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"You put munitions chips in toys!?"
Irwin, Small Soldiers

Who says Evil Is Not a Toy? Some fictional children's toys are so dangerous, they have no business being children's toys! Some clever (and/or crazy) minds may even use them to fight and kill people.

Values Dissonance often comes into play, due to cultural perceptions both of what is and is not dangerous for kids and how long it takes for kids to "grow up." (Theodore Roosevelt reportedly could fire a gun at age 10, whereas most kids that age nowadays might still be playing with Play-Doh.)

Many Mons could be considered the organic equivalent — just replace "toys" with "pets". For a specific Sub-Trope, see The Most Dangerous Video Game.

The trope name is a pun on the My Little Pony series of girls' toys and the word panzer, which is German for "tank". Not to be confused with My Little Phony, nor with a Crossover between MLP and Girls und Panzer (although somebody has probably written that fanfic). Or with mein little tank. It's also not a Perverse Puppet or the like; a My Little Panzer is inherently dangerous to use, but it doesn't have to be malicious, or even living. Compare other failures to regulate safety in TV Land: No OSHA Compliance, No Product Safety Standards, Happy Fun Ball, Social Services Does Not Exist, There Are No Therapists. Compare specific cases of toys as weapons: Killer Yo-Yo and Battle Tops. Not to be confused with wonderful toys (although those are often effectively the same thing). Can overlap with Merchandising the Monster, if the toys are made at the image of an already dangerous and evil person or force.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bakugan should get a warning sticker of their own as of New Vestroia's second season. Good thing their real world equivalents cannot transform into their true forms.
  • Bakusou Kyoudai! Let's & Go!! has children playing around with real knife and cutter blades as they implant them into toy cars. Deconstructed as they evidently hurt themselves and Moral Guardians as well as the protagonists in-universe do not approve it, though some, particularly Professor Ogami, don't seem to be concerned about the idea of turning Mini 4WD cars into what amounts to weaponised toys.
  • Battle B-Daman
    • The B-Daman launchers cause some pretty painful (if minor) injuries in the anime. Real life versions can put an eye out under certain circumstances.
    • This escalates, and by Crash B-Daman, the battles are essentially gunfights, with even the B-Daman designs becoming more weaponlike and more damage being done.
  • In Betterman, Akamatsu Industries developed some remote controlled model-sized tanks... that actually blew up when they took a direct hit. As these "toys" could only be purchased by ''licensed demolition experts'', it didn't sell well.
  • Beyblade, no matter the version.
    • With some of the things Beyblades do to each other in the stories, they wouldn't be approved for kids in most real countries. The real ones are much less dangerous, but you should always make sure the parts are on tight. It doesn't help that there are military helicopters in Metal Fusion designed to specifically launch Beyblades as weapons.
    • Beyblades specifically used as weapons is as old as the second arc of the first season of the original series, when it's revealed the whole Chinese team are trained to use them as weapons. This discovery comes right after a Bruce Lee Clone showed up with a nunchaku-mounted Beyblade launcher. Then we get in Western Europe, where the top four bladers enter significant matches in full armour and include the launchers in functional weapons. By the final arc of season one it's almost expected that the Russian team tops that by having their Beyblade launcher looking like firearms and, in one case, being used as such (thankfully it was a single-shot sniper rifle).
    • And then we have the Bit Beasts, which are powerful spirits that are inside the Beyblades and have the capacity to create incredibly powerful localized hurricanes, flash floods, lightning storms and in one occasion even a black hole that ate the stadium and a good chunk of the surrounding downtown area, apparently needing little more to be as destructive as a small nuke than the user being on the "right" mindset (anything from Hot-Blooded to a full-on "kill-whatever-is-annoying-me-and-damn-the-consequences" Villainous Breakdown).
  • Crush Gear Turbo: Crush Gear vehicles have a tendency to fly apart.
  • Digimon Tamers. Renamon found her way to the real world, in part, through Rika's love of the card game; Terriermon materialised from Jenrya's computer game; Guilmon was created from a piece of fan art drawn by Takato. If your kids' computer games and card games ended up spawning monsters, you should probably take the thing back to the shop.
  • Several examples in Doraemon. For instance, the Tin Toy Soldiers who can shoot live bullets (though of the Amusing Injuries variety), used to fend off Gian with great effect.
  • In one episode of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, when a thug explains to his boss the features of the Steyr SPP machine pistol, an ad reminiscent of the 50s or 60s plays, advertising the gun as "fun for the whole family!" while a father, mother, and two children spray bullets willy-nilly. The SPP might be the civilian version of the TMP, but it's no toy.
  • Taken in a rather literal sense with Girls und Panzer.
    • The tank Combat in real WWII tanks is seen as an appropriate activity for little girls. The main character, Miho Nishizumi, is a sixteen-year-old veteran.
    • Its prequel manga Little Army has tanks being driven around by 10 year olds!
    • Der Film shows Miho's bedroom at her house... which contains a Panzerfaust, of all things. Decorated with a pink ribbon.
  • While not an actual product, in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Keicho Nijimura's Stand is Bad Company, an army of toy army men with real weapons.
  • In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, the Holy Nightmare Corporation, started by the embodiment of all evil... has a toy division. While few things produced by Holy Nightmare Toys are shown, they apparently make robotic puppies that are the perfect playmate for kids who are nice to them... but can electrocute those who aren't nice to them, and have a self-destruct sequence that can be activated by accident. And by self-destruct, we of course mean explode violently.
  • Taken to the extreme with LBX: Little Battlers eXperience. Miniature LBX robots have a military application and have been used in assassinations before. However, due to the creation of the Fortified Cardboard that provides safe fighting arenas, it has become the most popular children's toy the world has ever seen! Lampshaded since LBX were banned for safety reasons before those arenas came around.
  • Medabots.
    • The Medabots carry weapons that can damage the surrounding landscape, concrete and steel included. They're quite popular with the kids. Fortunately, the live weapons have only appeared in video games. However, this doesn't change the fact that the Medabots have self-healing capabilities and are VERY durable. If it weren't for the fact that their medals can be ejected with enough damage (or manually) these things could take over the world. At one point in the past there was an incident where Medabots went rogue and nearly destroyed the world. Oddly enough, Metabee has attacked his owner several times, with no lasting ill effects to the latter.
    • Played even more straight with the Kilobots, because its creator and target audience are "Stop Having Fun" Guys who want Meda-Battles to be Curb-Stomp Battles with them as the ones doing the stomping. As such, the ones closest to the "mook" scale of power are still a chore to deal with and the really nasty ones are virtual Weapons of Mass Destruction. One episode has a Super Prototype Kilobot being accidentally released and going on a rampage that destroys a significant part of the city and the police just cannot stop.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Duel Monsters really should come with the following disclaimer: "WARNING — May cause getting kidnapped by evil organizations, Freak Outs, Mind Rape, the emergence of a Superpowered Evil Side, summoning of Eldritch Abominations, soul-stealing, and various physical hazards up to and including death. Not for loners or anyone with Parental Issues." (And skipping school and going broke.) Note to Pegasus: never design a children's card game based on ancient Egyptian mythology. Especially if you have an ancient Egyptian Artifact of Doom implanted in your eye socket!
    • Even worse near the start, where every game or toy was turned into a game that resulted in someone breaking psychologically. One wasn't Yami's fault, even; in "The Evil Dragon Cards", wannabe Imori tries to use the Soul Jar and the Dragon Card game to get ahold of the Millennium Puzzle; the dragons of the deck slowly consume the soul that gets trapped in the jar after losing the game. Yugi loses the first game, and Yami takes over. Imori loses to Yami, and the jar can only hold one soul at a time...

    Comic Books 
  • The Beano had a long-running strip featuring "General Jumbo", a schoolboy who had a fully functional remote-control set of toy soldiers and military vehicles created for him by a friendly neighbourhood Mad Scientist. He used them to fight crime. A number of British comic creators have gone on to create Expies, most notably Robin "Toybox" Slinger and her father "Colonel Lilliput" in Top 10 and "General Tubbs" in Jack Staff.
  • Played with in the Donald Duck comic "The Hypno-Gun." Although he considers it extremely irresponsible, Donald has no trouble believing that someone is marketing a Mind-Control Device as a children's toy. Unbeknownst to him, of course the toy doesn't really hypnotize people — the boys were just pretending (unfortunately, this doesn't protect their uncle from the power of suggestion...).
  • Gaston Lagaffe did this twice. One time he repaired a nephew's toy tank that shot sparks on the day there was a gas leak in the office. Another time, he made a working toy tank that shot tiny firecrackers and a toy bomber (that moved around the ceiling on wires) that dropped little bombs, to prove that kids need to learn what the real things are like.
  • Mister Stuffins is a sophisticated robotic teddy bear, running a secret agent emulator program. The program was *not* included by the manufacturer.
  • Ibáñez's Mortadelo y Filemón features an instance in its chapter El caso del bacalao, when the title agents get involved in a fight with mafioso Lucrecio Borgio. Mortadelo holds him in gunpoint with a rubber gun, to which Borgio just laughs in the belief it is a bad attempt at a bluff. Mortadelo then surprisingly shoots him in the face, revealing the gun was perfectly functional despite being made of rubber.
  • Richie Rich once had a nightmare in which an experimental drug that removed the need for sleep caused his father to lose his mind and lock him in his room, with guards posted outside, while he planned to Take Over the World. To stop him, Richie and his friends used a life-sized toy tank that shot pies at the guards, then put his dad and them to sleep with "toy" stun guns.
  • Robin (1993): Toyman and the General modify an already dangerous collectors toy tank by making it capable of firing live ammunition and being remote controlled in order to steal from a toy collector who they know will put the thing in his vault once he's purchased it.
  • This is the entire gimmick of Superman villain Toyman. Exploding off-brand Nerf darts, planes with bullets, and later lasers, pogo sticks that let him dodge Superman... every incarnation has been both brilliant and a little batty -even Hiro.
  • Viz has done many parodies of General Jumbo and featured one-off strips about evil living toys and similar things. Regular strip "Tinribs" is based around a young boy's "robot" (actually glued together from random parts and unable to do anything mechanical) which is typically used to mutilate or kill the boy's teacher in every story. Another recurring strip using the trope was "Tommy Salter's Chemical Capers" about a boy who would perform horrifically dangerous, and usually fatal to others, experiments with his chemistry set.
  • There was/is an European (most likely Franco-Belgian) comic called Charly that features a young boy and his Captain Lightning starship toy. It floats. It has lasers. It can blow a hole in a wall large enough to walk through (and kill an unfortunate sheep on the other side). The government finds out about it, things escalate and the toy demonstrates that it is quite capable of annihilating a squad of special forces. At some point there was a background story about a different boy with a tank toy.

