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what toys are we NOT buying this year - lessons learned from previous years!

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curlycat Mon 05-Sep-11 19:48:25

no more make your own badges, stickers, gift cards rubbish - they never work properly.

moon sand

hama beads

hot wheels tracks that take 6 hours to build and 2 seconds to break

anything that is meant to churn out anything near edible food - think chocoltae coins/ cupcakes.

anyone care to add - i wish i had this kind of list when my dc were little and i could have saved a fortune since i've bought most of this tat at some point over the last 11 years!

curlycat Mon 05-Sep-11 19:48:56

oh and can i add - password journal - 3 we've had and not one can uinderstand our accent

christinecagney Mon 05-Sep-11 19:52:09

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom Castle - tiny pieces, rubbish stickers to make it look like one on outside of the box, all bits lost or broken in less than a week - not through DS being silly just a hopeless rip-off toy.

NotJustKangaskhan Mon 05-Sep-11 19:53:43

Anything large that can not be stored outside is the first thing off the top of my head.

mumatron Mon 05-Sep-11 19:57:11

Lego. My poor feet cannot take anymore pain.

Moon sand and play dough.

curlycat Mon 05-Sep-11 19:58:26

ben 10 cars that fall to pieces if you just look at them

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 05-Sep-11 20:01:40

Cheap alternatives to Lego!

My side of the family bought ds a load of something very similar to lego and marketed as "compatable with the leading brands", but it's no where near as good and has gradually been "lost" over the past 8 months.

Falso economy.

BendyBob Mon 05-Sep-11 20:01:54

My dd's are now thankfully past this stage, but anything with nylon hair (dolls, heads, ponies etc) that you can 'style' no no! Oh yes it all looks lovely on the advert and it starts off ok but within a few days is a ball of tangled frizz. sad faces all round.

For ds - never ever again R/C flying toys. We've had loads and they always crash, break, won't work, get taken back.

NHScutback Mon 05-Sep-11 20:04:25

Polly Pocket- cheap crap (dolls ok).
Moxie girls (ditto)- hair gets in a state quickly, we only coloured it once before chucking it. Liv dolls are better quality and come with wigs.
Barbie: ditto (cheap crap)

mcfee Mon 05-Sep-11 20:05:09

Curlycat what accent do you have? DD1 due to get password journal for her birthday in a couple of weeks.

JeanBodel Mon 05-Sep-11 20:05:28

Anything with Peppa Pig on it. Such poor quality toys.

curlycat Mon 05-Sep-11 20:07:37

mcfee - central scotland and honeslty if you've not bought it don't - you're better off with a diary and a padlock from poundland!!

5inthebed Mon 05-Sep-11 20:08:15

Any of the "Happyland" stuff from ELC. Breaks almost straight away.

HopeForTheBest Mon 05-Sep-11 20:10:58

Anything that needs to be properly assembled before it can be played with in any way ie that v. expensive wooden train set that we got which nobody can be bothered to build and when eventually someone does, it's about two minutes of playing with it and then everyone is bored.

mumto2andnomore Mon 05-Sep-11 20:15:31

Disagree about happyland ours has lasted for years, I agree about anything food related-chocolate coin machines etc they are all rubbish !

curlycat Mon 05-Sep-11 20:16:41

i've have just this very minute put a wooden castle thing that took hours to build then broke in seconds in the bin and would the damn thing come apart when i wanted it to - oh bloody no

LordOfTheFlies Mon 05-Sep-11 20:16:51

air hogs- remote didn't work.We suspect it got broken during a play date but DS keeping mum
kreecher ( dinosaur thing that spits- charming!)

zipzap Mon 05-Sep-11 20:19:39

Anything Ben10

Also having to start thinking about making sure that each dc has one each of a present now that ds2 (3) is old enough to want to play with what his big brother gets.

LordOfTheFlies Mon 05-Sep-11 20:19:47

Some Dr Who inside the Tardis thing. It was assembled, then dis-assembled, then all the parts drifted away and I kept finding odd pieces.
Not worth the hassle.

zipzap Mon 05-Sep-11 20:21:59

Oh and anything that makes a noise that can't be switched off
And anything that has big nasty mess potential!

pamplemousserose Mon 05-Sep-11 20:22:30

The tooth fairy game <shudder>

TheCrackFox Mon 05-Sep-11 20:36:36

yy about the Tardis thing. Expensive and shit quality.

Mousetrap - big let down.

And I have been told that the Chocolate Coin Maker is crap.

pamplemousserose Mon 05-Sep-11 20:39:47

Zhu-zhu pets. They eat carpet and die within 24 hours.

EsmeWeatherwax Mon 05-Sep-11 20:43:39

Anything with tv/movie characters branding. Is all cheap shit, esp Ben and holly and peppa pig. Over priced babydolls. Kids just as happy with the ones that cost a fiver.

Ismeyes Mon 05-Sep-11 20:51:01

I'm so easily pleased, we have liked moon sand and moon dough, chocolate rotator maker and zhu zhu pets!

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