I don't want to sound overprotective of Nerf (it holds a very dear place in all fan hearts) but it's more toys in general, and what they meant to me growing up, and still want to mean to others.
Letting kids be kids, and grow up without being blasted with grown-up politics when their main motive is a media frenzy pushing for those extra hits/sales/numbers vs competitors.
Simply said, toys are toys, and should be treated as such, That's fine right?
I think overall, there is a level of hysteria after the terrible school shooting that took place in Newtown, Conn, USA. A lot of people feel helpless and want to do something to stop it happening again. That's great, but use your heads to think clearly, and your hearts passion to drive that change.
I don't see any sense in knee-jerk actions to punish the innocence of children.
Growing up, my brothers and sisters always played knights and pricesses, cowboys and indians, cops and robbers. We made costumes, props from sticks and endless supplies of my Dads electric tape, and my Mums sewing threads.
We live in a world today where we see this in the newspapers, TV, Internet, even kids movies, where we see guns or lasers or somekind of weaponry.
Whoever thought Toy Story was a bad impression on kids?
... no didn't think so.
The article I mentioned refers to their first impression of looking at the Air Hogs new Battle Tracker.
The article refers to the boxing as being a bulky black box that looks like it is a product of Northrop Grumman (a defense contractor). The images of crosshairs and rockets with descriptions of the device's technologies - which include "Advanced missile load and release system," "Lock-on sequencing," and "Sensor Intelligence."
So to make it clear what he see's when he looks at this toy box is this:
But to an innocent mind of a child, who just wants to play with a toy to pass the time, it's a cool, fun toy.
A child psychiatrist said that if we bombard children with adult issues, we force them to choose Right or Wrong. Do we really want some children making that decision so young of life and death in their hands? Or do we teach them Right from Wrong, good moral lessons? Because God help you if a 5 year old chooses Wrong is the right answer because they were forced to choose. Let children be children. As adults and guardians, it's our job to nurture safe teachings, care and respect.
I look at kids, young teens today who play Nerf, and when I see them grasp the concept of modding; voltage mods, understanding internal mechanics of a toy, how to be creative by painting them and adding accessories etc. it's a gift to create and explore Science.
It is in the right environment that they learn these practical skills and challenge their minds to problem solve and fact find. These skills nurtured in an educational way will make them grow up into smart members of society. Engineers perhaps. There is an element of science here that is being nurtured. Young minds being active instead of couch potato video game athletes.
If not, hey they got a load of skills on how to be able to change a lightbulb and rewire broken sockets later on :)
He thinks people should urge Hasbro to take a relook at their Elite Hail-Fire, Stryfe or anything that uses a full/semi automatic firing mechanism.
I'm not a parent, and I don't pretend to be one. One day I hope to be a father :) Here is the article i'm talking about Toys trying to imitate tools of war.
What do you think? Let me know.