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Feedback you'd like to give toy manufacturers?!

(12 Posts)
rainbowontheway Sat 05-Mar-16 09:33:36

I'm sooo sick of crappy toys that are overpriced, break too easily, cannot actually be used by kids of the age they're intended for, and have multiple tiny parts all of which render the toy pretty useless if lost, etc.

My examples:
- Fireman Sam fire engine. Has a little door on the side where a roll up hose lives. It's very stiff and once unwound is impossible for a 3 year old to wind away and pretty hard for an adult to do.
- Fireman Sam vehicles that the accompanying figures don't fit in?
- Octonauts toy which shoots ice blocks, 4 or so supplied and all of which are tiny and will be lost in minutes if left out. Toy is a bit useless without these!
- Ninja Turtle figures, sturdy in themselves, but with flimsy weapon holders and weapons that come off / break easily. What's a Ninja Turtle without weapons?

Any other examples, general or specific?!

Is it just me who is driven mad by this stuff?!

Housemum Sat 05-Mar-16 14:56:47

Lego - love the stuff, but the boxes are flimsy and don't re-seal properly. FFS for the price it costs, could they please sell it in boxes like jigsaw puzzles.

Craft kits for kids - the ones where even a textiles or art graduate wouldn't be able to achieve the result on the box.

AbiBranning Sat 05-Mar-16 14:59:26

No off switch on noisy toys. DS was given a noisy snail shape sorter, with no volume control or off switch, really bad idea.

PennyHasNoSurname Sat 05-Mar-16 15:02:43

Playdoh. The ones where you have to push a thing into a mould and the stuff sqeezes out pre cut holes. Hernia inducing.

Playdoh. When it doesnt stick to other colours so dd makes cupcakes and all the decor just rolls off.

Playdoh. Just stop producing it basically (or please stop buying it for my kids!!)

PennyHasNoSurname Sat 05-Mar-16 15:03:30

Housemum we use the IKEA sandwich bags now. They do mammoth sizes too so can fit good kits in and their manuals.

SleepyForest Sat 05-Mar-16 15:19:25

Ellefun, shitty toy , lying advert, needs hundreds of massive batteries. Bin.

Housemum Sat 05-Mar-16 21:50:56

penny I store the bits in ziplock bags but I'd like to stack the boxes up. The amount it bloody costs I expect the box to last longer than one day

Ilovenannyplum Sat 05-Mar-16 21:54:03

Toot toot cars/garage

Why are they so bloody noisy?! They are so loud, it's ridiculous confused
Please for future parents sanity, make them quieter or add volume control!

Muskateersmummy Sat 05-Mar-16 21:59:46

Packaging! On all of the bloody things. Why must we need a PhD in engineering to get the flipping dolls/cars/houses God knows what else out of the plastic prisons?!!

Solobo Sat 05-Mar-16 22:15:02

Stop with the Stereotyping. It took me fucking ages to find a non-pink pram for my three-year-old son. He didn't want a girl pram he wanted a boy pram. Don't even get me started on trying to find a doll not dressed in pink.

Also why is all craft stuff marketed girls.

Oh and moonsand. Just no.

backinpurple Sun 06-Mar-16 12:52:14

Playdoh - why does it have to smell so awful? If home-made playdoh was available I would actually buy it as I never have time to make it.

There should be a law that all toys that make a noise should come with a volume control (until then I will continue to put sticky back plastic over the sound holes on toys to reduce the noise!).

The Fisher price rainforest Jumperoo should come with more than 1 tune, by the time DC3 came along we were sick of the sound of it.

guinnessgirl Sun 06-Mar-16 21:53:43

Yy to PP suggestions about noisy toys (Vtech, I am looking at you). A volume control and on/off switch should be mandatory. We got given a horrible creepy talking rabbit for DS2 and it was so loud it drove me up the wall. We have conveniently 'lost' it now.

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