Wolverine Electronic Claw – Should our kids be playing with this?

I’m not sure about the latest toys that I’ve seen for the new Wolverine movie. They look very violent, and I’m not sure they are very appropriate for children.

If you haven’t seen it the Wolverine Electronic battle Claw is a glove that you put on your hand, so you can emulate your hero Wolverine. The thing I don’t like are the extendable Wolverine claws, they look dangerous to me.

I was a little shocked when I saw the advert for this next slap bang in the middle of Lelli Kelli shoes and a Baby Annabelle.

It featured a bunch of rather intimidating children all flicking their claws at each other in a menacing way. I was really taken aback by the tone of it, very dark.

I know my son watches some things that he is a bit young for like Ben 10 and Spiderman, but under no circumstances would I buy him a glove with pretend blades coming out of it, even if he was a X-Men fan. I won’t even let my son have a sword because I know that he’s just going to hit his brother with it, I dread to think what he would do with this. It would scare the youngest stupid!

In the current climate of knife culture and gang violence, do the manufacturers really think this toy is acceptable. You can say all you want that young one’s shouldn’t be watching this film as it’s a 12A, but this claw is apparently appropriate from 4 years and is being marketed as such.

Nobody would allow a replica toy gun, with authentic shooting noises to be marketed to 4 year olds, so why is a glove featuring a set of retractable blades any different.

So now I’m going to look like the bad guy when I say no you can’t have one, ’cause you know all the boy’s will want one.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Electronic Claws Toy Commercial

Forgive me if you think I’m being over dramatic, I know boys will always enjoy play fighting and good guys verses the bad guys , but I think this toy really is a step too far.

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9 thoughts on “Wolverine Electronic Claw – Should our kids be playing with this?

  • May 9, 2009 at 1:21 pm
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    I dont think these claws are such a bad thing if they are harmless

  • May 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm
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    It’s worth remembering the film’s a “12” anyway. Is it really even intended for kids?

  • May 12, 2009 at 8:56 am
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    i totally agree.i was abit shocked by it.now my 6 year old boy is desperate for one.i have said a definate no

  • May 12, 2009 at 12:18 pm
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    WAT THE!!!

    Im a kid and i should know ALL wolverine fans would love these,your talkin rubbish i love the look of these and am getting two for my birthday from argos,so why are you even saying should our kids be playin with these…OFCOURSE THEY SHOULD OMG HOW PROTECTIVE CAN U GET NO MATTER WAT THE LIMIT OF PROTECTING IS UR ALL PUSHING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • June 3, 2009 at 11:48 am
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    I was just about to hit the button to buy on a website to purchase this for my 6 year old when I caught your website and thought I would have a look. To be honest I had not thought much about it until I read your review but you are right, they should not be marketing products like this for children. And I went back and had a good look at it and watched your ad. We wonder why our society is going the way it is. God knows what it will be next, buy your own noose? I have decided not to buy you helped make my mind up.

    Thanks…

  • October 17, 2009 at 9:32 am
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    I am autistic and do not like pretend violence, especially after bullies who were too ignorant to learn about me had tried to cover up bullying me by claiming that I was nuts and would kill them in revenge. It took me a long time to understand why claimed normal people were so interested in war and killing instead of compassion and peace like I prefer. Humans have a history of being violent enough without greedy people trying to make money off of promoting play violence as being fun.

    Why not have conservative versus liberal pretend death match games for kids? It would fit with the apparently growing dysfunctional nature of our nation. Or has this always been a nation of bullies but they are getting harder to tolerate because of information overload and confusing social values?

  • November 3, 2009 at 5:45 am
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    This has to be the single most insane conversation I have ever heard!

    They are a harmless toy!! Let our boys be boys, a pair of plastic claws are not going to turn our children into killers!! My father, grandfather, husband, my husbands father and my two boys have been playing with toy guns and swords from an early age and not one of them are violent in anyway, infact they are the nicest, kindest men you could ever meet. My husband is a police officer, Crazy!

  • December 3, 2009 at 7:09 pm
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    really??!!? they sell replica really sharp could kill someone claws and your worride about these???

  • September 24, 2010 at 5:58 am
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    when i was young we thought nothing of playing pirates whats the difference a blade is a blade y worry about such rubbish and let children be children

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