No longer screwed!
I just replaced the batteries on a new V-Tech toy and didn't need to use a screwdriver to get into the battery chamber. Honest to God! Like an old fashioned toy (circa 1985) I just popped open the little door to get to the batteries.
If you don't have kids, you might have missed the level four-terror alert-code red-sealed up tighter than an Opus Dei's private parts wave of toy packaging and production. You need tools to take a toy out of its package today. More tools to open the battery chamber.
Tickle Me Elmo Extreme arrived in his box tied down like Gulliver by the Lilliputians. The poor furry monster had at least 18 heavy wire twisty ties on his arms, legs and torso. I thought I had purchased the S&M version of Elmo by accident.
This V-Tech cursive writing board did require a screwdriver to unscrew it from its cardboard box, if I recall the litany of swears on Christmas morning at my folks house. But once free? That board needs NOTHING! Not even a penny, which was the required tool for the V-Tech Smile video games we bought.
I wonder if anyone at V-Tech has been fired for leaving the battery door open?