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Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles, Power Rangers
and World Wrestling Entertainment
action figures are three of the
brands on this year's "Dirty
Dozen" most violent toys, a
children's advocacy group.
This is the eighth annual list of most violent toys compiled by the
Maryland-based nutters The Lion & Lamb Project, which warns parents what not
to buy for their children for the holidays.
Executive Director Daphne White said the group is primarily concerned
about violent messages stemming not only from toys but also from television,
movies, videos, music lyrics, arcade games and video games.
We're worried about violence being marketed to children as fun and
entertaining, White told CNN/Money. Our list is a little different
this year because it highlights the 'brands' that are marketed to children
through a combination of toys, video games, DVDs and other items.
Our children are now moved along from the cartoon violence in 'Ninja
Turtles' to the cold-blooded murder in 'The Matrix Reloaded' in just a few
short years, White said, adding some of the toys in the group's list
have violent themes and are marketed at kids as young as age 3.
Responding to the Lion&Lamb list, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) said
in a statement released Monday that pre-holiday news conferences
regarding various alleged hazards in children's toys have become an annual
event at which some groups try to establish a direct, causal connection
between societal violence and specific types of toys.
The TIA's response also included comments from child development expert
Jeffrey Goldstein, author of Why We Watch: The Attractions of Violent
Entertainment, claiming that accusations about individual toys promoting
violence does not stand up to academic scrutiny.
The group also took issue with Power Rangers Ninja Storm video game.
Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this is another
television-generated brand with the message that the best way to solve
problems is through violence, White said, noting that while Power
Rangers are portrayed as good guys they solve problems by fighting.
Also on the list are the WWE Training Day action figures and the WWE
Smackdown! video game. The group also warned parents about The Hulk,
The Matrix and X-Men movies, DVDs and related toys and video
About The Hulk toy, the group said the stuffed green toy looks
friendly and harmless as the Jolly Green Giant but is based on a PG-13 movie
The X-Men video game is marketed to children age 6 and up, but has been
released along with a PG-13 movie, Lion&Lamb said, noting the video game box
urges users to "use lethal combo attacks" and "prepare to meet your makers."
The Matrix video game is rated T for teens, yet is based on an
R-rated adult movie, the group said. This game features a "sniper mode" and allows
players to "ride shotgun, shooting from passenger's seat, it said.