How Play-Doh 'ruined' Christmas

Play-Doh's Cake Mountain set.
Play-Doh's Cake Mountain set. 

Ahh, Play-doh. The old-fashioned, educational toy that makes the perfect Christmas present, right?

Wrong - at least for a few parents, who were upset by the look of a certain dough extruder which was sold with the Play-Doh Cake Mountain set.

Billed as "easier to squeeze", the extruder is transparent, penis-shaped and ribbed with diagonal lines.

While personally I welcome anything that will give me an adults-only giggle while stuck making Play-Doh cupcakes with a five-year-old, some parents are very unhappy at the undeniably phallic shape of the icing extruder.

"This is NOT okay. This completely ruined our Christmas," wrote Jennifer Turner on Play-Doh's Facebook page.

Over on Twitter, user Dan D wrote, "Seriously @PlayDoh? Is your company that stupid? And we wonder why kids idolize Miley Cyrus."

Others are planning on boycotting the brand for good.


"I take it you have a bunch of perverts running the company. My girls will never have any play doh in my home. Jackoffs [sic]," one wrote.

Play-Doh's social media team initially reacted by removing critical posts, but as the crisis snowballed, parent company Hasbro issued a statement concerning the problem part.

"We have heard some consumer feedback about the extruder tool in the Play-Doh Cake Mountain playset and are in the process of updating all future Play-Doh products with a different tool. Should any consumer want a replacement extruder for this item, they can contact Hasbro's Customer Service Department."

The alleged new extruder looks a whole lot like extruders of old – a solid syringe-like device with a rather less questionable shape.

While angry parents nurse their wounds, the meme-makers of the internet are having a field day.

And the kids will probably be just fine. After all, this girl thought she'd made a Play-Doh dolphin on wheels ... and she didn't even use an extruder.