10 Most Dangerous Toys of All Time!

This list is hilarious! According to Radar Magazine these are the worst and most dangerous toys of all time, as defined by their ability to kill, maim and generally be hazardous to the well being of the children to which they were given.

Each toy is linked to the complete page on the Radar website that has a more complete description of the mayhem wreaked by the particular weapon toy.

Here goes then:

Power Wheels Motorcycle10.) Fisher-Price Power Wheels Motorcycle

Eager youngsters who gunned the throttle found that it often stayed gunned, stuck in a petrifying state of perma-acceleration. Presumably, the child on the motorcycle was then taken on a hellish, intestine-twisting scream ride.

Battlestar Launcher9.) Battlestar Galactica Missile Launcher

It takes just a few jabbed eyes, some torn intestines and the death of a child to bring down a party, and that’s just what happened in January 1979, when the battle cruiser missiles were finally recalled.

Johnny Reb Cannon8.) Johnny Reb Cannon

The Reb fired hard, plastic cannonballs with a spring mechanism—the aspiring secessionist need only pull a lanyard. No word on exactly how fast the cannonballs flew, but they traveled up to 35 feet and seemed perfectly sized to lodge into an eye socket, down an open mouth…

Creepy Crawlers7.) Creepy Crawlers

Nothing says safety like an open hot plate. And nothing says fun like using that open hot plate to create molten, rubbery insects you can throw at your sister while narrowly avoiding setting the house ablaze.

At least those who dodged serious injury or disfigurement could safely eat their creation. Oh wait, the critters were toxic, too.

Derringer Belt Gun6.) Bat Masterson Derringer Belt Gun

According to SafeKids USA, “Caps can be ignited by friction and cause serious burns.” Every young boy needs to learn the valuable lesson of always protecting his nether regions, with force if necessary, but given the positioning of the Derringer, the owner’s greatest enemy might have actually been puberty.

Sky Dancer5.) Sky Dancers

Injuries included scratched corneas and temporary blindness, mild concussions, broken ribs and teeth, and facial lacerations that required stitches. Nearly nine million Sky Dancers were eventually recalled, leaving aspiring ballerinas to earn their battle scars the old fashioned way, with an eating disorder.

Snack Time Cabbage Patch4.) Snacktime Cabbage Patch Dolls

With no mechanism to turn off the munching should trouble arise, it was only a matter of time before some cherub’s long blonde hair got caught in the doll’s rabid jaws. After 35 fingers and ponytails fell victim, the Snacktime Kids were removed from retail shelves forever, and 500,000 customers were offered a full $40 refund.

Mini 3.) Mini-Hammocks from EZ Sales

Unfortunately, children seeking to spend an afternoon like Gilligan became entangled in the net and strangled to death.

CPSC reported in August 1996 that the product had resulted in the fatal and near-fatal asphyxiation of dozens of kids ages five to 17 and recalled three million of them.

Radioactive Energy Lab2.) Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab

For a mere $49.50, the kit came complete with three “very low-level” radioactive sources, a Geiger-Mueller radiation counter, a Wilson Cloud Chamber (to see paths of alpha particles), a Spinthariscope (to see “live” radioactive disintegration), four samples of Uranium-bearing ores, and an Electroscope to measure radioactivity.

Lawn Darts1.) Lawn Darts!

During their brief (and generally awesome) reign in 1980s suburbia, Jarts racked up 6,700 injuries and four deaths.

Article Written by
John P.

John P. is CEO of Livid Lobster and co-host of Geek Beat TV. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.


  1. smartalek says:

    Would it be too cynical to wonder if such toys were purposefully sold as an under-the-radar eugenics program?
    Evolution in action….

  2. demsy says:

    Hi, you’re right..
    I also don’t like the motorcycle.
    It’s really dangerous for the kids

  3. Peter Haller says:

    Nice, do you remember the company MATELL, they did a very bad job, i think it was last year on poisonous metal in toys or something like that.

  4. Murlu says:

    Haha, skydancers.

    I remember my sister had one and I ended up getting annihilated when it flew and hit me in the eye. Went blind for a good portion of the day. You can bet we got rid of it very quickly.

  5. Rob Summers says:

    My most dangerous toy was my little brother. He stopped being little at the age of 16 and kicked my ass…

  6. Kay Friel says:

    I remember those lawn darts. My son was 8 at the time and wanted me to buy them for his birthday party in June. His friend had a set. I said NO because I was afraid of them throwing them and hitting someone in the eye. My son had a “hissy fit” but didn’t get his way. A month or so later, his friend was playing with them and hit his dog, an expensive trip to the vet!!!!!

  7. Billy Bob says:

    I remember my sister having a sky dancer, and my brother and I made hundreds of Creepy Crawlers growing up. We amazingly all managed to survive to adulthood.

  8. I played lawndarts alot. I can see how you can get amll injuries but die?! Think I had the softversion then..

  9. Zach says:

    No way! Lawn darts killed 4 people!

  10. Andrea Barrios says:

    I totally remember sky dancers… I had one, my sister had one… but we never got hurt… after a while they disappeared from stores, but recently while at a toy store I say a re-vamped version of the originals… so I guess they are back (hopefully not with a vengeance)

  11. Dani says:

    Does anyone remember the Vacuform? It melted a sheet of plastic which you then flipped over a mold and furiously pumped out the air. We burned our fingers constantly, but it was the coolest toy.

  12. moserw says:

    Wow! Some of them look so dangerous in the pictures. I would never let my kids have most of them. A personal computer is so much better and playing on the beach/or at the pool just perfect for physical exercise.

  13. Linu says:

    Wow, I never knew that some these toys are most dangerous…

    Just digged this good post

  14. BetMe says:

    Don’t forget about Klackers. I have a chipped tooth to remind me of this awesome toy of the 70’s!

    • John says:

      Hey what happened tot he BB gun? Hours of fun and adventure. If you did not get shot or shoot you buddy, you could always get scraped up or twist an ankle tracking through the woods for prey. I guess once we get a fluffy marshmallow world all the boys can go up to GIRLS. I say bring them back we are interfering with natural selection and evolution.

  15. AbiLogic says:

    “Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab”
    Is it really toy for youngsters? Build your own atomic bomp kit :)

  16. Edward says:

    offtop: Happy St Valentine’s

  17. Saim Baig says:

    Never heard of these.But i understand what makes these things so dangerous.

  18. Dynamike says:

    Holy crap! A U-238 Atomic Energy Lab.

  19. Brandon says:

    btw.. We use to play with lawn darts all the time when I was a kid :D

  20. Brandon says:

    nice post John, I don’t see how I missed this one
    It’s crazy what we give our kids sometimes..

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