Does Ikea have ‘grandmother issues’?

Taken along to amuse my 11 month old grandson while my son and daughter-in-law debated the merits of Ektorp vs Ekenas, I was having a grand old grandmother time! Not wanting to hurt anyones feelings but my little prince really is the handsomest, smartest little fellow – and he does seem to find me very amusing.

Little prince

I happily traipsed  him through the Ikea toy department which always seems to have colourful and imaginative toys…although the prices do make me wonder about child labour or at least sweatshops. They have a fairy tale line in toys…you know the stereotypes – princess, prince, red riding hood, wolf…wolf!! I couldn’t believe my eyes… there was the wolf swallowing grandmother whole:

Granny muncher!

Look more closely, this is gruesome stuff!

Poor granny!

Horrified on behalf of my granny sisterhood, I hid it from my grandson’s innocent eyes and raced over to my daughter-in-law who, while not taking it as personally as me, declared wryly “hmmm wonder what toy designer thought that was a good idea!”

I wanted to stay around and watch what types might actually buy such a violent, granny- hating thing but the debate had been decided in favour of Ektorp and we needed to move along. I didn’t notice what this toy was called but after decades of experience with Ikea names it’s probably something like ‘Kilagran’.

And I always thought Sweden was such a peace loving place…


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40 Responses to Does Ikea have ‘grandmother issues’?

  1. I would have been surprised too, and would have gaped, then swiftly walked on by, wondering ….Maybe it’s just pointing out how gruesome those ‘fairy tales’ were in the first place! (Probably no more so than the ghost stories I heard as a child, though…)

  2. I had to laugh a little when I read this post. It does look gruesome doesn’t it! But of course the idea is taken from the Brother Grimm’s tale Little Red Riding Hood. 🙂

  3. Your grandson is so adorable. 🙂 I really do not like that horrible ‘toy’. I can’t imagine who would dream up such a thing. 😦

  4. Ingrid says:

    I’ve made two visits to IKEA in the past few weeks but didn’t venture into the toy section. Kilagran 😆 that probably isn’t a toy sending a good message. Your grandson is indeed a cutie…. future heart breaker!

  5. Gunta says:

    This is hilarious. Hope it was tongue in cheek, because we all grew up with those fairy tales (though we didn’t have the dolls to aid the imagination.) The grandson almost looks like the bear cub that tumbled down the hill in front of us. What a delight.

  6. joannesisco says:

    ToDo LIst …. return the Kilagran to IKEA.

    Aside – your grandson is ADORABLE!! … but then you already knew that 🙂

  7. It is after 11pm here and I am still trying to convince my ten-year-old grandson to go to bed. My husband has been asleep sitting up at the dining room table for the last two hours. My twelve year old grand-daughter has been on her cell phone about as long, but assures me it is some kind of free deal from the provider. Right now, I’d settle for being eaten by a wolf! Your grandson is adorable by the way . . .

  8. mommermom says:

    He is a cutie! Being a grandmother is the best. I think it is a treat from most points of view. I cannot imagine who thought that toy was a good idea!!

  9. Herman Rosenfeld says:

    Very clever

  10. Kilagranny……oh you are too funny. I vote for the culprit as a ” bored partner”. The partner who doesn’t get a charge out of IKEA’s paper tape measures; hundreds of rows of similar if not identical furniture; painted floor footprints and carts the size of fuel efficient vehicles. Or IKEA’s marketing department to get people blogging about their store – free advertising! Is there a prize?

    • Oh you mean an IKEA ‘co-worker’? It’s meant to imply equality between the workers but there’s certainly no equality between that big hungry wolf and old granny in this toy!

  11. quilt32 says:

    I also agree with Gallivanta. As for that precious child – beautiful.

  12. margaret21 says:

    And how starnge too that all of us, wherever we live in the world, can be united in knowing EXACTLY what IKEA is, and what it sells. So different from Little Red Riding Hood’s day. And what a lovely grandson. Not as lovely as mine, obviously, but still pretty good 😉

  13. Oh your grandson is just gorgeous! I would have whisked him away from that toy as well, how bizarre.

  14. Was that toy actually made like that? Perhaps the granny doll had been stuffed in the wolf’s mouth by a disturbed child.
    On to more mundane things, good choice with the Ektorp. We have that!

  15. Nancy says:

    What a sweet little prince indeed! As for nursery rhymes in general… there were many that were pretty violent. However… who would make such a toy as this?? YIKES!!

  16. Sue Slaght says:

    Well first let me say that your Grandbaby is indeed one adorable child! As to the Grandmother being swallowed alive it seems that perhaps some designer has some relationship issues. 🙂

  17. Lavinia Ross says:

    It is a very different culture these days than the one I grew up in. Better in many respects, worse in others. I often wonder if it is possible to take the best of the old ways and merge with the best of the new. I like Gallivanta’s response! 🙂

    • A merger of old and new would be lovely! The idea of the granny with the wolf in a chokehold is a perfect antidote…and I’m sure she’d release him once he’s learnt his lesson.

  18. Gallivanta says:

    Goodness! How gruesome. Perhaps the idea is that the child can remove Granny and rescue her from the wolf. This then encourages the child to believe he/she can cope with challenges! 😉 😉 Next we need a toy where Granny has the wolf in a stranglehold to show the child that Granny is an independent woman. Your little cutie looks as though he is still happy to play with a real Granny.

  19. Kilagran – LOL! And I agree, that’s a horrible toy!!

  20. sheila katz says:

    Yah, you gotta be careful what “culture” you expose them too. I put on The Lion King for Georgia yesterday, never having seen it prior and was appalled at how violent it was. Just wanted to spice up her life with different media from Dora the Explorer, but we’re back to Dora.

    • Yes Dora is a good role model. Just don’t show her Nemo – his mother and brothers and sisters all get eaten by a barracuda, he is disabled and the sole survivor along with his traumatized father – all in the first 5 minutes!! You can fast forward and the rest is delightful.

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