Mother shares honest review of this years must-have toy, the Hatchimal. But do parents have a right to review kids toys?

Mum says that this item on every child’s Christmas list are not worth the hype, reports Daily Mail.

Kirsty Myerscough, from Manchester, uploaded a scathing review to Facebook about the interactive furry birds, based on her seven-year-old child’s experience.

She wrote, “Thought I would write a review as all I’m seeing is parents desperate to get their hands on one.

So this one is 1 week old and has been played with for a few hours! The best bit was it hatching and then we had to break it out as it wasn’t working! It grew up from a baby to fully grown in a few hours, it doesn’t talk it just records the child’s voice and plays it back, has a few games that are boring and once played they don’t want to play again. All you can do is feed it by tilting it forward, stroke it when it gets cold and pat its head if it’s scared. Also once you take it out of the box it starts hatching takes around 20 mins to an hour so make sure your children are ready to sit with it and help it hatch. Overall not worth the money. #hatchimal”

Her post has quickly gone viral, with over 74K shares and 42K comments since she posted it this month.

Many comments totally agree with Kirsty, ” Got my daughter one for her birthday..she really wasn’t impressed. Took a hour to hatch and that was the most excitement with the whole thing. It grew up that night and she was bored with it by the next day. Basically I paid $50 to get to watch it hatch.”

Another said, “Agreed! Ours took almost an hour an a half, and I had to keep shaking it every few seconds to make it “peck”. Eventually got tired of it and opened the egg myself! We’ve had it for about a month and a half, and my son has touched it maybe 5 times….HUGE waste of $50″

One mum disagreed saying, “It’s amazing! From the very start of keeping it warm and loved, til hatching and then you go through baby stage to adult stage, we think it’s great! Hubby & I have been playing with it! I don’t think they’re a waste of money at all. At first I thought the price was ridiculous (we have an Owlicorn which was exclusive to toys r us and cost $110 inc postag) and it’s worth the price.”

Another said, “Maybe, but if it’s what the kids want. Who are adults to review kids toys and say whether it’s worth it or not?”

She has a point. What right do we have to ruin the imaginations and dreams of innocent young minds? Let the kid get the toy!

The Hatchimal is a cute, fluffy toy bird or creature which hatches from its own egg when rubbed.

They come in five ‘species': Pengualas, Draggles, Owlicorns, Burtles, and Bearakeets. The toys range in price upwards of $70 au

Is Hatchimal on your child’s Santa list this year?

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  • Never paid much attention to them. Definitely don’t have them on my ‘to buy asap’ list.


  • I have not heard of it but after the review will not buy!


  • Never heard of this toy, lol ! Certainly not on my kids wish list :)


  • I have never heard of these! And that’s not a “scathing” review.


  • Whether or not you like the product – I think the review was great. It’s an honest account of what happens and how long (or short) it takes to happen. I’ve not heard of these but I’m sure the companies promotion wouldn’t include that it takes a while to hatch, grows up very quickly then is practically useless after that! A good honest review is the best


  • I’ve told my girls not to bother, we have furby’s and they can be dud’s at times so I said Santa and myself weren’t going to – so they could scratch them off the list!

    Thanks for sharing her honest review, i think it is a shame that toy companies are making these sorts of toys that provide 5 minutes of fun for lots of $$$ then sit in the cupboard unloved for years until parents just throw them in the garbage! – Bad form toy companies – bad form


  • Never heard of this Hatchimal before. I love the idea of seeing the egg hatching!!


  • My daughter is too old for this, but I think it’s great. I’m not sure what more the parents who are complaining would like the toy to do. It seems that it does a lot compared to other toys.


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