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post #101 of 126
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Originally Posted by dantesmama View Post
Yes, this. We're flat broke right now and my kids needed pants and warm PJs, but everyone bought stuff waay too big and took the tags off, so they can't be exchanged.
Why do people take the tags off? Seriously. And why not give a gift receipt along with it. So irritating.

I gave my kids Pixos last year, and they really didn't work all that well. But the kids loved using the sprayers on each other. They have the patience to create the pictures, but the creations don't stick together very well. And our moonsand dries out, no matter what they commercial says. I think it's our aridity here.

I think longterm the gift that just didn't really ever incite much interest was the Leap Pad thing--the book reader. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but the kids just didn't care for it and it's never really gotten used.
post #102 of 126
I had never heard of Moonsand until this thread, so I googled it.

OMG is that website ever loud and obnoxious!

I do, however, think DS would love it but you all have me scared.
post #103 of 126
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
This VTech bug patronizing voice, says things like "Uh Oh!" for wrong answers instead of "try again" or "that's the star, where's the circle" and responds so quickly to any input that it thought it was the wrong piece when the right piece just wasn't in all the way yet. And this is for 12month olds.
ugh we had that bug too and I hated it. Plus the songs are still ingrained in my memory, in the weird, batteries-running-low voice it always seemed to have. "Sort, sort, sort my shapes..."
post #104 of 126
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Originally Posted by Caneel View Post
I had never heard of Moonsand until this thread, so I googled it.

OMG is that website ever loud and obnoxious!

I do, however, think DS would love it but you all have me scared.
Dd is 9, got some from Santa, and I have not noticed it any worse than regular Play Doh for mess.
post #105 of 126
Our son received a See 'n' Say for the holidays. Sounds innocent enough. But the "new, modern day" See 'n' Says are not the simple toys they once were. This one plays two obnoxious songs (one being Old McDonald in which the voice seems to go on and on and on forever). And there are a few other new (unnecessary, imo) elements that they have implemented into the "improved" See 'n' Says. Adding to all of this is how very LOUD they are making these things now. It is almost enough to cause ringing in the ears. And what's worse is that it gets even more loud during the Old McDonald song....totally unnerving.

Is there some conspiracy behind why electronic toys are so LOUD as of the past decade?

That aside, our son loves the animal noises it puts out. I wouldn't mind finding him an old See 'n' Say - the ones that made the animal noises only.....simple, not too loud animal noises...no obnoxious, deafening, endless songs.
post #106 of 126
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Originally Posted by Viola View Post
Why do people take the tags off? Seriously. And why not give a gift receipt along with it. So irritating.
So the recipient doesn't know they came from the last chance clearance rack at Marshal's or TJMaxx. (Personally, I do leave the tags on things I get on clearance at Marshal's.)

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Originally Posted by NettleTea View Post
Is there some conspiracy behind why electronic toys are so LOUD as of the past decade?
So that they can compete with the TV which is constantly running.
post #107 of 126
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Originally Posted by NettleTea View Post
Our son received a See 'n' Say for the holidays. Sounds innocent enough. But the "new, modern day" See 'n' Says are not the simple toys they once were. This one plays two obnoxious songs (one being Old McDonald in which the voice seems to go on and on and on forever). And there are a few other new (unnecessary, imo) elements that they have implemented into the "improved" See 'n' Says. Adding to all of this is how very LOUD they are making these things now. It is almost enough to cause ringing in the ears. And what's worse is that it gets even more loud during the Old McDonald song....totally unnerving.

Is there some conspiracy behind why electronic toys are so LOUD as of the past decade?

That aside, our son loves the animal noises it puts out. I wouldn't mind finding him an old See 'n' Say - the ones that made the animal noises only.....simple, not too loud animal noises...no obnoxious, deafening, endless songs.
We've always found a small piece of clear packing tape placed over the speaker does wonders on any overly loud plastic toy! It doesn't stop the noise but it muffles it down to a more acceptable level!
post #108 of 126
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Originally Posted by mamassong View Post
we received a TAG reading pen and book. I really hate the idea of this. I also hate that it cost so much, and they could have purchased $40or whatever in regular old books that would have gotten much use, rather than the one book (happened to be Cat in the Hat, which of course we already have) and plastic battery talking thing. My four year old DD used it once.
We all learned how to read fine without a wand to help us out. I enjoy reading with my LOs and helping them with tough words.
I actually got one of these last year for DS on the Amazon toy clearance (so... very very cheap!) While I agree with you that it's sort of lame, DS figured out a good way to use the pen itself. I loaded the books on there and he listens to the story without the book while he's lying in bed about to fall asleep. (He particularly enjoys the Star Wars one, but Star Wars anything goes over big around here.)

