What’s New with Hatchimals in 2019

If you were a toy-buying adult in 2016 you may very well remember the craze that is known as Hatchimals.  This line of toys created by SpinMaster took the world by storm that Christmas, resulting in some very disappointed kids as well as some frazzled parents who couldn’t find the beloved toys.

But more than two years later the Hatchimal landscape is much different in 2019 than in 2016. The line of toys is much larger now and far easier to purchase. There are too many individual products to review on this page, so we’ll just pick a few representative samples to whet your appetite.

These days there are two broad categories of Hatchimals:  The original furry Hatchimal figures, and the sets of smaller CollEGGtibles.

Traditional Hatchimals

This Hatchimal is actually one of the HatchiBabies Ponette species.  The mystery is that you don’t know if the Hatchimal will be a boy or a girl.   To find out who’s inside, hug, tap, snuggle and pat your HatchiBaby’s egg. When it hears you, it will respond with cute sounds.  Check it out:

Hatchibabies - Ponette

HatchiBabies – Ponette

Here is a Hatchimal that is more like the originals.  It is a Mystery Hatchimal which you have to take care of until it magically hatches.  You won’t find out which Hatchimal emerges until hatching time.  How exciting!

Hatchimals Mystery

Hatchimals Mystery

CollEGGtibles

This Season 3 of the COllEGGtibles Easter Egg Carton are really cute, and are perfect for Easter.  Who knows which Hatchimals you’ll find inside this 12-Pack Egg Carton. With over 100 new characters to meet, you can add new friends to your collection and hatch a whole world. This egg carton even contains an exclusive Hatchimal – the Newtnat.  Although adorable these little Hatchimals are not appropriate for children under 3.

Hatchimal Set of Eggs

Hatchimal Easter Egg Carton

Also check out the Season Two Easter Egg Carton.

Here is another set of CollEGGtibles – the Season 4 CollEGGtible 4-Pack.  To see your character glow just place a light below the colorful egg.  Open this set and you’ll find one already-hatched Hatchimals and four Hatchimals still in their eggs. Use love and care to warm each egg until the color-changing heart transforms from purple to pink.

Season 4 CollEGGtible 4-Pack

Season 4 CollEGGtible 4-Pack

Here is our original Hatchimal article.

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Tegu – Best Educational Toys

tegu-pocket-setWhat is Tegu?  We at Hot Toy Guide wondered the same thing when we first discovered them a few weeks ago.  The simplest way to describe Tegu is that they are well-design wooden construction pieces that attach magnetically to each other.  The best thing is that the magnets are inside the wood, not exposed.  This makes the pieces safer, more aesthetic, and longer lasting.

Other Advantages to buying Tegu

Although Tegu toys are clearly well designed, premium products (and which come with a higher price tag) they are made with social responsibility in mind.  When you buy a Tegu product you are given the opportunity to direct a portion of the proceeds to two Tegu initiatives: reforestation and education for the impoverished.  Tegu products are made in Honduras, from non-endangered wood.  The company is dedicated to be a good corporate citizen.  They are so transparent with their operations that they even invite people to visit the manufacturing site in Honduras.

42-Piece Tinted Set

Tegu - 42 Piece Set

Tegu – 42 Piece Set

The Tegu 42-piece tinted play set is a great starting point.  It offers enough pieces to build some interesting objects, but not too much to break your bank.

8-Piece Pocket Set

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Tegu 8-Piece Pocket Set

This 8-Piece Tegu travel set has enough pieces for some casual playtime when you’re on the go, such as in a car or on a plane.  The handy carrying case keeps everything together (and it looks great too).

Tegu Skyhook Block Set

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Tegu Skyhook

Not all Tegu sets are free-form construction sets.  The Tegu Skyhook is a mini-helicopter that enhances the play experience of the other Tegu construction sets.  It’s a fun addition that kids will love.

Other Tegu Sets

There a tons of other Tegu sets to choose from.  Here are a few more, but you can easily search on Amazon for more Tegu Sets.

