Good news parents: you may be able to get your child one of the Hatchimals for Christmas after all.
Currently, all major retailers in the U.S. and the U.K. are completely sold out of this year’s most sought-after toy. However, CNBC just reported that select Toys R Us locations will be getting in a special shipment this week, and plan to have the Hatchimals stocked on their shelves on Sunday.
“On Sunday, we’re launching our Great Big Christmas Sale (Dec. 4 thru 10) and the catalog, which is arriving in homes in the coming days, features Hatchimals and NES,” a spokeswoman with Toys R Us revealed. “Our stores are receiving shipments of both holiday must-haves to support and we expect that when stores open at 8 a.m., they will sell very quickly.”
— Voucher Angels (@VoucherAngels) November 25, 2016
The news of the Hatchimals shipment was leaked when an employee at a Santa Cruz location shared a video on Instagram revealing that the toys would be at Toys R Us this weekend. Although the Hatchimals will be available, they will be in limited quantities, and only one can be purchased per person for $59.99.
As of now, it isn’t clear if other large retailers, such as Walmart and Target, will be stocking their shelves with Hatchimals.
“Target is actively working to meet guest demand, and will continue to replenish inventory throughout the season,” a spokesman for Target said.
If you aren’t able to make it to Toys R Us to snag your Hatchimal, there are other ways to get your hands on one — but it will cost you. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Mike and Stan Zappa, of Glendale, Arizona, are brothers who were tipped off by Mike’s 10-year-old daughter about the Hatchimals craze. Together, they spent $5,000 and purchased 100 Hatchimals to resell during the holiday season. They are currently selling their Hatchimals on eBay, and have already broke even on their investment. Others also jumped at the chance to profit on the toys, and are selling the Hatchimals for anywhere from $100 to $350.
— Melanie Shook (@PD_by_Melanie) December 2, 2016
“I had a hunch it would be a big hit for the holidays,” Mike said. “We were expecting this. But we also took a risk. We didn’t break any laws. And we aren’t dictating how the market is pricing the toys on eBay. What we are doing is capitalism at its best.”
If you don’t want to spend the extra cash to purchase a Hatchimal before Christmas, you can always wait until the first of the year. On their official website, Spin Master, the maker of the toy, released an announcement earlier this week revealing that a new batch of Hatchimals will be available in 2017.
“The consumer response to Hatchimals has been extraordinary, exceeding all expectations. Some of our first shipments have already sold out. While additional product will hit retail shelves in November, we anticipate this inventory will also sell out quickly,” the announcement read.
— Jenkers News (ENG) (@jenkers_en) December 2, 2016
“We have increased production and a whole new batch of Hatchimals will be ready to hatch in early 2017. This is a special season and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed, nor do we support inflated prices from non-authorized resellers,” Spin Master continued. “We are working on creative solutions to help kids and their parents withstand the wait. In the interim, some retailers are developing pre-sale and/or rain-check programs for redemption in January. We will continue to update with program details as they become available.”
Hatchimals are a toy that comes in five different types (Pengualas, Draggles, Owlicorns, Burtles, and Bearakeets) and has two phases: first, the child cares for the egg and encourages it to hatch. Once the egg hatches, the child has to nurture the bird and teach it how to move, dance, speak, and play games.
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