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Superheroes may be a hit at the box office, but some of the toys being spun off of the movie franchises aren't counting consumer safety experts among their fans.

The Wonder Woman Battle-Action Sword and the Spider-Man Official Movie Spider-Drone are among the “10 Worst Toys of 2017,” a list from a Boston-based nonprofit called World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH.

The offenders also includes fan favorites like the Itty bittys stacking toy by Hallmark that was recalled last summer.

Strings, small parts, rigid surfaces, projectile pieces and toys that emit toxic substances are all potentially unsafe when it comes to toys, warned WATCH President Joan Siff and Director James Swartz at a press conference. They said shoppers to be on the lookout for toys that have been recalled. The group said the similar hazards from previous products often resurface in newly designed toys.

But the Toy Association, an industry group, said the list creates unnecessary panic. All toys sold in the U.S. must meet the requirements of more than 100 safety and standards tests before they can be sold, according to Joan Lawrence, senior vice president of the association,

“We see WATCH do this every year and it’s frightening to consumers,” Lawrence told USA TODAY. “These are not products that consumers should be concerned about.”

Some of the items on the list, Lawrence pointed out, aren’t toys, such as the Slackers Slackline Classic Kit, which falls under the category of sporting goods and thus has different federal requirements for distribution.

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Instead, Lawrence suggested parents and caregivers buy from retailers they know and trust, follow age requirements and safety instructions on toy packages and demonstrate safe play with children.

WATCH cited statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that said in 2015, there were more than 254,000 toy-related injuries and warned shoppers not to be “lulled into a false sense of security that a toy is safe because of a familiar brand name on a package.”

However, the term “toy-related,” Lawrence said, does not mean an injury was caused by a toy. Rather, she said, a toy was nearby when an accident happened.

The U.S. toy industry generates approximately $26 billion each year in sales, according to the NPD Group. Here is the official list:

1. Itty bittys baby stacking toys by Hallmark.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall on the product in Aug. 31 because of the small fabric hats and bows that were detachable and posed a choking hazard. But WATCH said the toys can still be purchased online.

2. Pull Along Pony by Tolo Toys Limited.

WATCH said the product violates a federal law that requires that strings on playpen and crib toys be less than 12 inches long. The Tolo toy’s cord is 19 inches long. But the Toy Associaton said pull-along toys are an exception to this rule because the purpose is to teach motor skills.

3. Wonder Woman Battle-Action Sword by Mattel.

The nonprofit warns consumers that the stiff plastic sword can cause facial damage or other injuries to children.

4. Hand Fidgetz Spinners by Kipp Brothers.

Fidget spinners are meant for antsy kids, but WATCH said many come with small parts that can easily become loose or removed, which creates a choking hazard.

5. Spider-Man Spider-Drone Official Movie Edition by Marvel and Skyrocket Toys

The drone comes with rapidly moving blades to help propel it into the air. The toy comes with a warning to keep moving parts away from fingers, hair, eyes and other body parts. WATCH said this is dangerous for children, which the drone is marketed toward.

6. Nerf Zombie Strike Dreadbolt Crossbow by Hasbro and

The crossbow toy can cause eye and facial injuries, which WATCH said is inappropriate for small children.

7. Slackers Slackline Classic Kit by Brand 44.

This outdoor tightrope is marketed as an activity for all ages and comes with a warning of “severe injury,” including a chance for “strangulation hazard, especially with children.”

8. The Oval Xylophone by Plan Toys Inc. and Plan Creations

The wooden instrument can be found online and is marketed to children as young as 12 months old. WATCH said that the toy does not come with a warning regarding the 9-and-a-half-inch-long drumstick, which could be placed in the child’s mouth and obstruct the child’s airway.

9. Jetts Heel Wheels by Razor USA

The mini-roller skate-like devices are meant to be attached to the back of a child’s shoes to create the effect of a rear-wheel roller skate. The product comes with sparklers on the back that spark while moving. The manufacturer warns users to “keep sparks away from eyes, hair, exposed skin and clothing. Sparks can burn.”

10. Brianna Babydoll by Melissa & Doug.

The dolls are marketed to children as young as 18 months, but have removable clothes and ponytail holders, which WATCH said could be a choking hazard.

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Barbie finds itself on the list. The classic doll has been a favorite since it was introduced in 1959, with more than 800 dolls in the Barbie family sold since then. It's been a billion-dollar brand since 1993. Today, Barbie comes in a number of iterations, including fashion dolls, fantasy dolls, career dolls, and dream houses, though that hasn't helped pump up Mattel's growth.
This is the LEGO® Star Wars™: X-wing Starfighter which is made up of 1558 pieces and features opening wings and cockpit, a special display stand, data sheet label and R2-D2. Star Wars toys are likely to remain popular as the franchise has long been a hit with kids as well as fans of the originals. Similarly, Legos have become a classic, so it's not surprising to see the combination of the two on the list. Among the iterations of this co-branding arrangement are video games, figurines, and buildable battleships like the Millennium Falcon.
This is a 3-in-1 Sports Zone from Little Tikes. The long-popular brand of children's toy vehicles remains popular. Little Tikes sells a wide variety of plastic wagons, tricycles, and other toys, like mini playgrounds, play kitchens, and a hot dog cart. Its toys are targeted at children from less than 1 year to preschool ages.

The brand that started in the 1990s with playing cards and video games exploded in popularity again with the release of the augmented reality game Pokemon Go last summer, which momentarily catapulted Nintendo stock, though the game proved to be mostly a passing fad. Today, the most popular Pokemon toys are of the plush variety, and you can also buy Pokemon trading cards, figurines, and related board games and video games.

This is the ultimate NERF battle toy at an event in in Providence, R.I. Nerf's collection of eponymous foam toys has long been a kids' favorite. Nerf has been a staple of indoor play since its introduction in 1969, and it's become one of Hasbro's biggest brands since it acquired it from Tonka in 1991. Today, the brand may be better known for guns and blasters than the traditional balls adults associate with it, as its website largely features shooting devices.

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