Friday 23 August 2019

'It's the biggest load of tat' - Irish mum-of-three blasts best-selling Christmas toy as a waste of money

LOL Surprise Big Surprise
LOL Surprise Big Surprise
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

An Irish mother-of-three has singled out one of this year’s most popular toys as a “waste of money”.

Adrienne Hall’s daughter received a LOL Surprise Doll Assorted Series 2 as a gift from her grandmother, which she had bought for €11.99.

The toy comes in the form of a ball, with seven surprises to be found inside.

“My mother gave it to my daughter who was five, and we just thought, for €12, it was the biggest load of tat we’d ever seen.”

“My daughter got a tiny doll, a bottle, something that looked like a hair band - which was so tiny that you’d nearly throw in the bin, a shell that comes apart, and a few stickers.”

“When you think of what you actually get, €12 is a lot of money for that. It’s not value for money.”

LOL Surprise! Doll Assorted Series 2
LOL Surprise! Doll Assorted Series 2

“It’s like a kinder egg for all intents and purposes. I just feel it’s very, very tacky. My five-year-old never bothered with it much.”

The larger version – on many Irish childrens’ Santa wish lists this year – costs €72.99. It features 50 surprises, including a collectable doll, clothes and accessories.

Adrienne, from Dublin, said she has discouraged her daughter from asking for it for Christmas.

“The bigger version, on the basis of the other one, is obviously bigger and better but it’s still just a load of tat.”

So elisa got the big lol surprise today I would definately not recommend if you don't want to waste your money the pic on the right is all you get just pre warning yas (bucket not included)

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“It’s very, very bad value for money, especially when the kids are collecting them - they just want them to collect because that’s what the friends in school are doing. The same child that didn’t want them thought she’d collect them for Christmas. It’s just the thing to have.”

“It’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen in terms of value for the money.”

“There’s a lot better you could get with that. To me, even for €40, you could get something that can be handed down. Like if a child wanted a lego set for €200 I wouldn’t mind paying for that because it’s value for money.”

“I’m all about quality toys, having had three children, I don’t mind the good quality toys like wooden dolls houses.”

This week, a mother in the UK garnered a huge reaction online when she blasted the LOL Surprise Big Surprise.

“So Elisa got the LOL big surprise today. I would definitely not recommend if you don't want to waste your money. The pic on the right is all you get, just pre warning yas (bucket not included),” she said on Facebook.

A spokesperson from L.O.L. Surprise said: "L.OL Surprise is currently the best selling toy in the UK and a number of other countries.”

“Prices range from €5.99 for the L.O.L Tots to €72.99 for the Big Surprise. The L.O.L Big Surprise contains 50 exclusive surprises that can’t be found in other L.O.L products which individually are valued higher than the total RRP.”

*Adrienne Hall changed her name for the article

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