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?
|Posted 17 November, 2011 - 09:38 by JoshB|