A popular new toy called Bunchems has turned out to be a huge pain for parents and their kids.
Bunchems are brightly colored balls the size of a quarter covered with soft, squishy spikes that interlock with each other to build any shape possible, like LEGOS.
The toy might sound fun, but parents throughout the country have taken to the web to warn the spongy little spheres are straight from the devil.
Bunchems, a small round children’s toy meant to stick together, also sticks to kids’ hair — driving some parents crazy.
“I just spent the last TWO AND A HALF hours (absolutely(sic), 100 percent not an exaggeration) attempting to remove 14 of these bast–d balls out of my daughter’s hair.”
Each packet contains 370 Bunchems, an instruction manual and 36 accessories like eyes, sunglasses and hats.
And there are parents proudly sharing their kids’ fun creations on sites like Instagram.
But others aren’t having it.
“Have a 5 year old who really gets on your nerves? Then give them this and let them play with it unsupervised.”
The company posted a YouTube video in August instructing how to remove the hellish little balls from a person’s hair.
It had been viewed more than 27,000 times as of Saturday.
Spin Master recommends coating the hair surrounding Bunchems with conditioner or vegetable oil, then combing below the toy until the knots are untangled.
Arlene Biran, vice president of marketing at Spin Master, told the Journal the company was looking for ways to better warn parents about Bunchens’ tangly risks.