2013 "10 Worst Toys"

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Toy 1 :: Army Force Automatic Rifle

Toy 1 :: Army Force Automatic Rifle

Price: $19.95
Manufacturer or Distributor: Chuangfa Toys Factory
Retailer(s): Amazon.com
Age Recommendation: “8 years and up” (online); “Age for 3 years old” (packaging)
Warnings: “WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD- small parts. Not for children under 3 years,” and other warnings (package)

HAZARD: REALISTIC TOY WEAPONRY!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! In today’s world, there is no excuse for outfitting children with realistic toy weapons designed to produce dangerous and unnecessary thrills. Existing regulations addressing the hazards associated with such “toys” are inadequate. Detailed replicas have resulted in a number of deaths through the years and should never be sold as toys.

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Toy 2 :: Big Rock & Roll Ball Pit

Toy 2 :: Big Rock & Roll Ball Pit

Price: $39.99
Manufacturer or Distributor: The Little Tikes Company
Retailer(s): Toys R Us
Age Recommendation: “3+ years”
Warnings: “CAUTION: Use only under Competent Supervision”; DO NOT dive on, climb on, or jump off of item”; and numerous other warnings and cautions
HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR IMPACT INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Children as young as 3-years-old are encouraged to climb inside or push this rolling, inflatable ball pit. The manufacturer cautions that “competent adult supervision is required….,” however the box portrays unsupervised children at play.

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Toy 3 :: Max Steel Interactive Steel With Turbo Sword

Toy 3 :: Max Steel Interactive Steel With Turbo Sword

Price: $27.99
Manufacturer or Distributor: Mattel
Retailer(s): Kmart; ToysRUs.com; Target.com; Walmart.com
Age Recommendation: “4+”
Warnings: “WARNING: Small parts may be generated” (package)

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR IMPACT INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Young children are encouraged to “attach steel to turbofy” this rigid plastic sword, measuring approximately 2 feet long. The blade has the potential to cause facial or other impact injuries.

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Toy 4 :: Disney Princess Backpack Fishing Kit

Toy 4 :: Disney Princess Backpack Fishing Kit

Price: $14.98
Manufacturer or Distributor: Disney; Pure Fishing, a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation
Retailer(s): Toys R Us
Age Recommendation: “For ages 4 and up”
Warnings: “Warning: contains lead. May be harmful if eaten or chewed. May generate dust containing lead.”

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR CHEMICAL INGESTION INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This “Disney Princess” backpack, marketed for children as young as 4-years-old, includes a tackle box, sunglasses, and “practice casting plug.” Remarkably, the cardboard insert warns that the play item “contains lead,” which may be “harmful if eaten or chewed,” and further that the toy “[m]ay generate dust containing lead.” Toxic chemicals should not be in children’s products.

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Toy 5 :: Black Widow Folding Slingshot

Toy 5 :: Black Widow Folding Slingshot

Price: $30.75
Manufacturer or Distributor: Barnett Outdoors, LLC
Retailer(s): Amazon.com
Age Recommendation: “6 months and up” (online only)
Warnings: “Disclaimer of liability” that “[i]f improperly used…could cause severe harm”; and other cautions and instructions

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR SERIOUS BODILY INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This slingshot marketed by a company offering for sale “the most powerful slingshot in the world!”was purchased online in Amazon’s “toys & games” section for ages “6 months and up.” It is illegal for slingshots to be sold in Massachusetts. In past years, as a result of W.A.T.C.H.’s efforts and the cooperation of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, such weaponry has been removed from toy store shelves. Other states, including New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington, have similar statutes.

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Toy 6 :: Little Drummer

Toy 6 :: Little Drummer

Price: $19.99
Manufacturer or Distributor: Hape Toys
Retailer(s): Toyshop.com; Amazon.com; Stellabella Toys
Age Recommendation: “12 M+”
Warnings: None

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR INGESTION AND CHOKING INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This multi-colored drum is sold for babies as young as twelve-months-old. The manufacturer provides no warnings regarding the slender, rigid approximately 6 ½” long drumstick, which has the potential to be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.

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Toy 7 :: Boomerang “Throw & Catch”

Toy 7 :: Boomerang “Throw & Catch”

Price: $1.27 (based on $30.46 for a case of 24)
Manufacturer or Distributor: Kole Imports
Retailer(s): Amazon.com
Age Recommendation: “16 months and up” (online); “Not for children under 3 years” (package)
Warnings: “WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD- small parts (package); “Unsuitable for children under 36 months, because it’s a flying toy,” and other cautions

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR IMPACT INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! This rigid plastic boomerang incorporates whistles that “make a bee sound” when thrown. The manufacturer cautions that the “toy” should not be aimed at “people and animals.” Boomerangs should not be sold for children of any age.

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Toy 8 :: Disney Baby Snow White

Toy 8 :: Disney Baby Snow White

Price: $13.99
Manufacturer or Distributor: Tollytots Limited
Retailer(s): Kmart; ToysRUs.com; Amazon.com
Age Recommendation: “2+”
Warnings: “WARNING: Remove all packaging attachments like rubber band and/or plastic strap before giving product to child”

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR CHOKING INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! Oral-age children as young as 2-years-old are encouraged to add “Baby Snow White” to their “royal nursery” collection. The doll is sold wearing a detachable headband with a plastic heart-adorned bow that poses the potential for choking if ingested.

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Toy 9 :: N-Strike Jolt Blaster

Toy 9 :: N-Strike Jolt Blaster

Price: $4.99
Manufacturer or Distributor: Hasbro
Retailer(s): Kmart; Amazon.com; Hasbro.com; Kohls.com
Age Recommendation: “Ages 8+”
Warnings: “CAUTION: Do not aim at eyes or face. TO AVOID INJURY: Use only darts designed for this product. Do not modify darts or dart blaster”

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR EYE INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The manufacturer of this “jolt blaster” which packs a “powerful punch,” encourages children to “[h]ide it in your pocket to get the drop on your unsuspecting target!” The dart provided can shoot with enough force to potentially cause eye injuries.

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Toy 10 :: The Spooner – Freestyle

Toy 10 :: The Spooner – Freestyle

Price: $39.99
Manufacturer or Distributor: Spooner, Inc.
Retailer(s): Amazon.com; Stellabella Toys
Age Recommendation: “Ages 3+” (package insert)
Warnings: “Use at your own risk”; “Ride at your own risk”; “Board sports are dangerous. Ride spooners…at your own risk” (package inserts)

HAZARD: POTENTIAL FOR HEAD OR OTHER IMPACT INJURIES!

W.A.T.C.H. OUT! The “Spooner” is a polyethylene board resembling a skateboard without wheels. Marketed as the “ultimate fun board!”children are encouraged to go online for “trick tips,” such as the “180° Spin” and “The Flipper,” which can be done “on all surfaces.” The manufacturer makes no mention of safety gear, and children pictured on the packaging are not wearing helmets or other safety protections.