Local mom searching for popular toy Hatchimal

BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) – It’s being called one of the hottest toys of the Christmas season, and Hatchimals are flying off of store shelves.

Ashley Widner’s little boy Ethan isn’t the one causing a bit of Christmas shopping trouble. It’s her soon to be 10-year-old Melanie’s gift request that’s making the Bristol mom a little nervous.

“My heart dropped a little bit,” said Widner.

This year, Melanie asked for a Hatchimal, a highly sought-after interactive hatching egg that retails for about 60 bucks.

“Everybody wants one, all the kids want one and so everybody is doing their best to find one,” Widner said.

Widner said she’s stood in line with close to one hundred other people, waiting for hours at both Wal-Mart and Target.

“It’s kind of like Black Friday times three when you go look for something like that,” said Widner.

She said she’s also checked online, but didn’t find it there.

“There are people online that are selling them for hundreds of dollars,” she said.

Widner said she is still searching for a Hatchimal.

“If I don’t find one I’m going to have to look at her disappointed face on Christmas morning.”

But she does now have a back-up plan.

“She told me something else that she wanted, so if I don’t find a Hatchimal now I’ll spend more time looking for it towards her birthday,” said Widner.

According to www.hatchimals.com, the company has increased production and says a new batch of Hatchimals will be ready to hatch in early 2017.

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