CRY­ING OVER THE ‘LOL’ TOY

Unattain­able must-have

New York Post - - NEWS - By JANE RI­D­LEY

The It gift of the hol­i­day sea­son is al­ready sold out, and moms and dads are pan­ick­ing. The LOL Big Sur­prise — a larger ver­sion of the fad LOL dolls — is a purse-like glit­tery ball, filled with 50 in­di­vid­u­ally wrapped gifts: dolls, doll ac­ces­sories, fizzy bath bombs and tem­po­rary tat­toos, among other good­ies. Orig­i­nally priced at $70, the Big Sur­prise is al­ready out of stock at stores in­clud­ing Toys “R” Us and Tar­get. But the mar­ket has spo­ken: The same prod­uct is now re­tail­ing at a whop­ping $180 on Wal­mart’s Web site and for sim­i­lar prices on eBay. Is it worth the money? Not ac­cord­ing to Ama­zon users. Re­viewer Jes­sica Kop­pon wrote, “The pieces are so small and get lost so eas­ily. Wish I never bought it :( i thought the dolls were big­ger than they were.” Still, lit­tle girls are go­ing crazy for the gift. So- called “un­box­ing” videos of the item are rack­ing up as many as 7.6 mil­lion views.

One frus­trated woman writes on a New York mommy Face­book group, “Of course my daugh­ter wants it for Christ­mas and I can’t find it any­where. It’s like [Hatchi­mals] all over again.”

The Big Sur­prise fol­lows the ghost of Christ­mas fads past, which in­cludes:

1983: Cab­bage Patch Kids — The ul­ti­mate “par­ents fight­ing in the aisles to get the last one” must-have toy. Al­most 3 mil­lion were “adopted” that year, the big­gest doll de­but in his­tory.

1989: Nintendo’s Game Boy — While video-game sys­tems of­ten dom­i­nate hol­i­day lists, there has been noth­ing quite like the frenzy for this hand­held won­der.

1996: Tickle Me Elmo — Try get­ting that voice out of your head.

2003: Ro­bosapi­ans. There were more than 1.5 mil­lion of these re­mote-con­trolled robot toys sold that hol­i­day sea­son.

2016: Hatchi­mals — Like the dreaded dig­i­tal pet Ta­m­agotchi be­fore it, this toy needed con­stant at­ten­tion to “hatch.”

PLEEEEEEZE! Kids are clam­or­ing for LOL Big Sur­prise, which is full of lit­tle toys (be­low).

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