"10 Worst Toys of 2013" List ReleasedNov 22, 2013
World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) just released its nominees for its 41st annual “10 Worst Toys of 2013” report. Among other things, the report indicated that so-called “toy weapons,” and other similar toys, should not be gifted to children this holiday season.
The report detailed those toy hazards that parents should be aware of and provides current information on toy recalls. W.A.T.C.H. also discussed how necessary vigilance is when holiday shopping this year. The report also pointed out that toy weapons, those toys that look like guns, slingshots, boomerangs, and projectiles, have the potential to cause tragic, even deadly, accidents, that harm and kill children, yet remain on store shelves. For example, in the 10 top worst toys, W.A.T.C.H. lists the following:
Army Force Automatic Rifle
$19.95; Chuangfa Toys Factory; sold at Amazon.com. This realistic toy weapon was created to produce dangerous and unnecessary thrills; detailed replicas have led to a number of deaths through the years and should never be sold as toys.
Big Rock & Roll Ball Pit
$39.99; The Little Tikes Company; sold at Toys R Us. While the manufacturer warns that “competent adult supervision is required,” the product’s packaging shows unsupervised children at play.
Max Steel Interactive Steel With Turbo Sword
$27.99; Mattel?; sold at Kmart, ToysRUs.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com. This product’s plastic sword may potentially cause facial or other impact injuries.
Disney Princess Backpack Fishing Kit
$14.98; Disney—Pure Fishing, a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation; sold at Toys R Us. This toy contains lead and may generate lead dust.
Black Widow Folding Slingshot
$30.75; Barnett Outdoors, LLC; sold at Amazon.com. The slingshot comes with a disclaimer of liability that warns of extreme harm if improperly used. Slingshots are not allowed for sale in a number of states.
$19.99; Hape Toys; sold at Toyshop.com, Amazon.com, and Stellabella Toys. Although sold for babies, no warnings exist for the 6 ½-inch drumstick, which poses a choking hazard.
Boomerang “Throw & Catch”
$1.27 (based on $30.46 for a case of 24); Kole Imports; sold at Amazon.com. This toy comes with various warnings—choking hazards, small parts, and that the toy should not be aimed at people and animals. W.A.T.C.H. notes that boomerangs should never be sold to children.
Disney Baby Snow White
$13.99; Tollytots Limited; sold at Kmart, ToysRUs.com, and Amazon.com. This toy contains a number of choking hazards and is marketed to young children.
N-Strike Jolt Blaster
$4.99; Hasbro; sold at Kmart, Amazon.com, Hasbro.com, and Kohls.com. The provided dart can shoot with sufficient force to potentially cause eye injuries.
The Spooner – Freestyle
$39.99; Spooner, Inc.; sold at Amazon.com and Stellabella Toys. The Spooner is a polyethylene board that looks like a skateboard with no wheels. Advertising encourages children to learn about “trick tips” online, yet does not mention safety gear. The children on the product’s packaging are not wearing helmets or other protection.