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  1. joe jim at |

    Come on now, Clackers?
    So why don’t we ban baseball and little league? Kids get teeth nocked out and other injuries while wearing protective pads.
    Why are we so quick to ban something that results in a few injuries but ignore something that injures a lot more kids?
    This world is screwed up.
    Don’t get me started on hockey.

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    1. FMH at |

      Well, one could argue about the fun/usefullness/tradition of a toy or sport against its dangers. I think such a comparison would show up that clackers are needlessly dangerous because they aren’t even a good toy.
      I would rather have my kid running around with a baseball bat than one of these things, I guess.

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  2. Mr. Ree at |

    You could always tell which kids played with clackers (also known as click-clacks) because they would have multiple bruises on their arms from the clacker balls slamming into them.

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  3. annsa at |

    Funny..I played jarts just a couple of years ago, nothing happened then again I was 20 :/

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  4. Brother John at |

    I am in favor of dangerous toys. Or, rather, I am not in favor of any governmental ban that presumes that some useless government functionary is wiser than I am with regard to the care and feeding of my own children. Every last one of those injuries or deaths is a failure of parenting. And four ..in sixteen years or so? Hardly worth bothering. More are killed on bicycles. Tell the government to go to hell and buy whatever the hell you want for your kids — but you had better make damn sure they’re supervised or that you understand the risk. Why would you *not* build spreader bars for a hammock if you’re going to put a 2-year old in it? Why the hell would you put a 2-year old in such a thing???

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    1. Trek Girl at |

      How, pray tell, are parents supposed to know when a toy has a toxic coating on the outside of it?

      You might not like the fact that the government recalls and/or bans certain things, but the fact is that they have to have some sort quality control for the products that are meant for children. If they know a certain type of crib is responsible for the deaths or maiming of babies and toddlers, are they supposed to sit by and do nothing? No, they need to intervene. If the government or a company knows that a certain toy is causing deaths or near-deaths for a simple, easily avoidable reason, such as suffocation from a pokeball, should they say “Oh well – the parents should have been smarter”? They could do that, but luckily they don’t; at least someone is looking out for the children in that respect.

      Go ahead and decide what toys you want your child to play with, because that’s your right as a parent, but don’t get sanctimonious and offended when the goverment tries to recall or ban products that kill or injure children, even if most of those deaths or injuries wouldn’t happen if the parents were using common sense. It behooves the government to regulate products meant for their future generations, and it should be appreciated when they do, because we all know that they drop the ball far too often.

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    2. REITHEL at |

      I was in middle school when clackers were popular… in fact, we sold them as a fund raiser…. It was fun to collect them and see how many different colors we could purchase, some were clear, solid colors, and some were opaque with swirly patterns, BUT ours were specially made by a local artist, who used quality ingredients, and embedded the rope deep inside the plastic when the balls were poured into the molds (you could see how deeply the rope was embedded in the clear solid color ones), and to my knowledge, none of them ever shattered or broke or came off the rope. The rope had a ring in the middle, and that’s what we clamped between our fingers, and, we got a little momentum going… and then CLACK CLACK CLACK! Drove the adults batty. LOL. We had competitions to see who could keep it going the longest and it was fun. Yes, there were a few bruises on our arms, but we were kids! We didn’t care! I don’t recall that anybody in our school ever put out an eye or got a concussion…. Looking at the picture above, I wouldn’t buy those either…. they LOOK dangerous, like they could come off that little plastic cap very easily.

      I believe ANY toy can be dangerous if given to a child too young (or too stupid or too mean) to use it properly. I am only sad that I didn’t keep a couple of pairs of them so I could have given them to my daughter when she was old enough. I agree with Brother John, almost all of the injuries/deaths associated with “bad” toys are the result of “bad” parenting. Use good sense and buy toys that are not JUST age appropriate, but ability and intelligence appropriate, and supervise the use of any that have potential to be dangerous (and apparently don’t buy anything painted in China! LOL).

