It’s like having a Tickle Me Elmo…who won’t laugh.
Several children have been left disappointed after their Hatchimals, arguably the most coveted toy of the 2016 holiday season, failed to hatch.
Since Christmas morning, reports of defective Hatchimals have flooded social media, with dozens of comments popping up on the Facebook page of the Canadian company that makes the interactive toy, Spin Master.
Each Hatchimal comes inside an egg-shaped capsule that is supposed to be rubbed and patted for anywhere between 10 and 40 minutes before the toy gradually begins to hatch. The toy inside responds to tapping gestures by tapping back with its beak while making a variety of noises.
Once the Hatchimal hatches, kids can feed the creature and teach it how to walk and talk. As the weeks go on, the Hatchimal will grow from a child to an adult, at which point it’s able to have more sophisticated interactions.
Adding to many parents’ frustration is the fact that the toys became so in-demand before Christmas, they were nearly impossible to purchase. In fact, the $59.99 toy surfaced on eBay Canada for as much as $10,000 at the height of the demand.
In a statement to Global News, Spin Master said they have added extra resources to help customers in the wake of a spike in calls.