It’s very common to find bootleg toys online or in your local dollar store that are not only shoddily made but of questionable taste as well. However, it’s not just the unlicensed tat that’s making many shoppers cringe as they’re walking down aisles at their local toy stores...
It’s likely the marketing directors, quality control officers, or toy designers responsible for the following massive toy industry failures were fired when these controversial toys hit the shelves. Some of these shocking toys were pulled from the shelves once angry parents started to voice their outrage, but some of these products can surprisingly still be purchased if you know where to look. While there are strict regulations in place for toy safety in the United States, these rules apply to standards like the amount of lead or phthalates in a toy; the standards don’t necessarily protect children from the emotional scarring they may endure by playing with a shockingly inappropriate knick knack.
In 2005, over 200 injuries and 20 deaths of children under 15 occurred as a result of toys. Because of statistics like these, product recalls occur all the time and many high profile toys have been recalled and banned. Even if a toy is not deemed dangerous, but has garnered enough high-profile criticism, it can be recalled. Banned toys can fetch top dollar from collectors on the black market; like the infamous Generation 1 Megatron figure from the Transformers toy line which was banned for sale on eBay because it transformed into a toy gun. The figure regularly sells on Amazon for more than $200 USD when it is mint in box. From toys laced with an inappropriate dose of sexual innuendo to extremely dangerous children’s playthings, here’s a look at ten of the most shocking children’s toys of all time.
10 Stripper Pole Dolls
9 Vibrating Nimbus 2000
8 Black “Oreo Fun Barbie”
7 Dora The Explorer Aquapet
6 World Trade Center Airplane Toy
5 Lego Concentration Camp
4 Black Peter Toys
3 Rad Repeatin’ Tarzan
2 Snack Time Cabbage Patch Dolls
1 Lawn Darts – The Original Dangerous Kind
You can still buy lawn darts, or jarts, today, but only the redesigned safer versions with plastic tips are sold in stores. The original design for lawn darts featured a heavy metal tip that could prove to be extremely dangerous – and even deadly. The father of a girl killed by a lawn dart when it pierced her skull managed to get them banned completely in the United States in 1988; before 1988 the metal-tipped lawn darts were banned from being marketed as children’s toys, but they were still allowed to be sold to anyone without a license.
featured illustration: Ryan Olbrysh via Las Vegas Weekly
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