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Sun Nov 22, 2015, 10:07 PM

 

Bunchems: The trendy new toy that’s wrecking children's hair and driving parents crazy

A popular new toy called Bunchems has turned out to be a huge pain for parents and their kids.

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Bunchems are brightly colored balls the size of a quarter covered with soft, squishy spikes that interlock with each other to build any shape possible, like LEGOS.

The toy might sound fun, but parents throughout the country have taken to the web to warn the spongy little spheres are straight from the devil.

"Horrible, horrible, horrible toy for kids," Etan Benoit wrote in an Amazon review.

"I just spent the last TWO AND A HALF hours (absolutely(sic), 100 percent not an exaggeration) attempting to remove 14 of these bastard balls out of my daughter's hair."


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The company posted a YouTube video in August instructing how to remove the hellish little balls from a person's hair.

It had been viewed more than 27,000 times as of Saturday.

Spin Master recommends coating the hair surrounding Bunchems with conditioner or vegetable oil, then combing below the toy until the knots are untangled.

Arlene Biran, vice president of marketing at Spin Master, told the Journal the company was looking for ways to better warn parents about Bunchens’ tangly risks.http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/bunchems-wrecking-kids-hair-driving-parents-crazy-article-1.2442711







Eight people worked for four hours to extract more than five dozen Bunchem balls from Brooke Kaufman's hair last week. PHOTO: PAULA KAUFMAN

http://www.wsj.com/articles/this-new-toy-has-some-real-snagsin-childrens-hair-1447986733
Bonnie Brushwood didn’t think twice when she overheard “Let’s play snowball fight” at her 8-year-old daughter’s birthday slumber party.

Her daughter Josie and several friends had just retreated to a bedroom in their Austin, Texas, home with a freshly unwrapped pack of 370 Bunchems, a hot new building toy. Each marble-sized Bunchem has dozens of soft springy hooks that give the multicolored spheres a Velcro-like grip. They are easy to stick together. But hard to unstick from hair.


The harmonious giggling quickly evolved into what Ms. Brushwood described as “guttural groaning.” Upstairs she found a Bunchems disaster. There were 30 tangled in one girl’s hair and a couple dozen in the wavy mane of her oldest daughter, Penelope. The other girls were also contending with rainbow clumps of Bunchem balls snarled in their hair.


Getting them untangled took until midnight. Josie’s father, a veteran magician who teaches tricks on his YouTube channel, toiled for 20 minutes and couldn’t get any out. “We’ve taught everything from how to eat fire and pick locks,” said Brian Brushwood. “It turns out all those skills are defeated by this one mass of pure evil.”
http://www.wsj.com/articles/this-new-toy-has-some-real-snagsin-childrens-hair-1447986733

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Reply Bunchems: The trendy new toy that’s wrecking children's hair and driving parents crazy (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2015 OP
Laffy Kat Nov 2015 #1
eShirl Nov 2015 #2
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2015 #3
csziggy Nov 2015 #13
beam me up scottie Nov 2015 #14
3catwoman3 Nov 2015 #4
Baitball Blogger Nov 2015 #5
Control-Z Nov 2015 #6
hunter Nov 2015 #7
Arugula Latte Nov 2015 #8
Solly Mack Nov 2015 #9
Shandris Nov 2015 #10
NYC Liberal Nov 2015 #11
Major Nikon Nov 2015 #12
Ichingcarpenter Nov 2015 #15
boston bean Nov 2015 #16
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2015 #18
hobbit709 Nov 2015 #17
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2015 #19
cwydro Nov 2015 #22
hifiguy Nov 2015 #20
B2G Nov 2015 #21
Phentex Nov 2015 #23
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2015 #24

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 10:12 PM

1. Chocking hazards, too, looks like.

And what if a pet ate one? Wonder what one of those would do to intestines?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 10:14 PM

2. reminds me of burdocks

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Response to eShirl (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 10:19 PM

3. Ah... yes

 

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Response to eShirl (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 07:06 AM

13. Yeah - I've had to take those out of horse's manes and tails

After that, I made sure to mow down every one of those devil plants I could find in the pastures!

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Response to eShirl (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 07:11 AM

14. YES! I hate those things.

I spent HOURS trying to get them out of my horses' manes and tails and out of my clothing too, if you don't get every spike out you can feel them pricking your skin.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 10:38 PM

4. Oh...

...my.

Not enough consumer testing, eh?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 10:40 PM

5. Tribbles from hell!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 10:51 PM

6. I don't think I know a mother alive

who would let their child anywhere near those. Most parents, who have been grooming their children's hair since birth, wouldn't need a warning of any kind, imo. Those are like little monsters just looking for a victim.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 11:16 PM

7. Me and my many siblings would probably vote AWESOME!!!...

... having lost much hair as young people to more sordid things; things like chemotherapy.

My own hair, but for my ear, nose, and eyebrows hair, is recently slacking.



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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 11:35 PM

8. I'm glad my kids are past the age for these things ...

 

looks like a nightmare.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 11:42 PM

9. Yikes.




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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2015, 11:43 PM

10. And somewhere, an evil idea was born.

 

A Republican, me, a bag of Bunchems, and a dark parking lot. Muhahahahahahahaha!

...I'm pretty sure I could outrun most of them around here, even at 40+.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 01:01 AM

11. Dump a box of them over Trump's mop.

Now that would be funny.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 01:10 AM

12. For the kids of relatives you don't like, buy them a drum instead

Guaranteed to drive them nuts.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 07:23 AM

15. Can wait to see how it affects the ecosystem

Since they are non biodegradable.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 07:29 AM

16. One sure fire quick way to remove bunchems from hair!

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Response to boston bean (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 05:09 PM

18. Little girls would be traumatized

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 07:42 AM

17. What the world needs, artificial sticker burrs.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 05:11 PM

19. Lol. They do make cute art

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 05:32 PM

22. I know, I want some.

Be great fun when you're stuck in a cubicle!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 05:25 PM

20. A triumph of modern capitalism.

 

Not only absolutely unneeded and useless but annoying and mildly dangerous/destructive to boot.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 05:30 PM

21. This whole thread makes me LOL.

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Nov 23, 2015, 07:15 PM

23. at least they aren't clackers!

where you could lose an eye!

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Response to Phentex (Reply #23)

Wed Nov 25, 2015, 03:50 PM

24. Lol. I had clackers

 

They are for sale on the internet

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