I bet you could download the audio for any of the books online, doesn't matter if you have the book or not. Try it with a book you don't have yet!


As for us this year, I think everyone did pretty well (apart from getting us a total of seven Potato Heads). The one gift that really bothers me was from FIL, who actually called to ask about it beforehand. He wanted to know if it would be ok to get Joey a "shooting" game for the Wii. I told him that something that was like target practice (with bullseyes, etc) would be ok, but I really would be uncomfortable with any kind of realistic hunting/shooting type stuff. I was kind but I know I was clear about that. I know that hunting is part of many people's lives, but it's not something we do in this family, and I certainly wouldn't involve my 5-year-old even if we did.

On Christmas Eve Joey opens this: http://www.amazon.com/Cabelas-Game-H...2826533&sr=8-2


SO many things wrong with this. Giant orange rifle as big as he is. Rated "TEEN" for excessive blood and violence. DH played it one day after Christmas to check it out (DS was out of the house) and I was just sickened by how realistic it is. The narrator even encourages you to aim for different organs for more points! And on certain boards, if you're not fast/accurate enough, you get mauled by a bear or mountain lion!! OMG!!! Honestly I won't even let DH play it if anyone else is home, and I don't know what FIL was thinking at all.
post #109 of 126
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Originally Posted by SunshineJ View Post
We've always found a small piece of clear packing tape placed over the speaker does wonders on any overly loud plastic toy! It doesn't stop the noise but it muffles it down to a more acceptable level!
Thank you so much.
post #110 of 126
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Originally Posted by marisa724 View Post
I actually got one of these last year for DS on the Amazon toy clearance (so... very very cheap!) While I agree with you that it's sort of lame, DS figured out a good way to use the pen itself. I loaded the books on there and he listens to the story without the book while he's lying in bed about to fall asleep.
Nice. You've just sold me on getting one of those eventually.
post #111 of 126
I have never even heard of half of the toys on the thread. We did really well this year, in that the boys, collectively, received over 50 books - and not a ton of other stuff!

In fact, the only plastic I can think of came from stocking stuffers my mom got them (and called me to ask about because she later realized they were plastic and I might hate them) - bouncy balls and flying discs with Cars theme. Not my favorite things, but the kids like them and they don't make noise and are, all in all, not that bad for cheap toys that won't last long, anyway.

I guess the only other thing that's been annoying (despite the concept being good) are these headlamps. They each got one along with a couple of books (one of which makes noise, alas, but I'm coping so far ), I think with the idea of being a fun reading lamp? But they are SO bright that I get an awful headache when the kids wear it and then look at me. Apparently we need to start camping so they can actually use them productively.

And, finally, everybody in the family got a gift card to Wal-Mart, that one place I work so hard at avoiding. BUT, the good thing with that is we can avoid the cheap, falling-apart games and PVC-laden toys that we've been sent in the past from said thoughtful family.

Now, birthdays, those are a WHOLE 'other thing.
post #112 of 126
Oh, Mouse Trap. I had it as a kid. Wanted it so badly, and was SO thrilled when my aunt sent it to me! I sat down with my stepdad to play it, set up the WHOLE thing - quite tricky! - and then read far enough in the directions to discover you DON'T set the whole thing up first. Took it apart, and it broke! Never got to play that stupid game.

Chutes & Ladders and Candy Land both bug me. Probably bad childhood memories. We have both, but there are so many pieces (Candy Land is to blame, I guess), and the boxes always break. They even managed to step on the metal "classic" version of Candy Land and break its box, too.

Speaking of games, the Jenga version in the cylindrical box that says you can put it away by just dumping it in? Uh, no. It doesn't fit. You actually have to carefully put the pieces in to get it to fit. Not quite sure what the point of their oversized box is.
post #113 of 126
Well my son wanted Transformers for Christmas. I hated them as a kid because I couldn't ever figure out how to transform them. I was over the moon when I saw ones for three year olds in Toys R Us. You stand them up and they transform all by themselves
post #114 of 126
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Originally Posted by marisa724 View Post
I actually got one of these last year for DS on the Amazon toy clearance (so... very very cheap!) While I agree with you that it's sort of lame, DS figured out a good way to use the pen itself. I loaded the books on there and he listens to the story without the book while he's lying in bed about to fall asleep. (He particularly enjoys the Star Wars one, but Star Wars anything goes over big around here.)

I bet you could download the audio for any of the books online, doesn't matter if you have the book or not. Try it with a book you don't have yet!


