Dear toy companies…really?!

I didn’t have much experience with you until my daughter’s first Christmas last year. I wanted to take her toys out of the packaging before putting them under the tree so we wouldn’t have to worry about doing it after she got her presents.

I ended up having to perform what I consider “toy brain surgery”.

Because of that, I hope you come down with a million painful hemorrhoids and have to sit on a pointy block of ice for the rest of your days.

One of the toys I got her was an airplane and I thought I would have it out of the box in just a few short minutes.

I was in the living room with my daughter, trying to get this toy out of the box. She was 8 months old at the time and was crawling on the floor, drooling buckets, and babbling away.

Just like David Hasselhoff minus the hamburger. I should have had her chew through that box. I know one drop of her super drool would have set the toy free.

The toy was attached to cardboard by 7 twist ties, 2 plastic straps that were screwed into the box AND impenetrable tape. Really?!

I had to get the scissors out, untwist those industrial strength twist ties that left my hands raw, rip through the cardboard while cursing a lot, and hunt down a screwdriver.

It got so heated that I felt like I needed make-up sex and a glass of wine afterwards. What I really needed was a chainsaw.

Another thing I don’t get is when some of those twist ties are placed in teeny tiny holes in the toy. Once you get them untwisted, you have to manipulate the twisty just right so you can pull it out of the toy. Really?!

This year my little girl only had a few toys that were like that since I mostly got her books. I hope she enjoys playing with these toys while they’re imprisoned in your crazy packaging. Although the remote control car might be a little tricky.

*Blog of the week: Cake and Tea Blog. I recently came across this blog and I love it. She started blogging in December, is very relatable, and her son is such a cutie. Make sure to check out her site.

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7 Responses to Dear toy companies…really?!

  1. neeroc January 1, 2011 at 12:13 #

    OMG the insanity! Luckily we managed to avoid those this year, I wonder if it’s an age thing…

    • Elle January 1, 2011 at 12:20 #

      I think it does have to do with age. Some things she got from her grandparents were for older kids and not one twist tie was in sight. 😀

  2. cakeandteablog January 1, 2011 at 13:48 #

    Aww, thanks for bigging up my blog! We had the exact same thing… the packaging mountain afterwards was shocking! Didn’t even think to unwrap before the day. Will be stealing that tip next year!

  3. Sarah January 2, 2011 at 06:19 #

    I’m sorry to say you’re just getting started. My daughter is 9 and the little sleeping bag and blanket we got for her zhu-zhu pet (about 3 inchesx3inches) was held into the package by tons of little plastic doo-dads. It took me about 10 minutes to release a $4 toy accessory. Don’t get me started on Barbies and their accessories…

  4. Rebecca January 3, 2011 at 18:53 #

    She is even more gorgeous than a hummingbird, and I’m pretty fond of hummingbirds………and I totally agree with the overdoing it with the packaging. Really? Does their way of packaging stuff honestly deter would be thieves? Nope. But….does their way of packaging stuff irritate mom’s so much they choose to buy books and art supplies instead….YEP!

  5. misslexywoo January 3, 2011 at 23:31 #

    OH MY GOD i was about to blog about this too! lol its ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ridiculous!!!!!!!!! it took me nearly three fingers, a finger nail and the best part of christmas morning to free an electric book!


  6. Kristy H January 3, 2011 at 23:39 #

    Oh man, every year I curse the moment my daughter askes, ” Can you get this toy out for me?” This year, a small Polly Pocket doll and outfit took me a good 10 minutes to unwrap, because it was so heavily taped, tied and tucked! After 3 or 4 toys, I finally told her to ask Daddy to help because my fingers hurt so much from untying the darn things!

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