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Parents: Bunchems is perfect gift for 'child you hate'
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Parents want to "scoop up" the hottest new toys of 2015 to give their kids in time for Christmas, according to BuzzFeed.

But one toy in particular might leave moms and dads trying to salvage their kids' hair.

Stephanie McNeal wrote for BuzzFeed about Bunchems, a toy that "consists of little plastic balls, which kids can connect together to create different shapes." Toy company Spin Master launched it earlier this year to what it called an "overwhelmingly positive" response.

BuzzFeed's report noted some parents taking to social media aren't so happy, though: The plastic balls stick in hair and prove difficult to get out.

Rebeca Ibarra wrote for New York Daily News that Amazon reviews on Bunchems detail how difficult the "spongy little spheres" are to remove from hair once there. One parent wrote he spent two-and-a-half hours attempting to remove 14 of them from his daughter's hair.

"Perfect gift for that child you hate," NY Daily News quoted another parent as saying. "Have a 5-year-old who really gets on your nerves? Then give them this and let them play with it unsupervised."

Bunchems aren't intended for hair, Amy Packham wrote for The Huffington Post UK but parents argue close contact is inevitable because of kids' shorter arms.

According to the Post, hairstylist Jessica Wade uploaded a photo of her niece's hair post-tangle with Bunchems and explained the only solution in some cases: chopping off hair.

"Just don't do it, don't buy these," Wade wrote. "My poor niece with long beautiful hair begged me not to cut it. I soldiered for nine hours on her birthday before gracefully giving up. Her butt-length hair is now chin-length. ... I was lucky to save that much."

Spin Master posted a YouTube video in August instructing how to remove the Bunchems, NY Daily News indicated. The company suggested coating hair around the Bunchems with conditioner or vegetable oil before combing below the toy to untangle the knots.

Arlene Biran, Spin Master's vice president of marketing, told BuzzFeed the toy's packaging states parents and kids must keep Bunchems away from hair.

We want everyone to have fun with Bunchems so we encourage them to enjoy Bunchems responsibly and to follow the directions carefully and properly, Biran told BuzzFeed.

My colleague Herb Scribner reported Sunday on other toys reported as hazardous.

World Against Toys Causing Harm revealed its list of worst toys for 2015, according to Scribner: a dart gun, mini-trampoline and "Jurassic World" dinosaur claw all made the cut.
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