Alexey has found the ubiquitous Grocery Shrink Ray is also zapping toys. The pictured Imaginarium blocks used to come in sets of 200, as is reflected in the old price tag, barely visible at the bottom of the screen, but has been shrunk down to 150.
Last Sunday, we stopped by Toys’R’Us to buy some present for our daughter. What caught my eye, though, was that the wooden block set we bought several months earlier was hit by a shrink ray: it used to be 200 pieces in a box, now it’s only 150. Photos attached (sorry for the quality, took them with a cellphone). Ironically, the price tag still lists the item as “200 pcs” — so there are less blocks for the same price.
Maybe this is just Imaginarium’s way of forcing kids to be more creative and do more with less. It should prepare them well for downsizing-happy corporate culture.