Remember Hugo, the man of a thousand faces (the box actually said, "Easily changed disguises to fit you and your puppet… create thousands of pretend friends!")? How about Stretch Armstrong – The 1976 bodybuilder doll that could stretch and still return to his original form.
Every year, there are new toys introduced and advertised so that your kids will want them. And every year, some of them bomb. Here are three I've noticed in the past few weeks that I think are destined for garage sales and the Goodwill pile, probably before your check clears or the charge hits your credit card statement.
Pillow Pets Dream Lites (Peaceful Bear & Camo Dog)
This “pillow” is simply another headrest. Sure, it’s a fun, colorful pillow your kids can use to prop their head up when watching a movie from the living room floor, but how long until they forget it exists and go back to using their regular pillows? Which begs another question – how many more of these “kid pillows” will we buy before realizing it’s just wasting $29.99?
KidKraft Harley-Davidson Police Rocker
Wow, this brings me back to the days of the rocking horse! I agree this is pretty cool… actually, it’s really cool! For $140 however, is it really worth it? Older children (over six or seven) won't be interested and younger children are too young to enjoy the fact that it’s a motorcycle. In my opinion, this is basically an expensive toy for adults that they can’t even use it.
Oh dear, the Furby is back! The horror! I remember these from when my children were in elementary school. Even I was scared of these things! For some reason, Hasbro has decided to bring these toys (that literally have a mind of their own) back, and now they've even installed new technology. Want to translate Furbish into English? Download the Apple app and understand what they’re saying. Keep in mind though, taking out the batteries DOES NOT turn them off!