Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
Barbie’s Poop: An Analysis of Mattel’s Second Toy Recall of 2007
Mattel recalled more Chinese-made toys yesterday — 18.2 million worldwide, 9.5 million in the US.
I can’t let the potential poisoning and endangering of millions of kids go by without talking about what really matters, dog poop.
One of the recalled products is the Barbie and Tanner Magnetic Toy. It consists of a Barbie doll and her pet dog Tanner, plus dog food, dog toys, pooper scooper and a trash can.
You guessed it, this is a defecation toy. Barbie potty trains the dog. You place brown log-shaped food in the dog’s mouth, then crank the poor animal’s tail and watch the food slide out the dog’s butt. It’s a good thing the food and poop are identical in appearance. Barbie uses her pooper scooper to dispose of the food/poop in a trash can.
Think I’m kidding? Watch the TV commercial below. Try not to get attention deficit disorder watching this 15 second commercial that has 15 screen changes. Watch it a second time and notice how the screen changes get faster.
It seems that a small magnet inside Barbie’s pooper scooper can dislodge, potentially causing intestinal blockage if more than one magnet is swallowed. If the scooper has a magnet, I assume Barbie’s dog poops out metal doodoo.
A public relations representative recently invited me to participate in the launch of a web forum. The topic was empowerment of girls, but the fine print indicated that if I had serious criticism of Barbie, I shouldn’t participate. I had to decline. Suffice to say, my daughter will never own a Barbie, or a pooping dog toy.
Now, about our pesky issue with overseas manufacturers disregarding the safety of our children, here’s a choice quote from CNBC’s Erin Burnett from the August 10, 2007 edition of Hardball.
“I think people should be careful what they wish for on China. Ya know, if China were to revalue it’s currency or China is to start making say, toys that don’t have lead in them or food that isn’t poisonous, their costs of production are going to go up and that means prices at Wal-Mart here in the United States are going to go up too. So, I would say China is our greatest friend right now, they’re keeping prices low and they’re keeping the prices for mortgages low, too.”
Video link via Crooks and Liars.
In summary, poisoning kids and adults is good if it gives us low, low prices at Wal-Mart.
I say, if you run an American company and you cannot produce a safe product in this country, maybe it’s a good thing that your business fails. Make room for companies that will produce safe products that are made by people paid living wages. Exporting jobs to countries with lower wages and lower safety standards is bad. Period.
Yeah, I know, I sound crazy, but in a bygone era companies employed the citizens of their home country. With the invention of shipping containers, companies big and small decided, screw our neighbors, screw our community, we will go where there is cheap labor because shipping our product back to us from halfway around the world only costs us pennies. Umm, no. It costs a lot of people around the world a lot more than just pennies. [/rant off]
Other recalled toys:
- Batman and One Piece Magnetic Action Figure Sets
- â€œSargeâ€ (from the Cars movie) die cast toy cars
- Doggie Day Care Magnetic Toys
- Polly Pocket Play Sets
- Barbie and Tanner Magnetic Toys
- Mattel recall web site
Seen previously on Thingamababy: