Wow, a Cadillac Escalade for kids! This toddler-friendly SUV could be an award-winning toy this year. You see, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has opened the voting for its "Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children Award."*
The TOADY will be given to the toy that best epitomizes... something awful. (So the Escalade Jr. gets points in its disfavor for ecological irresponsibility and mindless consumerism.) Although there are other contestants for the TOADY (link here), my money is on either the Fisher-Price SUV or Hasbro’s repellent Baby Alive (which I wrote about here).
Of course, none of these toys can hold a candle to the Kaba Kick, a plastic gun marketed in Japan a few years back. It was used as a kids' version of Russian-roulette. The barrel was held to a competitor's head and then the trigger was pushed. The gun would then randomly "kick" the unlucky user in the head at unpredictable moments.
* Do you also get annoyed by the selective use of capital letter to make a clever acronym? This should be the TOADTYCA.