HOT TOY ALERT: Hatchimals will be back in stock at Toys”R”Us on Sunday

The hottest toy of the season will be back in stock at Toys”R” Us stores across the country this weekend.

Remember Cabbage Patch Kids or Tickle Me Elmo? Brace yourself, parents, the latest toy craze has hatched. Hatchimals are large speckled eggs with furry, magical creatures inside that eventually crack out of the egg but only if given enough human attention. As you rub the egg it lights up and makes sounds. Eventually, the baby animal inside begins to peck away and break free. Kids can watch it develop its own personality as it matures from a baby to adulthood, where it can repeat words and play games. Hatchimals landed in stores on Oct. 7 and are already hard to find. A Toys R Us spokesperson said they're currently limited to one per customer. I called several stores, and they were all sold out. They were also out of stock online. Sellers on Amazon are asking $190 for a toy that's listed for $50 at Target, Toys R Us and Wal-Mart, and that's if you can actually find it on the shelves. (Learning Resources)

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The national toy retailer says it is getting a new shipment of Hatchimals, and will be restocking store shelves on Sunday (Dec. 18). Stores open at 6 a.m.

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The interactive toys are virtually impossible to find in stores, and resellers looking to cash in on their popularity have marked them up dramatically on sites like eBay.

It is unclear how many of each toy will be available as part of the shipment.

But the price tag has gone up. According to Toys”R”Us, Hatchimals, which had retailed for $59.99, will cost $79.99 on Sunday.

If you miss out on Sunday’s shipment, Toys”R”Us said its stores will continue to receive Hatchimals over the coming days.

“Toys“R”Us trucks filled with in-demand products (yes, even Hatchimals) will be headed to stores throughout the coming week to replenish, giving parents the best chance at finding last-minute presents to pack under the tree,” the company said.

Toys”R”Us is also offering parents a chance to win one of the popular toys.

“Toys“R”Us rewards members who shop in-store each day, now through Thursday, December 22, will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $1,000 Toys“R”Us gift card PLUS a Hatchimal,” the company said. “A new winner will be drawn every day through 12/22, and each day a customer makes a purchase with their Rewards“R”Us number, they’re given a new chance to win.”

 

 

Holiday shopping: Toys”R”Us to offer free shipping, plans Christmas sale

If you missed the Black Friday deals, there is still time to find a bargain.

Toys”R”Us said it plans to offer free shipping on Saturday. The promotion runs all day long, the company said.

Ashley Frost, of Lake Worth, wearing a shirt saying,"I've trampled people for less," looking for 'Door Buster' Christmas deals at Toys "R" Us on Thanksgiving Day in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, November 22, 2012. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)
Ashley Frost, of Lake Worth, wearing a shirt saying,”I’ve trampled people for less,” looking for ‘Door Buster’ Christmas deals at Toys “R” Us on Thanksgiving Day in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, November 22, 2012. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

HOT TOY ALERT: Toys”R”Us to get new shipment of Hatchimals, NES Nintendo Classic

The national toy seller will also hold a Great Big Christmas Sale from Sunday, December 4 to Saturday, December 10. Here’s a look at some of the items included in the promotion:

·         Shopkins Tall Mall – Save $10 – Was $34.99, Now $24.99

·         Sky Viper Drone – Save $30 – Was $129.99, Now $99.99

·         Kano Computer Kit – Save $15 – Was $149.99, Now $134.99

·         Hot Wheels Ai – Save $15 – Was $99.99, Now $84.99

·         Razor Hovertrax – Save $50 – Was $399.99, Now $349.99

·         PAW Patrol Zoomer Marshall – Save $10 – Was $69.99, Now $59.99

·         Thomas and Friends Sky High Bridge Jump – Save $20 – Was $99.99, Now $79.99

·         The Grossery Gang Collectibles – Buy 1, Get 1 40% Off, Price Varies

·         NERF – Buy 1, Get 1 40% regularly priced $99.99 or less, Price Varies

·         Furby Connect – Save $15 – Was $99.99, Now $84.99

 

 

Toys”R”Us will offer free shipping on Saturday, T.

HOT TOY ALERT: Toys”R”Us to get new shipment of Hatchimals, NES Nintendo Classic

The year’s two most sought after toys — Hatchimals and the NES Nintendo Classic — will be hitting shelves at Toys”R”Us stores on Sunday, the company said.

Remember Cabbage Patch Kids or Tickle Me Elmo? Brace yourself, parents, the latest toy craze has hatched. Hatchimals are large speckled eggs with furry, magical creatures inside that eventually crack out of the egg but only if given enough human attention. As you rub the egg it lights up and makes sounds. Eventually, the baby animal inside begins to peck away and break free. Kids can watch it develop its own personality as it matures from a baby to adulthood, where it can repeat words and play games. Hatchimals landed in stores on Oct. 7 and are already hard to find. A Toys R Us spokesperson said they're currently limited to one per customer. I called several stores, and they were all sold out. They were also out of stock online. Sellers on Amazon are asking $190 for a toy that's listed for $50 at Target, Toys R Us and Wal-Mart, and that's if you can actually find it on the shelves. (Learning Resources)
Remember Cabbage Patch Kids or Tickle Me Elmo? Brace yourself, parents, the latest toy craze has hatched. Hatchimals are large speckled eggs with furry, magical creatures inside that eventually crack out of the egg but only if given enough human attention. (Learning Resources)

Toys”R”Us said stores across the nation will be getting a new shipment this Sunday (Dec. 4) of both Hatchimals and the NES gaming system.