52-Piece Natural Set

52-Piece Natural Set

Tegu Robo Block Set

Tegu Robo Block Set

130-Piece Classroom Set

130-Piece Classroom Set


 

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Fun Toys for Toddlers

Fun. Imagination. Colorful. Thinking. Movement. These are just a few words that describe the kind of toys that toddlers enjoy and thrive with.  When you’re buying a toy for a child 2-4 years old look for big, bright, and colorful elements.  And also look for the educational and developmental angles.  Here are some toys that caught our eye as fitting this mold, and also being highly rated and top-sellers on Amazon.

Mega Bloks Building Set

Mega Bloks Building Set

Mega Bloks Building Set

What better toy for a toddler than a colorful building set to develop those motor skills.  The Mega Bloks 80-piece building set is one of the most popular toys for toddlers going right now, and it is extremely highly rated on Amazon.  You almost can’t go wrong with this set. Recommended for ages 1-5 years old.

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Fisher Price Little People Skyway

Little People Skyway

Little People Skyway

The Fisher Price Little People Skyway stands over 3 feet tall and has a multitude of ramps for kids to send the toys cars down.  You can flip different switches to make cars change paths, adding to the fun.  This set comes with the City Skyway play set, a working crane, a traffic signal, a gas pump, a parking meter, and a gate that opens & closes.  Of course it also comes with a couple of cars.

Recommended for ages 18 months to 5 years.  (Note: Some assembly required)

buy-amazon-buttonSuperhero Cape Set

Superhero Cape Set

Superhero Cape Set

This Superhero Cape Set is a great way for the kids to act out their imagination.  They may be too young to see the action hero movies in theaters, but they can pretend to be the superheroes themselves with these colorful capes and masks.  The set also comes with stickers.  Recommended for ages 3 years and up.

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Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair

Fisher Price Smart Stages Chair

Fisher Price Smart Stages Chair

This looks like a really fun chair! The Fisher Price Smart Stages chair is an interactive chair that lets your child play songs, role play, learn how to follow directions, and in general have lots of fun.  The best feature is that the adult sets the child’s age, and the chair behaves accordingly.  There are different interactions for 12M+, 18M+, and 24M+.   So the child develops at his/her own pace- what a cool idea.  Recommended for ages 12-36 months.

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Toys for 1 Year Old Baby

1-CandleBuying a toy for a 1 year old may seem like a no-brainer, but it actually can be quite daunting.  The world of a 1 year old is very wondrous – there are so many things that the child has learned and so many more that he or she has yet to learn and experience.  There are many different ways that a child can play and learn at this age – in fact most people today view playing and learning as basically the same thing at this point in a child’s life.

Some of the ways that a toys can advance a child’s development is through physical development, hand-eye coordination, musical enhancement, cognitive skills, visual acuity, and various other ways.  The bottom line is that physical interaction is a big plus at this age.  (It goes without saying that anything resembling a video game is a big no-no). This multitude of learning avenues opens up a huge selection of useful toys that a 1 year old would love.

Here are some popular and highly ranked toys for 1-2 year olds.

This Melissa and Doug Shopping Cart is great for a 1-year old.  One of the big things in a one year old’s life is recently learning how to walk.  Little girls as well a little boys love to push around a toy shopping cart, filling it with household items as they pretend they’re shopping (just like mommy … or daddy).

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Toy Shopping Cart

Musical toys are always a great choice for a small child.  It is very important in a child’s development to learn  and practice music in many different forms.  A simple tom-tom drum (which is not too loud) is a great start.

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Tom Tom Drum

Riding toys are also a fantastic choice for those little tykes.  There are many choices, but these selections are highly-rated on Amazon.  For example this Ladybug riding toy has a unique modern design and just looks amazing.

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Ladybug Riding Toy

 

Here’s a toy that has been around in one form or another for many years, but it looks very modern for 2014 and is full of fun things to do.  This Vtech Walker will continue to help that one year old to master his or her legs, and it also has some really great reviews.

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VTech Walker

Finally, this is a really fun toy that will keep a child active for hours.  The My Busy Town Wooden Development toy is a bright and cheerful solid wooden cube containing lots of playful activities including curvy wire mazes, peek-a-boo doors, spin and match animals, turn and learn ABC, 123 and first word tiles and racing vehicle rollers.

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My Busy Town Activity Box

That’s all for now.

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