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Play-Doh Vows to Replace Phallic-Shaped Play Set Piece After Outrage

An unfortunately shaped Play-Doh set piece has forced Hasbro back to the drawing board. Some parents expressed dismay on social media after unpacking the "extruder tool" in the Play-Doh Cake Mountain playset, which they said resembles a penis. The clear plastic tool was designed to squeeze Play-Doh "frosting" onto a toy cake, but many didn't think it looked quite like a baking utensil. "Play-Doh my daughter also received the 'interestingly' shaped frosting decorator. Wow people really?! We didn't see this going badly?" Nicole Pflieger posted on Play-Doh's Facebook page.

"We have heard some consumer feedback about the extruder tool in the Play-Doh Cake Mountain playset and are in the process of updating all future Play-Doh products with a different tool," said a on post on Play-Doh's Facebook page, adding that anyone who already bought the toy and wanted to exchange the part could do so.

Other parents came to Hasbro's defense, saying that most children who received the kit, which is made for children age 3 and up, probably wouldn't make the same connection their parents did. "I showed the picture to my 6 year old and asked her what she thought it was ... 'A spaceship. Am I right? It looks like a spaceship,'" Treasure Leigh Davis posted on Play-Doh's Facebook page. Other parents commented that their children thought the toy looked like a "shotter" (syringe), "elephant's nose," and as it was intended, the thing "to do the frosting."

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— Elisha Fieldstadt