Just after Spongebob on TV this morning was the inevitable deluge of toy adverts. I generally just switch the channels over when these come on because they kind of annoy me but this morning I didn't flick over. What's hit me is the amount of rubbish [or insert alternative word here if you like] that's available. Most of it seems to be cheaply made, tacky and actually looks like they'd get really boring rather quickly. Probably cost pittance to make as well so are relatively profitable to the manufacturers.
I seem to remember this being the case when I was a kid but obviously at 27 I'm not target market any more! (Although that being said there was very few things outside of construction toys/sciency toys [Lego, electronic kits etc] that I really liked as a kid [and even now really!] so from what I remember most of the adverts just passed me by even then.)
The terrible shame with it all that this stuff doesn't look like it will last more than a couple of months so will probably end up in landfill pretty quickly as it's all plastic (including the packaging which ends up straight away of course). Most of it's probably made in China by people paid very little, shipped half way around the world and then transported by road. Like most others in this country, I'm a hypocrite pointing this out given to things that I end up buying/using despite trying to be careful and giving consideration to these things (unfortunate side effect of the western mindset and supply chain), but it does make you think about how wasteful a fairly small industry can be.
There are of course some toys that never stop being loved. A lot of the logo I had from being age 3+ is still in a box at my parents as my nephew plays with it when he visits. Soft toys tend to last a long time as well of course. Still got a few which are nearly or as old as I am.
Does anyone else feel the same way? Anyone else still have surviving toys from when they were younger which seem in good condition still that are still used today, either by themselves or by other friends and/or family that they've been passed down to? Are there any new toys around now that people like which aren't associated with the usual classics?
(n.b. This wasn't meant to be a rant, rather an observation. Sorry it seemed to be this way)