PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Don’t panic but with only 40-plus shopping days until Christmas, the hottest toy is naturally the hardest to find.
“As soon as people knew it was here, the moment we started putting it on the shelf, people started taking it off the shelf,” says David Raposa, co-manager of the Walmart at Robinson.
“Everybody lines up when they come in, and they go right out the door,” adds Beth Askews, the manager of Toys “R” Us at Ross Park Mall.
The most popular toy this Christmas season is called a Hatchimal.
And you won’t find it anywhere because it’s flying off the shelves.
Walmart says they’re getting daily deliveries but then they disappear in minutes.
Ask any kid who watches children’s TV – a Hatchimal is an egg that hatches into a furry animal, and it’s a must for the holiday.
“It’s an egg. There’s a bird inside, and you can wait for one to hatch,” says young Lyndee Schriver of Beaver Falls.
It’s on Zoe Mann’s Christmas list, too.
“I think it would be really cool.”
But finding a Hatchimal is tough for parents.
“We’ve looked pretty much everywhere, and we just can’t seem to find them anywhere,” says Jim Schweinberg of Stowe.
Some parents are resorting to eBay where the $50 toy sells for $100, $200, even $1,000.
Steve Rechtorik of Ross admits that he might pay up to a hundred bucks for a Hatchimal for his daughter.
“It’s always, daddy, can I have, and you’re like, okay.”
We found an empty shelf for another hard-to-get toy — the Nintendo NES Classic.
“We had a few this morning,” said Askews at Toys “R” Us.
“We made up some tickets, handed them out at the front door. Everybody came in, bought up all the inventory, and off they went.”
Askews says there’s a run on other popular toys like the Code-a-pillar for little ones.
“We have sold a ton, a ton of them.”
And then there’s the troll.
“Brand new. There’s a movie coming out. Kids love the trolls.”
Back at Walmart, Raposa says the drone is very popular for older kids.
“Everybody is asking if we’re going to be carrying them this year.”
Walmart is, but like the Hatchimal and Nintendo NES Classic, hard-to-get toys will only get harder in the days ahead.