We scoured Toy Fair 2011 in New York City - one of the biggest toy fairs in the world with over 100,000 toys - for the very best toys of the year, and we found them, but we also stumbled on some, well, questionable toys - toys that made us say, really?
So without further ado, we give you the Worst Toys of 2011:
1. CUPONK: La Flush Royale Edition (Above)
Oh where to start. How about the basics: Kids are challenged to throw ping-pong balls into cups. (Wonder where they came up with that concept?) In fact, these CUPONK balls will most likely be swiped by an older brother for beer pong - let's be honest. But apparently it's a skill worth practicing. And what's the reward for making a shot into the cup? The cup makes flushing, farting and other typical "boy" noises.
Cool. Gotta establish those gender lines.
The new Monopoly LIVE has attempted to "modernize" the iconic board game, but in the process? Destroyed it. There's no dice (players hold their hand over the playing piece until the Giant Tower bellows out a command and calls you out for cheating), no money (charge it, kids!) and virtually no thinking involved. Oh and this is cute: Every so often the Giant Tower will take bets on horses, for which you swipe your credit card, naturally. Yes, they added gambling to good old Family Game Night.
So for only $50, you can buy a souped up version of a game that will be totally shot with one computer glitch. Or you can just play the version that everyone already has.
Really? Just go outside already.
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