As for us this year, I think everyone did pretty well (apart from getting us a total of seven Potato Heads). The one gift that really bothers me was from FIL, who actually called to ask about it beforehand. He wanted to know if it would be ok to get Joey a "shooting" game for the Wii. I told him that something that was like target practice (with bullseyes, etc) would be ok, but I really would be uncomfortable with any kind of realistic hunting/shooting type stuff. I was kind but I know I was clear about that. I know that hunting is part of many people's lives, but it's not something we do in this family, and I certainly wouldn't involve my 5-year-old even if we did.

On Christmas Eve Joey opens this: http://www.amazon.com/Cabelas-Game-H...2826533&sr=8-2


SO many things wrong with this. Giant orange rifle as big as he is. Rated "TEEN" for excessive blood and violence. DH played it one day after Christmas to check it out (DS was out of the house) and I was just sickened by how realistic it is. The narrator even encourages you to aim for different organs for more points! And on certain boards, if you're not fast/accurate enough, you get mauled by a bear or mountain lion!! OMG!!! Honestly I won't even let DH play it if anyone else is home, and I don't know what FIL was thinking at all.
Ohhh thank you! I didn't even bother to check it out, I thought you had to pay to download the audio on the pen. If I can download it for free, I will!! Thanks!
post #115 of 126
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Originally Posted by HeatherB View Post
Speaking of games, the Jenga version in the cylindrical box that says you can put it away by just dumping it in? Uh, no. It doesn't fit. You actually have to carefully put the pieces in to get it to fit. Not quite sure what the point of their oversized box is.
Will the blocks fit into the cylinder even if one of them isn't totally flat like when you make a tower? Will they fit into the cylinder even if one part of your stack of blocks is more than 3 blocks wide?

If so, it's still better than the version where you have to assemble the tower exactly and then slide the box down without bumping the tower at all. And then you're supposed to be able to pull the box off, but it's hard because there's practically a vacuum seal formed.

When Lina's old enough to play Jenga and help put it away, I'm getting the game a new box. Maybe just an open basket.
post #116 of 126
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Originally Posted by madskye View Post
I'm the one that posted originally about the horror that is Baby Alive. I didn't even think about the breastfeeding aspect, was just sheerly grossed out by the doll.

BUT, if you feed her and don't give her water in bottle, a cup, or some kind of McGyvered "SNS", she will get backed up with her gross powdered peas and such. (Shudders...)
Then take the food away along with the bottle. Problem solved.
post #117 of 126
My (just turned) 3 year old ds received this Nerf Dart Tag. While I'm not hardcore anti-gun (he's had water traditional squirters) there is just something about this toy that rubbed me the wrong way.

First of all, it is for ages 8 and up. Second, in order to shoot the dart, he had to cock the gun first. I get that the dart needs pressure to shoot, but I just didn't like the idea of my 3 year old cocking a gun.

DH didn't see a problem with it, opened it, and tried to teach him how to use it. It even came with safety glasses -- yikes -- which would not have protected his sister or me from a flying dart. Thankfully, ds was too weak/too young to cock the gun himself and I thought it was silly for him to have a toy he couldn't even manipulate himself. So I returned it the next day and had him pick something else. He was a little upset but I explained that it was for older children and that was why he couldn't work it by himself.

DH thought I overreacted a bit, but I couldn't shake the image of him finding a real gun and knowing how to put one in the chamber. I don't know. A stretch maybe, but he's only 3!
post #118 of 126
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Originally Posted by madskye View Post
I'm the one that posted originally about the horror that is Baby Alive. I didn't even think about the breastfeeding aspect, was just sheerly grossed out by the doll.

BUT, if you feed her and don't give her water in bottle, a cup, or some kind of McGyvered "SNS", she will get backed up with her gross powdered peas and such. (Shudders...)
My friend had a Baby Alive when we were little and she got maggots in hers!
post #119 of 126
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Originally Posted by olliepop View Post
My friend had a Baby Alive when we were little and she got maggots in hers!
O.M.G. Well, that seals the deal for me... one toy we will NEVER EVER OWN OMG!!!
post #120 of 126
We did relatively well this year, but DD did receive some clothes that were totally not the correct size or fit and of course no tags or receipt. One shirt is going to go to my niece (it is cute but way too small) One will be for the BABY it is that small. Others she might wear when she's six (she's 4 now)

My parents asked what DD would like, and I suggested art stuff or lego. Not megablocks but lego because she loves building stuff and she has very good fine motor skills for a 4 year old. I suggested something girly like the bellville stuff. What do they get her? Disney Cars themed megablocks, of course no reciept or anything so we are stuck with this huge semi truck and some little car thing. It is not open ended at all and there are really no other configurations that I can think of to put these together.

She also got a tinkerbell play set, which I cringed at at first, but it is actually cute. I'm thinking when the baby starts getting more active, the tinkerbell stuff will become a Kayleigh's room toy.
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