Toys are an important part of the human society because, among other things, they play a critical role in helping children learn and understand the world, explore relationships and reinforce lessons. And of course they are central when it comes to playtime. Everyone, at some stage in his or her life, has experienced the value of toys, regardless of the type or nature of them.
One of the surest ways of making children happy is providing them with toys because, at their stage of life, nothing matters more than having fun. Although toys are made primarily for children, grown-ups also have their own toys… but we won’t discuss toys for grown-ups in this particular article!
Toy manufacturers know that children have an insatiable appetite for toys, so they make it their goal to produce as many cool, attractive and fashionable toys as they can. Toy manufacturers know so well that, when a child sets his or her mind at getting a particular toy, his or her parent often has no choice but to buy it – which is, of course, great for the toy business.
However, the need for toy manufacturers to come up with the best toys and, in the process, make the most money has led to the production of toys that can only be described as inappropriate. There are so many inappropriate toys on the market today and this article will list just a few of them. Do you think that the manufacturers of these toys cared about the impact that they could have on the kids at all?
20. Marvel Deluxe Shapeshifter Action Figures
If you’re looking for the perfect gift to buy for a boy on his birthday – or just on any other occasion – you can never go wrong with getting him an action figure of his favourite superhero. Action figures bring the comic books and cartoons to life in such a way that a child gets to hold a superhero in his or her hands – and the feeling to most of them is just awesome. However, some action figures might not quite send the best message home, or is it just those of us beyond our teenage years that can see that there is something seriously wrong with the above “Marvel Deluxe Punisher” action figure?
19. Crocodile Eating Man
If you were to make a toy today, one of the most important aspects you need to consider is the impact that the toy will have on the children who will end up getting it. Regardless of how strong you want to pass a certain message, it is just not a good idea to have a “crocodile eating a man” as a toy. I am not sure just how much the children who own this above toy love it, but I would not be surprised to find out that some children started having nightmares or developed an irrational fear of crocodiles after receiving such a gift.
18. Inappropriate Coat Hook
A coat hook might not necessarily be meant as a kid’s toy but, when it is all yellow and shaped like a bear, then it certainly qualifies as one. A coat hook is just that; a hook that can hold a coat when you get into a house, where the temperature inside or the nature of the visit allows you to walk around and relax in the house without needing a coat. As a way of doing things a bit differently or even to achieve a bit of humour, makers of all kinds of hooks try to make them look like different things while retaining their original purpose. The above coat hook is inappropriate in the sense that the cute animal looks as if it is erect. That is not the best message to pass to anyone let alone the young ones, is it?
17. SpongeBob Balloon
SpongeBob is one of the most adorable gifts you can ever give a kid, owing to the fact that SpongeBob looks really friendly and the cartoon is famous the world over. The current trend of making inflatable toys has really caught on – and SpongeBob was not left behind. The only problem with the toy is where the manufacturers decided to place the nozzle. The manufacturers clearly didn’t comprehend how awkward it must be for a kid to own a toy that looks as if its “gentleman’s area” is exposed – let alone that they made it in such a way that one has to blow on its exposed area to make it work. Can you see the problem here?
16. Children’s Tattoo Guns
Okay, let’s think about this one for a minute… which parent out there wants to introduce his or her baby daughter or son to tattoos immediately after they learn how to talk? Tattoos are a big deal, and many people have made mistakes that they had to live with for the rest of their lives because they got a tattoo without thinking it through. The decision of whether to have a tattoo or not should be made by an adult who understands the consequences of his or her actions – and you are better off helping a child concentrate on their studies or just playing games.
15. Blow Up Wolverine Hammer
Wolverine is by far one of the toughest, most experienced and most famous of all the X-Men, and he has earned the above status in glorious fashion over the years. Therefore, you can be sure that there are numerous toys out there of different shapes and sizes made to look like Wolverine. However, the above toy might have the picture of Wolverine on it, but we can all agree that there is a serious problem with it. Someone actually has to blow up “Wolverine” over a very particular part of his body for the toy to become the hammer it was meant to be. Do you think there is a level of inappropriateness here, or am I just overreacting?
The great thing about toys is that most of them are made to help kids have a lot of fun, as well as hopefully helping them to learn something about life through the toys that they are playing with. Therefore, you want your child to laugh and play with a toy that you bought him, and not start crying after they see the toy or understand what it represents. Roadkill toys might have been a great idea of trying to make children understand the dangers of crossing the road carelessly but, seriously, some of the toys are just horrendous and revolting. This is the toy to get if you want to give your kid a nightmare but, then again, who the hell wants to do that?
13. Hand Carved Wooden Whistles
Whistles are some of the most important things to carry when going on an adventure in the woods, or when you are playing certain sports. Therefore, whistles have become part of human culture and, in most cases, the person blowing the whistle has a lot of power. However, when whistles look like a certain part of the male anatomy, one cannot help but wonder if he or she would be willing to touch any of those whistles, let alone blow them. Whoever was carving the whistles might have just been busy coming up with a great design that is easy to handle, but the observer sees something totally different. Would you let your child blow that whistle?
12. Cool Toys Racing Game – With Swastika
Toy makers have a hard time when it comes to designing new toys, because they have to try and think outside the box while still retaining the basics in order for kids to relate with the product. Therefore, toy makers have to play around with numerous shapes and even invent new ones. But every now and again they may end up with a very offensive shape that they will not realize is offensive until the toys hit the market. No toy maker would intentionally design or package their toys in a shape that resembles the swastika. The problem with the above packaging is what the resultant shape represents with regard to World War II, nothing else.