    Films — Animated 
  • In Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama, Dr. Drakken's master plan involved these: After purchasing Bueno Nacho, he would use the Prometheus project designs he stole from Dr. Mr. Possible's mind (a project to make a robot that can grow and change shape) and incorporated into the Little Diablo (based off a design he stole from a toymaker's mind) that would be sold in the new kiddie meals of Bueno Nacho. At the right time, his control tower would send the signal to turn these adorable little devil dolls into giant rampaging robots.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas has the main artist of Halloween Town taking over Christmas. The people of Halloween Town misinterpret Christmas rather badly, resulting in terrifying and dangerous toys for children.
  • Shrek 2 has the kiddie meal at a restaurant come with a battle axe.
  • Though never outright addressed, some of the toys in Toy Story seem a bit too dangerous for little kids to play with:
    • The Buzz Lightyear figure has wings that can pop out with enough force to tear through duct tape like it was wet tissue. The helmet flips back and forth rather forcibly, enough to make Woody cry out in pain when his hand got caught. While his laser certainly isn't a gun, the singular point it makes suggests it is an actual laser pointer, which can easily blind a child for life.
    • Stinky Pete's pickaxe is apparently sharp enough to cut through fabric and function as a screwdriver (he also tries to use it to cut Woody in pieces when the latter refuses to listen to Pete anymore), though he comes from a time when safety standards for toys weren't as strict.
    • When an actual toyline based on Toy Story eventually released, the toys didn't play like the movie counterpart for obvious reasons. For example, the closest equivalent of the movie Buzz Lightyear toy (which come with a spaceship-shaped packaging) lacks pop-up wings, the helmets are flipped slowly, and it lacks the laser pointer.
    • The Toy Story Toon "Small Fry" parodied the subject of recalled toys. One kids meal toy in the support group, a boxing turtle, was recalled because her fists can be shoot rather forcefully. The toy doesn't explain further, but after the turtle toy says "I was recalled because...", her fist flies off hitting another toy.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The sci-fi movie Evolver features a robotic AI toy that just happens to have been installed with a state-of-the-art weapons-grade military AI chip; the robot is meant to be a harmless children's game, but it soon begins learning how to arm itself with more lethal weapons. The Evolver unit was originally a military battle robot prototype that was re-purposed after killing people in a field test. It got made into the grand prize for the top scorer of the Evolver VR Game so that they could play it in real life. The problem starts when its military programming that was left in gets reactivated by the protagonist's sister dramatically "dying" after it scores a "kill" on her and then getting back up. It realizes that its "weapons" aren't lethal, as they're "supposed" to be; to it, the Evolver game is a live fire War Game and refits itself to compensate.
  • The twist ending of the low-budget Roger Corman Alien rip-off Galaxy of Terror is that the pyramid full of flesh-eating beasts and giant rape worms is actually a toy designed to test young members of the potentially omnipotent "Masters" through solid representations of the subjects' worst fears.
  • In The Hazing, Jacob is killed when a lawn dart (one of the items from the Scavenger Hunt) is hurled into his forehead.
  • In Jumanji, games of Jumanji could qualify, being a cursed artifact disguised as a game. Especially unfinished and abandoned games. Well, they do warn you. Jumanji warns you and then pulls you into the game if you even glance at the pieces.
  • The titular robot from M3GAN is super strong, durable, agile, can hack electronic systems, and has no restraint whatsoever when it comes to killing. It was still going to be marketed as a toy for children.
  • The Santa Clause: Tim Allen's character speaks out against his company's design for a Santa in a tank as a toy for the kids.
    Scott Calvin: Well, isn't that a pretty picture, Santa rolling down the block in a PANZER! Well kids, I... I certainly hope you have been good this year, cause it looks like Santa just took out the Pearson home. Incoming!
  • Small Soldiers: This is the premise of the movie. The reason the toys are so dangerous is that they used military-grade artificial intelligence so the toys could "play back", but nobody bothered to program that military-grade artificial intelligence with stuff like The Laws and Customs of War, so the soldiers came out as the single-minded psychopaths they designed (see lawn darts for another such brainfart). Ironically, though, the monstrous, presumably intended to be "villainous" Gorgonite toys are rather personable, since they started out as educational toys that were hastily repurposed as an enemy for the Commando Elite. At the end, the Corrupt Corporate Executive decides to recoup his losses on the toys by "sticking a few zeroes on the end of the price" and selling them to the Army for use in brush wars in South America, making an inversion.
  • Spaceballs parodies this when Yogurt tells the heroes about his greatest venture yet: merchandising. Among many other things, like coloring books, cereals, and a doll shaped like him is a working Flamethrowah!
    "The kids love this one!"
  • Tank Girl. Sam's Danger Ball is one of these, much to Iggy Pop's surprise. It shoots out blades when anyone claps their hands nearby. From what we see, it appears to be a self-defense tool to fend off potential rapists or other kinds of perverts (which Iggy's character was).
  • Toys: This Robin Williams vehicle focused on the new owner of a toy factory switching production to toy tanks and helicopters armed with real weapons he meant to sell to the military. He also starts a videogame division to get kids into violence in order to have future soldiers. The videogame was actually a simulation/prototype. The new owner's plan was to have kids remote-control operate actual war machines without knowing it.
  • A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas has Wafflebot, a waffle-making robot with searing-hot maple syrup and a waffle iron that can be swung like a metal fist. Harold lampshades this.
    "It's extraordinarily unsafe, but it did save our lives."

  • Coreline: While other examples exist throughout the setting, a specific one appears on the short story Legends of the Fourth of July (Coreline): The "Fakehuggers", mechanical replicas of the Facehugger that are programmed to act just like the real thing, except that they knock their victims out with non-lethal sonic stunners instead. Meant as a practical joke, the scared reactions of people to the Fakehuggers' attacks (which included various fatal heart attacks) drove their developing company to ruin.

  • There is a joke whose origin nobody can point out, but had been popular in the Eastern Bloc:
    Dad: What have you done today at school?
    Little Johnny: We made nitroglycerin in the chemistry class.
    Dad: And which classes do you have tomorrow at school?
    Little Johnny: What school, dad?

