The game-makers at Play-Doh erected a tower of trouble this holiday season with one of their products. When excited children all across the country unwrapped their brand-new Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playsets, they found, well, this:
Yep, that looks like a penis, alright.
The play set includes accessories meant to resemble baking tools, and the offending object is intended to act as a tool for putting icing onto Play-Doh desserts.
Kids don't seem to have been as traumatized as their parents, many of whom quickly took to Twitter and the company's Facebook page to bash the phallic toy.
Despite hoards of supporters coming to Play-Doh's defense (and laughing all the way), it's hard to deny the anatomical similarities. It's a wonder the mold went into production and glided past quality analysis checks.
Play-Doh came under even more fire when it was discovered they were deleting negative images and complaints from their social media accounts, creating loads of unrest with the ballsy damage-control move.
Later, the Hasbro-owned company elected to bandage the hurt with a statement offering to replace the icing implement with a re-designed "extruder" tool.
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 at 800-327-8264.
Moral of the story? When in doubt, pull out.