Thursday, 10 January 2013

Toys trying to imitate tools of war

This is an interesting article I found.

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:

To him, it's a military item, to a child it's a cool toy. As an adult the journalist he has seen countless Hollywood movies, atrocities around the world and domestically.

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.

Now to me, that's fun. It's a radio controlled Missle System and Helicoptor. As a child growing up, and playing with this, I would love to be a helicoptor pilot. Or an engineer who fixes them, or a designer who creates them. I'm sure tho some people are thinking "this could turn a kid into a terrorist!" or something like that. But why are some people so intent on killing innocence at the cost of some troubled individuals. The people who do these terrible acts have deep seeded mental issues. Shouldn't we be putting all our energy into fixing this net that lets them fall thru so easy?

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.


  1. The Hail Fire looks so ridiculous I really don't think that it could be mistaken for a firearm without a realistic paintjob. And honestly in a sense pretty much all springer Nerf blasters share somewhat of a resemblance to firearms, more so than aforementioned full/semi auto blasters because most of them are electronic, and some of them are flywheel which is nothing like modern firearm technology.

  2. I agree with every comment you made here, thanks for dropping by!

  3. In the US in the 1950s toy guns were very realistic and made of metal. Television was loaded with shows featuring gun play and the good guy killed the bad guy guest star at the end of each episode. Handguns didn't need to be registered and you could buy them at department and hardware stores or mail order and have them delivered to your doorstep... entertainment and access to guns isn't the real problem, it's something much more complex than all that.

    1. Great points Marquis, I remember watching Rawhide as a kid, and wanting to catch and jail the bad guy. I don't know where the answer is in all this. But society needs to make sure its ok to talk about issues, government needs to provide tools to address people with issues.

      What do you folks think?