The other day we asked our daughter-in-law what we could get our two and a half year old grandson for Christmas. She told us that he had been talking about a toy called "Stinky the Garbage Truck". Of course, we had never heard of this one before and were amused that he wanted a garbage truck out of all the toys he could choose from. She told us we could find it at Wal-mart or buy it online. We hightailed it over to Wal-mart to see if they had any left. You know how popular toys go fast and we didn't want to take any chances that they might be out of stock at our local store. We were in luck because they had plenty. So we plopped down $49.00 and bought the thing.
Let me tell you this is no ordinary garbage truck. It is about half the size of our grandson and when buttons are pushed on various places it interacts with 90 plus phrases and sounds. Such as," I'm stinky, are you?, Make some noise if you want me to dump!, Keep pushing boss!, MMMMMMM trashicious!", etc.
No wonder he wanted one.
What ever happened to toys like bulldozers, police cars and tractors that kids could actually play with in the dirt? I guess they still make those but what kid in their right mind would choose those over one that actually talks?
Speaking of gifts that talk, I bought our seven year old granddaughter a Taylor Swift doll at K-mart that sings one of her hits when her belly button is pushed. Now this will be a hit with her because she loves Taylor Swift. She has both her CD's.
What will toymakers think of next? I was elated at that age to get a Barbie doll that came in a black and white bathing suit and was stiff as a board. Our mother made all the dolls clothes and we were thrilled. By the way, I still have that Barbie.