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Every year, consumer groups release their lists of best and worst toys. Usually, the best toys are educational and provide children with hands-on learning. The worst toys pose some sort of safety hazard.
For example, the consumer watch dog group W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) is warning parents about the potential choking, strangulation and bodily farm certain toys can inflict. This year, the group targeted toys such as a folding trampoline, an electronic sword and some dinosaur claws that tie in with the latest "Jurassic Park" movie.
Safety is important. We all care about safety. But you know what else we parents care about? Stupid toys that tick us off.
With that, here are 10 toys that will probably appear on your kids' wish lists this Christmas, when it's your wish that they would just disappear.
Shopkins. This is my No. 1 with a bullet, and naturally my kids are clamoring for them. Shopkins are tiny, squishy grocery story items that are meant to be collected and traded with friends. They are sold by the pair in baskets for about $3 (in my day, these things would have cost 25 cents in a gumball machine). Plus, they sell play sets, vehicles and many other accessories. They comes in series, so of course early sets are already irritatingly valuable. Maybe what really grinds my gears is when I tell my kids they can see the real live Shopkins when they go to the store with me, and they just laugh condescendingly like I'm the crazy aunt who drank too much at Thanksgiving dinner.