Hatchimals, December 2016 Popular Toy

OmniTalk – Google Search Round-Up for Christmas 2016

January 3rd, 2017 Posted by OmniTalk No Comment yet

This month’s OmniTalk topic is the most popular toy from Christmas this year—Hatchimals! Are you so lucky that you have no idea what this toy is? Congratulations!

It is actually an ingenious toy based on “bio-mimicry,” meaning that it mimics actual biological development. The toy starts in an egg. After 10-40 minutes of constantly playing with the egg, the touch technology signals that it is time to hatch. The egg hatches with the aid of the hatchling pecking from the inside (no kidding!). Once the shell is broken open, a creature (a Penguala, Draggle, Owlicorn, Burtle, or Bearakeet—really!) emerges in an infant state. After a certain amount of playing with the toy, it graduates to a toddler, then to a kid, but no, it never goes off to college. At each stage it gains new abilities—walking, talking, but it doesn’t do windows.


Considering the level of technology and the phases that this toy goes through, it is impressive that the suggested retail price is $59.99. Of course, that was the price if you bought it prior to the holiday rush. According to CNBC, the toys were selling on eBay during Black Friday and Cyber Monday from $100-$250, with a few eBay sellers posting at $100,000 not expecting to actually getting that much, with one seller in Rhode Island posting a price of $300,000.


A search just for “HATCHIMALS” resulted in “About 6,910,000 results (0.51 seconds).” The NEWS section on Google is filled with “About 253,000 results (0.18 seconds)” as of this writing on December 28. The most recent stories are about the toy not working. Not surprising since there are specific instructions on the Hatchimals.com site about removing the toy from the box in a particular way to activate the process, and the right way to play with it to make it hatch.


Their Internet presence is high, considering Hatchimals just launched in October of 2016 in time for the holiday shopping rush. The search results is close to rivaling the overall search for “HOTTEST TOYS OF 2016” which found 8,720,000 results.


Even so, they are a long way off from reaching the Lego, but not far from the Easy Bake Oven. Sadly, the Etch-a-Sketch is all but forgotten in the Google search.


Search Words                                                               Search Results

“HATCHIMALS”                                                        6,910,000 results

“HOTTEST TOYS OF 2016”                                  8,720,000 results

“LEGO”                                                                  398,000,000 results

“EASY BAKE OVEN”                                             7,340,000 results

“ETCH-A-SKETCH”                                                  458,000 results


We hope you got your favorite toy this holiday season, a Hatchimal or something more classic.


Leslie A.M. SmithOmniTalk is a monthly Google search round-up of things that happened, were searched for, and explored. It’s an interesting index of people and culture. We hope you enjoy it at the end of every month.


Leslie A.M. Smith has been an independent public relations consultant since 1994. Follow her on Twitter @LeslieAMSmith or on Facebook Facebook.com/McCormickLA

McCormick L.A. Public Relations

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