Sunday, January 08, 2012

Creepiest kids' toys


Okay, on first glance, cute pink-haired Lalaloopsy doesn't seem creepy--that is unless you've read the book Coraline or seen the movie. Because the evil-scary-bad people have those exact same button eyes. Creepiest thing ever! (Shudders just thinking about it.) Don't put this doll on your bed. She may kill you sometime during the night. That's why she's smiling.

Some things shouldn't be combined. Dora and Pillow Pets are two of those things.

Dora looks like she has become some sort of mutant furry animal akin to that freaky dog in the original Body Snatchers movie. (But at least he doesn't have button eyes.)


I've always loved Barbie. Really. I have more Barbies than is probably healthy for a grown woman to own. (But that's a different blog.) So I was understandably disturbed to see decapitated Barbie heads in the toy aisle. My first thought was, "Well, it looks like Mattel has finally done a Marie Antoinette doll." Then I realized that no, Barbie now has a line where the heads are switchable. Remember how people used to worry that Barbie sent the wrong body image message to young girls? I'm glad they've straightened out that issue.


I'm a huge Star Wars fan. At one point I wanted to marry Luke Skywalker. (On some days I still do.) I hate to criticize anything Star Wars, but despite this deep seated love, I must point out that Yoda makes a really creepy child's toy.

Um, am I only the one who thinks that Yoda looks like he has emerged from a horror film and is trying to strangle this hapless child?


The catalog copy says Cuddle with you, I will! Judging from this picture, Yoda is also saying, "Hide under your bed, I will. Come out at night while you're sleeping, I will. Try to suck your brains out, I will."

No thanks, I'll pass on that Star Wars memorabilia.

If you haven't seen the movie Rango, this next picture is Ms. Beans, the love interest of Johnny Depp--er, I mean Rango. Johny Depp just does the voice for Rango. Anyway, she's supposed to be a Desert Iguana.

Personally, I think she would frighten most children and many adults. I mean, really, she is clearly just an alien wearing a wig.


So parents, if you are going to go to the trouble to buy your children a gift, don't buy them one that they will later need therapy for. Hey, I know what would be really great. How about a book? I know of many good ones, including this one:

It's available at all your fine bookstores (including the Portland airport--how awesome is that?) Here are links for your convenience. (Because I'm thoughtful that way.)

http://www.changinghands.com/book/9780312614140

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/cj-hill-slayers?keyword=cj+hill+slayers&store=allproducts

Or if you're looking for a kindle bargain try this book at 2.51

http://www.amazon.com/My-Fair-Godmother-ebook/dp/B00413PHVO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1326120589&sr=1-1

34 comments:

Tiana Smith said...

They make Barbies with interchangeable heads??? *So confused*

Janice Sperry said...

I think Yoda is cute. But that Dora pillow pet...words cannot describe.

Dena said...

I saw the Dora pillow pet in stores at Christmas time (shudder). I went with the unicorn.

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Janette Rallison said...

Yeah, Barbie's new message is: Don't just switch clothes, when you can switch hair color and nationality.

Dora looks like you need to set her out to graze after you play with her.

Liz said...

Umm...isn't Barbie getting a little too marie antionette-ish?

Next on the aisle: miniature guillotine beside her!

*uck!*

Cassandra Day said...

that's pretty creepy. my friend was just talking about Coraline, but I begged her to not go further than some person trying to put buttons on some girl's eyes. gross.

Barbies r getting weider every year. i stopped collecting them. I mean, LOOK at those Barbies that are supposed to be based of real people. creepy.

Janette Rallison, I saw on 1 of ur really old posts, u were explaining how u think some people made names for their characters. Gerorge Lucas actually cam up w/ the name "Darth Vader" cause in Dutch it translates to "dark father". intresting, isn't it?

Laura Josephsen said...

Ugh, the button eyes in Coraline! I haven't seen the movie, but the book was CREEPY. The same kind of creepy as "The Dollhouse Murders", which was also written for kids. The difference being that I read The Dollhouse Murders when I was nine and Coraline when I was twenty-four and it still creeped me out.

The Dora pillow is kind of disturbing, but I do actually like the stuffed Yoda. :D

Janette Rallison said...

I read the Dollhouse Murders when I was younger too--and still remember it. Coraline is about as creepy as I can go in a book but I wouldn't give it to my youngest daughter to read, lest she have a lifelong aversion to buttons.

Janette Rallison said...

Dark father? Oh, see,if I had known Dutch I would have figure out that Darth is Luke's father. Have you seen the How it Should Have Ended version of that Star Wars, by the way? If you haven't, go see it on Youtube. I love that one and the Wizard of Oz one.

