As 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 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.
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.
Little Live Pets
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.
Peppy Pets 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.