Dinosaur claws among items on annual list of dangerous toys

This undated photo provided by the consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) shows toy dinosaur claws, which made the group's annual list of hazardous toys, released Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Boston. The Massachusetts-based group said the claws can cause eye and facial injuries. WATCH said the toys singled out this year represent common problems and aren't the only potentially dangerous products on the market. (World Against Toys Causing Harm via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — Dinosaur claws inspired by the movie “Jurassic World” and a quick-folding trampoline are among the items on a consumer watchdog group’s annual list of hazardous toys released Wednesday.

The velociraptor claws can cause eye and facial injuries, and the trampoline can lead to injuries, particularly in children, the Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm said. The advocacy group each year releases a Top 10 list of the most hazardous toys for Christmas.

WATCH says the toys singled out this year represent common problems and aren’t the only potentially dangerous products on the market.

A Play-Doh-like substance that looks like poop also made this year’s cut. WATCH says the “Poo-Dough” contains wheat and could cause allergy-related injuries such as hives, headaches and difficulty breathing.

Many of the toys on this year’s list can be found at major retailers such as Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and Kmart. They also can be bought from online sites such as Amazon.com and ebay.

WATCH urged parents to be cautious when buying toys online, where nearly 50 percent of purchases are expected to be made this season.

Here’s WATCH’s list of the 10 worst toys for 2015:

— “Bud” Skipit’s Wheely Cute Pull Along. Potential for choking injuries; made by Bunnies By The Bay; $29.99

— Foam dart gun. Realistic toy weapon; made by GD.Jiefeng Toys; $13.99.

— Stats’ 38″ quick-folding trampoline. Potential for head, neck and other injuries; by Toys R Us, Inc.; $49.99.

— Poo-Dough. Potential for allergy-related injuries (warning label says it contains wheat); by Skyrocket Toys; $4.99.

— Splat X Smack Shot. Potential for eye injuries; by Imperial Toy; $10.

— Kick Flipper. Potential for head and other bodily injuries; by Playsmart; $19.99.

— Leonardo’s Electronic Stealth Sword. Potential for blunt force injuries; by Playmates International Company; $24.99.

— Kid Connection doctor play set. Potential for ingestion and choking injuries; by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; $4.97.

— Pull Along Zebra: Potential for strangulation and entanglement injuries; by Early Learning Centre; $20.99.

— Jurassic World velociraptor claws. Potential for eye and facial injuries; by Hasbro; $19.99.

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