Tamagotchi Toys Are Coming Back And You Can Preorder Them Right Now
Better luck keeping one alive this time!
When we first wrote about the return of the Tamagotchi in April, we were disappointed to report that they were only available on Amazon in Japan. But now, we have good news: If you’ve been waiting patiently for the beloved ’90s toy to return to the U.S., today is your lucky day.
While you can’t actually get your hands on one until Nov. 5, you can preorder a brand-new Tamagotchi right now on Amazon. The blue and pink edition will run you $15.52 and has free shipping with Prime, while blue, orange, pink, white or yellow ones cost $19.99.
The new Tamagotchis are about half the size of the originals, according to Mashable. We’re guessing they die just as easily — but more on that in a minute.
Now calling itself “the original virtual reality pet,” a Tamagotchi is an egg-shaped “pocket pet,” if you will, on a keychain. The story behind the virtual pets, according to this 1997 article from the Chicago Tribune, is that Tamagotchis are aliens who hatched on planet Earth and need to be well-cared for before they can return to their home planet. Owners needed to make sure their Tamagotchis ate, slept and generally stayed alive.
However, it was more complicated than it seems and actually offered quite a life lesson for kids. If you didn’t take care of your pet, even a digital pet, it will die! I won’t lie, some tears were shed at my parent’s house over failed Tamagotchi-raising.
The relaunch of Tamagotchis comes as the toy celebrates its twentieth anniversary. They were arguably one of the biggest toy fads of the mid- to late-’90s and while they were originally designed for children eight years old or older, the new Tamagotchis look perfect for kids and anyone wanting to travel back to their childhood.
Since its release in Japan in 1996 and in 1997 in the U.S. and Europe, the Tamagotchi never really left—it’s been a fashion accessory and you can even get one on your Apple watch. But these “new” models are true re-releases of the originals.
If you’re longing for true nostalgia, though, you can find some original models from the 1990s on Amazon. But be prepared to pay—some are selling for as much as $130. Claiming your lost childhood ain’t cheap!
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