Hatchimals Glittering Garden – Review

Now first up I’m going to hold my hands up and say this toy has been sitting under my desk for far too long, waiting for me to find the time to photograph and review it for you – so apologies for my tardiness however hopefully it’s now just in time for you to start thinking about *ahem* Christmas . . . Luckily Chloe had absolutely no idea what was actually in the box or I don’t think she’d have let me get away with leaving it there for so long.  So without further ado, let me introduce you to Hatchimals Glittering Garden – Chloe’s first Hatchimal.

Hatchimals Glittering Garden

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Hatchimals they are magical creatures who live inside eggs.  It’s your job, as the egg’s owner, to love and care for it until it’s time to hatch.  As you love & care for your egg, its eyes will light up and it makes cute little noises to let you know how it’s feeling.  Nestled inside the glittering egg is one of two interactive Hatchimals Pengulas with sparkly wings and soft twinkling fur.  When it’s time to hatch, you will be able to see the Hatchimal’s rainbow eyes. You can encourage the Hatchimal to peck its way out by touching the egg.

Once your Hatchimal has hatched, you can raise your Hatchimal through 3 stages of life – from baby to toddler to kid.  Your Hatchimal signifies the start of each new stage by singing “Hatchy Birthday”.  You can teach your Hatchimal to walk, talk, dance and games.  It will even repeat what you say in its own voice.

When you first open the packaging of your Hatchimal it’s worth bearing in mind there is a fairly lengthy instruction book – your Hatchimal can only hatch once so this isn’t something you want to get wrong.  Although Chloe is a fairly confident reader the instructions are not aimed at children so I wouldn’t suggest this is a toy you can just leave your child to crack on with themselves (pun intended!)

The hatching process takes around 20 – 25 minutes, though you can turn your Hatchimal off if you want to pause the process.  Your Hatchimal can’t hatch without you so there’s no panic that you’re going to go to the loo or for some lunch and come back to your toy and find you’ve missed the main event!

The Hatchimal's eyes glow through the egg to let you know what it needs

During the hatching process the Hatchimal’s eyes glow different colours through it’s glittery shell – the different colours signify a different need eg your Hatichmal is cold, sad or hungry – and each of these needs can be met in different ways eg rubbing the bottom, tipping it and so on.  In all honesty Chloe and I found constantly checking the key to see what her Hatchimal needed was a bit of a faff so caring for her egg was more by pot luck than good management.

You need to love and care for your egg so it will hatch

After around 20 minutes of Chloe’s love and care, her Hatchimal began to hatch.  It was a bit of a shock at first and if I’m honest Chloe was a little unnerved initially before just being really excited about the whole thing!  Watching her very own Pengula hatch was pretty exciting!  It takes a little while for the Pengula to hatch, and of course it’s tempting to just rip the top of the shell off but that would defeat the object wouldn’t it!  Chloe was super excited to see which of the Pengulas would be inside.

The Hatchimal taps its way through the egg shell

If you look after your Hatchimal it will hatch by itself.

One of two Pengulas inside the hatchimal

Obviously a significant part of the Hatchimals appeal is the novelty of watching the toy emerge – this is a fairly expensive novelty if you’re not going to touch it again!  By the time Chloe had hatched her Pengula, she’d had enough and was quite happy to turn her new toy off and leave it for a bit.  I was pleased really as it meant she was stretching the appeal somewhat and could go back and rear her new baby Pengula through it’s three life stages at a later date.

Sparkling wings and fur - Hatchimals Glittering Garden

Raise your Hatchimal through three different life stages

There’s no denying that at around £65 the Hatchimals Glittering Garden is an expensive toy but it’s also seriously exciting and definitely one which would bring the wow factor come Christmas morning!  (You can pick one up on Amazon at the moment for less than £50!)

*We were sent the Hatchimals Glittering Garden for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own.  This post contains an affiliate link which means if you choose to buy through this link I receive a small percentage of your purchase price at no cost to you*

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  1. September 30, 2017 / 8:54 am

    This is the ONE THING that is on Annabelle’s wish list this year. The glitter ones are cute too. x

  2. October 3, 2017 / 8:05 am

    This looks so cute and I think the novelty value will have lots adding it to their Christmas list. #TriedTested

  3. October 3, 2017 / 8:15 am

    I remember watching your Insta stories (I think it was your stories?) and waiting for it to hatch! I couldn’t believe it was actually pecking – so realistic! Heidi has been begging for a Hatchimal and I think she’d love this one. I don’t actually think the price tag is *too* bad when you compare it to other ‘must have’ toys x

  4. October 3, 2017 / 9:08 am

    This does seem rather expensive for a toy that only hatches once but I love the idea that you can rear to through several stages 🙂


  5. October 3, 2017 / 9:24 am

    My daughter wants one of these for Christmas but I still unsure. I am worried that she wont bother playing with it after it has hatched and it will be money down the drain #TriedTested

  6. October 3, 2017 / 9:38 am

    I know my daughter would go absolutely bonkers for this! #TriedTested

  7. October 3, 2017 / 11:34 am

    I watched your insta stories of Chlo hatching it, i’d not have the patience but I know my kids would LOVE it!

  8. October 3, 2017 / 11:47 am

    I just looks like a wonderful gift for children and the surprise element is brilliant X #triedtested

  9. October 3, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    WE don’t have a hatchimal yet but I think they are on the christmas list this year! #triedtested

  10. October 3, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    I think Hatchimals have become very popular since last Christmas. There was the smaller version of them. It has calmed down since but this one looks great. My girl is yet too young for it though. #triedtested

  11. October 3, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    We haven’t had the chance to try a hatchimal yet… these look like a fantastic way to start its my lg birthday soon so hopefully can get her one for that x

  12. October 4, 2017 / 10:47 am

    We’ve never had a hatchimal in our house but I imagine my kids would have got bored of waiting and smashed the egg open :/ #triedtested

  13. October 8, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    So pleased to have read your review – It’s on my daughter’s wishlist and I think it sounds perfect for Christmas morning rather than her birthday in November. So I’ll encourage her to write to Santa for it! #TriedTested

  14. Poppy Reflects
    October 9, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    These look awesome! What a cool idea x #TriedTested

  15. October 9, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    I think Finlay would love a hatchimal, but he’s not aware of them yet, as much as I love them, the price tag makes me hope it stays that ways! #triedtested

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