Hello there, Erin Sloan here, Plastics News audience engagement editor. You might remember me from sharing my experiences working from home with two kids during a pandemic.
Well, I'm here to share that while the world worries about shortages, there was no shortage of high jinks from my son, Clark, who is almost 4.
Both my kids, and their cousins, are into Star Wars right now. So instead of getting the hot new Baby Yoda toys, I went to eBay in search of new-in-box Star Wars dolls.
You know, ones that were bought by fanboys and collectors five years ago only to be resold for double the price?
I had little trouble picking up all the characters, from Luke Skywalker, to three different Leias, a couple Chewbaccas and a few of the more niche ones, for a reasonable price tag.
I wrapped and naively left out a few of them for a party. Apparently, the "Santa knows" talk didn't really phase Clark much and later that day I heard the sound of wrapping paper crinkling.
Clark had opened both presents and was very intensely trying to get through the ample plastic packaging holding Luke in place.
I laughed at first because this doll had been sitting on some nerd's shelf for years and here it was being unceremoniously pecked open by a very upset kid.
After a lot of tears and explanation, Clark helped me return Luke to his packaging and taped up the paperboard holding him in place. He really didn't get very far, thanks to the plastic packaging.
Though it made me pause for a second. Star Wars collectors are notorious for keeping toys unopened. So, did Hasbro include so much plastic because these were intended to stay on the shelf? The prospector from Toy Story 2 went a little mad after being unopened and shelved for so many years. Surely, I wouldn't want Luke to share that same fate and join the Dark Side.
No, Luke and all his rebel friends will be out in "Force" soon enough.
Luke went to one of Clark's cousins at an early holiday party; he didn't even notice the package had already been pre-opened.
As for Clark, I think he'll like opening Kylo Ren and Chewbacca on Christmas morning. I will, too, knowing that I'll have the scissors on hand to free them from carbonite — I mean plastic package.