Hatchimals frustration has reached such a frenzy that a video rant from a mom in New Jersey has gone viral — watched more than 83,000 times so far.
Dottie Russo, 38, of Paramus, New Jersey, posted a four-minute video to her Mommas Page Facebook account that she called “Freakin Hatchimals” detailing her quest to find the hottest holiday toy for her two daughters, ages 8 and 2, who are asking for them for Christmas. Hatchimals are speckled eggs that, when rubbed by the owner, hatch into a stuffed animatronic animal.
Newsday caught up with Russo by phone to chat about her monologue. She said she used to do stand-up comedy “back when I was young and crazy,” and that her Facebook page is now “my little outlet.” “I’m a housewife; I guess I lead a boring life unless I do this,” she joked.
“A lot of women are feeling the same frustration,” Russo said. “Every year, there’s always the hot toy.” In her video rant, Russo blames some proverbial “that guy” for buying Hatchimals that could have gone to kids and selling them for wildly inflated prices on eBay. “I don’t begrudge anybody trying to make a buck,” she said. “But when it’s kids, I don’t think it’s right.”
Hatchimals have a suggested retail price of $59.99 each, but they have been selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay, for instance.