BRIGHTON, MA - Kids are making their wish lists, but you should be checking them twice. Some of the hottest toys this holiday season might be more naughty than they are nice. The consumer group called W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.) released its annual list of dangerous toys. Topping the list: a replica foam dart gun that looks like the real McCoy.
James Swartz, W.A.T.C.H. director says you need to really reconsider a toy like this, especially when police have to make split second decisions with regard to a gun. "Is it real or is it not?"
Head and neck injuries are the concern with a fold up trampoline and the Kick Flipper, advertised as a skateboard without wheels.
Poo dough, play-doh that looks like poop, contains wheat and comes with an allergy warning. But, Swartz reminds us to look for that sort of thing. He says, "Read the packaging carefully."
Watch out for strangulation hazards, like a new sling-shot toy or pull-along toys.
We know kids love to play doctor, but doing so with a new toy doctor's kit could cause choking.
W.A.T.C.H. also points a finger at the Velociraptor claws. They may look out of this Jurassic world....but getting poked in they eye could cause dino-size pain.
The Toy Industry Association says all the toys on the W.A.T.C.H. list meets federal safety guidelines. But there is one other bit of advice. Shopping online to avoid crowds at the mall sounds great. But you may not see all the safety warnings. Joan Siff, president of W.A.T.C.H. says, "Don't compromise safety for convenience this holiday season."
Finally, some good 'mews' for cat lovers, if you have an extra hundred bucks. The robotic tabby from Hasbro looks, feels and sounds real....but there`s no feeding, bathing or litter box changing. Just a furry feline companion that responds like a real pet. The cat-bot was designed with granny in mind, but is fine for all ages. That`s just purrrrr-fect!
For a complete list of toy names and manufacturers on this year's top 10 list from W.A.T.C.H., go to the following website: toysafety.org.