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Toy WTF: Yes, Another Dora Complaint

I’ve written before about how it is almost impossible to find secondary Dora characters in toy stores. Here’s a picture of our local Toys R Us’s Dora section. Despite the fact that Boots is Dora’s co-star, not a single Boots figurine could be found– not to mention the missing Benny the Bull, Isa the Iguana, Tico the Squirrel and Swiper the Fox.

There is apparently only one character on "Dora".

To make matters worse, the one item that DID include a picture of Boots on the packaging was misleading. Doesn’t it look like this bag contains a Boots Monkey?

If you think this case contains a Boots, you are wrong.

How could you make a bag with Boots so blatantly displayed and then not include him? The bag contained a Dora doll and that was about it. WTF?

Let’s get more Boots in the toy stores. I know he’s available online and that’s great, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who does most of my toy-buying the old-fashioned way. Boots deserves at least 1/4 of the space on the shelves that Dora has, but he’s completely missing. Seriously, toy stores, WTF?



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Watch Out on Those Dollhouse Purchases

I’ve written before about how Boots doesn’t come with the Dora Magical Welcome House and the trauma this caused to my then 2-year-old. Another mom, Katie, has sent in pictures of an advertisement for the Dora Windows Surprise Dollhouse.

Looks like it comes with a bunch of stuff, right? I mean, you’d think a plastic dollhouse would come with a couple of accessories. Well, be careful. As I learned with our Dora’s Magical Welcome dollhouse, they aren’t even thoughtful enough to include Boots in the dollhouse– only Dora. Check out this product description from Amazon:

“Included are a Dora figure and a couch but you can add on and decorate your dollhouse with additional figures, furniture and accessories (each sold separately).”

So, you get a couch and a Dora. Woo hoo! Fun times playing with Dora talking to herself and sitting on a couch only.

Take a look at the Boots accessory pack you can buy separately:

A couple of things bother me about this. A) Why does Boots always come with Isa instead of Dora? Boots and Isa very rarely talk and they certainly don’t go together more than Boots goes with Dora. If anything, Isa and Tico should be sold together, not Boots and Isa. B) Why the hell is Boots wearing a raincoat?!

I am again insulted for Boots.

But I really wrote this to remind you as you do your holiday shopping to read the labels carefully. I know on our Magical Welcome Dollhouse the packaging was designed to make it look like it included all the characters and a bunch of furniture. It didn’t. From what I can tell from these pictures, the packaging for the Windows Surprise house is similarly misleading.

In short, good luck out there! I hope when your kids open their toys this holiday season, there are no meltdowns resulting in a week-long search for the figurine of a secondary tv character.


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Toy Industry Rant: Unacceptable Boots Toy

I’ve written before about the unfair Boots/Dora toy ratio in most toy stores and Dora paraphernalia. Since I posted that, I’ve been especially sure to look over the Dora section at the toy store to make sure Boots is underrepresented. He always is. Often he’s not there at all. Then, the other day I discovered this monstrosity.

This is Baby Boots Sitter Dora the Explorer. Dora is Baby Boots baby sitter. What the heck is that all about?

I know I’m reading too much into this, but seriously? No. This is completely and utterly wrong. Boots is the same age as Dora. He is not a baby. He should not be baby-worn by Dora. He is her equal. They are friends. Turning Boots into a baby is degrading to Boots!

Boots should be swinging from trees and singing about adventures. He should not be riding around strapped to Dora’s chest while sucking on a bottle.

This toy is an insult to Boots Monkey! I rather not have Boots on the toy shelf at all than to have this monstrosity smiling down on me. Since when is Dora big enough to be baby-sitting anyway? If there has to be a Baby Boots product, he should be marketed with a Baby Dora product (such a product probably already exists, but I’m just saying).

I know. It’s fun. It’s make-believe. But it’s make-believe in a way that’s… monkey-ist. If there’s a Baby Boots strapped to Dora’s chest, there should be a Dora strapped to Boots’ chest. Why does Boots have to play the baby? It would be one thing if there had been a ton of other Boots products in the store, but this was the only Boots toy there. How unfair and inaccurate to Dora’s co-explorer!

Boots Monkey, I support you in what I’m sure is your outrage over this travesty of a toy! (If only the fictional cartoon show Boots could answer me, right?)