  • The Alcatraz Series has teddy bears that double as hand grenades. They are explicitly designed to be used by kids for self defense.
  • In one of the Animorphs books, Ax mentions in passing that on the Andalite homeworld, nuclear fusion is considered such a mundane power source that it's used in dolls.
    Marco:... The Andalite Toys R Us must be a pretty wild place, huh?
  • The Stephen King story "Battleground", part of the Night Shift collection, has a hitman who killed a toy designer attacked by an army of toy soldiers, complete with air support. They eventually kill him by breaking out a tiny nuclear weapon.
  • The short story "Bobo's Star" has kids in the future being given their own miniature star-creation kits at home. The titular character's star turns into a black hole and devours the Earth because nobody would listen to him.
  • Confessions of Georgia Nicolson: Georgia Nicolson worries about her little sister's "Pantalitzer" doll, described as having a terrifying face, steel forks for hands, and easily detachable parts that hurt when thrown at Georgia.
  • In Cruel Zinc Melodies, a little dwarf girl begs Garrett to help her parents, who've been beaten up by something in a basement. Before venturing down, Garrett borrows her helmet, axe and sword, which are child-sized but fully functional; apparently it's normal for dwarves to encourage their kids to play with My Little Panzer.
  • A Dear Dumb Diary book features Jamie holding a yard sale. She mentions that some of the things being sold are toys no longer marketed as safe for kids. One of the toys drawn in her diary is “Mr. Puncture”, a doll with thumbtack-like spikes on his head, nose, and limbs.
  • Discworld:
    • Something similar happens when Death substitutes for the local Santa equivalent in Hogfather. A little girl asks for a sword (as well as a few other gender-abnormal toys). He gives her one (Death does not have a very good grasp of parenting), although he's eventually convinced to transmute it into a wooden one.
      Store Owner: You can't give her that! It's not safe!
      Death: It's a sword. They're not meant to be safe. Besides, it's educational.
      Horrified Parent: But what if she cuts herself?
      Death: That will be an important lesson.
    • Thud!: Lampshaded where Sam Vimes suspects there are intruders in his house and is looking for a weapon. Sadly, he's in his son's bedroom, and he notes he and his wife completely overlooked the range of toys with sharp steel parts. He settles for the leg of a rocking horse.
  • In China Miéville's "An End To Hunger", the hacker Aykan brags about his idea for a nanobot-based children's game. His idea is that children would inject themselves with nanobots from a kit, then challenge other kids with similar bots in their blood, mix drops of their respective red stuff together and see whose bots won the resulting battle.
  • Downplayed in Have Space Suit – Will Travel, Kip accidentally sets fire to the barn where he has his lab. His mother worries but his father merely comments that one should be careful about making explosives in a frame building. However, while the book's target audience was middle-schoolers protagonist Kip was in his last year of highschool, old enough that entrusting him with flammable or corrosive substances wouldn't be considered out and out negligence even in this day and age. This also justifies the fact he was able to obtain a supply of go-pills for his refurbished spacesuit's emergency survival kit without much difficulty, although obviously there's a bit of Values Dissonance there.
  • Harry Potter gives a lot of magical versions of mundane children toys that definitely amp up normal games:
    • Playing cards that explode, albeit without much force. The game in question is called Exploding Snap.
    • Gobstones, marbles that squirt nasty-smelling liquid in your face when you lose a point.
    • On the non-magical side of things, Dudley owns a small, working tank that he once ran over the neighbor's dog with.
    • Wizard's Chess gives us chess pieces animated to act as real persons, viciously attacking the opposition. The Power Trio are later forced to play a human equivalent and discover it isn't any different.
    • Bludgers in the Quidditch games. They can give somebody a pretty nasty concussion if they hit you in the head, and knocking you off your broomstick at certain heights is also dangerous in and of itself.
    • Fanged Frisbees, living frisbees that have teeth on their edges.
    • How about the actual broomsticks? They can travel over 100 mph, they fly more than high enough to cause fatal falls, and kids ride them without any licenses, seat belts, safety equipment, lights, or air traffic rules. Even in blinding rain and thunderstorms. Neville, Harry, and a few other characters actually sustain broken bones and concussions from falling off brooms, but nobody in the wizard world seems to think broomsticks are dangerous. Justified, since wizarding magic allows broken bones and such to be healed with a flick of a wand or potions (heck, the Potters became wealthy through inventing some potions). Even missing bones can be regrown overnight with a magic potion. Furthermore, first-years (generally) aren't allowed to have their own brooms; in fact, that's generally when they have lessons for using them over the course of the year.note  There are toy brooms that only hover a few feet off the ground.
    • Love Potions. As illustrated in Half-Blood Prince, they are incredibly potent and ripe for abuse, being not much more than magical date rape drugs. They are apparently unregulated other than not being allowed on school grounds, and are openly marketed and sold to children in a joke shop. This one has not gone unnoticed by the author or the characters; Harry at one point compares love potions to Dark magic. And it turns out, Voldemort was born because of one (maybe).
  • How to Be a Superhero warns the would-be superhero about putting his name to merchandise without checking its safety, citing such previous PR disasters as Captain Feline and Blackie the Wonder-Cat's "Kitty-Fun" playsets (a variety of ways for a child to torture a cat) and the Mr Inferno dressing-up kit (one costume, one bottle of kerosene, one box of matches).
  • In the short story "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Lewis Padgett, a scientist from millions of years in the future working on a prototype time machine uses some educational toys as a test subject. They end up teaching some children how to vanish into Another Dimension.
  • The Rolling Stones (1952): After Cas and Pol are arrested on Mars for tax evasion, their father notes that at least it wasn't for experimenting with atomics inside city limits - this time.
  • Toy Terror: Batteries Included is filled with these. From Nasty Kathy, a sinister doll leading a toy rebellion, to toy policemen who executes a Zerg Rush on their victims, Zorg aliens who can spit actual acid... and the crowner of killer toys, a kid-sized toy robot called the Annihilator 3000 who can fire deadly lasers and freeze rays.
  • In the Philip K. Dick short story "War Games", Earth has a safety board inspecting toys from Titan, with whom they are having a political Cold War, but whose goods are still popular. We see at least one dangerous toy, a VR costume-suit which causes the wearer to lose contact with reality. The safety board is afraid everything could be like this, so they have a paranoid eye on everything, except for a board game that looks like a Monopoly variation, but isn't. (No, the board game doesn't count unless you consider undermining capitalism dangerous.)

    Live-Action TV 
  • On CSI: NY, an exploding-cigar murder was traced back to a young man who'd targeted a back-of-the-comic-book toy dealer. As kids, he and his best friend had taken a comic book ad's boastful claim that a cardboard submarine could take you on "amazing undersea adventures" literally, and she drowned in a lake.
  • James May's Toy Stories often features this trope by its very premise. The aim is to revive interest or nostalgia for the classic toys James grew up with, by way of using them to accomplish something far beyond their original scope. By definition, it means doing things that the intended child market could not hope to achieve, and by extension, it's usually something that would be ridiculously dangerous for them to attempt. For example, one episode builds a working drawbridge in Liverpool out of nothing but Meccano pieces (punched metal beams and fasteners, similar to an American Erector Set). Playing with this toy ultimately takes a team of architects, a group of engineering students, construction equipment, and a safety harness for the ceremonial crossing.
  • In Loriot's classic sketch "Weihnachten bei Hoppenstedts" ("Christmas at the Hoppenstedt's"), Father Hoppenstedt buys for his offspring a model nuclear power plant. It makes "poof!" if you did a mistake while assembling it. It does go 'poof', blowing a hole through the floor and into the apartment beneath.
  • In the Get Smart episode "Our Man in Toyland", Max and 99 take on defeat a bunch of KAOS agents in the toy department of a department store using only the (highly-destructive) normal toys on sale there, up to and including the knockout blow, Destro the toy nuclear missile.
    Agent 99: Max... you were wonderful!
    Maxwell Smart, Agent 86: No 99, the real credit belongs to these toys. After all, we had at our disposal every fiendish and destructive plaything ever devised for the pleasure of little children. Those poor devils, all they had were real guns and bullets.
  • MADtv (1995) had "Spishak's 'Hey, It's Ovens for Kids!'", a children's gas oven. There's also Yule Blazers (plutonium-powered Christmas lights), the Bris-O-Tine (a mini-guillotine designed for circumcision), the Snoorfpk (a spoon/fork/knife combo), etc.
  • Merrick And Rosso had a sketch involving two modified remote controlled toys from hell; One being a Thomas the Tank Engine with a buzzsaw on the front, the other being a Barbie-style van with a flamethrower, both tearing up mundane toys. (Except the official Merrick and Rosso inaction figures).
  • A number of the Mad's contributions to the Invention Exchange on Mystery Science Theater 3000 fit this trope: a flame-throwing Godzilla figure and the Unhappy Meal are just two examples, and Joel and the 'Bots would call Dr. F out for his depravity.
  • Joked about in an episode of Mythbusters, in which the main duo were trying to determine whether a Hot Wheels car could defeat a real car in a short distance race down a hill, when both are running entirely on momentum. Both Adam and Jamie build their own custom toy cars for the purpose, with Adam's offering being effectively a block of lead with wheels. When Adam jokingly comes up with an advertisement for his creation, Jamie joins in, adding, "and if you throw it at your brother really hard, it could kill him!"
  • RoboCop: The Series has this in spades with the Commander Cash toys. Black Comedy aside, these toys can seriously kill and maim. For example there is a Commander Cash action figure (The Commander Cash Nighty-Night doll) that is actually a fully functional hand grenade, And it's pitched as a bedtime buddy!
  • Australian youth program Saturday Morning Fly had a joke ad regarding hating hackeysackers. What do you do about them? Chuck them a hackeysack which explodes!
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • In the 70's, Saturday Night Live had toy maker Irwin Mainway (played by Dan Aykroyd) appear on a consumer watchdog show called "Consumer Probe", and hopelessly defend his company's extremely dodgy and dangerous products, and drawing comparisons with the dangers of actual commonplace products. In one episode, he tried to defend a series of Halloween costumes, including "Johnny Space Commander Mask" (simply a plastic bag and a rubber band), "The Invisible Pedestrian" ("NOT FOR BLIND KIDS!"), "Johnny Combat Action Costume" (which comes with an actual working rifle, ammo not included. Allegedly popular in Detroit), and "Johnny Human Torch" (oil-soaked rags and an oversized torch. "It lights up the night!")
    • Then you got "Bag O' Glass", along with its spin-offs Bag O' Nails, Bag O' Bugs, Bag O' Vipers, and last but not least, Bag O' Sulfuric Acid.
    • One of those pathetic attempts to defend his products involved a harmless toy phone; Mainway argued kids could choke themselves with the long stretchy cord. These days, what with the CPSC wiping out long cords of all sorts on kids' toys, the dangerous phone is Harsher in Hindsight (much like most things on SNL).
    • SNL also had "Happy Fun Ball". It was a kid's toy with an increasingly bizarre disclaimer, containing warnings such as "May suddenly accelerate to unsafe speeds" and "If Happy Fun Ball begins to smoke, seek shelter and cover head," culminating with the famous quote, "Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball". It can be seen here.
    • Lots of the SNL's fake toy commercials are for toys that would never be sold in real life (whether it's because they're physically dangerous, will cause complaints from Moral Guardians who think that kids are impressionable enough to be screwed up by what they play with, or are just plain useless and/or lame). Some examples include: Gangsta Bitch Barbie (comes with Jolly Ranchers, a pack of Newport cigarettes, and a restraining order against her boyfriend Tupac Ken), Nerf Crotch Bats, Big Red (A viking who sprays massive gushers of blood-red liquid), Litter Critters (using cat crap to make clay figurines), and the dangerous toy commercial, Li'l Poundcake (a doll that administers vaccinations against the HP virus for girls under 10).
    • A 1996 episode showed an ad for the game Froonga, a Jenga parody using glassware instead of wooden blocks. Once the glass tower tumbles, everyone runs away. The ad touts the company's other dangerous toys, such as "Silly Knife Ball" and "Volty, the electric tub duck."
  • On Stargate SG-1 the replicators were created by the android Reese, to keep her company and entertain her. Over time the human population of that world grew distrustful of her, so she gave the replicators the ability to defend themselves, to the great detriment of the other inhabitants of the planet, and many others as well.
  • In the Ultraseven episode "Android Zero Directive", the Alien of the Week Chibull builds toys that not only looked real, but could shoot and harm for real. At midnight, he planned to mind control all the unsuspecting children who bought his toys and turn them into Child Soldiers. That is, until he drew the attention of the Ultra Garrison.
  • One comedy variety show had a series of sketches for Toy Planet product recalls, including such gems as razor-edged frisbees, solid, heavy footballs, and an industrial-strength slinky - composed entirely of a spring that looked like it came out of the suspension of a railway wagon. The footballs and frisbees are seen to cause injury, but the probably-dangerous-in-reality slinky is simply shown to disappoint the children. It simply stops on the second-from-top step upon release, rolls off to the side and stops.

