They are the hottest Christmas toy of the season.

So it’s no surprise that they’re already sold out nearly everywhere.

They’re called Fingerlings. And chances are if you have kids, they’ve been asking for them.

via YouTube/WowWee

If you remember the Furby craze of 1999 then the Fingerlings may remind you of that frenzy.

In fact Fingerlings have a similar robotic vibe to them – they  will cling to its owner little fingers as well as perform a series of other tricks: They blink! They giggle! They even fart!

Authentic Fingerlings are manufactured by WowWee and retail for $14.99. But beware of knockoffs and imitation finger puppets that are hitting the secondary market. And also be aware of the unsavory price gouging for official Fingerlings that’s also occurring on buying sites like eBay and Craigslist.

Of course if you’re the type of gift giver that is unconcerned with price, I’m sure you’ll find a way to secure a few of precious little cuties. But be prepared to search far and wide. Even our sister radio stations as far away as the Hudson Valley, NY are reporting empty shelves at their area retailers.

So for most of us, it’s a “check back often” with local Target and WalMart stores. Then be prepared to spring into action if (and when) those little critters arrive.

[via WPDH]