“All stores nationwide will have a new shipment of Hatchimals and the NES Nintendo Classic edition in stores this Sunday, December 4,” a company representative said in an email to The Palm Beach Post.

RELATED: Can’t find a Hatchimal? Check out these alternatives

The two toys are virtually impossible to find in stores, and resellers looking to cash in on their popularity have marked them up dramatically on sites like eBay.

It is unclear how many of each toy will be available as part of the shipment.

The announcement from Toys”R”Us is welcomed news for parents who don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to score one of the items online. Most Toys”R”Us stores in Palm Beach County open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, according to the company’s website.

As of Thursday, Hatchimals, which retail for $59.99, were selling for as much as $200 on eBay.

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The Nintendo system,  which includes 30 classic NES games such as Super Mario Bros., Metroid, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Adventure and PAC-MAN,  was selling for $200 to $300 on eBay. The console retails for $59.99

Parents who aren’t lucky enough to get one of these items at Toys”R” Us shouldn’t give up their search, said Brent Shelton, a deal expert with FatWallet.com and the Black Friday website BfAds.net.

“A few things interested shoppers can do to stay on the insider news for these super hot toys that are sold out in stores and avoid the exorbitant re-seller prices is to follow inventory tracking sites like Zoolert and Stock Informer,” Shelton said.

Deal hunting forums on FatWallet.com and BfAds.net also allow shoppers to “keep their ear to the ground” for new shipments, he added.

“I advise to set topic alerts with any of these so you get quick notification on any news,” Shelton said. “They can also follow Facebook groups like the Hatchimals BST (Buy Sell Trade) or Nintendo Classic Mini NES, and Reddit is a great candidate if you have the time to scour their hundreds of subtopics.”

Shoppers can also expect to see Black Friday-like prices on Dec. 12, one of the largest online shopping days of the year. Parents may not be able to find Hatchimals or Nintendo systems, but there will likely be big discounts on other toy items, Shelton said.

 

Black Friday 2016: How to get early access to Toys”R”Us doorbusters

If you are planning to shop at Toys”R”Us this Thanksgiving, you may be able to skip the lines and get early access online to the items that you want to buy.

Ashley Frost, of Lake Worth, wearing a shirt saying,"I've trampled people for less," looking for 'Door Buster' Christmas deals at Toys "R" Us on Thanksgiving Day in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, November 22, 2012. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)
Ashley Frost, of Lake Worth, wearing a shirt saying,”I’ve trampled people for less,” looking for ‘Door Buster’ Christmas deals at Toys “R” Us on Thanksgiving Day in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, November 22, 2012. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

The deal experts at the Black Friday website BfAds.net say Toys”R”Us shoppers will be able to buy more than 100 of the retailer’s doorbuster deals online long before they sit down for Thanksgiving dinner.

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“All you need to do is sign up for the free Toys “R”Us Rewards program,” officials with the website said. “Then, starting on November 20th, you’ll get early access to over 100 of their hottest Thanksgiving Weekend deals.”

If you don’t want to shop early or your item isn’t part of the early-access sale, the folks at BfAds.net say you’ll be able to shop the Toys”R”Us Black Friday sale online starting at 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to website, highlights from this year’s Toys”R”Us ad include:

• Fisher-Price Code-A-Pillar – $29.99
• Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo – $19.99
• VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway – $29.99
• Barbie Pop-Up Camper – $53.99
• FurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo My Walkin’ Pup – $14.99
• Select DVDs & Blu-rays – BOGO for $1.00
• Select Video Games – $20.00 Off
• Toys R Us Animal Alley 42-in. Stuffed Brown Bear w/ Bow – $19.99

Black Friday 2016: Toys”R”Us to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Toys”R”Us will open its stores at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will keep them open for 30 consecutive hours until 11 p.m. on Black Friday, the retailer announced today.

RELATED: Toys”R”Us’ Hot Toys List for 2016

Shoppers try to keep toys from falling from their Toys "R" Us shopping cart on black Friday 2009. AP Photo
Shoppers try to keep toys from falling from their Toys “R” Us shopping cart on black Friday 2009. AP Photo

“Our customers have voted at the doors year after year, and they continue to want the option to get an early start on their holiday shopping lists,” said Joe Venezia, Executive Vice President, Global Store Operations, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “The good news is that we’re not only focused on delivering a Thanksgiving Weekend filled with deals and doorbusters, but we’ll be giving shoppers an entire month of can’t miss sales and services.”

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Toys”R”Us also opened at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day last year.

This year, Toys”R”Us said it plans to have dedicated “G.P.S. Navigator” – or, Gurus for Play Stuff – stationed at the front of  stores on Saturdays and Sundays in November to help customers find the right holiday gifts.

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The retailer will also have large, dynamic maps located at the front of each store (and at Toysrus.com/Guide) where shoppers can search for a specific product by name and identify its exact location in the store.

Toys”R”Us has not released its Thanksgiving/Black Friday sale advertisement. But the Black Friday website BfAds.net, which posts and leaks copies of retailers’ sale ads, posted the Toys”R”Us Black Friday ad on Nov. 12 last year.