There are a lot of terrible toys out there, but these five are the worst. Credit: Digital Vision
Before you head to Toys "R" Us in search of the best toy to give this holiday season, check out this list of the worst toys, released by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. This is the fifth annual year that CCFC is releasing its popular worst list, and you can vote for the winner on its website. Here are the five finalists:
Monopoly Empire The Monopoly franchise officially sold out this year with the release of Monopoly Empire, which is basically a clever way to advertise to kids. Players compete to buy Coca-Cola, Samsung and other brands instead of properties. Even the game pieces are ad-based: Kids can be McDonald's French fries or an Xbox controller, to name a couple. It's product placement at its worst.
Play-Doh Create ABCs App Um, sorry, but what fun is Play-Doh when you can't smell it, feel it or mold it? The Play-Doh app lets kids choose what they want to make, but when all you are doing is sliding electronic Play-Doh into a mold, it takes away all of the creativity and fun.
The Real Tooth Fairies VIP Upgrade Membership The Tooth Fairy gets a fashionista spin with this virtual game. Kids can use their "sparkle dollars" to buy their Tooth Fairy a closet full of outfits, with more than 200 to choose from, and plan parties. Meanwhile, the money parents spend on this game is very real at $59 per year.
Imaginext Mega Apatosaurus If only dinosaurs had armor and cannons like this toy, they would still be around! The battery-powered Apatosaurus can walk and shoot without kids even touching it. No playing or imagination necessary!
iPotty Meant to teach toddlers how to use the toilet, the iPotty is a tablet on which kids can play games and watch videos while on the potty. Great, so your kids will finally want to go to the potty, but only to play. Shouldn't the bathroom be the one place where kids don't need electronics?