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Are Toys Becoming Too Sexy?

Posted by YBMW Staff on June 23rd, 2009
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black_widow-6.jpgAre toys becoming too sexy? That’s exactly the question of writer asks over at AOL’s Asylum website:

“When we were kids, toys were all about inspiring creativity and childlike wonder. These days, some toys inspire different kinds of feelings … tingly feelings. While we’re ashamed to admit our strange attraction to hunks of plastic, some of the toys we’ve collected here seem designed to elicit such shameful desires.

What happened to sturdy, sexless Shera or the modestly dressed pink Power Ranger? Sure, Cheetara was sexy, but she had some self-respect. While we certainly appreciate the following toys on an aesthetic level, we can’t help but wonder if toys have actually gotten too hot.

Check out a few of the more … intriguing toys and action figures that we found. What do you think? Can toys actually be too sexy?”

Some samples shown include the NECA’s 12″ Lara Croft action figure from the video game Tomb Raiders and Rockin’ Jelly Bean’s The Invisible Woman (Fantastic Four)

Clueless moron of an AOL hired writer aside, many Asylum readers who are less ignorant had a plenty to say. One commenter blasts the article stating, “For crying out loud, if you’re going to write an article, do your research.”

While many many others chimed in insisting that there is a difference between a “toy” and “collectible.”

Amy writes, “Toys” is the wrong word to use.. These aren’t toys..these are more like collector pieces. They’re usually characters from games or anime made into figures for collecting purposes.. I wouldn’t trust any of these items to anyone under the age of 18 anyways.. Sure, they’re sexy.. but they’re usually copying the original art to a T.. And they’re target audiences are usually men between the ages or 20 - 35.. of course its going to show some appeal..but toys? come on.. grow up.”

Greg writes, “wow this is just rediculous. these people need to learn the difference between toys and collectors items or fan shwag. toys are something meant to be played with, ie legos or action figures or puzzles. not these “sexy toys” however. no, these are not toys at all. these posable dolls and pvc figurines are meant for the more mature fans of certain franchises(i say mature because these people are clearly mature enough to know what a toy actually is). and besides the fact the people buying these are more mature fans, the franchises themselves are meant for people of that age group.”

Do you think “toys” are getting too sexy? Is there really a difference between a toy and a collectible? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!


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Hoob said on
June 24th, 2009 at 4:13 am...

Toys are made by companies like Mattel and Hasbro. They come in blister packs, and are built for kids. These are collectibles. No one should ever give these to their kids. As a collector, its pretty funny to have friends make fun that I collect “toys” and then have them ask me where they can buy them after they’ve come to me house and seen them.

 

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