Parents across the internet are making some disturbing discoveries this week about some hidden features on the toys our kids are playing with. Last week, one mom shared a video after finding an inappropriately placed button on her daughter’s Hasbro Trolls ‘Poppy’ doll. The toy has since been removed from store shelves.
This week, more disturbing news came after a mom discovered risqué lingerie on her daughter’s LOL Surprise dolls. Yep, you read that right.
After watching a video of the doll’s color-changing outfits online, Hillary Williams says she wanted to try it out for herself.
In a now-viral video posted on Facebook, Hillary starts by showing a naked doll—proving that she has no other markings on her body prior to the experiment—before submerging her into ice water.
The real surprise is not that an outfit was revealed—but which outfit. After being placed in ice water, the doll came out wearing a full, strappy, lingerie set, complete with garter stockings and accents that draw attention to very specific parts of the doll’s body.
Hillary, whose reaction to the doll’s transformation is nothing short of SHOCKED, goes on to test several more of her daughter’s LOL surprise dolls—each revealing yet another risqué surprise.
As the name suggests, LOL Surprise dolls are designed with hidden surprises in mind. Some change color and outfits in water, while others cry, spit, and even wet themselves. The dolls are marketed as complete surprises, hidden in a sphere with their gender, clothing and accessories a secret until they are completely unboxed.
But this isn’t the first time LOL Surprise dolls have come under fire.
In 2019, Reddit user tiffythebomb shared the same “secret spy outfit” that Hillary discovered on her daughter’s doll.
“And for whatever reason the nipples become extremely visible,” the user wrote.
Which leads to the next bone parents have had to pick with LOL Surprise: Anatomically correct dolls. Last year, the company received backlash after parents discovered that some of these dolls revealed anatomically correct private parts, and were less than impressed.
“Attention parents please check your children’s LOL Surprise dolls,” one parent wrote. “The boy dolls are inappropriate and obscene for small children especially girls as they are anatomically correct with no warning on the packaging.”
Following the claims, CEO and founder of MGA Entertainment, Isaac Larian, told the New York Post that the design was intentional.
“All of our LOL Surprise boy dolls have been (and will continue to be) anatomically correct,” Larian said. “We currently have a notification on all packaging, website and product retail pages that states the LOL Surprise! boys are anatomically correct. After all, human beings are naturally and anatomically correct. Do we want to fight the nature and give false impression to kids from early age? Parents can decide this and buy or don’t buy it.”
Many commenters on Hillary’s post, which has racked up more than 26 million views on Facebook alone in the last two days, were equally outraged by the discovery. Several others criticized her parenting and argued that she should have known better…because all parents naturally think that their kids’ dolls are going to be wearing hidden lingerie.
Ultimately, it’s important to know that this is not the case with all of the LOL surprise dolls. Many commenters said they tried the experiment at home and did not have the same result as Hillary. Still, there are several videos like hers on the internet, so if your kids do play with LOL Surprise dolls, it couldn’t hurt to have a look for yourself.
There’s a lot that we can’t protect our kids from these days. But we can be educated, informed, and stay vigilant.