“ Brand: Slam / Novelty Toys „
Talk about tacky. The Pup Pencil Sharpener is a cheaply made little item, consisting of generically moulded, largely featureless puppy made of shiny white plastic, standing on all fours with his tail raised in the air. The puppy has a hole in his backside into which pencils can be inserted and then sharpened, as there is a cheap little standard pencil sharpener clumsily glued to the inside of the hollow plastic figurine. Pencils can then be sharpened either by rotating the dog or by pressing down on the gog's back and rotating the pencil. When full of shavings, the front and back half of the dog can be unscrewed and seperated, and the shavings removed. This is a very coarse idea that will not appeal to the majority, although if bad-taste figurines (such as the Bad Taste Bears range) are your thing, then this might be as well. The figurine itself is not very aesthetically pleasing, and its not even particularly fit for purpose as a pencil sharpener, as it is completely lacking in ergonomic design. I can see its appeal a desk toy for a mischeivous office-worker, but its certainly not suitable for children (especially young impressionable children who share a house with pets), and indeed the majority of adults are likely to find the item distasteful. Consisting as it does of just 2 pieces of thick shiny plastic, the sharpener is robust and unlikely to break, but even so it really isnt worh paying more than 2 or 3 quid for at the most, with amazon's price of £7 being pretty ridiculous really, especially considering that the actual sharpener contained within is just a cheap one that you can buy instationary box for pennies.