Wristcutters, a Toy Story

Does a dollar store princess wand called the 'Evilstick' hide a terrifying image?

Claim:   A Dollar Store princess wand called the "Evilstick" has a hidden image of a "demonic" girl cutting her wrists.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, November 2014]

I keep on seeing this story about a dollar store toy found in Dayton Ohio here's the news story I we want to know of this is real. It's about a toy called Evil Stick that looks like a princess wand but it makes scary noises and has a pic of a little girl cutting herself when it lights up! Thanks!

Can you look into this about stores selling princess wands that has a hidden picture of a girl cutting her wrists. This was on the news somewhere but I really don't believe it.


Origins:   On 6 November 2014, a news source local to Dayton, Ohio, published a story about a princess wand toy called the "Evilstick." According to that news outlet, Dayton-area mom Nicole Allen had purchased a non-descript, pinkish-orange scepter-style wand for her two-year-old daughter.

Allen said she bought the toy at the $1.00 Store on Linden Avenue in Kettering, and when she unpackaged it, she found in contained a foil flower cutout that concealed a terrifying image of what appeared to be a young girl with red, glowing eyes and a large knife gesturing at slicing her wrist:

The toy resembles typical dollar store off-brand merchandise, which is not infrequently unusual, foreign-made, poorly labeled, or otherwise different from non-discount merchandise found at larger retailers. Allen said she was angry when her son removed the foil to reveal the picture and added that the toy emits a menacing laugh, making it even scarier:
I'm outraged over it. I want to know how they think this is suitable for a child.
The store's owner, Amar Moustafa, wasn't specifically aware of the item; however, he said parents should inspect toys before purchasing them to determine whether or not any given plaything is too scary for small children:
The owner of the store, Amar Moustafa, said he was not aware of the details of the product.

Moustafa said that Allen should have inspected the toy more closely and taken note of the name before purchasing it for her daughter.

Moustafa said the Evilstick may have been a leftover Halloween toy but, when we visited the store, they were placed with barbie dolls, tiaras, and other girly toys.
Another Dayton resident visited the same store and purchased an Evilstick himself to verify the reports. He found that a few of those Chinese-made toys contained the haunting image in question, but most of them did not: they featured a number of different pictures, and he had to sort through two racks of Evilsticks to find one with the same "cutting girl" image:

Other purchasers also posted photos showing the panoply of images to be found on Evilsticks:

In September 2014, the "Evilstick" was included in a New Zealand newspaper's roundup of discount store merchandise. The toy's functionality was described, but no mention was made of a hidden embedded image, and the foil flower was said to function as a mirror that distorted the user's face:
Inside, amidst life-size models of lemons and oranges and a wall of plastic toys for children, is the Evil Stick.

The Evil Stick costs $2.

The Evil Stick is pink.

With the addition of three 1.5 volt batteries, and the flick of a heart-shaped on-off switch, it can "cast shadow the function", according to the packaging, at least.

Its wand form, complete with elegant curlicues, is topped with a five-leaf clover design and a mirror that horribly distorts your features.

Despite its evil status, it "Can send out wonderful music".

Despite its evil status it is suitable for ages 3 and up, and not suitable for children under 3 years.

But most disturbing, dark and deeply enigmatic is this promise: "I can send out the luster [sic] of the beauty".

Last updated:   12 November 2014


    Clark, Lauren.   "Mom Disturbed by Image in Toy Wand."
    Dayton Daily News.   6 November 2014.

    Loughrey, David.   "Blank Stares Thrown Into the Bargain."
    Otago Daily Times.   13 September 2014.

    Petracco, Ben.   "Parents Say 'Evil Stick' Toy Isn't Appropriate for Toddlers."
    WLWT-TV.   7 November 2014.

    WHIO-TV.   "'Princess Wand' Reveals Image of Girl Cutting Wrist"
    6 November 2014.

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