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Gigan one of the 10 most dangerous toys?

A group out of massachusetts called WATCH has named Bandai Creation's 12" Gigan as one of the 10 most dangerous toys of 2011 due to the " unforgiving, plastic protrusions present the potential for penetrating and impact injuries."

Other items on the list of interest to CDX readers are the Power Rangers Samurai Mega Blade, which " has the potential to cause serious facial or other impact injuries."

WATCH stands for World Against Toys Causing Harm, and is based out of Brighton Massachusetts. They are right in CDX's back yard but I've never heard of them. 

You can view the full list of "dangerous" toys here:

No toys from Hasbro or Mattel on the list?

FYI WATCH also pushes a "curriculum" called "Toys, You and the Real World". 

I'm always a bit leery about lists like this which seem liket thin attempts to provoke panic and increase "awareness" from a group with a vested interest. While I agree that toy safety is no laughing matter, criticizing a soft vinyl monster toy while there are still toys with lead paint in them seems silly. How about the plethora of nerf guns and swords that promote violent combat? How about small LEGO pieces you can choke on? This list is lazy. It looks like they went to a CVS and picked out whatever was handy in their toy aisles.

Go into any dollar store or market in a low-income area and take a look at the toys on those shelves. The off-brand toy guns from China? That's the stuff you need to work on. While we love bootlegs here at CDX we also understand that they are interesting from a collectors point of view but completely unfit for a childs plaything.

What do you think?

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Posted 17 November, 2011 - 09:38 by JoshB


4 comments posted
Off-brand stuff will get you fined, though

Just ask Daiso about that.

RobotBastard's picture
Posted by RobotBastard on 17 November, 2011 - 12:27
And #11 Wood Blocks. #12 Sticks

...and at #11. Wood blocks for their ability to be a projectile hazard when thrown resulting in injury and or property damage. Wood blocks should not be used by any child under 10 years of age.

#12. Sticks for their propensity to be used as swords, spears, bats and sibling pokers which can result in blunt force traumatic injury. Sticks should not be handled any child under the age if 14.

Seriously I almost blew my coffee out my nose when I read this list. It is so over the top in it's fear. I hope my kids someday realize how lucky they were that their Dad let them play with pull toys that they could actually pull and 'stilts' they could fall off of.

Toysouldiers's picture
Posted by Toysouldiers on 17 November, 2011 - 12:33
Congratulations Bandai!

I think this is great! I think this marks the first time Bandai has appeared in the WATCH list, and to have taken two spots in unbelievable! I hope they can continue their efforts into 2012!

Anyway, WATCH is one of those groups that you only hear about during the holiday season. Most of the time what they nominate does look like drug store offerings, and usually I'm surprised when reading their lists that anyone would buy those toys to begin with. It's also pretty weird that you can't view past years' lists on their site.

SpaceRunaway's picture
Posted by SpaceRunaway on 17 November, 2011 - 12:42
Why hasn't this company investigated soccer balls?

Won't ANYONE think of the children?

RainBot's picture
Posted by RainBot on 19 November, 2011 - 13:55