Little Mommy Is A Terrifying Vision Of Android Baby Dystopia

One weird thing about Toy Fair is all of the stringent gender norms that are pushed in marketing-speak. Trucks are for boys. Transformers are for boys. Nerf is for boys. So what do girls get? This exceedingly creepy robo-baby, designed to train them to be mothers. Seriously.

"Little Mommy introduces new innovations in nurturing play so that girls can more realistically experience the milestones of 'mommy-hood,'" Mattel's description reads. And how exactly does a little girl go about reaching this (somewhat weird and inappropriate sounding for a toddler) milestone of mommy-hood? By heeding the saccharine demands of this possessed sounding automaton. Not since HAL 1000 have I been so disturbed by the presence of a digital mind. Little Mommy asks to be kissed. Little Mommy's mouth glows green. Little Mommy tells you she has to pee, and then tells you she was just kidding. Little Mommy has wires sticking out of her spine (prototype only, but hey, still super creepy)

Now of course, girls mothering dolls is an ancient form of play. But at least the lifeless, flopping ones required some form of imagination. Some mental summoning. They didn't respond to touch sensors, or detect motion. They didn't seem... demonically half-alive, twitching and blinking and cooing with all the humanity of a malfunctioning mainframe. Watching this Mattel rep interact with Little Mommy made me fear for an age in which my male role in the reproductive process has been banished - replaced instead with a fleet of these tiny, manufactured, insistant digital homunculi. FEED ME. TOUCH ME. KISS ME. WIPE ME. I LOVE YOU, MOMMY. I would be cautious about buying my daughter anything so eerie. Stick a Nerf gun in her hand instead.


Comments

    HAL 1000 ? Don't you mean HAL 9000 ?

      Hal 1000 was an early prototype... much creepier than the version that made it to the big screen.

    If you abuse it, does it tell Mommy?

    Ahhh, no worries. That doll will end up in the bottom of the overpriced-yet-uselesss toy bin, just like robodog, video girl barbie, and about half of any average toy department.

    "Open the bathroom door!"

    "I'm sorry, mommy, I can't do that."

    I think you mean HAL 9000. Or maybe T1000?

    Read the beginning of "I Robot" to know where we're going with this one.

    I wonder what would happen if you swapped this doll's chip with one from a Ferbie.

    My 2-y-o would give half her liver for this doll. Seriously. She's not getting it, but she would.

    Look, folks. Girls toys sell because they appeal to girls. Sure, my daughter loves guns and swords. But at the end of the day, what she wants is heels, a princess crown, thirteen of her favorite dolls (bonus if any are princesses), and then maybe a wooden knife, too.

    Thar's a demon in thar'! Kill it! Burn the witch!

    Next step is the programmable version. Creepy and with all of your mental problems too. "I don't want to eat my peas. I HATE YOU MOMMY! I HATE YOU, I HATE YOU!"

    Reminds me of that Twilight Zone episode w/Telly Savalas when his step-daughter gets a doll, and the doll stalks him and says stuff to him, but no one believes him. Finally the doll get him!!! HAHAHAHA! Creepy.

    I'm more scared of the demonstrator!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSy8Ko1vSKQ

    talking tina...

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