The 10 worst toys of 2019

Nerf Ultra One

What: A gun that fires foam darts up to 120 feet.

Ages: 8 and older.

Price: $49.99, by Hasbro.

Potential danger: As Mom might say, “Careful, you’ll put your eye out.” Well, probably not, but WATCH claims the gun poses a potential for eye injuries. You could convince your child to wear goggles, although if she’s the only one wearing Nerf-proof goggles, she may be subjected to peer-reviewed humiliation.

Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog

Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog made WATCH's worst toys of 2019.Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog made WATCH's worst toys of 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of World Against Toys Causing Harm)

What: Kids are encouraged to practice motor skills by pulling the quills from Spike’s plastic body and putting them back.

Ages: 18 months and older.

Price: $17.99, by Learning Resources.

Potential danger: The potential choking hazard posed by the quills if children put them in their mouths. Though PETA may be more offended by the whole business of yanking out poor Spike’s quills.

Bunchems Bunch’N Build

What: Balls can be stuck together to create multi-colored sculptures.

Ages: 4 and older.

Price: $16.58, by Spin Master.

Potential danger: Besides being potential choking hazards, the balls can get stuck in hair, resulting in the kind of impromptu haircut that brings people to tears on YouTube. The toy’s warning states, “Keep away from hair,” which may encourage certain kids. You know the ones we mean.

Yeti

What: The smiling, big-footed plush creature is covered in flowing white hair, befitting a creature that lives in polar environments.

Ages: 24 months and older.

Price: $21.24, by Douglas Company.

Potential danger: Children partial to chewing could swallow Yeti’s wispy fur. WATCH says there is no warning of this particular hazard. It may seem like you shouldn’t let your kids eat hair, but it’s nice to have it plainly stated.

Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime

Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime made WATCH's worst toys of 2019.Nickelodeon Frozen Treats Slime made WATCH's worst toys of 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of World Against Toys Causing Harm)

What: It’s the wet, sloppy goo you remember, the stuff that gets everywhere. But this particular Slime smells like a treat. Mint chocolate chip or berry smoothie, anyone?

Ages: 6 and older.

Price: $9.99, by CraZarts.

Potential danger: This deliciously scented collection of chemicals could, if licked or eaten, be dangerous. The box says “Not real food — do not eat” but Frozen Treats Slime comes with smoothie cups, mixing bowls and ice cream cups. Thus, mixed messages. If you see a 6-year-old running a neighborhood smoothie stand, be wary.

Electronic Toy Gun

What: The gun shoots gel pellets that, according to the manufacturer, shatter on impact and don’t leave a mark — on clothing and surfaces.

Ages: 14 and older.

Price: $59.99, by Anstoy.

Potential danger: The toy’s warning spells it out: “Do not shoot people or animals at close range.” Is it us, or do others think some users will skip over the “not” in that sentence?

Die-Cast School Bus

What: Just what it sounds like.

Ages: 3 and older.

Price: $14.99, by Schylling.

Potential danger: The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round and can come off, posing a choking hazard.

Pogo Trick Board

The Pogo Trick Board made WATCH's worst toys of 2019.The Pogo Trick Board made WATCH's worst toys of 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of World Against Toys Causing Harm)

What: The Trick Board sports a “high-bounce” ball in its center, and handles on the board’s edge allow users to perform tricks.

Ages: 6 and up.

Price: $29.99, by Flybar.

Potential danger: Clearly, anyone can take a tumble on this board. But the group with the highest risks are the boomers and Gen Xers who think they’ve still got it. No, they don’t.

Power Ranger Electronic Cheetah Claw

What: When activated, the plastic retractable claws slide out in attack mode.

Ages: 5 and older.

Price: $19.99, by Hasbro.

Potential danger: Power Rangers don’t sit down with their foes and talk out their differences. They fight. It’s safe to say that when a child slips on her Power Ranger Electronic Cheetah Claw, it’s not to grasp difficult feelings. Therefore, WATCH warns of potential eye and facial injuries, not to mention what may happen to Dad’s favorite vase.

The Power Rangers Electronic Cheetah Claw made WATCH's worst toys of 2019.The Power Rangers Electronic Cheetah Claw made WATCH's worst toys of 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of World Against Toys Causing Harm)

Pull Along Caterpillar

What: Pull the caterpillar by its string and it rolls along on its eight wheels.

Ages: 18 months and older.

Price: $20.54, by Viga.

The potential danger: You might think it's because of the little balls on the caterpillar's back. But no. It has to do with the potential dangers posed by the string (entanglement, chance of strangulation). So watch your kids around strings

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