Today, I am giving out the What-Is-It Award. This honor goes to a toy that is difficult to identify, something that gives you the same level of befuddlement as trying to determine what kind of animal Austin (from The Backyardigans) is.
The winner of this year’s What-Is-It Award goes to the toy that the box describes as the “Barbie Gem.” (See? It doesn’t even have a real name.)
Five reasons why the Barbie Gem thingie is on my list of the Worst Toys of 2012:
1. Classification. What the heck is this toy? More specifically, what the heck is the pink wand thing? And how are you supposed to play with it?
2. Longevity. Just how long will a kid be able to use stick-on gems? I say five minutes. After that, those sticky-back things will be stuck to my socks.
3. Uselessness. The silver brush might work great on Barbie’s hair, but what happens when your child plays hair stylist and cuts off all of Barbie’s long locks? Bald Barbie doesn’t need a brush.
4. The Instructions. The directions and warnings are issued in fifteen different languages. Yes, I counted. Even Svenska, Suomi and Castellano are represented. I don’t think this is meant to be a geography lesson.
5. The Price. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $14.99. I could buy a deliciously mediocre bottle of wine for that amount of money, thank you very much.
What do you think this toy is?
Did you (or your sisters) play with Barbie when you were young? Were there “accessories” involved?