10. Star Wars Mandalorian Darksaber


Dangers: Potential for blunt force and eye injuries
W.A.T.C.H warning: “Young children are encouraged to ‘SWING FOR BATTLE….!’ with this “ancient, black bladed lightsaber” made of rigid plastic, with the potential for facial and other impact injuries.”
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9. My Sweet Love Lots of Love Babies Minis


Dangers: Potential for choking hazard
W.A.T.C.H warning: “This ‘mini’ baby comes with a feeding set, sold for 2-year-olds as ‘[a]ccessories for doll use only.’ The slender, rigid plastic spoon is approximately 2¾” long with the potential to be mouthed and occlude a child’s airway.”
(Photo: W.A.T.C.H.)

8. Boom City Racers


Dangers: Potential for eye and facial injuries
W.A.T.C.H warning: “The ‘BOOM CITY’ race cars are sold with a ripcord “launcher” so children as young as 4 years old can use the “stunt set” to ‘RIP, RACE, [and] EXPLODE!’ these miniature vehicles. The manufacturer provides numerous warnings and cautions, including not to aim at ‘eyes or face.’”
(Photo: W.A.T.C.H.)

7. Boomerang Interactive Stunt UFO


Dangers: Potential for propeller-related injury
W.A.T.C.H warning: “Children are encouraged to ‘PERFORM AMAZING STUNTS & TRICKS!’ by ‘tossing’ it into the air. Despite warning about potential propeller ‘damage,’ the manufacturer urges users to play ‘catch’ by ‘pass[ing] the UFO back and forth to friends….’”
(Photo: W.A.T.C.H.)

6. Sci-Fi Slime


Dangers: Potential for chemical-related injuries
W.A.T.C.H warning: “This 'supreme slime lab' is marketed for children to create 'GLOBS of gross gloppy goop!', further identified as 'magnetic,' 'atomic' and other types of 'slimes.' There are numerous warnings and cautions on the box, package inserts, and the included chemicals and ingredients. For example, the zinc sulfide pouch warns that its contents '[m]ay cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. Harmful if swallowed…'"
(Photo: W.A.T.C.H.)

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5. WWE Jumbo Superstar Fists


Dangers: Potential for blunt force and impact injuries
W.A.T.C.H warning: “These 'jumbo' size fists are sold to enable 3-year-old children to emulate pro wrestling 'superstars.' No warnings or cautions are provided regarding the potential for blunt force or impact injuries.”
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4. Gloria Owl


Dangers: Potential for ingestion
W.A.T.C.H. warning: “This cuddly, plush owl is sold for babies as young as 12 months old. Nevertheless, even the manufacturer recognizes the toy’s long, fiber-like hair may not be adequately rooted, and is prone to 'shredding.' The hair, once separated, presents the potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries.”
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3. Marvel Avengers Vibranium Power FX Claw


Dangers: Potential for eye and facial injuries
W.A.T.C.H warning: “These rigid, plastic ‘power FX’ claws, ‘inspired’ by the famous comic book character, Black Panther, are sold for 5-year-olds. The manufacturer includes a caution prohibiting ‘hit[ting] or swing[ing] at people or animals.’”
(Photo: W.A.T.C.H.)

2. Missile Launcher (Toysmith)


Dangers: Potential for eye and facial injuries
W.A.T.C.H warning: “5-year-old children are advised to ‘GO! Launch’ this ‘missile’ with the provided slingshot-like launcher, and ‘watch it soar…up to 75 ft!’ The warnings and cautions make no mention of potential for eye or facial injuries. Moreover, the act of initiating launch occurs near a child’s face, as depicted on the packaging.”
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1. Calico Critters Nursery Friends


Dangers: Potential choking hazards
W.A.T.C.H warning: “This set of cute ‘critters’ is labeled for ages ‘3+’ on the throw-away packaging; however ‘flocked animal,’ regardless of labels, are appealing to oral-age children, as recognized by the industry small parts regulation. The Calico Critters collection includes small parts, such as a pacifier, with the potential for choking injuries.”
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The holidays are a time to spread cheer and celebrate with loved ones. However, many toys gifted during the holiday season contain hidden hazards that unnecessarily put children at risk of injury or death, according to World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.). In fact, every three minutes, one child in the U.S. is treated in an emergency room for a toy-related injury.

To help parents and caregivers know what to be aware of this gift-giving season, the toy safety advocacy group recently released its annual list of 10 worst toys.

“With the recent surge of COVID-19 cases, families looking for ways to keep their children engaged while socially distancing at home are relying on manufacturers more heavily to make sure their children’s toys are designed with safety as the top priority,” W.A.T.C.H. said in a statement. “Unfortunately, there have been many deaths, disfigurements, and disabilities inflicted upon children as a result of poorly designed and tested toys.”

Some toys on this year’s list feature classic dangers, such as small parts, projectiles, toxic substances, rigid materials, and more. To find out which toys W.A.T.C.H. named as the ‘worst’ in 2020, click through the above slideshow. 

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