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Hamleys - changed not for the better

Today I went to London - to Harley St. to have my toe nails lasered due to a fungal nail condition. Very expensive to I hope it works. If you are interested, here is the link


I also popped into the free Lion King exhibition that Muddie mentioned in her last week's homework as it is in Regent Street. A small exhibition but very interesting showing some of the costumes from the musical - and if you havent seen it, the musical I mean, not the exhibition, then I would highly recommend it. Apparently 13,000 people see the show EVERY DAY around the world!

I then went to Hamleys to have a look around. Many years since I'd last been there, I suppose when my youngest daughter was still interested in toys so probably 10 or 12 years ago now. I went up to the 'Girls' toys floor. I remembered that on my last visit as the escalator arrived the first thing you saw was the huge array of Barbie dolls - ok, not that great maybe, but Em loved Barbie. NOW, that whole area is devoted to a girls' nail bar, and hair styling, with a banner above and the name 'TANTRUM'. There were several little girls having their nails done - I must admit I was a bit surprised, almost shocked, and quite sad. What do you think? I would've thought better of a prestigious toy shop like Hamleys. I walked around the whole floor - happy to see Slyvanian Families etc and of course there was Barbie, and other baby dolls, and a very small section on 'role play' i.e. pretend food, household equipment like irons etc But in general I was very disappointed.

Posted at 5th Oct 2010 - 08:48PM   Posted by Faith   Hamleys - changed not for the better Comments: 13

Withy Brook's Avatar Sad isn't it? Unfortunately little girls seem to be interested in nails etc these days. Should be more roll play, I feel.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 5th Oct 2010 at 09:11PM

Angel's Avatar I so agree with you both. They grow soon enough these days without this type of thing. Nail bars indeed.

Posted by: Angel on 5th Oct 2010 at 09:54PM

Pimsonthelawn's Avatar Do you mean acrylic nails ? the mothers who allow little girls false nails must be mad and made of money. As for the name Tantrum, well i'm sure its seen a few.

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 5th Oct 2010 at 10:39PM

Mountainear's Avatar Please let them have a childhood - although I suppose nailbars are only an small step further on than 'dressing up in mum's clothes' like we used to.

Posted by: Mountainear on 6th Oct 2010 at 12:00AM

Camilla's Avatar Remember when I use to take my two children to Hamley's in London, Faith. I thought it was a lovely shop then in the early seventies. Pity is has changed so, children grow up so quickly we want them to be children for as long as we can.

Hope you feel better with the treatment at the clinic Faith.


Posted by: Camilla on 6th Oct 2010 at 01:42AM

Toady's Avatar When L and I had our trip to London a couple of years ago and went to Oxford street I was so dissappointed. I wanted to look at fabric. D H Evans had gone and John Lewis department was tiny. I remember years ago going into both and there were whole floors given over to rolls and rolls of fabric.
Shame on Hamleys - nasty exploitation and stereotyping.

Posted by: Toady on 6th Oct 2010 at 08:08AM

Faith's Avatar No, not acrylic nails Pimms - as far as I saw anyway. That will be the next step no doubtConfused

Posted by: Faith on 6th Oct 2010 at 08:20AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Berlimey is it getting to the point where our children won't be allowed a childhood at all, but turned into Barbie dolls themselves from a very early age and have it drummed into them that what you look like on the outside is far more important than who you are on the inside Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Westerwitch on 6th Oct 2010 at 10:01AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar We've had some shampoo and conditioner from Tantrum. I think it's an awful name - I only bought it because it was on special offer. It is very sad that Hamleys are helping to foster the obsession with image and the way little girls (not boys) look.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 6th Oct 2010 at 10:09AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Hmmm...Tantrum,Bratz,Tattoo Barbie and to top it all the pole dancing dollShocked
says it all really...sadly.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 6th Oct 2010 at 10:47AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Blink whatever next . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 6th Oct 2010 at 10:58AM

Salle de Bain's Avatar I remember feeling really cross about the name 'Bratz' when it first came out. Seems things have continued to deteriorate since then.

What worries me is that branding is designed to be 'in tune' with current trends/demands....what does that say about our times?

My daughter, neices and newphews etc. continue to be enchanted by Sylvanians....they get passed down to each new member of the family as they become old enough. Used to love buying those little animal families.

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 6th Oct 2010 at 03:06PM

Withy Brook's Avatar There are children (little girls) who have room for both scenarios. G's younger grandaughters are very concious of what they wear etc, but are also mad about their Sylvanians.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 6th Oct 2010 at 09:03PM

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