Friday, November 24, 2006
Posted by Alan Childress
Yesterday, which I refuse to call Black Friday, was the official starting date for hawking creepy toys that should never have been invented. Tops on my list, so far, is this product from eToys.com, called the GR8 TaT2 Maker. That's a "home tattoo parlor" for those of you who do not speak fluent license plate yet. For ages 6-12 (somehow outgrown by, and inapt for, the teens).
Creepy: the description. "Open up your very own pretend play tattoo parlor. This easy-to-use tattoo maker kit includes an electronic tattoo pen and funky stencils. Using soft, safe pulsating action, the tattoo pen creates realistic, washable designs with dramatic effects. Requires two AA batteries (not included)."
Creepier: rating of 3-1/2 stars out of 4, by twelve customers (most are sincere though one notes, "I've always wanted to see my kid in prison").
Creepiest: the ad's photo of the two boys using this item number 713380 on each other. It's not a parody. They're having way too much fun.
How does this rel8 to the legal profession? The blogger and HatTipee at Arbitrary and Capricious, a Public Defender, predicts of the pictured users: "These kids are so going to show up in my caseload." If so, I add, at least they will already be fluent in license plate. Meanwhile, some poor slob of a dad will be cruising the 7-Elevens on Christmas Day trying to score two AA batteries for this edisonian invention from the fine people at Spin Master. Too bad he can no longer pick up a pack of those chalk-candy cigarettes too--remember, the ones with the fake red-flame tip we loved as kids? Ah, holiday memories.
But do give generously to your local Toy Tats for Tots drive.