Cassandra Day said...

yep. if u knew Dutch, u'd have figured out the secret early.

i'll check out that video.

i'm LDS too! some of my favorite YouTube videos is BYU Divine Comedy. they're hilarious! taking things & usually adding Mormon humor. luv 'em.

J. Lloyd Morgan said...

Excellent post! I love your sense of humor.

Janette Rallison said...

I love The Lord of the Engagement Ring. Too funny!

And thanks J. Lloyd

Cassandra Day said...

Dora as a Pillow Pet? WRONG. just plain WRONG. & I thought she's majorly decreased in popularity.

that Yoda is CUTE! I would TOTALLY get 4 my family 4 Christmas. he looks much more cuddly than the alien Yoda in the movie.

could you check out my blog? I'm a young author, though sadly unpublished-so far. its not cause I've been rejected, its cause I haven't been able to finish a story yet, even a short 1 (most of mine r novels). ideas just pop about & some r saying immediately "START WRITING ME> YOU MUST START WRITING ME> YOU CAN'T JUST WRITE ME DOWN AS A QUICK IDEA, YOU MUST START WRITING ME."
its quite embarrasing.

I nver saw Rango. nver will. convinced my bro out of watching it. quite disgusting looking.

I marked you as 1 of my fav. authors on my "About Me" page!

That pic on ur story "My Double Life", I personally think her dress is hideous. its thin & covered in sequins. & showing her armpit. its not evben PRETTY. I know you have no control over the cover pic, but still.

why do I post so much? *self question, rhetorical* I dunno. I love to chat & spouse random things.

Cassandra Day said...

Janette, do u know if any authors on blogspot? if so, I would like 2 know & get a link 2 there blog. thx!

-Young, Unpublished Author,
Cassandra Day

Mandi said...

My daughter wanted a lalaloopsy doll for Christmas, and I totally thought the same thing - hey, this doll looks like it fell out of Coraline - and everyone seemed to have no idea what I was talking about! Too funny...

Janette Rallison said...

Casandra,
When I was young I had the same problem with story ideas. I never finished anything. Don't worry about it. You're still practicing. Keep practicing and one day you'll start finishing those stories.

Janette Rallison said...

Mandi,
I've come to think that those Lalaloopsy dolls are a litmus test for people who read. Congratulations on being in that category.

Tressa said...

Your comments totally cracked me up, especially the Barbie one! So true!!! Sometimes I wonder who comes up with these things - obviously people who don't have children. :)

I just got your Slayers for Christmas - haven't read it yet. I have a library pile I have to finish first since those have to be returned, but I can't wait! I didn't even realize it was out until I saw the post on Kathy's blog (I am a reader not a writer). Can't wait until your next release!

Janette Rallison said...

I know all about those library piles. I swear, my overdue fines are enough to fund the local library.

Hope you like Slayers.

My captcha is uncented, which strikes me as wildly funny somehow. (Maybe it's just because it's nearly two in the morning. Stupid revisions.)

Cassandra Day said...

have you read the Hunger Games? they're holding a dystopian writing contest & the grand prize is an all expenses paid trip to the primere of The Hunger Games movie! for more information, go to my blog "Cassandra Day". its so cool!

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Sonny said...

O_O You felt that way about LaLa Loopsy too??? After "Coraline", black button eyes creep me OUT.

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Aliah Venice Garcia said...

No. The Lalaloopsy dolls are not going to kill you when you sleep with them. In fact, I have 2 of them. I always let them sleep beside me. Did they kill me? No. Lalaloopsy dolls are like Coraline but they are NOT associated with Coraline. Yes the Coraline book and movie are creepy, but don't put Lalaloopsy dolls in that situation. They have nothing to do with Coraline. Search Lalaloopsy on Wikipedia. They said "Bitty Buttons was designed to teach kids that everybody is unique in their own special way. The new brand promotes the idea that old things can become new again, everything can be repurposed and nothing should ever go to waste." (Bitty Buttons name was changed into Lalaloopsy.). Lalaloopsy dolls have the tagline "Sew Magical! Sew Cute!". Don't you know that Lalaloopsy dolls teach kids to recycle?

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Sheila Reynolds said...

Wow I never saw Yoda as scary till today. Who would have ever thought that Dora in a pillow would look freaky lol. I never did like the lalaloopsy. It definitely looks dark like those Tim Burton movies. DP and his friends , products that we make tell me we are definitely there using cute 3D animation for kids up to 10 or maybe we are missing the boat here, if kids really are into these scary looking toys. I think that bar lalaloopsy, the other characters maybe should had better consideration before allowing licensing on these products.

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