The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has chosen this year's five nominees for its annual Toady Award (dis)honoring "Toys Oppressive and Destructive to Young Children."
There's a Monopoly game plastered with the names and logos of real advertisers (because the classic version isn't capitalistic enough); a Play-Doh mobile app that basically kills any actual creativity; a truly bizarre fashion-doll site that lets kids throw sparkly makeover parties for tooth fairies; a dinosaur that shoots missiles (just like the real ones did); and iPotty, a workstation that lets toddlers poop and cruise the Internet simultaneously.
Glad I grew up in a simpler age with the timeless classics: GI Joe and Barbie. No harmful social messages or rigidly enforced gender roles there. Via Consumerist.