  • Musician Doctor Steel has this as his gimmick, too. That and megalomania.
    • In "Lament for a Toy Factory", he mentions "babies with buzzsaws, dollies with knives, gasoline-filled super soakers" as the too-drastic toy designs that got him fired... and were later used for revenge against the factory.
  • The Frank Zappa song "Uncle Bernie's Farm", featured on the album Absolutely Free, is about a line of toys that are absurdly dangerous, such as a plastic troll that eats people's arms and bombs for blowing up one's parents.
  • Insane Clown Posse's "Toy Box" (from their Riddle Box album) has a bullied schoolboy making these toys on purpose in order to kill his tormentors in revenge. He then brings them to class for "Show and Tell," which results practically the entire class getting strangled by Slinkies, decapitated by sword-wielding robot figurines, and - most horrifyingly of all - shot to death by cute rubber duckies that go "Squeeku....squeeku....BANG!" Faux Affably Evil to the max, especially with a Howdy Doody-like voice cheerily announcing: "Nothin' beats a good hardy-har-har, right, boys 'n' girls?!"

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In Bloom County, Oliver Wendell Jones's father gives him a chemistry set as a gift. Said chemistry set is promptly used to genetically engineer what is supposed to be a long-tailed hamster, but ends up making a number of freakish mutants. You'd think Oliver's father would have learned his lesson from the Pentagon hacking, homemade nuke, and subliminal hypnosis incidents...

  • The now-defunct Mexican music station "Radioactivo 98.5", during The '90s and early 2000s ran every holiday season spoof toy adds of "Juguetes Radioactivos: Ofensivos Inhumanos" (Radioactive Toys: Offensive and Inhumane), which included:
    • "Uzi el Oso" (Uzi the Bear: Under this adorable guise you'll find a destructive arsenal never found in a stuffed toy! Just twist it an arm and you'll discover why its creators were locked in an insane asylum!).
    • "La Bomba" (The Bomb, which becomes Harsher in Hindsight in light of recent events).
    • "Infectors" (a parody of Transformers: Collect all the different Infectors: Ghonorreal, Salmonellator, Typhoideak and others! Have fun infecting your friends!).
    • "La Maquina de Raspados" (In Spanish "Raspado" means ice-cream and scrape/abrasion, making it in reality "The Scrape Machine": Feel its rigor with its six blades, turn the lever and you'll even scrap the bone!).

    Tabletop Games 
  • 1001 Science Fiction Weapons for D20, contains a chapter each on scuttlebombs and attack drones. Some may well be mistaken for toys, and are often designed like this deliberately by unsavoury characters. The simpler ones are attack drones that can be made to look like toy helicopters, robot butterflies and robotically animated teddy bears, but have scalpel blades or miniature power tools stuck on. Other such "toys" may be able to fire lasers, inject poisons or pathogens, or explode.
  • Quite a few of these can crop up in Werewolf: The Apocalypse, usually as a result of Pentex's ongoing attempts to corrupt the world. Created and distributed by Avalon Inc, Pentex's resident toy business, many of these toys have been corrupted or infested by the power of the Wyrm, usually just for the sake of turning kids into sociopaths, but occasionally for more violent ends: for example, the Doctor Chuckles Surgery Kit, which not only magically imbues children with a lifetime of surgical knowledge, but comes complete with a syringe of paralyzing venom so they can "practice" on family members!

    Video Games 
  • The foot-tall Robos of Custom Robo are actually pretty harmless themselves, despite being able to shoot lasers, bombs, or swords. They can only work within specialized arenas called Holosseums. Except illegal parts can do rather horrible things to whoever uses them, and the local Cthulhu happens to have accidentally possessed one. These behaviors might be excusable since they're not well known. The part where losing in a Holosseum knocks you head first into the ground and quite often knocks you unconscious might not pass the CSPA muster. That last bit happens only when the "safety switch" is off, which allows the robos to use their abilities to the fullest extent. Regular, day-to-day Holosseum battles are massive nerfs of the robos so that no one is hurt. Illegal parts are actually capable of killing someone if the switch is off (though this is rare, even with the ridiculously powerful illegal parts)... this is why they're illegal.
  • In Dawn of the Dragons, several of the familiars the player can collect are toys created by the gnome inventor Bosso. Said toys are usually faithful reproductions of World Raid boss monsters, like the toy based on an acid-spitting dragon that also spits acid, the toy based on a dragon with retractable spines that also has retractable spines, and the toy based on a dragon that literally overflowed with power that is also Made of Explodium. According to the flavor text of various items, at least one child was nearly killed when she hugged the spiky dragon toy too hard (luckily there was a cleric with healing magic nearby). One jerk accidentally killed his mistress with the exploding dragon toy, and then used another one to kill his wife on purpose. Then he got run over by a carriage and went to hell for his sins. He had the gall to blame Bosso for it claiming that he wouldn't have been tempted to commit murder if Bosso's toys didn't make murder so easy. Bosso also made a dragon toy big enough to ride (which is a mount in-game) that is covered with spikes, claiming they are a safety feature. When the player character calls Bosso out on it, he claims that he meant that the spikes would make it safer for the person riding it, not the people in its way. Bosso is perfectly aware that his toys are dangerous. He just thinks that safety isn't as important as making his toys as accurate as possible.
  • Daze Before Christmas is an old platformer where your enemies includes hostile toy tanks, cars, planes and roller skates who can hurt you on contact.
  • In Eternal Fighter Zero, we have Unknown, one of the Final Bosses: Her fighting style involves using a vast array of toys, included, but not limited to toy knives, plushies, a squeaking mallet, even a huge surprise barrel, which she can drop on her opponent's head; and her Final Memory involves riding on a giant plushie to ram her opponent.
  • In the pre-war backstory of Fallout: New Vegas.
    • REPCONN sold rocket souvenirs filled with actual radioactive rocket fuel, which kids mistook for Nuka-Cola, and subsequently developed a sickness called the "REPCONN Shakes". They subsequently unloaded their stock at the Dino-Bite gift shop in Novac, where they sat for the next 200 years.
    • Euclid's C-Finder is a toy gun that is actually the target designator for the Archimedes II Kill Sat. Not quite a straight example because it wasn't designed as a toy, some kid just found it in the post-apocalyptic rubble and used it as one until the Player Character gets hold of it. Luckily for the kid, Archimedes II itself isn't activated unless you do something about it.
    • Sure a BB gun can be dangerous, but no normal BB gun compares to the "Abilene Kid LE BB gun". It deals the typical low damage of a normal one, but it has the same Critical damage of a normal Sniper Rifle.
  • Gotcha Force is a game about an invasion by toy-sized robots and the other toy-sized robots who resist them. They get bigger.
  • Grand Theft Auto (Classic) had explosive RC cars.
  • One of the early missions in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City involves using a toy helicopter to carry timed explosives into an uncompleted building to blow it up. Security guards and construction workers come after it once they catch on to your charade, but you can kill them by running the chopper into them.
  • Subsequently in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, after you buy Zero's shop, all of the three missions you must do for Zero involve My Little Panzers.
    • The first involves defending from a swarm of RC planes dropping bombs with a minigun, and the second has you using a prototype RC biplane armed with an infinite-ammo cannon to kill employees of Berkley RC, Zero's arch-rival in the business of RC toys. Serious business indeed.
      Zero: They're not 'toys'! They're just smaller!
    • Oh, and the third? Seems like the actual use for these things: a car tries to drive a road into a base. Berkley's helicopter drops obstacles that your helicopter has to remove. Bentley also has actual tanks shooting at his car, albeit with low-powered ammo for their size. You have access to antitank bombs.
  • The eponymous fireplace of Little Inferno is powerful enough to consume virtually anything in its fires, and the player is encouraged to throw in things like batteries and chainsaws.
  • Krogan in Mass Effect have a children's board game called Giant Fire-Breathing Thresher Maws of Doom. It's played with actual flamethrowers. As a demonstration of how tough krogan are, they're affected by a Sterility Plague, and at least one krogan character is annoyed at how krogan children are "coddled" as a result, saying they play children's games with weapons that inhibit their Healing Factor.
  • One Step From Eden: During Saffron's boss fight, if brought down at half-health she'll start dropping plushie versions of herself on the battlefield. These act as self-defense turrets, damaging anyone who attacks them until they're destroyed (including Saffron herself if she's not too careful).
  • While not toys by any means, the Scoobies from Phantom Crash are often piloted by children. In fact, the shop owner who sells you upgrades gets called out by one of the top pilots for essentially selling weapons to children. The shop owner brushes it off and it's never brought up again.
  • Power Pete: The title character, a popular action figure, emerges from his packaging to travel through the Toy Mart, collecting additional weapons and power-up accessories in order to fight off other toys while rounding up the escaped Fuzzy Bunnies. Several are VERY dangerous, including the Summer Fun™ Backyard Flamethrower (which was actually recalled in-universe, but a few boxes were missed), exploding birthday cakes and power-up accessories that activate a spreading ring of fireballs and geyser-like explosions, with lethal results for enemy toys that get caught in their path.
  • Shadow Hearts: Covenant has the Tin Lion, and Shadow Hearts: From The New World has the Golden Tinny. Both enemies are optional bosses featured in the pit fights that resemble toy lions. They can instantly kill a character and are immune to most attacks and magic. In particular, the bestiary entry of the Tin Lion says they were popular toys until they rebelled against humanity, leaving thousands of grieving parents...
  • In Super Mario RPG, Gaz has a Geno doll. Even before it becomes possessed, it has a "Shooting Star Shot" that is capable of knocking a grown man out if it hits.
  • Warthog's ending in Twisted Metal 4 which is a parody of General Jumbo, except the opposite way. He wished for a world with unending warfare, so he gets put in a sandbox with other little toy versions of the other competitors. And then they came out with Twisted Metal: Small Brawl.
  • The Wario Land 4 Wario car action figure-like enemies. Oh, the irony of a toy based on Wario driving his car being something that's dangerous enough to kill him in the toy-themed levels. It also had a metal spike on the front (hence how it was so dangerous), could drive through more spikes, and was apparently a pretty good throwing weapon.

