David Fitzgerald: Toys for the 21st century child
WE HAD a very interesting debate on BBC Radio Devon last week over the rights and wrongs of a toy which has got the anti-gun campaigners a little hot under the collar.
The figure comes with all the pieces to stage a violent bank robbery, including a hand gun, dark glasses, crow bar, swag bag and gas canister!
The manufacturers say it is important that children can be taught, through play, the importance of recognising good from evil and baddies from goodies.
I couldn't help but notice that the figure looks like Sandi Toksvig pointing a gun at David Cameron, not an unbelievable scene but the resemblance is uncanny.
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I am sure she won't sue the manufacturers for taking her likeness, let's face it, Eric Pickles hasn't over the space hopper industry.
We must all admit that time has moved on and that the classics such as Snakes and Ladders, Buckaroo and Kerplunk are old hat. With that whole idea of in mind, I am sending off my list of updated, 21st century toy ideas in hope that they might get made.
The Barbie takes points for Ken set would be a great gift idea and The Sylvanian Family trial separation kit is a real winner.
This is where 'she' gets the castle and 'he' gets thirteen rabbits, two hedgehogs and a squirrel! If you have never had a Sylvanian family in your house you won't understand that….. and ….may I wish, that you never do as the squirrel is still wedged up our hoover!
The Scalextric Drive By Shooting box set or the Lego Build Your Own Crack Den have great potential and as for Action Man, the sky is the limit.
Suitable for six to twelve-year-olds, comes with nearly full military kit but if you want any of it to work in the battlefield you have to buy your own. Actually it is suitable for six to ten-year-olds as Action Man may have to take forced redundancy a couple years early.
How about Tiny Tears which cries, wets herself and throws up….hang on that was a scene from the Barbican last Friday not a toy idea.
OK, how's this…. 21st century Monopoly, where everyone can go to prison apart from the banker or a modern day Hornby layout, the ultimate OO gauge railway for today. Comes with buses if you want to play with it in Cornwall, tiny shovels for landslips and a large waterproof sheet to play 'let's try and get past Exeter'. Warning, entire system may not run for up to five days at a time.
I doubt if any of these will see the light of day, the My Little Pony recipe cards are doomed to failure as I don't think the supermarkets will stock them.
Airfix Smart Car models are a bit of a non starter as well as it would be difficult to tell which was which side by side.
Back to the drawing board