Thursday, December 27, 2012

Things That Annoy Me Thursday: Toy Packaging

“Why?” I moaned as I tried to slip the scissors underneath yet another twist tie. I couldn’t get it positioned right so that meant I had to untwist it by hand.

I so hate getting toys from their packaging. Those plastic twist ties are the bane of my existence. They are everywhere. Clamping doll hands down. Doll feet. Heads. Torsos.

“How many twisty ties does one toy need?” I shouted.

And let’s not forget what they do to hair:

Ugh. And sometimes they don’t easily come off. So you’re trying to rip the piece free while hoping it doesn’t also rip the hair. I don’t think Natalie would be pleased if I was like, “Here’s Cinderella. But she’s bald now. Thank the toy companies.”

I’ve ranted about this before and I’m sure I’ll do it again next year: getting toys out of their boxes is the worst. Especially when you have boxes and boxes of toys. It gets even more exciting when there are multiple tiny pieces that you have to somehow wrench out of the box. And sometimes the pieces are so small that you think it’s trash until thirty minutes later your kid is like, “Where is this piece?” and you’re like, “Dammit! Why put in itty bitty pieces? We are not elves!”

I hope everyone survived opening all the new toys.

I did, with a little help from chocolate and Diet Coke.


  1. Getting things out of the packaging IS the worst.

  2. I couldn't agree with you more! I hate having to pry all the toys out of the packages.

  3. I remember when they didn't have that crap- what MAN thought that was a good idea?

  4. I once cut my hand removing safety scissors of the packaging.

    I complain about how toys are packaged ever year, too.

  5. I'm not even 100% sure what all the twist ties and stuff are binding the toy to the package for. Anti-theft? So the things won't jostle around in shipping? Either way, you'd think fewer tethers would be just as effective ...

  6. I'm glad you survived. And I'm glad I didn't have to open any doesn't sound fun.

  7. Gahhh, I hate opening toys. It sucks!

  8. So very pleased to be far past the twist-tie toys. Now we've moved on to clamshell's not only annoying, it's dangerous and can land you in the emergency room after you rip your hand open trying to saw that stuff off.

  9. But think of all the poor people in Taiwan and China that are employed to put on those twist ties.

  10. I can't stand that I need a screwdriver to take out a toy. Really? A screwdriver!

  11. I was so relieved that this Christmas found our family with very few "toys" like that. IT ROCKED. Older kids have benefits, I guess.

    Merry Christmas!

  12. I am glad your lives are so good that you complain about removing twist ties from the toys you buy for your children. If the parts were allowed to move freely the repetitive movements of ocean transit might cause wear marks on the toys, which, I suspect, you would complain about - and then return the toy. This way you don't return it.


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