    Web Animation 
  • The Bravest Warriors episode "Dimension Garden" revealed that Chris and Beth owned a sword and shield and a flamethrower, respectively as children. That's to say nothing of Wallow's collection of toys including such wholesome ones as Princess Dysentery, Colonial Plague Caitlin, Chlamydia-Eyes Cat, and Menigicoccal Meningitis Paco.
  • In the Homestar Runner universe:
    • It's implied that practically everything sold at Bubs' concession stand is highly unsafe and quite possibly illegal. The most overt example would be Hollerin' Jimmy's Hobby Kit, whose slogan is "We have no idea what's inside this box!"
      • The Stab Yourself! Try not to stab yourself!
      • That said, not everything Bubs sells is dangerous. The stuff he sells out back on the black market is quality goods. In fact, in his capacity as a black marketeer, he's so devoted to customer satisfaction (as opposed to his capacity as an official businessman, in which he relies on not having any competition) that if you specifically want something that will cause an allergic reaction, he'll sell you the allergenic stuff. Though he sold a Strong Bad piñata that was filled with...
        Homestar: [singing] Bwoken glass, Bwoken glass, Bwoken glass Bwoken glass!
    • An example not related to Bubs is Strong Bad naming his preferred kind of Free Prize at the Bottom as "anything heavy and pointy enough to do lasting damage to the face". He uses a die-cast toy car with a chainsaw on it to demonstrate. On Homestar.

  • Genocide Man: Deconstructed in the backstory regarding genetic engineering. "Hamster X", a home genetic engineering kit for pets, was released in 2030. An open-source group rootkitted it the next year. In 2037, the first battle was fought involving genetically enhanced child Super Soldiers, beginning the Genocide Wars that devastated the world.
  • Girl Genius presents...
  • Narbonic: In "A Week of December 18th Story", a parody of A Christmas Story, little (future Mad Scientist) Helen's Christmas toy of choice is the BioBeam 8000 gamma irradiator with 5-liter containment chamber, cesium 137 radiation source, optional remote monitoring station, and a thing on top that tells the time.
  • The children's book in Oglaf's Puddleduck.note  The story in the book is perfectly innocent, from what we see. Trapping the souls of the damned in the book to read it aloud to children so their busy parents don't have to, however, has unforeseen consequences.
  • PS238 has this in spades, as the cast is primarily elementary school children who are superheroes. The Revenent, for example, has no problems with 8 year old Tyler using whatever throwing stars, tasers, smoke bombs, and grapple rockets he can carry. Meanwhile, Emerald Gauntlet, one of Tyler's classmates, has a gauntlet that's an Expy of a Green Power Ring and Zodon has an armored hover-chair with numerous built-in weapons.

    Web Original 
  • The Creepypasta "Real Action Toys" is about a toy company that released a full bunch of Super Mario Bros.-themed deadly toys, starting from Mario and Luigi rubber figures with hard heads that can easily hurt children, a Fire Mario toy that shot out plastic balls filled with acid fluid, to Bowser and Bowser Jr. toys spitting real fire, a Petey Piranha toy with sharp, rusty nail teeth and petals made out of poison ivy, up to a Koopa Troopa toy that bounces and spins around while shooting fireballs and rusty nails and also emitting seizure-inducing lights.
  • Among the many themed shops in the various lands of Neopets, the toy shop in Darigan Citadel specializes in these, with its Wicked Toymaker shopkeeper describing its items as "clockwork wonders and other toys that will amaze and delight". Among its wares (full list here) are board games that ooze acid, plenty of things with spikes, and dice rigged to always roll the wrong number. Despite their nature, playing with them will not actually have any ill effects on one's Neopets — though whether this is due to mere Gameplay and Story Segregation or Neopets routinely surviving far worse isn't clear.
  • RPC-312 "No-Play Ground", from the RPC Authority is a playground filled with lethal equipment, including a slide with unrealistic black hole physics and a bottomless sandbox.
  • There are two major groups that create these in the SCP universe. Dr. Wondertainment creates toys that often just fly in the face of physics, and are safe when used properly. Of course, one of them has such features as a fire drill, a boom ray, an Atomic Grenade, and Robo Dance. The Factory, on the other hand, appears to make its various objects with malicious intent behind them, and are very dangerous even when used properly. Many other toy SCPs exist, some just weird, some threaten the world itself.
  • SuperMarioLogan:
    • In "Bowser Junior Goes to Disney World", Doofy the Dragon advertises Doofy-O's cereal, with a knife as the prize that wins them a trip to Disney World inside specially marked boxes.
    • In "Bowser Junior's 7th Birthday!" Chef Pee Pee buys Junior a "Can You Kill Doofy?" party game, complete with a real knife to pin on Doofy.
    • In "Bowser's Driver's License", during a Doofy the Dragon-themed McDonald's commercial, as if the burger with nails, broken glass, and a mousetrap wasn't bad enough, Doofy also advertises nine-millimeter guns as happy meal toys.
    • In "Bowser Junior's Game Night 3", when Junior, Joseph, Cody, and Jeffy play "What's in Ned's Head?", Jeffy manages to find a real loaded gun in Ned's head. Junior and Cody even question why someone would put it in a children's board game.