11. Giant Sperm Toy
We can all agree that educational toys are the best toys that you can give your child, because he or she will learn things in a fun and interesting way. However, we can also all agree that there are some things that you would feel more comfortable letting the teachers teach children about. For example, buying your baby girl a giant sperm would probably not freak her out, but think about her reaction when she actually realizes what sperm is and where it comes from. Also, how will the other parents react when your little one shows off her sperm and how warm and cuddly it is?
10. Gangster Dolls
If you want to be wealthy, sell a product that millions of people will be interested in and go the extra mile – even if it means tweaking the product slightly to meet the needs of everyone else. Toy manufacturers work with the above principle at heart, which is why you can practically get a toy of any shape, size, colour or theme without much stress. However, we cannot help but question the relevance behind making gangster toys. Since no parent wants his or her child to even think of becoming a gangster, why would someone buy such a gift for his or her child? My best guess would be that these toy manufacturers are reaching out to gangster parents.
9. Toy Cars Wrapped In Grenades & Beer Cans
We are living in times when terrorists are more confident in committing the most atrocious crimes without remorse – and they are working hard to recruit our children so that they can commit such crimes on our own soil. As a nation and even as human beings, we should all stand up against all kinds of terrorism and ensure that it never gets to plague another generation as it has plagued ours. Therefore, we can all understand how offensive it is to wrap toy cars in grenades. It is as if we are teaching our children that handling grenades is no big deal. Beer cans are a lesser evil for children but are an evil nonetheless – underage drinking has cost us thousands of lives, owing to accidents and the terrible consequences that result from irresponsible drinking. Therefore, one can understand just how inappropriately these toys have been wrapped.
8. Pole Dancing Doll
Regardless of just how pretty the above doll looks, we can all agree that the concept behind this doll is simply too inappropriate for kids. We all know that pole dancers are more often than not strippers – and that is hardly a profession anyone would want their daughter to get into. The moment you buy a cute pole dancing doll for your daughter, you are indirectly telling her that pole dancing is acceptable, even for children her age. We should strive to preserve a child’s innocence for as long as possible and let them find out about some things when they are a bit older.
7. Harry Potter Nimbus Vibrating Broom
Thanks to the popularity of the Harry Potter books and movies, kids all over the world want to go through some of the fun experiences that Harry Potter went through. Being a wizard boy, Harry Potter, of course, had to fly around on a broom – so when manufacturers came up with such a broom to sell to the fans, kids begged their parents to get them this toy. However, the toy had a vibrating feature when someone put it between his or her legs – a feature that made the children, especially the older girls, love the toy so much and want to spend a lot of time in their rooms playing with it. We all know why the children loved playing with it, which is why it is so inappropriate.
6. Hitler Toy Doll
Young kids might look at the Hitler toy doll as “just another toy,” but why would anyone want his or her baby to play with such a doll? The doll itself has no problem. The issue is what the doll represents – a man who played a huge role in millions of deaths, a world war, and the negative image that Germany has had to suffer for so many years. Many people have moved on after the terrible experiences that their friends, family members and loved ones went through at the height of the horrors and atrocities of the war, and making a doll out of Hitler is just not helping. What will a parent tell his or her child when she starts asking about the doll?
5. Pull Along Pussy & Pull Along Cock
Seriously, no one in the whole company thought that the names of these two dolls were a bit weird or needed some improvement? Pull Along Pussy and Pull Along Cock are names that really should not be given to toys meant for children, because changing the name from cock to “chicken” and pussy to “cat” is a no-brainer. These toys are not on this list because they are inappropriate, they are on this list because their names are offensive and, more to the point, they seem as if someone went out of his or her way to make them so.
4. Batman Water Pistol
This pistol is not just an offensive toy to look at, but it is an extremely disturbing image for all Batman fans all over the world. The designer and manufacturer of this toy did not even think about what they were doing because there are so many ways they could have made a water pistol that has even an ounce of respect for the character and his fans. Consider the positioning of the water nozzle and the position of the water pistol’s trigger, aren’t these just plain offensive? Furthermore, the toy makers do not even know what Batman’s weapons are and how they work. In what movie or comic book did we ever see Batman shooting water out of his mouth?
3. Drug Dealer Magnet Set
Can you believe that there is actually a drug dealer magnet set out there for sale to children, at approximately $10, and no one seems to care about that whole situation? Yes, the guys who designed and actually made this set of toys and fridge magnets were probably thinking that they were just doing it for fun, but think about it for a minute. Can you imagine the amount of money our government has to spend annually rehabilitating drug addicts and fighting the war on drugs, or the lives that are lost due to exposure to drugs, addiction, and even through drug dealing complications? When you think about all that, then you will realize just how inappropriate these fridge magnets are.
2. Pretty Death Rope
Despite the fact that most people can’t understand the majority of what is written on the box, the writings that are actually in English are very disturbing. What do the manufacturers of whatever this is mean by “pretty death”? The “pretty” rope inside the box is tied to resemble a hangman’s noose, but the glitter and the cute packaging means that the rope is definitely for children. Is it remotely possible that the manufacturer of this “toy” is suggesting that there is such a thing as a pretty death, or that children can play with a hangman’s noose whenever they want to? Can’t anyone see just how dangerous this toy is, even without taking the rope out of the box?
1. Toy Assault Rifles
It doesn’t really matter what your stance with regard to gun ownership is, what matters here is that we need to protect our children from all forms of harm and danger, and not bring them up knowing that they can shoot each other just for fun. You can imagine how sad it is that there are some terrorists who recruit children to perform their terrible criminal acts, making it hard for the police to control them because they are just children. When we make toy assault rifles and give them to children to play with, we are sending the wrong message. Getting a toy that looks exactly like a machine designed for killing human beings and giving it to a child is just inappropriate.