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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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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The Trolls are Back in Town

Troll dolls were first introduced in 1959, and they have been around for decades ever since.  Their claim to fame is their wild and crazy hair – it’s always fun to manipulate their hair into different shapes and styles.  The original Troll dolls are the most collectible, and then after years of being improperly and illegally copied by the millions the Troll franchise was purchased by Dreamworks.  And now in 2016 Dreamworks is releasing a major animated movie called simply: Trolls.

It can be tough to find interesting Trolls toys beyond, well, the dolls.  But to celebrate the Trolls movie we picked out an interesting selection of toys that we think kids will have fun with.

Poppy’s Coronation Pod

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Trolls Coronation Pod

Poppy is the Trolls’ heroic leader, and the Coronation Pod is a really fun toy set to celebrate his coronation. This set features a magical dance floor that lights and spins.  Two Troll dolls are included as well as a number of other small “party” accessories.

Due to the small pieces this set is only for kids ages 3 and up.

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Set of Trolls Figures

We really like the selection of Trolls figures for this set.  The set includes the following Trolls: Poppy, Branch, DJ Suki, Harper, and Guy Diamond.  The figures have the famous “crazy” hair, and they are approximately 4 inches tall.  Each figure comes with an accessory.  This is for ages 4 and up.

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Poppy and Twins Celebration Pack

Poppy and Twins Celebration Pack

Keeping with the theme of celebration we now present you with the Poppy and Twins Celebration Pack.  This is primarily a fashion-based playset in which you child dresses up the figures to recreate the celebration from the Trolls movie.  There are over 20 fashion pieces to go along with the three Trolls figures.

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Trolls Glitter Scrapbook Kit

Trolls Scrapbook Kit

Trolls Scrapbook Kit

This arts and crafts Trolls Glitter Scrapbook Kit looks like a great way for kids to create memories of the Trolls using characters from the movie.  In addition to the characters there are lots of art supplies included to create a truly unique scrapbook, with 64 Crayons, 12 Short Colored Pencils, 20 Super Tips Markers, 3 Tubes of Glitter Glue, and even a Glitter Sticker Sheet.  Expect to see shiny and very personal creations from your kids with this set at their disposal.buy-amazon-button2

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Hot Pokemon Toys

As of this writing Pokemon Go has become a worldwide sensation.  It’s anybody’s guess how long the craze will last, but one think is for sure: it has definitely reignited the Pokemon brand across the globe.  Kids who are experiencing Pokemon for the first time, as well as adults who have experienced Pokemon as kids themselves, will be interested in Pokemon-related toys and memorabilia.  Here’s some really cool toys we think will become popular for the 2016 Christmas buying season.

Note: Many Pokemon items ship from Japan.  Please be wary of shipping times when ordering and leave plenty of time for your item to arrive.

Pokemon Clip ‘N’ Carry Belt

Pokemon Belt Clip n Carry

Pokemon Belt Clip n Carry

The Pokemon Clip ‘n’ Carry Poke Ball Belt includes one adjustable belt, two Poke Balls, two 2″ figures and two Attack Tags. Although it only comes with two Poke Balls this belt can hold up to a total of six Poke Balls at once.  You can purchase additional Poke Balls and figures separately.

Recommended for ages 4-8 years.

Pikachu and Ash Figures

Pikachu and Ash Figures

Pikachu and Ash Figures

These Pikachu and Ash figures are a nice size for younger kids.  Ash has 13 points of articulation and is five inches tall.  Pikachu is a bit smaller of course. (Not for children under 3 years old)

Recommended for ages 4-8 years.

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Pikachu Lunch bag

Pikachu Lunch bag

Why not show your love for Pokemon in the lunch room?  This Pikachu lunch bag is insulated and has a zip-closure.  The designs are embroidered, and the ears are plush.  Nice touch!

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Primal Groudon Figure

Primal Groudon Figure

This Primal Groudon Pokemon figure is limited and collectible.  Although this figure it can be played with many people decide to either just display it, or even keep it in the original packaging.  It is imported from Japan and is officially licensed.

Recommended for ages 13 and over.

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Pokemon Backpack

Pokemon Backpack

This is a nice-looking Pokemon backpack with many different Pokemon characters.  It is 100% polyester and is durable.  It is best to hand-wash it, and it may ship from Japan so be wary of shipping times when ordering this item.

Recommended for ages 4 and over.

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