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5 Worst Toys of the Year

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5 Worst Toys of the Year

For the past three years the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) has presented their Worst Toy of the Year award, the dreaded TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children). Created as a response to the Toy Industry Association of America’s annual TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards, the TOADYs emphasize the toy industry’s disturbing trends.  From the hoards of 2011 toys promoting violence, precocious sexuality, branded entertainment, and electronics that shun children’s creative play, the CCFC has selected five finalists—many culled from this year’s industry “hot toy” lists–that were then voted on to reveal the shining glory of terrible toys. So here, straight from the CCFC, this year’s most disturbing playthings:

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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7:13AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Honestly, I don't think these are the worst out there. But no matter what any of us think, the biggest power we have is our $$. Don't buy the toys that YOU think are innappropriate or offensive or whatever and they will come off the shelves. Just because companies make things doesn't mean we have to buy them....and that is where our power lies.

6:03AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rEZRXIV7Qo

2:13AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Who would spend $479 for a baby toy? An indestructible suit for a sick child is fine. Any parent that would spend that for one toy already has the lobotomy, and they're raising children... Scary thought. I understand the mic, because it's not geared toward people.

But seriously? I don't think that the Coke version of monopoly is any worse than the regular version. So what? Corporate greed is fine, as long as it doesn't make you thirsty? I think it's kind of cool that they have a coke version. There was a Racine (Wisconsin) version too. So is that bad because it's too localized or making too much about home pride?

I also liked the Fearleaders goul-dolls. They totally rock, and much better than Barbie! As for the WWE, you know what? If you really want them to tone down, quit watching. Quit making a big deal to the point you're actually promoting them. Quietly step away, and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same. The more people quietly step away, the more money they lose. Vinny Mac will get the message. He'll HAVE to tone down. As long as he gets a rise out of pushing the envelope, you're feeding his fired up ego, and the more he pushes it.

5:08PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Thneeds.

6:44PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

It's all in the $$$.
When we stop buying, that's when thongs will change.

11:55AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Interesting, thanks

5:34AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

@ Celie G., that dancing Orange Thing is so so so so helpful to low functioning Autistic children. and who wants a fat werewolf? when ever i see people who reek of sterotype I loose faith in people. and figure "hey if I ever make stories, I'll over exaderate all of them. if I see another 9 year old girl who cries at the sight of a frog or "bug" I am going to scream and tell them butterflies are insects, so they should cry and scream at them and not their children"



@James B. buuuttt tehhh issue herez is dat des wur made for teh kiddiez. u kno, liek 4 year oulds (OH I type this way to be sarcastic)

@ anyone whining about commericlization and marketing to children. Look up how Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was born.



5:23AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

The T-Pane mic is the last straw. How can toy makers support making toys that are bad influences on our kids. We as parents and consumers can put a stop to this nonsense and boycott buying these toys for our kids. We don't realize the power we have by standing together and demanding positive products for our kids and families from toys, music, foods or whatever. Don't let the power of advertising compromise holding companies accountable for products that they put out on the market for us as consumers.

8:42PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Thanks.

5:39PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

But I like Coca-Cola and vampires...

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