At a time where kids toys are supposed to promote positive values – at least compared to the guns and fireworks of my era – I was kind of happy when I saw this in a local shop …
I particularly like how they’ve tried to make stabbing someone in the stomach with a knife sound like a jolly wheeze.
To be fair, in Nottingham, it is … but in Asia, where conflict is something people try to avoid at all costs, it seemed rather extreme.
Then I realised the copy was in English and that’s when I worked out the goal was to attract Western kids and make them think violence was cool … to encourage them to look like a bunch of untrustworthy barbarians – especially compared to the grace and intelligence of Asian kids – and that’s when I took my [metaphorical] hat off to them for their brilliance in ensuring Asia’s economic domination continues with the next generation. Bravo.
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