Wonder Woman sword, Spider-Man drone land on ‘Worst Toys’ list

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Kipp Brothers "Hand Fidgetz Spinner" is displayed during the World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) news conference to announce their nominees for the "Ten Worst Toys" this holiday season, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Mary Schwalm

November 14, 2017

By Scott Malone

BOSTON (Reuters) – A plastic version of comic-book superhero Wonder Woman’s sword and a Spider-Man drone showed up as villains on a U.S. child safety advocacy group’s annual list of potentially hazardous toys.

The group, World Against Toys Causing Harm, released its “10 Worst Toys” list on Tuesday, around the start of the holiday shopping season, with the goal of alerting parents to playthings that could hurt their children.

Besides the sword, which the group warned could cause “blunt-force injuries,” and the drone’s “potential for eye and body impact injuries,” the list includes toys that could appeal to smaller children and contain removable pieces considered a possible choking hazard.

Flying toys, including the drone, and those that shoot projectiles, including toy Nerf guns, have long appeared on the list. While the products’ boxes contain extensive warnings about the dangers of flying items, the group’s executive director, James Swartz, said children could not use them in a safe way.

“Really, look at the packaging,” Swartz said. “Is it realistic to use the product as the manufacturer intends? If the answer is no, it’s better to stay away from it.”

The list also includes several less-obvious threats. Among them: fidget spinners that can break apart, posing a choking hazard; a pull-along pony with a 19 inch (48 cm) cord the group said a small child could strangle on; and a baby doll with removable hair elastics labeled a choking hazard.

Makers of the toys included on the list, including Mattel Inc, which makes the sword; Skyrocket Toys LLC, the drone manufacturer; and Nerf maker Hasbro Inc, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Toy Association views the list as “needlessly frightening,” said Joan Lawrence, the trade group’s senior vice president of safety standards and regulatory affairs.

“We have strong safety standards in this country,” Lawrence said, adding that parents should follow the package’s directions about the age group for which a plaything is suitable.

The association released a survey this month showing 82 percent of parents think the age ranges are merely suggestions. Lawrence urged parents to take them more seriously.

“If you’re going to buy a bicycle … there are instructions on how to safely use the bicycle, like wearing a helmet,” Lawrence said. “We don’t say, ‘Don’t buy the bicycle.’ What we do is find ways to enjoy it safely.”

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

  • Scott Henke

    Worst toy list=Most fun toy list.

    • Carolyn Webb

      The red and blue Spider-Man drone looks fun!

  • Tyrone

    Another liberal group taking parenting away from parents.

  • anotherday

    My cousin and I had swords my grandfather made from wood and painted with red nail polish on the edge of the “blade”.
    At least I think it was nail polish.

  • William Thompson

    Back when I was a kid I had metal toy trucks and cars to play with and never ever got cut with them.

  • Corky Romano

    I know I wasn’t this dumb and my kids certainly weren’t this dumb… My youngest is 17 – rides a longboard without a helmet and 25 yards of bubblewrap too! 😀

  • akafett

    1. Liberals need to wear helmets before they hurt themselves.
    2. Before there was Nerf, we used BB guns. And not one kid got hurt. Ever.
    DISCLAIMER: Do not try this. You may frighten liberals to point of mass hysteria.

    • Fidgets

      They’re already hysterical en masse. Plus, bb guns are fun.

      • akafett

        You’re right. The mass hysteria is beginning here. Just look at the recent responses. 🙂

    • glamdeluxe

      No one got hurt with a BB gun? Oh come on! I shot a kid with a BB gun and took him down in the 7th grade.

      • akafett

        See my above reply.

    • Living_The_Dream

      “And not one kid got hurt. Ever.” I think we’ve found Hillary masking as “akafett”. Lies, nothing but lies. In my day, if you owned a bb gun, pain was found just around the corner. Someone else’s pain, but definitely pain.

      • akafett

        We didn’t shoot at each other. We 8-year-olds at the time had more responsibility (brains) than that. You must have grown up in a hostile environment; around people with no respect for their neighbor. I’m sorry to hear that.

        • Living_The_Dream

          I’m happy for you and the fact that you and your friends were the “perfect” 8-yr olds. Glad you are responsible, society needs more responsible people. My childhood was amazing, filled with family, friends, and God loving neighbors. Hope your life is still perfect and “pain-free”, filled with good neighbors, and hopefully, you’re using that brain to accomplish good things.

  • AtomicFury

    You can’t prevent stupidity.

  • stevens123

    On the front lines of the wussification of America.