With the holidays fast approaching it’s getting to be crunch time to find those perfect gifts. And kids can be so hard to shop for, can’t they? Well for the budding scientist in your life how about a LeMarchand’s Lament configuration puzzlebox from the popular “Hellraiser” horror franchise? Nothing makes a kid mature faster than summoning Pinhead and their fellow Cenobites.
Retail giant Walmart has a lament configuration listed for sale. This doesn’t sound like a big deal until you realize the hell-summoning puzzlebox is listed as a STEM toy, for children. While it is listed on Walmart’s website, it’s actually being sold via a 3rd party, Willstar. Meaning Walmart may not even be aware of this on their website…Well until now….
Many 3rd party sellers are known for making cheap knockoffs that sometimes lead to some hilarious results. A case in point is the ever-popular “what I ordered vs what I got” trend which almost always ends in disaster. Despite what the poorly photoshopped images of kids with the toy might indicate, that doesn’t seem to be the case here. [Seriously look at that kid’s hand!]
The product is clearly labeled “Shape Shifting Box – Hellraiser Puzzle Box Lemarchand Solid Wood Lament Le’ Marchant Props Cube.” So Willstar is clearly aware of what the toy is and its connection to the rather graphic “Hellraiser” franchise. And of course, trolls have already taken over the reviews with submissions like “Seems to be suitable for children as my niece was able to solve it. On the other hand, while I initially enjoyed it, when I finally figured out how to get all the configurations, a bunch of metal hooks tore my skin off,” signed by “FrankC.” A reference to Frank Cotton the protagonist at the beginning of the film series. Or “I was promised a gift once I finish this.”
While it retails for just $28.68, the one seemingly real review says it is heavy and looks good. The only issue is they put a barcode sticker on it that took off part of the gold leaf design.
The actual puzzlebox from the original Clive Barker horror film just sold at auction via PropStore, for £137,500 (byers premium). Make your own jokes.