      My daughter had a Easy Bake Oven too, and she loved it… until she got a couple of years older and Mama taught her how to make a real cake using the real oven…. (supervised of course) and after that, the Easy Bake got shelved… but not one time did she burn herself on it (or the real oven, either, for that matter). Now I can see there are issues with tiny magnets and small parts not being safe for “oral” aged babies… a two year old can put something in their mouths as fast as a lightning bolt and even an attentive parent finds it challenging keeping all the every-day “no-nos” out of their mouths… but the parent can make sure toys with tiny parts are saved for an older age.

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  5. Peter Boucher at |

    If I had a set of Jarts right now. I would be putting them up for auction. I haven’t seen those things since before my teen years

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  6. marc at |

    One of my cousins had a Sky Dancer toy. She launched the thing straight at my face. She’s lucky there was a 15 year difference (me being older) between us because she would have otherwise received the older cousin beat down she deserved.

    Also, for your enjoyment, check out this youtube video regarding lawn darts:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q5BryXp6RY&feature=related

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    1. cardude at |

      I saw jarts a sportsmans the other day.I also had hot wheels at the time of the Mattel recall.My parents didn’t hear about the recall

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  7. Gavin at |

    We still have our Jarts from the late 70’s and, we do occasionally use them, is this a bad thing?

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      To Gavin : How much money do you want for them !!!! I would sell my soul to own a set as that was my favorite game as a kid. I would suggest putting them on eBay or Amazon. I don’t know how old you are (I am 49) and back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I would always anticipate going to my Uncle’s house and play it as he had a complete set of them

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  8. xxx at |

    AAAH! I HAD THE POKEBALL I SERIOUSLY DID OH MY GOD. I wonder what happened to it… I also had 3 sky dancers. Had no problems with either.

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  9. wow at |

    Oh my. I played with a lot of this stuff so funny.

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  10. Sweetie at |

    OMT(o my toast) I begged my mom for those aqua dots just a few years ago O_o I’ve never been happier to have heard my parents say no, I freaking love those overprotective crazies :D

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  11. Bryan at |

    I just can’t believe that there is such a toy that would use real fire especially when they are intended for kids. That’s really unthinkable. We all know “playing with fire” is dangerous.

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    1. marc at |

      Which of these toys used fire? The Easy Bake Oven used a 100W lightbulb. If you used a higher wattage bulb you raised the baking temperature. Guess what happened if you used a lower wattage bulb!?

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  12. Guest at |

    I’ll admit, when I visited my Grandma with my cousins, I did not play safely with the jarts. Our game was to toss them up as high as we could, take cover under the awning, and watch the weight suddenly tip downward and plunge the jart to the earth. The record holder for that day, my oldest cousin, got one buried in the ground so far that it covered the first third of the plastic fins! It was awesome, but…definately not safe!

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  13. a9fc8yt3kd1 at |

    What ever happened to the days when a kid could get a rifle for Christmas?

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    1. marc at |

      Kids still get rifles, but they usually have parents who are serious hunters or sportsmen otherwise.

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  14. Anonymous at |

    I’m not trying to be rude here, but I had to point it out: “Pokeman”? Really? I don’t know how you can still misspell Pokemon when you obviously had to look up a promotional toy related to it. But yeah, I remember the Poke Ball recall. The toy is clearly marked “ages 3 and up”, but some parents let a 2-year-old play with it. I don’t see how you can recall something if the injury was caused by not adhering to the warnings.

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  15. Shinytails at |

    I had that spin n’ glow doll….. I remember it hitting me in the face.

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    1. Shinytails at |

      I also had aqua dots, so it creeps me out knowing drugs could’ve been in them.

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  16. Scooby23 at |

    I just saw a commercial for this flying Tinkerbell toy that is exactly the same as those SkyDancers.
    Weird.

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  17. Juju at |

    I had aqua dots. And easy bake oven and I still have them

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  18. AlterEgo at |

    I have a Easy Bake Oven and Pokeball since i was 2. *i got the easybakeoven since i was 7* Wow, i didn’ know and me and my mom had made chocalate chip cookies

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