Top Toys NOT to Buy Your Kids this Christmas!
Every year, parents push over one another to buy the season's hottest toys so that Santa can deliver them on Christmas day. Some previous must haves include Dancing Elmo, the Furby, and the Nintendo Wii. Parents have camped out, pushed through crowds, and paid double in online auctions to snap up one of these coveted toys.
However, there are a few toys on store shelves that likely won't see parents pushing over one another to get. Whether they are creepy, disturbing or outright offensive, here are a few of the top toys NOT to buy your kids this Christmas:
Living Dead Dolls (http://www.livingdeaddolls.com/lddsite.html)
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The name says it all. These creepy baby dolls feature pale "dead" skin, wide eyes that come in shades of red, white and grey, scars, cuts, gashes, open wounds and other signs of the undead. Some even have mouths that have been sewn shut or gashes that have been stapled together.
They're more appropriate for Halloween than Christmas, and they're more appropriate for the adult collector than for kids.
Roadkill Stuffed Animals (http://www.roadkilltoys.com/)
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Rabbits and hedgehogs make such soft and cute stuffed animals; it only makes sense that those same animals would make good stuffed toys when their bodies have been flattened and their organs bulging out. Right?
These totally disturbing toys featured skid marks, bulging red eyes, fabric blood, and stuffed livers and other organs. You can even get one as a door wedge. Just what every child wants to see under their toy Tonka under the tree this year!
Pee & Poo Stuffies (http://www.peeandpoo.com/)
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Continuing the line of wildly inappropriate stuffed toys are this pair of pee and poo. No, those aren't cheeky names for some cooky characters. These are stuffed toys of a drop of urine and a dollop of feces. Have a friend with a baby? You can even get these characters on a onesie for sizes up to six months.
When you're a new parent, your whole world seems to revolve around pee and poo anyway, so why not have some fun with it? Right? Right?
Pole Dancer Doll (http://gizmodo.com/5348675/pole-dancer-doll-doesnt-really-set-the-perfect-role-model)
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Beyond offensive, this doll comes with its own personal dance pole and disco ball. While some parents have long criticized Barbie and other dolls for representing an unrealistic and overly sexy image for little girls, this doll overtly sexualizes little girls.
Luckily, the doll doesn't seem to be for sale in the U.S. If, for some reason, you lost your mind and wanted to buy this for your child, you'd have to look for overseas retailers.
Lego Friends (http://friends.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx)
This new line of Legos is designed just for girls -- you know, since regular Legos were just too boyish. These more "feminine" legos feature pastel colors, lots of hearts and flowers, and cuddly animals like ponies. While the toys aren't dangerous or inappropriate for children, they are offensive in their reinforcement of gender stereotypes. Just stick with the "regular" Legos whether you have a boy or a girl to buy for on your list.
What other toys are on your do NOT buy list this year? Share your outrageous finds in the comments!