On Friday 6th October 2017 I officially became the best Mum in the world. For Friday 6th October 2017, was Hatchimals Day and the UK launch of the brand new Hatchimals Surprise. The toy that is on track to be the on every child’s Christmas list this year. And we were fortunate enough to be sent one by Spin Master and take part in a mass hatching on Twitter.
I have to admit that I’d never heard of Hatchimals until a few months ago. Little Miss H was watching a YouTube video of a Hatchimal hatching. And after watching, she turned to me and said in the sweetest voice:
“Mummy, I would really love to have a Hatchimals sometime.”
So when we were picked to review the brand new Hatchimals Surprise I knew that it would win me a large amount of Mummy points.
Our review of the brand new Hatchimals Surprise
Hatchimals are magical and interactive creatures that embody the wonder of surprise. They start life as an egg that needs to be hatched. They then develop from a baby to a toddler and eventually they grow into a kid. Each stage brings with it new ways to play with your Hatchimal. It really is a toy that will provide years of entertainment.
Hatchimals Surprise is the new offering from Hatchimals. It features all the elements of the original Hatchimals. You still need to care for your egg to encourage it to hatch and meet the magical creature inside. But Hatchimals Surprise takes the element of wonder and intrigue one step further. Because Hatchimals Surprise includes one BIG surprise and we couldn’t wait to find out what it was.
The Hatching Process
The hatching process is an amazing wonder to behold. And Little Miss H and I desperately wanted to know what was inside our pink and yellow egg. I actually felt butterflies at the prospect of meeting the newest member of our family.
The Hatchimal begins to interact as soon as the hatching process starts. The Hatchimal inside the egg makes cute noises. Little Miss H was convinced that she could hear a heart beating. She also thought that she could hear her Hatchimal pecking on the egg.
The egg needs lots of love and nurturing to encourage it to hatch. So Little Miss H spent time stroking the bottom of the egg, giving the egg cuddles and kisses and rocking it in her arms like a baby. She also talked sweetly to the egg and encouraged it to be careful when hatching.
We produced a video documenting Little Miss H’s excitement watching her Hatchimals Surprise break from its egg. If you have never heard about Hatchimals before then you really should check this video out.
Throughout the hatching process, you can see the Hatchimals eyes shining through the egg. The colour of their eyes tell you how they are feeling and how you can help them to feel better. (Hatchimals Surprise come with a handy guide on how to look after the newest member of your family. If only babies came with a similar guide!).
Once the Hatchimal’s rainbow eyes light up then they are ready to hatch. However, I didn’t spot the rainbow eyes until it was too late. And I couldn’t believe that I’d missed seeing our Hatchimal begin to hatch. (As you can hear from my squeal in the video above).
Little Miss H was so happy to take her first look of her new friend. And her Hatchimal had pink and purple fur. Perfect for our pink obsessed daughter.
Once the egg had begun to hatch, Little Miss H was desperate to meet her Hatchimal. And it was only a few minutes before she was able to help her Hatchimal out of its egg and welcome it into the world. The whole hatching process had taken about 11 minutes.
The big surprise of Hatchimals Surprise
We then arrived at the big surprise. Underneath our Hatchimal was another Hatchimal.
Yep, that’s right, we were having twins. TWINS! There were actually two Hatchimals inside the egg.
Little Miss H was over the moon at the prospect of not one but two Hatchimals. Especially as we had already hatched one pink and purple Giraven (a giraffe crossed with a raven) and now needed to help their twin out of the egg. I have to say that I do think that the Giravens are very sweet. But you can also get Hatchimal Surprise eggs that contain Peacats and both sets of twins come in a variety of colours.
Once the Hatchimals are hatched they sing Hatchy birthday. It is super cute and a lovely end to the hatching process. Now your Hatchimals are here the real fun begins as they grow from babies, to toddlers and eventually become kids.
Bringing up baby
The baby Hatchimals need a lot of love and affection. Once again their eye colour tells you how they are feeling. And the handy guide tells you how to make them better.
Our baby Giravens got ill and became cold quite often. So we had to press their head or noses and give them cuddles to make them feel better. They also seemed to be permanently hungry (very similar to my own children). And we dutifully fed and then burped them.
Little Miss H, however, wasn’t convinced about the Hatchimal method of feeding (you tilt it forward) and so she insisted on making them some proper food in her kitchen. Watching her feed them plastic crisps and carrots was very sweet.
Your baby Giravens are at their happiest when they are interacting with each other. They love to face each other and play with their twin. Little Miss H adores it when they play peek-a-boo with each other and say I love you and blow kisses.
Once they have evolved into toddlers and then kids, the Hatchimals learn more ways to play with each other and with you. Little Miss H’s favourite thing is to fly her Hatchimals around the room and to have dance parties with them. When the twins are in dance mode, Twin A will dance while Twin B will sing along to the music.
There is no doubt that our Giraven Hatchimals Surprise twins are a huge success with both children. Little Mister H loves hugging them and pressing their noses. It is very handy that there are twins as it means Little Mister and Little Miss each have a Giraven to play with.
I don’t often buy in to the must have toy of the year. But the Hatchimals Surprise really is fantastic and so much fun. And at £74.99 I think that Hatchimals Surprise is brilliant value. Especially as the original Hatchimals cost £59.99. Plus, the look on Little Miss H’s face when the egg hatched and she started playing with her twins was priceless.
We were sent the Hatchimals Surprise toy for the purpose of this review. But as always, all words, opinions and images are 100% my own and completely honest.