You may think that you have seen some strange things in your time, but if you haven’t cast your eye over some of the toys on offer on the internet! Here are some of the best!
1. Barack Obama action figure
Brought out to coincide with the 2008 election campaign, Japanese firm Gamu Toys’ Barack Obama action figure and range of accessories comes with a Samurai sword and a machine gun.
With these weapons at his disposal the President of the United States of America will have little need for Secret Service security staff to defend him.
2. Playmobil builders’ portaloo
- [Photo by Stefan]
Good old Playmobil – the company which brought you a line of safe-cracker toys, a ‘policeman and tramp’ range and construction worker figures complete with their own portaloo. And why not? But why has the person who took the picture above placed a Playmobil Santa Claus figure (which clearly doesn’t come from the construction worker range) on the loo? Now that’s just not right!
3. Shimajiro Toilet-Training Tiger
While we’re on the subject of toilets, this little fellow clips on to toilet-roll holders and acts as a cheerleader for potty-training toddlers by yelling out encouraging phrases. This is great if you’re a Japanese pre-school kid but a little scary if you’re not!
4. God-Jesus Robot
Made in 1985, this Japanese God-Jesus robot looks like a cross between ET, a Smurf and a Star Wars storm-trooper but don’t let that put you off – this cross-wielding little toy can tell your fortune if you ask it nicely enough.
The front cover of the box the toy came in shows a Japanese boy praying that the girl of his dreams feels affection for him. He claps his hands and God-Jesus robot flashes its red eyes and says “No” – causing the Japanese student’s glasses to slide down his nose with despair.
Incidentally, the back of the packaging shows the girl of his affections clapping her hands while praying that the boy feels affection for her. This time God-Jesus robot indicates ‘OK!’
Confusing, isn’t it?
5. Subbuteo streakers
Subbuteo is the table football game where you use your fingers to flick tiny football figures around a pitch and try not to step on them during breaks in play. The game comes with lots of accessories such as referees and linesmen and lineswomen. In 2004 streakers were added to the list of accessories; an idea first thought of by Welsh shop owner Thomas Taylor.
Mr Taylor told the Daily Mail: “We had to get a mould made and it was not cheap.”
Production of the three-quarters-of-an-inch-tall figures can also be tricky as, Mr Taylor explained, “the parts are very small”.
6. Inflatable ToastTwo questions for you to ponder: firstly, why would anyone want to own inflatable toast? And secondly: surely it presents a health and safety risk?
7. Love boat figurines
Just what every young kid wants – figurines of people from a programme they have never seen because it wasn’t written for children!
8. Giant Hamster
This may or may not be a giant hamster. A camel’s head? Alien rodent? Anything is possible.
9. Beatles Bears
Well I guess their attire isn’t too far off, but from what I can remember, the Beatles had eyes, rather than words, above their noses. Andthey weren’t bears either.
10. Electronic finger boxThe last toy on this list is the electronic finger box – whatever did we do before toys such as these, and the others on the list, were invented?