What better way to get egg-cited about the holiday season than with a very special Hatchimals countdown. For the first 12 days of December, kids can get into the spirit of the season with all kinds of fun surprises involving those must-have, magical little eggs.

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One of the most coveted toys on every list is hatching up something special just in time for your holiday shopping. “12 Hatches of Christmas” launched today starting with the release of CollEGGtibles Season 2. The new line of blind packs features over 100 new creatures to collect including an ultra-rare, Golden Hatchimal. There are only 250 of these circulating in specially marked packages, so you’ll want to scour the toy aisles if these unique creatures with metallic bodies and glittery wings are on your tot’s wishlist.

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Like the first series, all the new creatures come inside a tiny egg with a heart. Rubbing the eggs makes the heart color change from purple to pink indicating that it’s ready to hatch. The eggs come in 1, 2, and 4-packs and retail for $2.99 – $19.99.

Besides the new toys the first day of the “12 Hatches of Christmas” also brings the launch of new a new animated web series, which follows the adventures of Team Hatch as they explore the world of Hatchtopia. New episodes will be available daily on the Hatchimals YouTube Channel.

The next 11 days will bring even more egg-cellent surprises. You can follow the Hatchimals Instagram feed for daily updates on what’s hatching next.

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