When it comes to children’s toys, parents hope that what they buy will provide some harmless fun. But when Jasmine Nikunen bought her daughter Scarlett a pack of Bunchems, the latter’s fortune took a turn for the worse when 50 of the little toys became fused in the young girl’s long, blonde hair.
But before we discover just what happened to young Scarlett, let’s find out more about the company behind Bunchems. It all began in in 1994, after Ronnen Harary and Anton Rabi graduated from The University of Western Ontario. The childhood friends founded a toy company called Spin Master that year, and their first creation came to life after they put an initial $10,000 investment into their business.
Ronen and Anton – along with classmate Ben Varadi, who joined Spin Master in 1994, too – first manufactured a toy called the Earth Buddy. They constructed the simple toy, which the company describes as “a nylon stocking-covered head of sawdust topped with grass seeds.” And with regular watering, the Earth Buddy’s grass grew to look like its hair.