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Exhibits at the Banned Toy Museum display toys that someone says you can't have.
These toys were taken off the market because they were a serious safety hazard,
or because they were offensive.

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TOP 10 BANNED TOYS       Numbers 10 - 6          

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10.   Spanish Barbie

In 1999, fans of this popular fashion doll were very upset that she was wearing a matador's costume - usually worn when bulls are ritually killed in a bullring as a public spectacle.

Barbie fans, including actress Alicia Silverstone, wrote letters to Mattel asking that they discontinue the toy.


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9.   Air Pirates Comic

The underground comic, Air Pirates Funnies, was created by a group of San Francisco based cartoonists in 1971. The comic portrayed Disney characters engaging in VERY adult behavior. Disney sued, alleging copyright infringement.

In 1978, the Ninth Circuit ruled against the Air Pirates.


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8.   Snacktime Kid Cabbage Patch Doll

The Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kids featured battery-powered mechanical jaws. Armed with “real chewing action” this toy kept chewing, even when kids got their hair and fingers caught in the doll's mouth. Mattel recalled them in 1997.


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7.   Clackers

Clackers, also known as Knockers and Click Clacks, consisted of two large acrylic balls, which hung on either end of a heavy string. The two balls would swing apart and together, making the loud clacking noise that gave the toy its name. If swung too hard, the acrylic balls would shatter, sending flying shrapnel everywhere.

Clackers were banned in 1985.


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6.   Belt Buckle Gun

In 1959, Mattel introduced the
Belt Buckle Derringer Toy Gun.

To unsuspecting badguys, this unique belt buckle looked harmless. But when the user extended his stomach, the gun swung out, firing a toy bullet and a cap.

Unfortunately, the caps could be accidentally ignited by friction and cause serious burns.


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