When A Child’s Toy Is Not A Child’s Toy

Since about 2002 I’ve been a huge fan of the urban vinyl craze (see Kidrobot for examples) and all the figures, art and toys that it’s spawned. At times I’ve taken those items and gifted them to kids as birthdays and other occasions presented themselves. Lately I’ve noticed that one has to be more and more careful when purchasing vinyl and plush items as all-too-often what seems funny at the checkout seems entirely inappropriate at home as its being wrapped. I’ve collected a few examples below. Enjoy.

The Daily What recently featured this disturbing bambi plush figure.

I have this Gloomy Bear plush figure on my desk as I type this. I still find it hilarious, but the bloody lips and rather sharp plastic claws make it a risky purchase for kids.

The greatest uglydoll of them all, the octopus with chest hair apparently sheds that chest hair and so had to be taken away from the kid I sent it to. Unfortunate as it was a hilarious doll… but seems to have been discontinued as I don’t see it on the uglydoll site.

Anyway, you get the picture. With the trend toward innocent toys for adults its sometimes tempting to try and transfer them on to children which in some cases can be pretty risky. Not to mention the fact that many of these are made in China, and as a result the messaging regarding age groups is not always as clear as it might be. Case in point the mustached labbit I recently bought for a friend’s baby. It wasn’t clear whether it was to be kept away from children younger than 3, or whether that applied to the plastic bag it was purchased in.

What’s Hot For The Holidays?

DCTO vinyl object helps your kids set goals and reach them. Consider it a reminder for your child.

Ok, ok, so I know it’s way too early to start thinking about the holidays, but screw it… time to get a head start.

I’ll keep the gifts real generic. Won’t matter if you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus etc. I’m hoping these suggestions for children’s Holiday gifts will be suitable in all cases.

I’ll admit this first one is borderline. The cigarette probably removes it from most lists, but hopefully Mr. Kozik will find it in himself to create one without the smoke. Made of fiberglass this 15″ smorkin labbit offers a limited edition, stylish seat for your kid’s room. In this case it may be more suitable to a college age child than someone in kindergarten, but I’ll leave that to you. Like I said, maybe somewhat inappropriate for some kids, but it will definitely give them the thrill of having something their friends can only lust after. Ahem… $1,000.

This one’s a bit more child appropriate. The DCTO (Dreams Come True Object) project offers these simple figures based on the ancient Japanese legend of Daruma. What’s the story? Well, apparently you’re supposed to set a goal and colour in the left eye when you get the figure home. Once you’ve accomplished the goal you set you get to colour in the other eye… seems like an appropriate give for that child of any age with a challenge in their future. Can you think of a kid that doesn’t fit that description?

Bonus: The thing acts as a weeble… if you knock the DCTO over it will right itself automatically.