Life Imitates Danny the Dealer

by Henry Farrell on December 22, 2008

The “Washington Post”:

This season’s animatronic Baby Alive — which retails for $59.99 — comes with special “green beans” and “bananas” that, once fed to the doll, actually, well, come out the other end. “Be careful,” reads the doll’s promotional literature, “just like real life, sometimes she can hold it until she gets to the ‘potty’ and sometimes she can’t!” (A warning on the back of the box reads: “May stain some surfaces.”) …

_Withnail and I_ some twenty-two years ago (or forty, depending on how you want to measure time):



Joel Turnipseed 12.22.08 at 11:39 pm

Well… don’t tell her, but my wife picked up one of these for our daughter: it was the ONLY thing she wanted from, er, Santa. And she continued to write notes to that effect over and over again all the past month. Which is pretty good for a four year-old.

No doubt she’ll tire of it soon enough. Just not so soon that she comes to this:


Joel Turnipseed 12.22.08 at 11:39 pm


john b 12.23.08 at 12:02 am

Horrible really, but they’re like that, the little girls.

[pedant]39 years, shirley?[/pedant]


Ginger Yellow 12.23.08 at 2:18 am

To be honest, I’m surprised nobody’s made one of these before. Think about it. You’re not just selling the $60 doll. The “food” and nappies represent a continuing revenue stream.


thompsaj 12.23.08 at 7:12 am

is that the same guy from wayne’s world two?


thompsaj 12.23.08 at 7:20 am

it is!
what a deep
Wayne’s World


lisa 12.23.08 at 8:02 am

One of my favorite movies.

This is not a new technology. The girl across the street got the same type of doll for Christmas when I was a kid and that was at least 30 years ago. As I recall, the utter grossness of it was part of its strange appeal. It had duel functions–You got to both nurture your plastic faux baby and freak out the other kids a la ‘slime’ or ‘garbage pail kids’ with the contents of its diaper.

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