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Posted: 11/24/2003 1:32:23 PM EDT
This website believes our kids will turn into bloodthirsty vigilantes if we buy them these toys.

Here are some examples:

The Dirty Dozen

Violent Toys, Video Games and DVDs to Avoid in 2003-2004
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Violence for Tiny Tykes:
Toys, Television and Video Games

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Action figure: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Casey Jones, Playmates, Ages 4+
Video Game: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Konami, rated E for Everyone.

The toy: From the Casey Jones action figure box: "Judge, jury and enforcer! … Casey has a unique sense of what’s right or wrong and you better be on the side of right or he’ll slapshot you upside your head with his hockey stick. This hockey mask-wearing vigilante roams the streets of New York City serving up his brand of quick justice to punks and thugs."

The brand: The seemingly cute Ninja Turtles – being "relaunched" in 2003 -- actually behave according to a vigilante code, where they (and not law enforcement officials) are "judge, jury and enforcer!" The box illustration of another toy in this brand -- the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Combat Lair (for six-year-olds, by Mega Bloks) – depicts a scene of gleeful mayhem as the ninjas fight "bad guys" with ninja chains, swords and overturned barrels. In addition to the TV program, this brand is marketed by three movies and a video game.
http://www.konami.com

Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Action figure: Ninja Training Playset, Ban Dai, ages 4+
Video Game: Power Rangers Ninja Storm , THQ Inc., rated E for Everyone

The toy: This year’s version of the ubiquitous Power Rangers also focuses on ninjas. The current villain is Lothor, who "kidnapped students at 19 ninja schools in an evil plan to take over the world. Now the battle is on!" A frightening story line for four-year-olds, who don’t fully understand the difference between fantasy and reality. Yet the "Training Playset" urges pre-schoolers to "start Ninja Storm training today!"

The brand: Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this is another television-generated brand with the message that the best way to solve problems is through violence. While the Power Rangers are portrayed as "good guys," they solve problems through fighting. For example, the Tsunami Cycle toy features the Red Ranger and "Missile Firing Action!"
http://www.bandai.com

rest can be found here:
http://www.lionlamb.org/dirtydozen2004.htm

Link Posted: 11/24/2003 1:35:02 PM EDT
Screw all those violent ass toys... just buy your kids a gun.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 4:06:40 PM EDT
By Cypher214 : Screw all those violent ass toys... just buy your kids a gun.
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Unless your tot is too little to find a gun that fits em', then the old trusty knife is still a good choice, or a throwing star. Sly (I turned out all right, so far)
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 4:13:39 PM EDT
Airsoft makes cool toys...
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 4:23:42 PM EDT
I've got the Casey Jones figure...[shock] What should I do?!?!?! Sheesh...[V] ByteTheBullet (-:
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