Worst Kids’ Toys of 2007
Remember last year when I shared the purchasing mistakes I’d made in the past in an effort to spare you the same holiday shopping fate? 55 of you had your own horrible toy story to share, so in the name of group think, I thought we’d have another round of Anti-Gift Guide this year. Let’s all avoid the annoying toys, together.
Four Toys to Put on Your Do Not Buy List
Bratz BeBratz.com Webcam: My friend Maggie Mason posted a photo of this mini webcam on flickr with the caption “Pedophiles Rejoice!’ Just think, your preteen (or elementary school aged) daughter can be up on Myspace talking to predators in no time! Ho ho ho! (Or no no no, really.)
Squawkers McCaw: In last year’s guide I talked quite a bit about GoGo My Blind Sort Of Realistic If You Squint Walking Pup. Go Go — a robotic dog who didn’t do much but roll around in circles whining and barking every once in a while — was a pretty big disappointment. This year, Fur Real Friend is shoving Squawkers McCaw, an animatronic parrot, down our kids’ throats via advertising which makes him look like incredible amounts of fun. I predict you’ll be lucky if Squawkers McCaw is “fun” for your kids even two hours after opening him. On the bright side, at least he’s not Butterscotch the enormous horse who pretends to eat plastic vegetables. Wow how very fun!
Hasbro’s Rose Petal Cottage: This little playhouse surrounds your daughter with all the important things “Mommies” need: a stove, a washer and dryer, and a changing table (all sold separately, of course). Because nothing says Merry Christmas! like reinforcing gender stereotypes.
What have been your worst toy buys in the last year?