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Hatchimal hysteria: The season's biggest toy causes lines nationwide

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

There's a big football game Sunday night between the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers, but in the early morning hours of Sunday morning it was gameday of a different sort for eager holiday shoppers looking to snag this year's biggest toy: the Hatchimal.

The little penguin-like creatures come inside eggs that hatch with the help of your kids. They were released back in October, and have since become the biggest thing since Tickle Me Elmo... or Beanie Babies... or Furbies... or Teddy Ruxpin

The creatures come out of their boxes in eggs and it's up to you (or your kids) to play with their egg until they are ready to hatch.

Last week Toys R Us confirmed with CNBC that the store would be restocking the toys along with the equally popular NES Classic, on Sunday, and that led to lines around the store Sunday morning in Spokane and elsewhere.

Now, if you try to walk into a store and ask for a Hatchimal, you're likely to get laughed out of the store like Howard Langston in the holiday smash hit Jingle All the Way.

You could attempt to snatch one up online, but some online retailers are reportedly selling them for upwards of $300.

There's no telling when the craze will die down, but you'll probably have to wait until after Christmas to grab one of these penguin pals.

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