*What is the world coming to…You mean to tell me that even Play-Doh, a toy many of us sat on the floor and played alongside our now grown children with…has gone freaky. The pliable dough has been used by children of all ages to build all manner of innocent figures such as a hat for G. I. Joe or Jane, googly-eyed monsters, worms that glow-in-the-dark. Heck, kids have even eaten moderate amounts of it and didn’t end up in the emergency room. But as is the case with a lot of things – a good thing is only good until it turns bad.
And over the holiday season, some parents made a rather unpleasant discovery: a tool in a Play-Doh kit that strongly resembles a penis.
Yes folks, a penis. And pictures of the offending part circulated on Twitter with clever wordplays like “Dil-Doh.”
Not cool, Hasbro.
And the $20 Sweet Shoppe Mountain Playset even has an extruder for squeezing out “icing” onto Play-Doh cakes, similar to a baker’s pipette. But when the plunger is removed, the case takes a different (less family-friendly) form. Angry parents have reportedly been complaining about the tool since November, but following Christmas—when the playsets were presumably doled out in relatively large numbers—angry comments on Play-Doh’s Facebook page garnered more attention. The comments have now been removed.
Play-Doh is owned by Hasbro, whose brand portfolio includes Transformers, Monopoly, and My Little Pony. When Hasbro was asked to comment on the snafu, the company’s publicist, Julie Duffy, responded: “We have heard some consumer feedback about the extruder tool in the Play-Doh Cake Mountain playset and are in the process of updating future Play-Doh products with a different tool.” Customers can contact Hasbro’s consumer care number, 800-327-8264, to request a replacement.
Can you believe her comment?
I imagined she’d say something like, “We will see who was behind this and deal with them?” or “We are as enraged about this as the parents and will investigate.” But her response seems to confirm the tool was intentional.
Check out the Vine video below of “little Timmy” actually playing with the toy. He shares that he “Made a penis.” And the woman off camera laughs, “Oh my god. You know I can’t post this.” To which the kid replies, stone faced, “Post it.”