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10 Retro Toys That Would Never Get Released Today

Retro toys may bring back fond memories, but some were just downright dangerous! From sharp edges to choking hazards, here are 10 retro toys that may have seemed harmless at the time, but were actually hazardous.


Clackers - Adobe Stock
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These plastic balls attached to a string were popular in the 1970s, but they were quickly deemed dangerous due to the risk of injury from the hard plastic spheres smacking together. In fact, reports of eye injuries and broken bones led to their discontinuation!


Jarts - Adobe Stock
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This backyard game consisted of large, weighted darts players would throw toward a target on the ground. Unfortunately, the pointed tips and heavy construction of the darts led to many serious injuries, prompting a nationwide ban in the United States in the 1980s.

Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kids

Snacktime Cabbage Patch Doll
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These doll-like toys “ate” plastic food items, but their powerful motorized mouths didn’t distinguish between food and fingers. Yikes! Unfortunately, several children suffered hair and finger injuries, leading to a recall in 1997.

Sky Dancers

Sky Dancers - YouTube - @JewelRiders

These flying dolls featured spinning wings and were launched into the air by a pull string. However, their unpredictable flight paths and high-speed spinning led to eye injuries and concussions, resulting in a recall in 2000.

Creepy Crawlers Oven

Creepy Crawlers Oven - eBay - fosafinds

This toy allowed children to create their own rubber insects by pouring liquid plastic into molds and baking them in an electric oven. But, the hot temperature of the oven and the toxic fumes emitted by the plastic posed burn and respiratory hazards.

Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab 

Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab - Wikipedia

Marketed as a science kit for children, this 1950s toy included real radioactive materials such as uranium ore samples and a Geiger counter. Probably not a great idea, right?! While it was intended to educate children about nuclear energy, it posed serious health risks due to radiation exposure.

Easy-Bake Oven

Easy Bake Oven - eBay - oceanbookclub

While not inherently dangerous, the original Easy-Bake Oven model featured a heating element that could reach temperatures up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This unfortunately caused burns and other injuries, so subsequent models were redesigned with safer heating elements.


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Battlestar Galactica Missile Launcher

Battlestar Galactica Missile Launcher - eBay - THETOYVAULT-STORE

This toy spaceship featured a spring-loaded missile launcher that fired plastic projectiles. However, the missiles had sharp edges and could cause eye injuries or choking if swallowed, so they were recalled in the 1970s.

Socker Boppers

Socker Boppers - Amazon

These inflatable boxing gloves allowed children to engage in safe, padded combat. Unfortunately, rough play or improper use could lead to head injuries, bruises, or falls, prompting concerns about their safety.

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Yo-Yo Water Balls

Yo-Yo Water Balls - Adobe Stock
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These water-filled toys were designed to bounce like a yo-yo when thrown. However, their elastic cords posed a strangulation hazard, and the plastic casing could break, resulting in a choking hazard.

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