After they sold out at nearly every store, we now know for sure that Fingerlings are the new Hatchimals (remember Hatchimals?).
If, like most parents, you haven't managed to get your hands on one of these tiny toys yet, you're in luck. The creators just released a whole new line of Fingerlings.
The line features new unicorns, including a frosty pink one named Gemma and a purple creature named Alika. The original unicorn, Gigi, also got an update with pink hooves. All three unicorns are exclusive to Toys R Us, but you can't buy these beasts online, as they are only sold in-stores.
There's also a new purple sloth named Marge, who joins the brown sloth, Kingsley, that WowWee introduced to us at the beginning of this season. The Fingerlings' website list Walmart as the primary seller of Marge, but surprise, surprise: she's already sold out online.
The original monkey didn't get left out of WowWee's new updates. There are eight new 2Tone primates whose hands, feet, and tails fade into a different color. The new monkeys are: Melon, who is pink and turquoise; Eddie, who is sea-foam green and bright blue; Ava, who fades from blue to purple; Charlie, who fades from turquoise to green; Sydney, who goes from purple to pink; Candi, who goes from pink to blue; Summer, who is pink and orange; and Emma, who has two different tones of pink. Like the unicorns, Toys R Us is only selling the color-changing monkey in-stores and they are already sold out online at retailers like Walmart.
These critters are arguably the most-rare of them all. On the Fingerlings' page, WowWee explains that these items "will be slowly popping in at exclusive retailers and super rare to find this holiday season."
We did find a few listing for the new Fingerlings on Amazon, but buyers should be wary if taking that route. Like the original, we suspect that counterfeiters are starting to take note of these hard-to-get items and selling them (or knock-off versions) for much higher than they cost.
To avoid being a victim of one of these dangerous scams, Rachel Rothman, chief technologist in the Good Housekeeping Institute, who also conducts our annual Toy Awards, recommends looking out for the following warning signs, no matter who you are buying from:
• Check the name on the packaging. Some are named very similarly, like Fmgeblings, but are not the real deal. The manufacturer is Wowwee, and will be named as such for real listings. Fake Fingerlings may also have non-English labeling on the outside and the photo of the monkey in the bottom left may be a different color than the actual doll in the package.
• Check the price. The MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) for Fingerlings is $14.99. Be wary of any place offering super cheap deals (or that say final sale) or crazy inflated prices.
• Shop from trusted places. If you try to purchase directly through Fingerlings' website, you may be routed to Amazon. Make sure Amazon is listed as the seller, not an unauthorized third party seller. If you are purchasing in-store, shop at reputable places you trust (ie. Toys R Us, Walmart, Target, etc.). Wowwee, the brand that manufacturers real Fingerlings, lists all authorized distributors on their site.
If you can't get your hands on a Fingerling in time for Christmas, don't fret. We have 30+ kid gift suggestion that are in-stock that they'll be just as excited to unwrap.
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