The toy is already sold out from many retailers. MGA Entertainment Courtesy photo
The toy is already sold out from many retailers. MGA Entertainment Courtesy photo

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It’s almost too late to find the hot toy of 2017

By Kaitlyn Alanis

kalanis@wichitaeagle.com

November 10, 2017 04:01 PM

UPDATED November 10, 2017 04:13 PM

Every holiday season there seems to be one toy that stores just cannot seem to keep stocked on the shelves.

There were the Tickle-me Elmos, the Hatchimals and the talking Furbys.

It’s happening again!!!!!! The hatchimal saga of last year has began, in the form of an lol big surprise doll #helpme

— sophie putnam (@sophielawrie) November 10, 2017

Most always, if you wait until Black Friday to buy the “toy of the year,” you are too late.

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And this year seems to be no different.

The MGA Entertainment “L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise” ball is rolling off the shelves.

This toy, regular priced at $69.99, consists of a sparkly, plastic dome-shaped case filled with 50 surprises, including dolls and their accessories. Oh, and some of the dolls that you might find inside can cry, spit or tinkle, according to the Washington Post.

Each of the toys is individually wrapped, and it can take quite some time to open all the presents, so it should be no surprise that unwrapping the L.O.L. Surprise is responsible for much of the appeal.

It’s “50 layers of surprise for the ultimate unboxing experience,” according to Walmart’s toy description. The toy can then become a purse carrying case or bath play set.

Videos of people unwrapping their surprise have gone viral across YouTube and social media. One, a 13-minute video of someone unwrapping their surprises, has received more than 7.3 million views since it was posted in September.

“I knew it was going to be a challenge to find one,” Crystal Lessner told the Post. “But I was determined to be a cool mom for the first time in my life.”

If you also want to be a cool parent, the time is now to begin shopping for the surprise.

The toy is already sold out online from Toys-R-Us, Walmart and Target.

You can still buy one from Amazon, but it’s going to cost you $130. On eBay, the toy can cost you as much as $345.

If the price tag is too high, you can settle for smaller versions of the toy.

A “L.O.L. Surprise! Fizz Factory” is available from Target for $29.99. Mini surprise balls can be purchased at Target for as low as $3.49.

Or, you can sign up to receive an In-Stock Alert from Walmart at https://www.walmart.com/ip/L-O-L-Surprise-Big-Surprise/652062790.

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Kaitlyn Alanis: 316-269-6708, @kaitlynalanis