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November 29, 2006 05:08 PM

Broken: Warning on Hasbro pony toy

Hfr76471It may look innocent enough, but check out the warning on Hasbro's FurReal Friends Butterscotch Pony:

"Adults take note: Pony comes unassembled in box with head detatched. You may wish to not open the box around your children if they may be frightened by a box with a decapitated horse inside."

Don't buy them "The Godfather" DVD, either, I guess.

Thanks, Laurie


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Posted by: vulcanlogic7 at November 29, 2006 05:33 PM

A very thoughtful message, though it is poorly worded. It is not broken to give parents a warning that it is *probably* not a good idea to have their children open a box with a headless horse in it on Christmas morning (or other holiday as appropriate). The poor wording, however, comes from the use of "decapitated", which has a distinctly negative connotation. But, not broken due to effectiveness of warning.

Posted by: freedomlinux at November 29, 2006 06:23 PM

Of course, there are many boys who would probably loooooove playing with a horse that has a detachable head. :P

Posted by: The Pondermatic at November 29, 2006 09:55 PM

Awe. They couldn't just have gone with the bigger box? It might have been worth the extra cost/packaging to avoid a SNAFU like this one. Sorry, while I agree that the warning is a good idea, I think the pony should leave the factory in one piece. Or, just don't go there.

Posted by: jennimi at November 29, 2006 11:01 PM

This is the first time I've said this: I think it's not broken. It's good to warn parents about it, and the "decapitated" part gives it a bit of a humorous note. The text ist targeted at adults, not children, after all.

Posted by: LKM at November 30, 2006 05:04 AM

Using the word "decapitated" is a good choice, because it is not a word that most young children will comprehend.

There are exceptions, of course, such as the nephew of one of my close friends.... this kid, at age 7, has an enormous vocabulary. He is home schooled.

Posted by: Glenn Lasher at November 30, 2006 07:03 AM

TiB is broken (This one never gets old :) )

Gah! That image is too LARGE! Is there a feature for me to click on the image to open it in a separate window and look at it SMALLER? Thanks TiB!


Posted by: DavesBrain at November 30, 2006 10:44 AM

I can imagine the customer service desk would get swamped with calls from angry parents who didn't notice the warnings and now have kids who are scared for life.

I'm glad I don't work for that company or any stores that sold the pony.

Posted by: Uzumaki at November 30, 2006 03:47 PM

this is not a warning by Hasbro but by the people selling it.. their spelling is also broken.. as it is also spelled detatched on the catalog page instead of detached as it should be spelled..

Posted by: Infinity306 at November 30, 2006 03:49 PM

I always take things out of their original packaging when wrapping them as Christmas presents.

Posted by: zzo38 at December 2, 2006 01:35 AM

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