space in the home since it cannot be packed away on a regular basis. Recommended for 2-8 years old.

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Shopkins Season 5 Super Shopper Pack

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Shopkins Season 5 Shopper Pack

The Shopkins Season 5 Super Shopper Pack features Musical Miniatures, Sporty Allsorts, Tiny Toys and more. The set includes 26 Shopkins and 6 Back Packs – 32 pieces total. Colors and styles of Shopkins may vary.

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