It’s that time of the year when we start to hear about Santa’s super judgmental “Nice or Naughty List,” and coaxing our children into being good with the promise of presents; but what if those toys we’ve promised them are on the naughty list? Defective toys are a year-round problem, but receive extra attention during the holidays. Here are some of this year’s worst toys according to WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm).
- Jurassic World Velociraptor Claws – These may sound like the coolest thing ever, but think about it… A 5-year-old fashioned with the weapons of a prehistoric predator responsible for more deaths in the Jurassic Park franchise than almost all other dinosaurs combined.
- Leonardo’s Electronic Stealth Sword – Any toy that encourages children to “engage in a ‘Ninja Battle’ with this rigid plastic sword associated with the well-known Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character,” warrants extra eye protection.
- Fold-Up Trampoline – It’s a trampoline (one of the more dangerous activities for children out there today) that quickly folds up for easy transport. The folding capability also turns the trampoline into something along the lines of a snapping mouse-trap for kids.
- Splat X Smack Shot – The name of this toy alone could make most parents wince in pain. The toy comes with the standard warnings, “don’t aim at eyes or faces” and the not so standard “anyone within close distance should be alerted prior to firing.” That’s the same warning they give in the military regarding fragmentation grenades.
- Kid Connection Doctor Set – The toy packaging boasts that it includes everything you need to “play doctor,” which is good, because the number of choking hazards also included is astonishing, despite having absolutely no warning labels.
- Kick Flipper – This “skateboard without wheels” is essentially just a plastic plank that warns in very small font that sliding down hills, stairs or inclines may cause severe head injury. It’s probably best to use it as a TV dinner tray if you already bought one.
- Foam Dart Gun – This very real looking toy gun can damage more than eyes. “In today’s world, there is no excuse for outfitting children with realistic toy weapons designed to produce potentially dangerous and unnecessary thrills,” says WATCH.
- Hoverboard – The battery powered Hoverboard has become a 2015 sensation, likely finding itself on more Christmas lists to Santa than any other item on the list. However, it just may be the most dangerous as well after a recent accident involving a Hoverboard exploding, and causing a fire that destroyed an entire home. Yikes!