Mummy, will you buy me 'Spastic' for Christmas?

19 November 2010

Oh dear. Hats off to Hasbro for releasing this utterly tasteless Transformer toy. On first glance, it just looks like any other new Transformer figure, however, for some inexplicable reason, it is called 'Spastic'.

Yep, your child could feasibly ask you to get them a "Spastic with Stunticons" toy, which is nice isn't it?
spastic

Hasbro says, rather embarrassedly: "Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention and for the opportunity to respond. The TRANSFORMERS brand intended no offense by use of the name "SPASTIC" for one of its products which has not and will not be available via traditional retail channels in Europe, including the UK. Thank you once again for notifying us about your concern. As a marketer of children’s products, input from parents, families and fans regarding their experiences with our brands is extremely important to us. Our goal is to have all families who enjoy our brands feel good about their purchases and experiences"

[Reg]

TOPICS:   High Street News

12 comments

  • Dr H.
    What. isfunny. about. that. ? .
  • Tiny
    That image on the bottom right of the box looks a bit like a fox,
  • MyLittleFony
    We used to sing a song at school about My Little Pony being made out of plastic, just like a spastic. I guess we were right after all.
  • qwertyuiop
    Just because it's not for sale in the UK doesn't excuse Hasbro for naming it something so tastelessly inappropriate. I could name a product, say a book for example called 'anyone who celebrates thanksgiving is a filthy twat'. Now, just because said product wouldn't go on sale in the US through conventional retail channels, does that mean I can call it that?
  • The B.
    It could be worse, they could have called it Steve Coogan.
  • HappyJim
    @qwertyuiop Yes, yes you can call it that. Though personally, I would call it 'Just because your great-uncle's cousin's dog's former own once stuck his knob in a pint of Guiness, it doesn't make you Irish, you burger-eating yankee twats.' Followed by the sequel.. 'And next time you're whining about terrorism, how about you think about just many of your countrymen pumped money into the IRA's coffers because of the aforementioned nonexistant connection?' As for the toy, this isn't exactly a first. Jazz Jackrabbit 2 had a main character called 'Spaz'
  • Herp D.
    It says on the box to "combine with other... figures" can we combine a "SPASTIC" with a "DOWNIE" to create "ULTIMO RETARDO"? That would be crazy awesome if we could! :D
  • LanceVance
    Cuntimus Shite. Wankatron Cum. Vadge-a-con. These are better names for transformers. Spastic isnt so bad. It would be worse if the transformer didnt transform but just dribbled on itself.
  • a n.
    It is only in the UK that spastic means (meant) someone with cerebal palsy. In the US, spastic is not offensive and just means someone that is clumsy. Tiger woods called himself a spaz a while ago, and no-one in the US cared, whereas the press in the UK made loads of it, since they thought his intention was to be offensive.
  • spaz j.
    I dread to think what people think about SPAZ JUICE (a genuine product).
  • Joey H.
    At last, someone names a product after me.
  • zleet
    Shouldn't he be called 'scope' now?

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