I don’t know about you, but I seem to remember toys being fairly innocent when I was a kid. Maybe not as innocuous as Laura Ingalls’ corncob doll, Susan, but at least my perpetually high-heeled Barbie didn’t look as if she might be employed by someone named Huggy Bear.
As I’ve been shopping for my kids this year, I have come across some truly surprising things-they’re-calling-toys. My secret irreverent inner-self may be getting a bit (or a lot) of a kick here and there, but some of these are really pretty shocking. Here are ten that inspired dramatic dropped jaws and wide-eyed double takes.
Hannibal Lecter Action Figure
Nothing says, “Hey kids, let’s play!” like a cannibalistic serial-killer doll. Especially one that comes strapped in a secure transport gurney and includes a removable mask! One can only wonder what kind of action is supposed to be performed with the pyschopath action figure. Endless rounds of “have an old friend for dinner”?
Manufacturer recommended age: 17 months and up. Gulp.
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