June 27, 2009
Every now and then when a toy catalogue drops in our mailbox, I decide to flick past all things boy and divert to a small fix of pink. Its generally just a bit of idle browsing, without too much attention to the finer detail. Tiny tea set. Uh-huh. Fairy wings. Yeah. Plastic pony. Nice. Sparkly tiara. Yep, standard fare.
Girls toys make a pleasant diversion from trains, cars, diggers and multitude of bash-crash-dig-neee-naawww-honk-burp-rahhhhhhh toys that we have here.
But this week something caught my attention. There amongst the baby dolls, kitchen sets and dress-ups was Totally Stylin' Tattoo Barbie and Hannah Montana TAT 2 Art Pen. For ages 6+.
Is this really what 6 year old girls are playing with now? When I was 6 I was playing with dolls and teddies. And a tattoo was some shindig at a Scottish castle where a bunch of blokes in skirts marched up and down. And frankly, I don't recall there being a 3rd Military District Bagpipe Barbie.
Clearly the little ones are far more sophisticated these days. I scanned the pages of the toy catalogue, expecting to see more toys of the same ilk. Alas, My Little Pony Racing Syndicate, Dora The Explorer My First Tax Return and Cabbage Patch Pregnancy Test Kit must still be sitting on the toy company drawing boards.
I do hear though that Sleepytime 56-star Face Stencil Kit is on its way, though.