The toy resembled typical dollar store
The store’s owner, Amar Moustafa, wasn’t specifically aware of the item, but he said parents should inspect toys before purchasing them to determine whether or not any given plaything was 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.
In September 2014, the “Evilstick” was included in a New Zealand newspaper’s roundup of discount store merchandise. That article described the toy’s functionality but made no mention of a hidden embedded image, and it said that the foil flower functioned as a mirror that served to distort the user’s face:
life-sizemodels 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-leafclover 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”.
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 photographs showing the panoply of images to be found on Evilsticks:
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.