Lion King Gone Wrong
Many know the iconic Lion King scene where Rafiki lifts Simba for all to see. In the 1998 sequel, Rafiki lifts Simba’s daughter, Kiara, in the same fashion
This toy was an attempt to mimic that scene, where pushing Rafiki’s tail would prompt Rafiki to lift Kiara high above his head, just like the movie. Unfortunately, the toy’s mechanics failed to go the distance in the toy many now find inappropriate.
E.T. Finger Light
Another movie-centric toy gone wrong. This 1982 toy was supposed to mimic E.T.’s magic fingers. Kids could stick their fingers at the light’s base and when the tip was pressed, it was supposed to light up.
However many were outraged at the toy’s suggestive design and it now serves as a collector’s item.
Batman makes another appearance on this list. This poorly designed Batman figurine left many parents dumbfounded, as seen in the video above.
Rad Repeatin’ Tarzan
Mattel had its fair share of questionable toys, as seen in this Tarzan doll’s “rad repeatin'” motions that many took issues with. When a lever on Tarzan’s back was pressed, his arm would raise from his crotch to his chest. Many found the doll inappropriate for children.
“I think this is where adults look at things through a different set of eyes,” Mattel spokeswoman Sara Rosales told the Las Vegas Sun in 1999, according to Business Insider. “Kids have a much more innocent concept.”
This 1968 take on the classic Jack-in-the-box toy was far more creepy than creative for many.