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • "The Game" was about a game that Gumball and Darwin created called Dodj or Daar, a game that affects real life like Jumanji. Some of the dares (Daar cards) in the game are, "juggle flaming knives," and, "drive the car from the back seat," and you have to pick a Dodj card if you choose not to do them. The Dodj card aren't any better though, one of them being, "no one is allowed to breathe until the game is over."
    • "The Puppets" had Mighty Flyz, a parody of 90s flying toys. When Darwin activates one, it cuts through a fan, a lightbulb, and a ladder before flying out the window and hitting some power lines, a tree, and a bird.
    • In "The Heart" there's Mr. Robinson's old toys, which include among other things a "space gun" with actual gunpowder and a fully functional atomic energy kit that blows up his house upon being dropped. The resulting explosion got him arrested for violating 14 international peace agreements.
      Mr. Robinson: They don't make 'em like they used to!
  • An episode of The Batman entitled "Cash For Toys" revolved around a toymaker who made incredibly dangerous toys, chief among them a flying platform that took one poor kid flying for miles and left him stranded atop some power lines.
  • In Ben 10: Alien Force, a little alien loses her toy. The toy in question can shapeshift, regenerate, and mimic other people and aliens' special abilities. Not only that but it's actually more technologically advanced than the Omnitrix. Justified since said toy belonged to the Nalijan, a race of Energy Beings who lived on a higher plane of existence and could see in multiple dimensions (apparently, only 26 dimensions are important).
    Didn't you see the warning label? Not for children under 3 million years old.
  • Double subverted in Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot: The consumer models of Rusty are perfectly harmless...unless the Legion Ex Machina hijacks their AI to do robot conquest bidding. Turns out Dr. Donovan just lowered the intelligence on them, but left all of the military hardware in and assumed that since the general public doesn't have access to the original Rusty's (effectively nuclear) battery, this wouldn't be a problem. One small retrofit later (which was simple enough that the Rustys themselves could do it with minimal guidance) and the Legion had a small army of flying tactical nukes.
  • The Boyfriend Helmet in Codename: Kids Next Door: a Mind-Control Device marketed as a toy for children. Made even worse as the helmet can actually fuse to the victim's head, guaranteeing permanent mind control.
    Number 4: They sell these things?
    Number 5: Well, they ain't cheap.
  • In the animated short film The Colors of Evil, Vivian owns a book titled Demon Summoning For Kids, which she uses to summon the demon Belphagor. Subverted, in that he turns out to be friendly, harmless and fluffy...which is a problem for her, because she wants him to eat Nancy, the Alpha Bitch who keeps picking on her.
  • Cow and Chicken had an episode where they accidentally create perpetual energy using a child's chemistry set. The Red Guy kidnaps them to recreate it.
  • As a homage to superheroes, something similar shows up in Darkwing Duck, with Quackerjack's toys. 'Don't play with Quackerjack toys, they're dangerous!' was once said before the child in question threw the toy. She had to pull the pin first.
  • One episode of Dexter's Laboratory had Dexter and Dee Dee going to the city dump and finding a toy called "Mr. Chewy Bitems," a teddy bear with real chewing action. It might be a Shout-Out to the Cabbage Patch Kids Snacktime Doll (which has its own section), a doll that ate plastic food through a motorized mouth, but was recalled when it started biting chunks out of kids' fingers and ripping their hair out.
  • Very minor example in Doc McStuffins: the sword of an action figure in the show is shown to be sharp enough to rip through a plush toy when said plush is swung into the sword in error in the same episode. Given that plush fabric is usually pretty strong material, the sword couldn't have been made of plastic.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy has some of Ed's toys, including an action figure of a small monster that acted as a flamethrower when its string was pulled, to the surprise of both Edd and Eddy when Ed was in a bad mood and they were using it in a puppet show.
    • As Eddy put it: "Nice toy!"
    • He also has a cranked toy which walks forwards and chomps its jaws, which ripped a hole through Eddy's stomach:
      Eddy: Your stupid toy ate my breakfast!
  • In the Family Guy pilot, Peter is fired after unsafe toys are released when he falls asleep on the job. Such toys include a bottle of pills inside a "Pound Poochy", a hatchet being marketed as a silly-ball, and a "Baby Heimlich Doll" with a built-in flamethrower.
  • In the Fanboy and Chum Chum episode "Total Recall", the titular duo have a toy octopus that spits corrosive ink, electrocutes them, has tentacles with the sucking force of a real octopus and explodes randomly. Among Oz's collection of recalled toys, there's "baby's first nail gun", a fire truck that functions as a flamethrower, dolls that spit acid, a doll whose arms fly off at 100 mph, a ball covered in fangs, a sock full of nickels and a model warship with real weaponry (which was recalled because it was a choking hazard).
  • Mild by comparison with some examples, but there was one episode of Fireman Sam that ended with Norman Price doing something with a children's chemistry set that required the assistance of the fire brigade.
  • In the Hotel Transylvania: The Series episode "Hide and Shriek", Mavis discovers her old Demented Debbie doll who turns out to be very clingy, wants to have fun all the time, and is quite difficult to get rid of. The commercials for her show her abusing a werewolf girl, wanting to play with her even when the latter doesn't want to, and still pestering her after 800 years because the doll's batteries last forever. When Mavis's Debbie kidnaps her friends, Mavis buys another Debbie to chase the original away.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Since Misery Inc. seeks to torture everyone, it's no surprise that several of their products are aimed at kids. The Misery Inc. catalogue includes "delights" for the children of Miseryville such as electric rubber balls, lollipop tarantulas, toy sharks that bite fingers, and a giant robot dinosaur that eats children (and that one's for playgrounds!).
  • On Johnny Test, everything made by Wacko Toys is intentionally dangerous to children, because the CEO hates children, and his employees have no problem with it beyond greed. Examples include a board game that punches you if you land on a certain square, another board game where if you mess up you get electrocuted, a bag of tacks, a robot that starts off friendly before trapping kids within their own houses until they're 18, an exploding frisbee, mechanical alligators, helium-based gum, Made of Explodium gum, and a prison disguised as a video game.
    • Who wouldn't want to play such wholesome games as "Left Hook", "Don't Shock Yourself", and "Bag O' Tacks"?
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot:
    • One episode has the Cluster deceiving Jenny into letting her image be used in the creation of action figures that would later attempt to destroy her. They were turned off at the end by a power switch; Brad refuses to believe Krackus would be stupid enough to control them through such a thing, leading Tuck to explain his incompetence to break Brad's Willing Suspension of Disbelief. Vexus later scolds Krackus for this design after they're defeated.
    • An inversion of sorts from the same show is Killgore, a little wind-up toy robot with delusions of being a master criminal. Despite almost getting the better of Jenny a couple of times, no one usually takes him seriously, as he's too darn adorable.
  • The Patrick Star Show: "The Patrick Show Cashes In" revolves around the incredibly dangerous merchandise the show licenses. The Pat the Hapless and Beelzebass toys are equipped with real battle axes and lasers, and other products aimed at children include DIY tattoo kits, a uranium playset, and a plush toy with nails sticking out of it.
  • In Season 4 of PAW Patrol, the latest version of Pup Pup Boogie — a video game marketed towards sapient puppies, meaning children — includes "I Do, You Do" bracelets that turn one wearer into People Puppets for the other. Everest finds it as disturbing as you'd expect.
  • Averted in just the setting you might expect to find this in, what with all the talk/creation of allegedly dangerous summer activities in Phineas and Ferb. On the other hand, The Har D Har Toy Company, featured in the episode "Toy to the World" , produces toys that seem to go in the opposite direction of this trope, including such gems as Shimmy Jimmy, the Perry the Platypus Inaction Figure and Brick (It's fun!), although the last one could potentially be dangerous if dropped.
  • On Rick and Morty, some of the gadgets that Rick reveals to have made for a young Beth in the episode "The ABCs of Beth" fall under this. They include a teddy bear with anatomically-correct innards, a lie detector disguised as a doll, a ladybug-shaped taser, and a pink, talking switchblade.
  • An episode of Robotboy had a store clerk copying Robotboy's image to create "Roboboys" (note the omission of the 't') that went berserk after some time had passed. To differentiate them from the original Robotboy, the horns, lower legs and hands came in a multitude of colors.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • Some Real Life examples (like the pointy lawn darts, the Cabbage Patch Kid that bites fingers, or the dangerously hot Easy Bake Oven) show up in the "Island of Recalled Toys" sketch. The other toys are recalled for looking or sounding sexual, like the Buzz Lightyear cup with his straw positioned in a... suggestive matter (to make matters worse, the Cabbage Patch Kid bites it), and the Rad Repeatin' Tarzan doll.
    • Another sketch has boy playing with a sapient Bop It toy that transforms into a real rifle and commands him to assassinate a politician. The toy ends up being sent to prison, but we don't see if Hasbro faces any consequences.
  • Robotomy has Tickle Me Psycho, a My Pet Monster-meets-Tickle Me Elmo-style doll with the screechy, nasal voice of Gilbert Gottfried who acts like a complete Jerkass to robot kids (in the commercial, he stole a kid's drink, drank it, and tossed the cup in the child's face, ripped another kid's fingers off and ate them, and tore a third kid's "I Love You" card and kicked him. It ends with Tickle Me Psycho saying, "I can't stand kids!") and is plotting a war against them.
  • Rugrats (1991):
    • The Reptar wagon in The Rugrats Movie. Who would give their babies a toy that can spew real fire? In fact, everything Stu Pickles devised in Rugrats fits this trope.
    • There's a store full of these played for laughs in the episode "Toy Palace", including Avogadro the Alligator, which is powered by cold fusion, and the really insane Time Machine. And yes, the time machine is explicitly labeled as for kids.
  • On Sidekick a supervillain's evil plan was to sell thousands of Eric action figures in Splitsboro, which later turn out to be an army of killer robots.
  • In The Simpsons:
    • Homer buys Maggie an Army Base playset with actually working, explosive missiles. When Marge points out how dangerous it is, Homer claims it's perfectly safe, but is stabbed, zapped, and shot by the toy.
    • Another example was a cereal with a jagged steel letter 'O' in it. It was supposed to be a prize, not eaten, but the regular cereal was not much better. At the end of the episode, Bart reveals to Lisa the new and improved Krusty cereal: "Flesh-eating bacteria in every box!"
      Reporter: What about that little boy who got appendicitis from eating your cereal?
      Krusty: To prove that this metal O is harmless, I will personally eat one. (eats the O) See? There's nothing— (starts screaming and writhing) Oh, boy! This thing is shredding my insides!
      Sideshow Mel: Er, Krusty, that wasn't the metal one, that was a regular Krusty O.
      Krusty: It's poison!
    • The Krusty doll in "Treehouse of Horror III" has a switch that lets you flip it between good and evil. To be fair, it came from a creepy store of evil goods and the warning is quite explicit that it carries a horrid curse; it likely wasn't meant for anyone, let alone children, and Homer is just being Homer when he hands it to Bart.
    • Most of Krusty's toys were dangerous in some sense or other. This is because Krusty is such a corporate whore that he'll put his name and approval on anything that he's paid to, no matter how dangerous, and his die-hard fans will buy anything with his name on it, regardless of quality or safety.
      • A gag in the comics has a large stock of knockoff nacho cheese dispensers in the image of Krusty which the police easily deemed as counterfeit because they worked perfectly with no hazards at all.
    • One of the least dangerous products with his brand is a fully-functioning Geiger counter marketed as a toy, which very appropriately responds to Homer's homemade nuclear reactor:
      Krusty Geiger Counter: That thing's gonna blow! Drop this toy and run!
    • In a few episodes, Bart uses pranking equipment kits from a company called "Lil' Bastard". The kits that have appeared on screen have included: clock-tampering gear, methods to cause mass hysteria, smoke bombs and a frighteningly highly efficient (as in "accomplishes its job in two seconds") brainwashing kit. This is available to anybody who can afford it, including kids and cult members.
    • One of Martin Prince's inventions is a cute robotic seal pup toy which is a huge hit with the retirement home, which makes the residents happier. However, if you open the back panel and plug a wire in the wrong place, it becomes terrifying and violent. A funeral home planned to rewire all of the toys to this in order to stop the elderly from living longer because of their newfound happiness.
  • Sonic Boom: In "Tommy Thunder: Method Actor", when Tommy Thunder comes to visit the Unnamed Village, Dave the Intern announces that as a tie-in with Tommy's latest movie, Meh Burger has cheaply made Meh Meal toys, which he claims are "Guaranteed to have 12% fewer jagged edges". He ends up cutting his fingers on one, which appears to be a metal Nerf football with Tommy's face on it.
  • South Park:
    • The episode "Good Times with Weapons" has the boys trick a county fair vendor into selling them several dangerous ninja weapons. It ends in an Anvilicious note when their parents are more concerned with nudity (Cartman appeared naked under the delusion that he was invisible) than the fact they stabbed Butters in the eye with a ninja star.
    • Other dangerous toys include: Chinpokomon (the toys themselves weren't dangerous, but they were pawns in a plot to brainwash kids into bombing Pearl Harbor), Wild Wacky Action Bike (the kid who tried to ride it in the commercial crashed into the underside of a truck), Alabama Man and Wife (teaches boys to be drunken, wife-beating trailer trash), Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset (teaches girls to be like Paris Hilton, and even comes with 14 hits of ecstasy), and a make-your-own Mr. Hankey playset, whose commercial was filmed in live-action.
  • Squidbillies: Dan Halen Industries sold a baby crib that was so dangerous, critics called it a "Baby Deathtrap". The company sued for trademark infringement, as it sold actual Baby Deathtraps: teddy bears bristling with electric spikes.
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: "An Embarrassment of Dooplers": The model starship that Rutherford and Tendi are working on has shields, phasers, and a miniature warp core that explodes like a firecracker when the ejection sequence is activated.
  • Superman: The Animated Series: Any toy created by Toyman fits the trope. Most notably, the Dopey Dough he throws on the unsuspecting Superman:
    Toyman: Uhhh, maybe you should read the warning?? Dopey Dough is a lethal biogenic organism. Contact with the skin can prove fatal. It won't stop growing until it asphyxiates its host. NOT for children under 30.
  • Transformers: Animated: The show’s version of Soundwave is created when Sari tries to use her Allspark Key to repair her harmless toy robot and the Key responds by making it sentient, allowing the newly-born Soundwave to quickly upgrade himself into this trope; his music equipment, for instance, is reworked into sonic weaponry that can kill people.
  • In the VeggieTales Christmas episode The Toy That Saved Christmas, the eponymous toy is a "Buzz-Saw Louie" that has gained a conscience and seeks to stop the over-commercialization of Christmas that resulted in his design and manufacture in the first place. Buzz-Saw Louie dolls have functional buzzsaws in their right arms. Although what really makes the toys evil is that pressing their nose makes them say things that encourage children to be greedy, which is what threatens to ruin Christmas.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • Subverted in the episode "Tag Sale, You're It": When Dr. Venture holds a yard sale, Henchman 21 almost cries upon seeing a real lightsaber for sale. Dr. Venture says it is a prototype, rejected by Kenner for being too costly and by the military for being a sword. 21 buys it immediately, and when an Escalating Brawl breaks out he decides to use his new toy to face down Venture's bodyguard. The sounds and visuals are appropriately badass, but when a swing connects, the beam turns out to be harmless, and he flees in terror.
    • The episode "The Forecast Manufacturer" features a deranged supervillain engage with the Monarch and 21 in "the most dangerous game"—lawn darts. The win condition of the villain's version of the rules seems to simply be whenever someone gets their skull penetrated.
  • An episode of Yin Yang Yo! had a villain who manufactured these because he loved money and hated children. The most memorable and blatant were probably "Eyebiters", which were exactly what they sound like.

