Here are the greatest Star Wars toys that no one wants you to have.
Ever since the first movie was released back in 1977 Star Wars toys have delighted children for generations. Twentieth Century Fox offered toy licensing rights to Mattel, Hasbro, and Mego, the biggest action-figure makers in the country and all of them turned down the opportunity to profit from a "space opera" by a little-known director with a cast of unknown actors. Boy, do they regret that decision. As wonderful as the Star Wars toy line is, however, every now and then a toy gets banned. Here are the most amazing ones you'll never own.
1. Boba Fett Banned by Kenner
2. Star Wars Kinder Surprise Eggs Banned by Everyone
Kinder Surprise is a Italian chocolate egg that has a toy hidden inside a plastic container and is banned in the U.S. and other countries. The earliest sets were only sold in Germany and Italy, but now they're sold all over the world. The candy is popular and a hot collectors item by adults and children alike. In 2013, they released a limited edition Star Wars collection with ten toys; Jango Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Count Dooku, Padme Amidala, R2-D2, Jar Jar Binks, Darth Vader, Clone Trooper, and C-3PO.
Although the candies have choking hazard warnings in several languages there have been two confirmed deaths caused by them. The UK Department of Trade and Industry said, "The child’s tragic death was caused by the ingestion of a small part of the egg’s contents. Many other products and toys with small parts are available in the market place. If we were to start banning every product that could be swallowed by a child, there would be very few toys left in the market”. On the other hand, the United States Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act bans the products saying "that a confectionery product with a non-nutritive object, partially or totally imbedded within it, cannot be sold within the United States, unless the FDA issues a regulation that the non-nutritive object has functional value and is non-injurious to health" and the FDA says "The embedded non-nutritive objects in these confectionery products may pose a public health risk as the consumer may unknowingly choke on the object”.
The toy ban is pretty serious business too since over 60,000 Kinder Surprises are seized at American airports every year. In January 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) threatened a Canadian guy with a $300 (Canadian dollars) fine for carrying one across the U.S. border into Minnesota. Again, in 2012, CBP held two Seattle men for two and a half hours after they found six Kinder Surprise eggs in their car returning from a Canada almost fine them US$2,500 per egg. While some, like Jennifer Ashton who’s daughter died from swallowing one of the parts, consider the toys dangerous, there is a vocal movement to have the ban on Kinder Surprise lifted. For example the Canadian site A Creative Revolution pointed out that the “tragic” deaths “have been few over many years and millions of eggs [sold]. The wrappers contain warnings in many languages, and the toys and the plastic capsules have been altered over the years to be more safe.” The toys are a beloved memory of from childhood all over the world especially England, Germany, China and Canada and they have fond memories of struggling with the egg, chipping teeth and almost choking on the parts. A year ago some activists started a “We the People” petition to get the White House to look into reversing it’s ban but, not unlike the request for a Federal Death Star program, didn’t get enough signatures. For now the candy\toys are still banned, but a black market for Kinder Surprise is still going strong.
3. Lightsaber Banned at Woolworths
balloons with flashlights. Now they're very sophisticated. They're so realistic that a British Woolworths (remember them?) banned the sale of lightsaber toys to anyone over the age of 18. They reasoned that it's really hard to tell that the giant, glowing, green lightsaber isn't real and could be mistaken for a weapon.
4. Bootleg Star Wars Polish "Uzay" Figures Banned by Lucasfilm
None are rarer than the knock-offs from Poland known as "Uzay" figures. Besides being extremely shoddy they feature hilarious names, descriptions and packaging that included gourds, calculators and bizarre themes. To us, the funniest is the cryptically named "Head Man." Is he named that because he's the head of something or just because he has a bizarre head? Is it the garbage can lid shield? We'll never know. What we do know is that he sells for $7,000.
5. Star Knight Banned by Lucasfilm
6. Overheating Lightsaber Banned By the Government
The CPSC told consumers to “stop using these Lightsabers immediately.” Why? It turned out there was a faulty spring in the toy. The spring in the battery compartment could dislodge causing the batteries to overheat or rupture. In fact, it did and burned a bunch of people. There were 38 reports of Lightsaber batteries overheating, including six reports of batteries rupturing. People complained about minor burns and eye irritation. Hasbro recalled around 618,000 Star Wars Lightsaber toys for repair and sent out kits to help fix it.
The other option was to do what we did as kids: take a broom handle and make “whoo-whoo-whoo” noises while pretending to decapitate our friends.
What was your favorite Star Wars toy? Which banned toy would you like to have?
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