Next time I see a Boots toy in the store, he better be doing something equal to Dora and not just her pawn in some baby-sitting role playing game (which sounds a little perverted, no?). Boots is no sidekick. He’s a co-star and he deserves to be treated with respect!*

*Boots Monkey endorses this statement. He was running for political office, but sadly lost the election Tuesday.


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Toy Industry Rant: Where is Boots Monkey?!

My daughter Lily has an obsession with “Dora the Explorer”, or, as she liked to call it when she was newly two, “Boots Dora”. Note that Boots’s name came before Dora’s. There was a reason and purpose to that. Lily thinks Boots Monkey is THE star of “Dora the Explorer”.

If you watch the show from her perspective, she is not incorrect. Boots is as integral to nearly every plot as Dora is. He does practically everything with her. He is almost never off the screen. I think he is supposed to be considered a sidekick, but I think to a lot of kids he seems more like a co-star. Backpack and Map, now those are some sidekicks. They help get the job done, but they don’t have as many lines or as much screen time as Dora. Boots is on the screen so much, his name should probably be in the title with Dora’s– “Dora and Boots the Explorers”. It doesn’t have as nice of a ring to it, but it’s more true to the show.

Despite Boots’s prominence in the show, there’s a ridiculous lack of Boots merchandise in most toy stores. When you get to the Dora section, there are usually plenty of Dora dolls in a wide-variety of sizes, but you are lucky to find even a 1-inch Boots action figure for the Magical Welcome Dollhouse. In fact, Dora’s Magical Welcome Dollhouse doesn’t even come with Boots. It only comes with Dora! What kind of madness is that?!

It’s really hard to find any Boots merchandise, which really gets to be a problem when your daughter thinks the show is actually titled “Boots Dora”. Boots appears on very few pieces of clothing. In fact, last year my daughter was so particular about her “Boots Dora” apparel that if someone got her a Dora shirt without Boots on it, she’d refuse to wear it.

When my daughter was wearing pull-ups, the industry’s apparent lack of concern over the appearance of Boots caused some major issues at our house. Boots was on the back of about half of the Pampers Easy-Ups. If Boots wasn’t on the back of her diaper, my daughter REFUSED to put it on. She refused to wear other brands as well. She is very picky about what she puts on her butt, apparently. So I ended up drawing Boots Monkey on the back of hundreds of Easy-Ups. Whenever we’d buy a new case of Easy-Ups, I knew I had a major art project ahead of me. I literally spent hours making sure there was always a Boots on her butt.

I got so irrate over this that I actually wrote an angry email to Pampers begging them to get more consistent about whether Boots is on the back of the Easy-Up or not. There was no good reason for him not to be on every single diaper! I got back an email that I would have to get my “idea” copyrighted for them to consider a “design change”. I was livid. It wasn’t a design change! I wasn’t looking for money! It was a simple request to just put the damn monkey on the back of every diaper so I could stop drawing! Surely my kid isn’t the only one who wants to see him there?

Apparently she wasn’t because Boots now seems to be on the back of each diaper. Go figure. No copyright or anything. (Maybe I should have gotten that copyright? Money? But I wanted the same design, just on every diaper instead of just half of them?)

I don’t think I’m insane to want to see more Boots products in the stores. I think most kids would love to have a 12-inch Boots Monkey to play with their 12-inch Dora. What fun is a Dora doll without a Boots Monkey?

It makes me wonder if the toy and clothing industry representatives who design and distribute Dora merchandise have ever actually watched the show. I think watching the show is an important part of doing your job as a person who designs and sells Dora products. If they actually watched the show, we’d have access to far more Boots products as well as plenty of things for Boots and Dora’s multitude of sidekicks. We would love to see more Benny the Bull products in this house!

So, toy/clothing/diaper industry people, if you are listening, just remember, Boots is not a sidekick. He’s a very important main character for most of the “Boots Dora” viewing audience. Give us more Boots stuff!

And you had better leave Boots on the back of every diaper or I have a Sharpie pen with your name on it. I’m out of the diaper drawing business! (Please start putting him on underwear too.)

Tell me I’m not alone in this outrage that is the lack of Boots Monkey merchandise! Maybe we should start a petition? Just kidding. Sort of.



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