    Real Life — Guns 
  • "Youth guns" are compact, low-caliber versions of hunting rifles designed mainly for kids learning how to shoot for hunting or sport. Most youth guns, at least those that are responsibly marketed (which, as seen below, is not always a guarantee), are not sold as anything resembling toys; after all, even a low-caliber .22 Long Rifle round can still be very lethal, so the advertising typically emphasizes that proper Gun Safety habits should not be left by the wayside.
  • Miniature flintlock pistols were an actual 17th century toy. Some surviving examples prove that their locks worked exactly like Daddy's, they could be loaded with gunpowder and fired exactly like Daddy's, and they would explode if fired with the barrel blocked by mud, exactly like Daddy's.
  • Toy guns can easily be this. In the wrong neighborhood, any sufficiently real-looking gun is dangerous; for this reason, there are actual laws in the U.S. and U.K. that demand that any and all toy guns be made in bright, unrealistic colors, and you cannot buy realistic-looking toy guns, even if they're explicitly hooked up to arcade machines or video game systems. Countries that allow otherwise realistic-looking toy guns still demand they all have a bright orange muzzle tip, even if the gun is already painted in bright colors, and removing said tip counts as a criminal offense. In some jurisdictions, using a toy gun with the orange tip removed in a robbery is considered the same as using an actual gun. This is an ongoing issue, and is only one of the issues toy guns have been subject to:
  • Realistic toy guns are an interesting example in that most are perfectly harmless on their own; the danger comes from how other people react to them. You know the scene in Die Hard where Powell talks about how he accidentally shot a kid who was waving around a lifelike toy gun? That absolutely happens in real life. The notorious orange caps were found somewhat ineffective, as enterprising criminals or unwise kids would simply paint either real guns to look fake or fake guns to look real. This is why modern toy guns almost always look like weird sci-fi laser guns; it makes it much easier for police officers and other people to quickly and easily distinguish between fake and real guns.
  • Transformers:
    • The original version of Megatron transformed from a robot into a Walther P-38 pistol (specifically modeled after the prop guns from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.). More recent incarnations have transformed from a robot into a dinosaur, a jet, or a tank (for example) so that his action figures don't (legally) need to be bright orange. This is mainly in the United States when realistic firearm replicas that didn't have orange caps or tips were outlawed in 1988, as Japan still reissues the original toy on a regular basis, and his two Masterpiece releases both transform into Walther P-38s (the first was oversized, while the second was more properly-proportioned). In addition, the Japanese version fired small plastic pellets. The Transformers Classics got around this problem by having Megatron transform into a gun resembling a Nerf N-Strike Maverick instead of a real gun.
    • Megatron was not alone in the original Micro Change toyline from where he originated, with multiple similar "Gun Robo" figures with similarly realistic altmodes. Of the group, only the M1910 Browning figure saw release in a Transformers line (going by the name of Browning, appropriately), and this was in a Japan-exclusive line.
    • Many figures of the lines that became the Generation 1 toyline had very overpowered spring-loaded launchers that fired small, hard-plastic missiles. Consequently, many of their releases in Transformers removed or significantly downgraded their springs to make them less hazardous, and some releases (particularly reissues) significantly enlarged the size of the missiles to make them slower in the air and less of a choking hazard. This legacy was carried on within Transformers by the European-exclusive Predator subline, whose missiles were almost guaranteed to put an eye out; when some of their molds saw release in America, the missiles were taken out entirely.
  • Entertech Water Pistols are one of the reasons that toy guns are molded in garish colors now to keep police from misinterpreting a child's toy as a real gun, and keep criminals from using them in holdups. The commercial even clearly stated:
  • Keystone Sporting Arms made compact, single-shot, bright-coloured, "harmless" .22 rimfirenote  rifles, marketed as "My First Rifle" and sold with "safety-promoting design"note  for young would-be-hunters. Officially, they weren't sold as toys (since they are guns firing live rounds), but the marketing and all the logistics emphasized that they were safe and fun for kids to use. In 2013, a 5-year-old boy fatally shot his 2-year-old sister with one. Keystone promptly removed the My First Rifle branding and all of the kid-oriented marketing and started selling them under the Crickett and Chipmunk brands, emphasizing that they were not toys. Ever since, the gun was predominately marketed to... preppers, of all people, as a very compact, lightweight survival gun, without a single mechanical change to it, which should tell you how misguided the initial marketing was.
  • BB guns, by definition. BB and airsoft are flatly illegal in most Australian states. Certain categories of weapon (A, B, C, H) can be acquired as a permanently-non-functional deactivated example or a full-scale model that is not obviously a toy, but category D and R (the ones an awful lot of gamers will want most) cannot be acquired even in these forms without a special licence - there's even a collector in Victoria whose Transformers collection has to be kept in a vault with full security features as if he was keeping real weapons in there, due to the police deciding that his G1 Megatron's alt-mode looked too much like a real gun. These rules may be subject to change, so check the police website in your state before deciding to collect replica weapons.
  • Similarly, airsoft guns are recommended (or in some places mandated) to be used only by those over 18 due to the fact that, while they fire plastic ammunition that is 'safe' to be hit by at range, they can cause serious injury at close range and/or if they hit a particularly vulnerable part of the body such as the eye. To add to the problem, most high-quality airsoft guns, the ones targeted at the enthusiast market, tend to be near-perfect replicas of the gun they are modeled after save for the legally mandated orange cap, down to full metal construction, serial numbers, and logos, to the point where law enforcement and the military have used them for combat training. Even in places where their use is legal, open carry of them is very rarely permitted.
  • The Austin Magic Pistol fired ping-pong balls at potentially deadly velocities using an explosive mix of water and calcium carbide. A small, handheld potato cannon. Not only did it produce an impressive fireball from the muzzle, but emitted fire and sparks from the breech that would singe the shooter's wrist, and could melt their face if the breech cap blew off.
  • The Super Soaker CPS 2000 was the most powerful toy water gun ever released under the Super Soaker brand. It allegedly caused eye injuries when a target was shot in the face at close range, so it was subsequently redesigned to be less powerful and had warning stickers applied all over it telling the user to never aim it at anybody's face. Even the nerfed version was powerful enough to have recoil, though.
  • Combining this trope with MacGyvering, some bright bulb published the plans for a pistol-sized, pump-action rocket launcher with high-explosive tips on a science-class project website. A similar weapon, the Gyrojet, was tested by the US military in The '60s. Warhammer 40,000 fans may know it as the Bolter. The thing is made out of PVC pipe, cardboard (bogroll tubes to be exact), and wires. It shoots sugar rockets with a charge of black powder in the tip. A survivalist website put it in of their list of homemade weapons for "When S*it Hits the Fan" (their censorship, not ours). Even the plans themselves note that it's a Destructive Device, due to bore diameter and ammo weight — 12 oz and 13mm/.51 cal.note  even without the bomb tips — and the only thing keeping the designer out of jail is the fact that, officially, it's a science project to teach the kids about rocketry. No, we won't share the plans, but we will tell you that the only thing no longer available at time of writing (May 8th, 2020) on the site is the impact fuse for the tips.
  • In 2017, a Walmart store had a marketing blunder that quickly went memetic, as they marketed a rack of rifles in a back-to-school sale with a sign reading "Own the School Year Like a Hero". Once people drew the obvious implication, Walmart quickly apologized.
  • The JR-15, or Junior 15, by WEE1 Tactical is an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle chambered in .22 Long Rifle and marketed as a gun for kids, complete with a brand logo of a cartoonish skull and crossbones with pigtails and a pacifier. While it was designed and marketed with safety features in mind (much like the aforementioned My First Rifle), the idea of an AR-15-style rifle marketed explicitly to kids, especially given that style of rifle's notoriety, raised a lot of eyebrows.
  • Gel blasters, a relatively new variant of airsoft that fires bio-degradable water-filled beads instead of plastic balls, quickly becomes this as well around 2021-2022 because of reported injuries that happening after several people got hit by it.

