Mommyish Gift Guide: Toys That Aren’t Worth the Price
Justin Bieber Tour Bus and Concert Stage
When I saw the Justin Bieber Tour Bus and Concert Stage gift on this year’s “Must-Haves” list, I cringed. Not just because I’m intensely sick of hearing the pop sensation’s name. And not just because those Justin Bieber dolls look seriously creepy. I was cringing because this toy has an $80 price tag. (And that’s on sale.) This chintzy tour bus with fold-out stage isn’t very big and it doesn’t even include a Bieber doll. Its “bells and whistles” include a light switch, a small wheel in the stage that your sold-separately-doll can spin in circles and an MP3 plug-in. I’m sorry, but you can throw a mini-speaker in just about anything these days. It’s just not all that impressive.
Even if you aren’t scaling back your gift-giving budget, we all want to make the most of our money this holiday season. I just don’t think you’re going to do that with an $80 tour bus that doubles as the least exciting Transformer ever. At most, this toy should cost $30. And ya know what, Bieber’s “Backstage Experience” isn’t the only toy that doesn’t deliver for its hefty price tag. Here are some other toys that Santa wouldn’t dream of sending.
Spike The Ultimate Dinosaur, $130 – Target
This Fisher-Price dinosaur is EXTREMELY similar to their $40 Imaginext T-Rex. So what’s that extra $70 for? A remote control. They both move, roar and the cheaper one even has battle armor. I’m not seeing the value here.
Lego Star Wars Death Star, $400 – Toys R Us
I’m sorry, but Lego is simply taking advantage of these poor Trek-obsessed fans. The prices on these sets are completely ridiculous.
Baby Grand Piano, $150 American Girl
We’ve all accepted that American Girl Dolls are a bit pricey. I’m not going to lie, my daughter has a Bitty Baby and stroller. But to spend over $100 on a piano for your doll is just outrageous.
Dolly Forever Barbie, $150 – Barbie Collector
Speaking of dolls, the collectors Barbies get more outrageous every year. This Christian Louboutin offering is obviously not a toy and no one should pretend that it is. Not to mention, those boots are freakin’ hideous.
One last doll that doesn’t need to be so expensive, the self-proclaimed “goth doll series” Ellowyne Wilde. (Seriously, with that name?) These are no longer toys, they are grown-up status symbols.