Why are kids toys so freaky looking? Is it a goal of the toy manufacturers to make toys for the sole purpose of freaking out parents? Why do things that should NOT have faces, have faces? And not only faces.. but eyes that move? Flicking up, down, up, down as they roll across the floor, with the painted on upturned smile that never changes?
If that thing isn’t something nightmares are birthed from, I don’t know what is!
I know I must not be the only one who thinks so since there have been SO many movies based on scary toys. Chucky, The Puppetmaster, Demonic Toys, Gremlins.. the list goes on and on.
And it’s not even just the faces that disturb me.. it’s the noises. Most are just annoying- they either have no sound control so they are BLARINGLY loud all the time. Others will call to you if you don’t turn them off. “Come play with me!” “Are you still there?”, again and again until you finally get fed up and manually flip the switch.
As soon as you get used to those little annoyances, another holiday or birthday comes up- and you have a new batch of weird toys with freaky painted on faces and strange noises to get used to. And until you get used to these noises, you might spend many nights being VERY jumpy at the strange sounds coming from random points in your house.
One of the toys we got Holden, a Special Agent Oso car.. has very strange workings at hand. We couldn’t figure out for the life of us why sometimes the noises would play and sometimes they wouldn’t. There are no buttons (other than the hood, which makes its own specific sounds), no apparent sensors.. We just couldn’t make sense of it.
It became especially strange when at all hours of the night we’d suddenly hear Oso’s voice blast from Holden’s room.. and Holden definitely wasn’t awake playing with it.
So I did the only thing I could think of, I consulted the manual. Come to find out, Holden’s Oso toy is a “Class B Digital Device”.. which means that it basically sends some radio frequencies and receives ALL. According to the manual “it must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.”
Being woken up by Oso at 3 in the morning is definitely not desirable. One has to wonder though, what interference could that toy possibly receiving in the middle of the night when everyone in the house is asleep to make it go off like that? Things that make you go HMMMM!
The other toy that’s causing us is not so strange, but more on the annoying side of things. My Dad got Holden a ZhuZhu pet for Christmas. I’d so hoped to avoid EVER having one of those in my house.. but ah well! If it’s here, why not let him play with it?
problem arises when that dumb little thing just won’t turn off. After the creepy occurrences with Oso, every little noise has made my head instantly snap to find out what it is.
Over the past few nights i’ve heard things barking at me, neighing, gurgling.. all kinds of unintelligible things i’ve NEVER heard before. At first I couldn’t figure out what it was, and Thomas and I spent a good half an hour turning off all the toys that were left on just to make the weirdness stop. Much to our dismay the barking and gurgling continued.
Thomas finally figured out it was the damn ZhuZhu.. but we couldn’t figure out how to turn it off. Every time we tried, it just made MORE noise. Dumb thing, I should take a hammer to it! It took googling a couple of different websites until we finally found out how to get the thing to stop making noise.
Things like that make me want to remove the batteries from ALL toys and just tell Holden they’re broken.. but that would just be cruel. And even without batteries, there’s nothing I can do to the faces that would make them less creepy!
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