The group W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc.) recently released its “Ten Worst Toys” list. The most common reasons are “Eye Injuries,” “Choking Injuries” and “Other Serious Injuries.” Simply put, these are dangerous toys.
I can say, as a father, I would not let my 3 and 1/2 year old play with nunchucks when he turns 4. If that makes me a bad father so be it. According to W.A.T.C.H.:
4-year-old children are encouraged to play the part of a Ninja, while wielding various weapons. One such weapon is Michelangelo’s “Nunchaku”, which the manufacturer describes as a “Kick-butt signature weapon!” consisting of two long plastic handles connected by a plastic chain. Remarkably, there are no accompanying cautions or warnings relating to potential impact injuries.
I was a TMNT fan as a kid. But, my parents would never have let me own nunchucks as a 4 year old. Who is the marketing genius that came up with this marketing scheme? It reminds me of the Dan Aykroyd skit from SNL.