Consumer Safety Group Reveals 2017 Nominees for ’10 Worst Toys’

Fidget spinners, a Wonder Woman "battle sword" and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping the "10 Worst Toys" for 2017 Holiday Season.

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This plush Disney-themed stacking toy made by Hallmark Marketing Company, LLC. comes with four rattling rings and is sold without age recommendations or warnings. The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall notice on Aug. 31 due to "fabric hats and bows that can detach, posing a choking hazard." A Hallmark "Itty Bittys" Baby Stacking Toy was purchased online after the recall was announced.
Despite the industry’s standard requiring strings on playpen and crib toys to be less than 12 inches in length, manufacturers are still permitted to market "pull toys" such as the Pull Along Pony with a cord measuring approximately 19 inches. W.A.T.C.H. says no warnings are provided.
The rigid plastic sword blade on the Mattel Wonder Woman Battle-Action Sword has the potential to cause facial or other impact injuries, according to W.A.T.C.H.
Made by Kipp Brothers, these Fidget Spinners present potential small parts hazards, according to W.A.T.C.H.
This official movie-edition remote-control drone, based on the well-known Spiderman Superhero franchise, is sold for use by children. According to W.A.T.C.H., the performance drone is designed to launch into the air powered by multiple rotating rotor blades is accompanied by numerous warnings, including the potential for damage or injury.
Children as young as 8-years-old are encouraged to load arrows into the deadbolt crossbow, pull back the primary pressurized lever and fire the projectiles in order to strike back at "zombies." According to W.A.T.C.H., the force of the arrow launch presents the potential for eye and facial injuries.
The Slackline is marketed for "all ages" according to the manufacturer Brand 44, which warns of the potential for "severe injury", including "a strangulation hazard, especially with children."
Made by Plan Toys, Inc., the multi-colored musical instrument is sold for babies as young as 12 months old. According to W.A.T.C.H., the manufacturer provides no warnings regarding the drumstick handle, which has the potential to be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.
"Heel Wheels" by Razor USA LLC are marketed to be strapped to heels of children’s shoes so footwear can be transformed into a type of rear-wheel roller skate, according to W.A.T.C.H. The manufacturer adds "real sparking" action to the Jetts with "skid pads", as evidenced by numerous warnings.
According to W.A.T.C.H., these "huggable, soft" dolls manufactured by Melissa & Doug, are marketed for babies as young as 18 months old, have "removable clothing." The pink ponytail holders are also removable, presenting the potential for ingesting and choking.
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