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Fisher-Price's Iconic Farm Set Gains an iPad Dock and Loses Imagination Requirements

Illustration for article titled Fisher-Prices Iconic Farm Set Gains an iPad Dock and Loses Imagination Requirements

If you grew up in the 1980s playing with Fisher-Price's now iconic Little People Barnyard Playset (remember the mooing sound effect when you opened the barn door?) prepare to be just a little saddened at the company's modernized version of it.

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Tiny fields of imaginary wheat have been replaced with an iPad dock and the Little People Apptivity Barnyard companion app. Available sometime this fall the playset still includes a handful of Little People characters and animals, but they've been 'enhanced' with capacitive nubs on the bottom allowing them to interact with the iPad's touchscreen display. Admittedly some of the mini-games were kind of fun, particularly recklessly tearing around the farm with the little tractor, but it's hard not to be nostalgic of a time when kids just relied on their imaginations.

Illustration for article titled Fisher-Prices Iconic Farm Set Gains an iPad Dock and Loses Imagination Requirements
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stacyinbean

Isn't it generally accepted that children should be "screenless" until at least 2, if not longer? I hope this is an exhibit of terrible toys and not the Fisher-Price booth at CES.