Thursday, June 04, 2009

Why does that look so familiar?

During lunch at IKEA today, my colleagues and I were irritated by a group of siblings at the neighbouring table. Before you go all stereotypical and think 'What a non-parent thing to say,' try sitting next to 5 kids, each of whom have a furry, floppy toy duck that emits a high-pitched squeak when squeezed. Each of them. Squeezing. Squeaking. Giggling. Every. Single. Minute.

But it did get me thinking about the toy.

The device that makes the toy duck squeak is placed in the neck. That and the fact it has bulging eyes makes me wonder if the design is based on something rather specific. Pet shops always tell parents to be careful when mixing kittens and puppies with children because children often don't realise these tiny animals aren't toys. Pet strangulation is common.

And then you think about that toy.
A toy that only makes a squeaking sound when squeezed around the neck by tiny hands.

Makes you wonder: Why is it dolls and action figures always seem to lose their heads before their limbs?


Yue-li said...

My dolls all had their heads intact. It was their hair I burnt - with a hairdryer. Hey, don't judge me. How was I to know Barbie's hair wasn't real hair, but synthetic stuff? Oh the trauma... heh heh...

The Box said...

As a child, I had the most fun with Star Wars toys and would do gun battles with my younger brother. I was always happiest when my brother feigned getting hit, toppling his stormtroopers in dramatic slomo. I took particular delight in walking my figurine up to his and shooting it another time in its head, at which he would dutifully add a death spasm. I'll stop now.