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hiimnew Fri 10-Nov-17 10:01:55

Love the new ad! Wondering if I should I buy my 18m DS the soft toy and book related to the advert as a xmas present? Total £29 - is that a bit expensive? I bought him buster the dog last year but i'm sure it wasn't that expensive. My DH is much more 'careful' with money, so will raise eyebrows at the price - AIBU to buy it anyway knowing its overpriced and we are trying to minimise the cost of Christmas?

TheAntiBoop Fri 10-Nov-17 10:07:54

I thought it was formulaic nonsense with an eye on cashing in on merchandising!!

IcingSausage Fri 10-Nov-17 10:09:37

Depends. Will you buy it making it part/all of his main present? In which case YANBU if you stick to budget.

Spending £29 on advert merchandise for an 18 Minh old on top of whatever else you’re planning to spend when you’re trying to keep Christmas costs down, YABU.

ghostyslovesheets Fri 10-Nov-17 10:10:20

yes what Anti said - I thought it was just a cynical attempt to make you buy stuff (which is what advertising is) but not even very well disguised.

I don't even get it - monster scares child, monster and child become mates causing child to suffer - monster buggers off unannounced leaving child with a night light to make up for it

rubbish!

IcingSausage Fri 10-Nov-17 10:11:04

Oh also, you might love the ad, but does your DS? If he couldn’t give a crap about it then don’t buy it.

VladmirsPoutine Fri 10-Nov-17 10:13:45

I think that monster will terrify children.

TheAntiBoop Fri 10-Nov-17 10:15:36

Maurice sendak deserved a credit tbh

MissionItsPossible Fri 10-Nov-17 10:19:15

Charlotte from Good Morning Britain was crying over it. It's an advert not a Hollywood film! They'll be having red carpet premiers over it soon. hmm

BootHill Fri 10-Nov-17 10:22:07

I don’t like the advert at all.

GetYourRocksOff Fri 10-Nov-17 10:22:10

Well fuck me sideways. Hopefully this is peak commercial shite, I don't know how much more I can take. Are people really so lacking in imagination that they need spoon fed a notion of Christmas by retailers.

Shite, shite, shite.

Millerr Fri 10-Nov-17 10:26:11

Have you seen the cuddly toy? It looks kind of creepy and not like the monster in the ad at all.

I usually get the cuddly toys they flog with the advert every year for my little brother but I don't think I'll bother this year!

I thought the advert was okay though.

Didiplanthis Fri 10-Nov-17 10:26:11

Glad to know I'm not the only one who couldn't see the point of it !!

Billben Fri 10-Nov-17 10:32:54

Dont like the ad at all. And I used to cry at previous ones😀

CaveMum Fri 10-Nov-17 10:35:53

My understanding of it is that the monster realised he was keeping his friend awake all night playing so bought him a night light which in turn kept the monster away. Ergo he sacrificed himself for his friend.

<sniff>

Laiste Fri 10-Nov-17 10:40:58

So, did the book and the toy come first or the ad?

I mean is this an ad based on an existing toy or are they selling a book and toy about their own tv ad?

Laiste Fri 10-Nov-17 10:41:53

If it's the later i agree we have surely reached peak commercial shite.

TheAntiBoop Fri 10-Nov-17 10:44:35

They are selling the book and tou based on the ad. Peak commercialisation!

The ad is clearly designed to enable merchandising from it. Yes that's the point of advertising but I'm surprised people fall for it!!

agedknees Fri 10-Nov-17 10:44:56

I hate the ad. Just not up to JL standards.

Laiste Fri 10-Nov-17 10:47:08

It's ok. But if it weren't for they hype around JL xmas ads and this thread i wouldn't have thought twice about it.

I see it as a night time imaginary friend becoming a bit of a PITA disturbing a kids sleep pattern so at xmas the mum buys a night light to get rid of it sort it out.

coragreta Fri 10-Nov-17 10:47:25

I love the ad. I think it’s cute, tells a sweet story.

It’s an advert. Of course it’s trying to sell you stuff. That’s kind of the point.

hiimnew Fri 10-Nov-17 10:59:54

it will be in addition to other presents, and not his main present. We are getting him a mini trampoline, toddler train set, and a farm set, but i'm not getting many stocking fillers as i don't want to add to the mountain of crap large amount of inexpensive toys he already has. the £29 would be in place of stocking fillers. I have to admit I do often get sucked in to all this commercial 'shite'. DS does love the advert (but he loves anything shown on a TV/mobile screen).

sleepyowleyes Fri 10-Nov-17 11:01:50

I love the ad! How could you not?!

I'm not rushing out to buy the toy, but it's a lovely story in an ad, the kid is cute, it's well put together. It's bitter sweet at the end.

Funny all the people saying "it's too commercial" - what do you think an ad is?!

TheAntiBoop Fri 10-Nov-17 11:11:20

It's not the ad that is too commercial - it's the attitude to Christmas!

MargaretTwatyer Fri 10-Nov-17 11:13:26

OP. You post just screams 'I work for the marketing agency pushing this tat' all over it.

MimsyFluff Fri 10-Nov-17 11:25:05

IKEA have new monster toys 100% of the money is going to save the children in the UK and John Lewis will give just 10% to Barnardo's! That's a shitty percentage if you can work out how much the toy will have cost to produce in bulk.

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