November 21, 2005

Worst toys

Writing about web page http://www.toysafety.org/worstToyList_index.html

American, but still interesting.

Mostly cited for choking hazards, but personal non-choking favourites are:

38 AIR KICKS KICKAROOS ANTI-GRAVITY BOOTS - got to get these…

These "anti-gravity boots" fit over shoes so that children can "seem to defy gravity" and "bounce across the yard like a Gazelle!" The manufacturer's safety instructions include the unrealistic directive to "always remain in control of your motions", and to use a "protective helmet as well as gloves, knee and elbow pads during use". Children pictured on the packaging have no protective gear whatsoever.

FANTASTIC 4 ELECTRONIC THING HANDS

These oversized fists, resembling those of a popular comic book and movie character, are sold to enable six year olds to "smash!" and "crash!" just like the "super strong creature." Remarkably, at the same time children are encouraged to engage in "clobberin time!", parents are warned that the toy is "intended to be used only for dress-up fantasy play", and that "serious injury could result" should it be used to strike a person or pet.

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