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  1. I have to admit that you are starting to slowly change my opinion on co-branded children’s crap. I used to be completely indifferent. Then I went to mildly annoyed. I’m starting to see little bits of red though. My family tends to only buy random Disney crap and it angers me (thankfully it’s not too often they buy presents so I don’t have to worry too much). I like Disney as a whole, I really do, I like a lot of Disney movies from my childhood. But, my 8 month old does not need to wear a Cars shirt or Toy Story pajamas. If he’s older and he picks it out because he likes the movie and wants it, then I might consider it. But for right now, heck no.

    • That’s pretty much where I am, though I’m going to do my best to bilk the system like crazy by sticking to stuff that doesn’t currently have a toy line, like Jem and She-Ra. >___>

        • As did Jem; they were the toy lines of the 80s. My parents were able to avoid us catching on by not taking us to the toy store (I can count on one hand how many times I went to one in my childhood – good parents!). Now you can’t go anywhere without finding a million tie-ins. There is no conceivable way to completely avoid the crap being hawked without climbing into a bubble and hiding there, and this isn’t exactly an option.

          So yes, while the Jems and the She-Ras and the He-Mans were just big toy adverts, their day is passed, and presumably safer. Plus, good stories that don’t assume your child is too stupid to live. >___>

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