Though dubbed as a Christmas? must have toy, parents now are regretting their decision to buy Hatchimals for their kids. The furry bird-like creatures are accused of using foul language and explicit words.
Outrage and concerned parents have taken to YouTube to complain that the Hatchimals are swearing at them. Specifically the toy is accused of sounding like moaning and then appears to say ?f—k me? as they sleep.
Spin Master Denies Swearing Claims
The Canadian-based toy manufacturer, Spin Master, assured the media outlets that Hatchimals aren’t programmed to swear. A company spokesperson told Mashable that the toys are not saying anything inappropriate. The creature on YouTube video which utters the explicit word was sleeping according to the company official.
?Hatchimals communicate by speaking their own unique language, which is made up of random sounds, and by making other noises, including shivering when they?re cold and snoring while they sleep,? said Tara Tucker, the VP Global Marketing Communications.
However, there is a learn to talk feature which can be misused says Tucker. The toy let users record sound and have the Hatchimals randomly repeat the words while in autonomous mode.
?There is a repeat function and the Hatchimal will repeat what the user says,? she said.
But parents claim the words weren?t taught by their children. Other commentators are saying the creature is instead saying, ?Hug me.? The Verge clarified that sometimes before breaking free of its egg, the creatures snore loudly in its incubator. It?s only a little sigh coupled with a hard ?e? sound that has been mistaken for the swear words.
What are Hatchimals?
Hatchimals are the new mechanical robot-like creatures that arrive in eggs, hatch themselves and evolve as you play with them. The popularity of the toy owes to its unusual hatching process which occurs some point after it is taken out of the box. Some appear similar to the penguins while others have antennae or horns. Each of the Hatchimal goes through five stages of life: egg, hatching, baby, toddler and kid.
Hatchimals start at $59.99 and are sold at Amazon, Kmart, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart and Spin Master. Some variants are store exclusive so if you are okay with the random swearing, go for it. For more updates on the story, stay tuned to TheBitBag for the same.