Updated: Aug 27
I've seen this video around and I decided to look into it a bit to see what I could find. This is the "DreamWorks Trolls World Tour Giggle ‘n Sing Poppy" doll that was just released this fall.
The doll has a precariously placed button (on where a typical child's genitals would be but I don't pretend to know the genitalia of a Troll) that causes the doll to make a gasping sound when it is pressed.
There is no verbiage on the doll's box or instructions that allude to the button being there, so it has been a bit puzzling as to why the button is there in the first place. And it's a bit odd to teach children that pressing that area should be met with a gasp or giggle. Right?
The only thing I could find from Hasbro mentioning the button is this PDF from their newsroom with the product descriptions.
"When you sit her down, she makes other funny sounds, too!"
It is bizarre that they didn't include that single sentence on any of the boxing/instructions. Even more bizarre though, is the decision to include such a button at all. I am certain there are other ways the same effect could be accomplished without said button.
“This feature was designed to react when the doll was seated, but we recognize the placement of the sensor may be perceived as inappropriate,” Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy said.
The fact of the matter remains, someone had to design the doll, it had to be approved, and it was signed off on again and again until it hit the shelves. (For $30 damn dollars I might add.)
Perhaps the people who make children's toys should take a little more time to consider just exactly what they're doing when they make toys with iffy design choices instead of cranking out product after product aimed to drain parent's wallets dry and inundate our children with a consumerist's mindset before they can even form complete sentences.
That's my take at least. What do you think?