Hard To Find Holiday Toys For 2016: Hatchimals, Shopkins, Cozmo, FurReal, Poke Balls

Posted: Oct 11 2016, 5:23am CDT | by , Updated: Dec 6 2016, 2:40am CST, in Holiday Gift Guide


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Hard to Find Holiday Toys for 2016: Hatchimals, Shopkins, Cozmo, FurReal

The most popular Holiday toys are starting to become clear. Here are the hottest toys for the Holiday season that will be hard to find closer to the Holidays.

Many new toys are coming to the Holiday season 2016. Getting toys as holiday gifts for your kids can be the most nerve wrecking experience. Many of the hottest toys tend to become very hard to find close to the Holidays. To avoid this bad experience you can join the over 30 million Americans that are already shopping Holiday gifts.

Popular toys can be even harder to find at regular prices than consumer electronics. See our guide on which consumer electronics products to buy now.


A clear choice for hard to find holiday toy of 2016 are the Hatchimals. Spin Master basically took a Furby and stuck it inside an egg. Hatchimals are "magical creatures" that already interact with your kids inside the egg. Each egg contains one of two interactive Hatchimals. Kids need to take care of the Hatchimal while its still inside until the rainbow eyes appear. That means its time to hatch. Hatchimals can't hatch on their own. Touch is guiding them to peck their way out of the egg. Once outside the egg owners raise the furry Hatchimal through 3 stages, from baby to toddler, to kid. The Hatchimal sings "Hatchy Birthday" each time it enters a new stage. Hatchimals can learn to walk, dance, play games and more. Hatchimals also repeat what you say in its own voice.

An Hatchimal sells regular for $59.99. This is a steep price screaming for Black Friday deal, but it turns out the Hatchimals have sold out and Spinmaster is not able to satisfy demand. Read about the how to buy Hatchimals and the supply situation. Update: Hatchimals will be in stock at ToysRUs stores on Sunday Dec. 4.


Shopkins is a hot Holiday toy again this year with the Shopkins Chef Club toys. Shopkins is a range of small, collectable toys, manufactured by Moose Toys. The collectable aspect of the toy series is the problem that makes some figures hard to find, especially close to Christmas. If your kids have set their wishes to specific figurines, you might be facing a nightmare later this year. Most of the new Shopkins Chef Club toys are in stock right now on walmart.com, toysrus.com and amazon.com.

FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin' Dragon

cute dragon

The new FurReal Friends dragon has the potential to become hard to find come the days before Christmas. FurReal Friends toys have been very popular over the past years. Torch, My Blazin' Dragon comes from deep inside an enchanted forest, tucked away in a colorful crystal cave, is a mischievous baby that has come to find his new best friend.

Torch is full of fun and surprises Press his charm and he can breathe flame-colored mist. Feed him his color-change treat! He responds to touch with 50+ sound and motion combinations, too There’s lots of fun that can happen when playing with this fun, furry pal. The toy pet responds to touch with 50+ sound & motion combinations. Feeding him his color-change treat and fill his tank with water and he breathes flame-colored mist and burps.

Amazon offers the Torch, My Blazin' Dragon on sale for $68.99 instead of $79.99 online at amazon.com.

Pokémon My Friend Pikachu

With the popularity of Pokemon, the interactive Pokémon My Friend Pikachu plush toy could be another holiday toy that will become hard to find. Made by Tomy, the Pokémon My Friend Pikachu is the modern Tickle Me Elmo. This Pikachu features lights and sounds. The soft and cuddly Pikachu is 10" tal and has 10 sounds and phrases. Pressing Pikachu's belly to makes the ears move, cheeks light up and to hear one of Pikachu's signature phrases.

Amazon sells the Pokémon My Friend Pikachu for $24.09, instead of $29.99 regular price on amazon.com.

Cozmo by Anki Toy Robot


Anki created a robot toy straight out of a Pixar movie called Cozmo. He has the same vibe as WALL-E. We reported about the cute toy robot back in July the first time, now it is on sale. The little robot that looks like small bulldozer with a head. The app connected toy robot has its own personality. Kids can play games with the robot and the supplied three interactive cubes.

Cozmo is jam packed with sensors. He is able to recognize faces and call out the person's name. Anki combined the concept of a Furby with that of a robot that actually can do stuff. Watch a review of Cozmo to understand how cool this toy robot is.

Cozmo is on sale on Amazon.com for $179.99. It is already not shipping in 24h. The Cozmo will likely sellout closer to Christmas. Update: Cozmo is officially sold out for 2016 as of Dec. 6.

Kurio Smartwatch for Kids

The Kurio Smartwatch for kids offers a ton of smart features for kids for $59.99. The Kurio watch features a camera for photos and video, Bluetooth messaging between Kurio watches and Android devices apps and games. Kids can use the motion controller of the Kurio watch to play games.

A 1.54-inch color touchscreen makes this the closest to an Apple Watch for kids. The Kurio Watch is sold on Amazon, Walmart and ToysRUs. Only ToysRUs has it in stock right now. All other stores are sold out, making this already a hard to find hot holiday toy.

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2016

lego calendar

The Lego advent calendar sets are a popular early Holiday gift every year. The hottest Lego advent calendar is the Star Wars edition. Kids can open a door every day to reveal 24 different LEGO Star Wars themed gifts. Star Wars gifts include characters, vehicles, starships and more. The advent calendar buiding set includes 282 pieces. The Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar sells for $39.73 on Amazon.com.

Pokemon Poke Balls

The Tomy Poke Balls (Throw N Pop Poke Balls) can even be thrown without breaking them. They pop open to reveal a Pokemon inside. Tomy offers four different Poke Balls in the Throw N Pop Poke Balls series: Chespin and Premier Ball, Fennekin and Great Ball, Froakie and Ultra Ball and Pikachu and Poke Ball. The Throw N Pop Poke Balls sell for $14.99 each. The Throw N Pop Poke Balls are already starting to be hard to find. Check amazon.com for stock and toysrus.com.

We will update you on more hard to find holiday gifts as soon as we spot them. Find the latest news about Holiday shopping and Black Friday 2016.

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