    Real Life — Other 
  • The most infamous: Lawn Darts, which are large, heavy, metal-tipped darts that kids are given to throw at targets placed on their lawn. Needless to say, throwing spearlike "toys" is not a good idea. Consider that lawn darts are the modern equivalent of the plumbatae of the Late Roman Empire. Even worse - the original game required each player to place their target at their own feet from where you would throw your darts at your opponent's targets placed at their feet. Even six-year-olds knew this was a bad idea.
  • The Atomic Energy Lab was a real toy. In 1951, A.C. Gilbert introduced his U-238 Atomic Energy Lab, a radioactive learning set we can only assume was fun for the whole math club. For a mere $49.50 (adjusted for inflation: $491.41 in 2020), the kit came complete with three "very low-level" radioactive sources,note  a Geiger-Mueller radiation counter, a Wilson cloud chamber (to see paths of alpha particles), a spinthariscope (to see "live" radioactive disintegration), four samples of uranium-bearing ores, and an electroscope to measure radioactivity. Naturally this doesn't fly as well as straight-up kid's toys today as people are more afraid of radioactivity, although you can get the equivalent at any science or educational supplier.
  • Home chemistry sets used to be quite popular for young science nerds. However, fears of poisoning, acid burns, and explosions soon brought the combination of lawsuits and Moral Guardians to stop sales. "Chemistry" sets can still be purchased, but they contain practically nothing of any use. Buying a box of baking soda is the same thing. Amusingly enough, it's surprisingly easy to buy chemicals that will do something interesting online, meaning that for anyone brave enough (and hopefully wise in chemical safety) to do some experiments of their own, they needn't look far for 'the real thing'.
    • Some U.S. states have actually made it illegal to own chemistry glassware, on the grounds that they could be used to make methamphetamine. Even in states where it is legal, you have to have a license from the Department of Homeland Security.
    • These sets are also available in Russia, but they are no match for the fabled Soviet "Kid Chemist" set that included, among other things, strips of magnesium for kids to burn and (not dangerous, but awesome!) a real retort.
  • The Cabbage Patch Kids Snacktime Kid was a doll with a motorized mouth that kids could feed little plastic foods to. It would chew anything put between its teeth, including fingers and hair, and was so powerful it could tear a kid's hair clean out of their scalp. There was an off switch — remove the backpack and the doll shuts off — but this was only documented in the instruction book, and who reads the instructions on a doll? Or for that matter, who would think of removing a doll's backpack when they're in the state of panic from the doll in question trying to chew off their finger or hair?
  • From Cracked, we have "The 5 Least Surprising Toy Recalls of All Time". Though as many comments attest, #4 is mostly due to Values Dissonance.
  • Bindeez, aka Aqua Dots (among other names), are a craft kit featuring plastic beads which stick to each other when sprayed with water. The factory cheaped out on the ingredients used in the adhesive and substituted a cheaper chemical that becomes GHB — a Date Rape drug — in the stomach if swallowed. Since the beads are so small, swallowing them is not difficult. They were intended for children old enough to be unlikely to eat them, but that didn't help, especially since they still wound up in the hands of toddlers anyway. An inevitable multi-national recall followed. After the recall, the formula was changed to a safer one and they were re-released under other names (such as "Beados" and "Pixos"), with ads for the new kits outright stating that they use "the new bead formula".
  • In India, you can find tons of cheap, poorly made baby walkers at markets and online. The walkers are usually round (sometimes square and other shapes) in shape, have very poor quality, have unlicensed stickers that feature stolen characters like Mickey Mouse and Super Mario, and even characters from shows that are certainly not for babies, like Dragon Ball and Naruto. the squeaker and ball attachments are fragile and fall off very easily, sometimes play Bollywood songs or awful renditions of nursery rhymes, and are very cheap overall, both in price and quality. In fact, these walkers are more likely to harm your baby, or cause them to never walk again, or maybe even both.
  • The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, which in one well-known case inspired a Boy Scout by the name of David Hahn to build his own fully-working neutron source in his backyard. Although the device did not achieve fission but only transmutation, it did contaminate the neighborhood with a substantial amount of radiation and provoke the attention of the authorities.
  • Pogs could be painful but not especially harmful if one of the striker discs ricocheted... until some enterprising manufacturers decided to make small metal throwing stars to fit the role.
  • In 1987-1988, there was a line of Transformers with the ability to "spark" that would produce light, sound, and exhaust similar to real engines and weapons. They work via an internal steel wheel rubbing a flint, much like a cigarette lighter. Skating Barbie dolls had similar roller blades to spark up the ground. Needless to say, this gimmick was quickly dropped after such a Barbie doll caused a child's underwear to catch on fire. It eventually made a comeback for the Transformers: Age of Extinction toyline in 2014, but in a way that wouldn't allow the sparks to escape the toy.
  • Most knock-off toys (the kind of things you find at car boot sales, Chinese malls, market stalls, or dollar stores) normally based on a popular kid's film, anime, video game or cartoon, such as Spider-Man, Naruto, StarWars, Ben 10, Pokémon, Frozen or Cars, are made with lead paint or will fall apart VERY easily. This is generally done because they're cheap to make and they're generally bought by parents who don't realize the dangers and just see a cheap toy.
  • Tie 'N Tangle, a game based on wrapping other players in a web of nylon string, would otherwise be So Bad, It's Good based on its unintentional reference to bondage had it not been for its significant safety hazards: people can fall and hit their head, be strangled by the cord, etc. Even worse, the cord is too strong to be broken by hand, in case an emergency does happen. Jeepers Media suggests destroying this game, as its vintage worth is far outweighed by the hazards it possesses. From the same YouTube channel, and even more dangerous, is Traffic Jam. Goal: crawl through an 8-foot garbage bag-like tunnel with no air holes to place your balls in the cup at the other end.
  • The main reason for missile launchers on US toys being nerfed, completely disabled, or having ridiculously long projectiles dates back to 1979, when a kid choked to death after firing a Battlestar Galactica (1978) Colonial Viper missile into his mouth, resulting in Mattel being sued and recalling the toyline.
  • Power Wheels Motorcycles were very realistic and dangerous "toy" motorbikes whose accelerators were prone to jamming, leading to many serious or fatal injuries from crashes.
  • Cross an inflatable raft with a parasail, and you get the Kite Tube, which would soar up to 30 feet in the air, a fall from which could be fatal. The cover bore a skull and crossbones with the statement "Never kite higher than you are willing to fall".
  • In China, there are many street vendors who sell toy balloons based on characters that are popular with children, such as Spider-Man, SpongeBob SquarePants, Boonie Bears and Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf. However, those balloons are filled with hydrogen instead of helium; to anyone familiar with the Hindenburg disaster, you'll know why putting hydrogen into balloons is a very bad idea.
  • Sky lanterns, basically candle-propelled paper hot air balloons, are at the mercy of the wind and present a fire hazard if they land while still aflame, leading to their ban in many countries, states, and jurisdictions, including Sanya, China, the city where they were invented.note 
  • This video shows a working miniature stove made in Japan in the 1970s.
  • In Victorian times, many toys were sold to or for children that wouldn't be today, making it resemble this trope, although you may prefer to think of it as Values Dissonance. Mid-range trains and steamships could be powered by some rather heavy metal clockwork systems, and many were driven by live steam, with this method of propulsion still existing in the present day for high-end model railway enthusiasts. Leaving aside some cast-iron toy ranges, most parents have some sort of weird problem with giving their children a live boiler powered by a naked flame to play with. While similar models do exist nowadays, they are museum-quality pieces or high-end model engineering out of the price range aimed at children.
  • Glass-blowing kits such as that made by Gilbert, who also made home chemistry sets. Gilbert was basically a one-stop STEM toy shop. They also made the atomic energy experiment set already mentioned, and guess who owned the "Erector" trademark before it was sold to Meccano in 2000? Speaking of Erector sets ... Erector/Meccano toys now are mostly plastic, but the original Gilbert Erector set pieces were almost entirely made of steel and/or brass, and many of them had fairly sharp edges... not deliberately, but any long, thin piece of steel is effectively a knife.
  • Children's wood-burning kits are still available. Gloves and adult supervision required.
  • Thanks to a spate of school shootings in the 2010s, bulletproof backpacks have become popular in the US. In this case, it's an inversion: kids aren't given deadly weapons, but body armor to protect them from such.
  • The IRL version Beyblade is a downplayed example. While nowhere near as bad as they anime portrays, always make sure the components for the Beyblades are on tight and never stand too close to the arenas while playing. Stray Beyblade parts and/or the Beyblades flying out of the arena after a big hit have been known to cause some nasty bruises. Burst Beyblades aren't as bad since they're meant to come apart, and aren't under as much pressure by the time they, well, burst.


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Patrick Show Action Figures

The Patrick Show's action figures come equipped with real battle axes and lasers. Batteries and trauma kit sold separately.

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