This Toy Is Already Sold Out & Parents Are Losing Their Sh*t

Hatchimal toys are the newest toy rave kids can't resist

How far would you go to make sure your child has a happy holiday? Would you stand in long lines and throw down like Arnold Schwarzenegger did in Jingle All the Way just to make sure your kid got the perfect toy he or she wanted? Well, if your kid wants one of these furry playthings, you might have to. Hatchimals have left parents in an uproar, as these creature toys are sold out for the holiday season.



And guess what? Many parents are willing to pay above the $60 retail price -- Us Weekly reports as much as hundreds and even thousands of dollars online -- just to get their hands on one of these Hatchimals for their kiddos.

Sadly, it looks like moms and dads will have to cross their fingers and hope they can find (or afford) a Hatchimal from a third-party seller. The makers of the toy released a statement on their website informing customers they plan on increasing production for the new year:

While additional product will hit retail shelves in November, we anticipate this inventory will also sell out quickly. 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. 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.

I'll admit that it took me a while to wrap my head around what a Hatchimal was, let alone why so many parents are freaking out that they're no longer available. (In case you're lost like me, there are five Hatchimals -- Burtles, Bearakeets, Draggles, and Pengualas -- that arrive in egg form before hatching and going through the baby, toddler, and "child" stages of its life.)

But now that I've seen them, I'll admit they look kind of cool.

I just don't know if I would invest so much in a toy for my kiddos (my boys are 2 and 1 right now, so I'm thankful they still find boxes amusing), but I can picture friends and family who would.

(All right now, grandma!)

Hatchimals remind me of the Tickle Me Elmo and Furbies crazes. One minute store employees are stocking shelves and the next they're putting up "Sold Out" signs. I wasn't a super huge fan of those toys, but I do remember my dad searching the ends of the earth for a video game I wanted growing up. Moms and dads will do just about anything to put a smile on their child's face, especially around the holidays.

To the parents still looking for Hatchimals (don't get too excited because I don't have any for you), stay hopeful and try not to pummel anyone for one of these toys. It's just not worth it.

May the odds be ever in your favor.


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