Does the holiday season's most popular toy really cuss like a sailor?
The Hatchimal may be this holiday season’s most-hyped children’s toy, but it turns out the furry birdlike creatures might not be as innocent as they seem.
Some parents are claiming the toys have a potty mouth and are saying phrases like “f— me” while they’re sleeping in their eggs.
But before you get a bar of soap to wash out a Hatchimal’s dirty mouth, The Verge says the parents’ claims are not as accurate as they sound.
“Before the Hatchimal breaks free of its egg, you can sometimes [hear] it snoring loudly in its incubator. It’s a little sigh coupled with a hard “e” sound that, at best, would sound like a bleeped version of the aforementioned vulgar phrase. Some people think it sounds like ‘hug me.'”
It’s important to note that the big-eyed furry creatures — who live in plastic eggs before they “hatch” and respond to touch and sound — do make unintelligible sounds, but you can also teach them to repeat words or short phrases.
In a statement to CNN, Hatchimal parent company Spin Master says the toys do not swear:
“Hatchimals communicate by speaking their own unique language, which is made of up of random sounds, and by making other noises, including shivering when they’re cold and snoring while they sleep. We can assure consumers that Hatchimals do not curse, nor do they use foul language.”
According to Fortune, Spin Master has been dealing with waves of complaints about Hatchimals since Dec. 25, when parents started reporting that their kids’ new toys either didn’t work or wouldn’t hatch.
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