Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jumping on the Silly Bandzwagon

If you've so much as seen a child in the last year or so, you're probably at least somewhat aware of the existence of Silly Bandz, and their various knock-offs. If not, they're simply rubber bands that, when left unstretched, maintain a specific shape. Kids started wearing them as bracelets, then started trading them, and a couple of schools decided to try to ban them, which of course ensured the whole thing would become a full-blown craze.

Of course, Disney loves a good craze, especially one that means they can sell a wide variety of cheaply-manufactured trinkets (I'm not really bagging on them for it, if they weren't a company making money, they wouldn't also be making art. Anyway, that's a discussion for another time).

Now I'm a long way from being part of the target market for these things, but I could see why kids might think it was fun to wear a rubber band that can become shaped like Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck, like these:

Naturally, they didn't stop there, though. Now there's Disney bands shaped like princesses, Muppets, villains, Pirates, Cars cars, Toy Story toys, and lots more.

And I can even see why a kid visiting Walt Disney World would be into getting a band shaped like one of icons of the various parks, like these (though Epcot's Spaceship Earth is not terribly different than the traditional rubber band shape of "round"):

But... what are these? If you can't guess, let me show you the packaging for them.

That's right, rubber bands shaped like the various kids of transportation around Disney World... including a bus.

A bus is not a silly band. A bus is a mundane band.

Also... series 1?

1 comment:

  1. My cousin Dennis loves Silly Bandz and sorting his collection into categories. Strangely, his two favorites are "food' and "forms of transportation." But I'm with you-- transportation is less than magical.