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    W.A.T.C.H. President Joan Siff discusses her organization's list of the "10 worst toys" for safety this holiday season. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016)

    W.A.T.C.H., or the World Against Toys Causing Harm, has announced its 44th annual list of the "10 Worst Toys" for this holiday season.

    Each year, the toy hazard-monitoring nonprofit reveals a list of potentially dangerous toys.

    "Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death," the organization wrote in a press release. "W.A.T.C.H. urges parents and caregivers to take precautions when buying toys -- especially during the upcoming 2016 holiday season, which accounts for more than 65 percent of all toy sales."

    The following toys made the list (NBC reached out to representatives for each, and did not hear back except where noted):

    Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddles Family
    According to W.A.T.C.H., the small parts in the set pose a choking hazard. And while some sets have an age recommendation of 3 and up with a warning, "other packages of what appear to be the same toys are sold for oral-age children as young as '2+' with no warnings about toy-related hazards."

    Kids Time Baby Children's Elephant Pillow
    Reviewers worry that this plush elephant could cause infants to suffocate. While the company's website recommends the toy to children over 3 and adults, W.A.T.C.H. says there are no warnings or age recommendations on the product itself. (No contact information could be found for any company associated with this toy.)

    Slimeball Slinger
    This slingshot-like toy that can shoot balls of slime "over 30 feet" could cause eye injuries, according to W.A.T.C.H.

    Banzai Bump N' Bounce Body Bumpers
    This product, designed for children 4-12, is worn "for a bumpin' bump 'em' fun time!" Kids wearing the suit and bumping into each other should wear protective equipment, the warning label says, but none is included. W.A.T.C.H. says it could cause impact injuries.

    Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster
    This toy is not recommended for children under 14, but W.A.T.C.H. found that Nerf encouraged "precision battling" during "intense head-to-head competition." The organization says the device could cause eye injuries, and that while children on the box are shown in protective masks, they are not included. (Hasbro said in a statement that Nerf Rival goes through standard rigorous reviews and testing and is safe for consumers age 14 and up, and that the masks are designed for designating teams in group play.)

    The Good Dinosaur Galloping Butch
    To put Butch into action with "galloping action and sounds," children must push a button on his tail, which W.A.T.C.H. says could cause puncture injuries.

    Peppy Pups
    The cord on this toy is about 31 inches, according to W.A.T.C.H., posing a risk of strangulation.

    Flying Heroes Superman Launcher
    W.A.T.C.H. says this toy, which encourages children as young as 4 to "rip it" and "rip it," could injure their eyes and faces. The toy warns users to launch Superman "at arm's length and pointing up and away from your face."

    Baby Magic Feed and Play Baby
    This doll comes with an "interactive spoon," which W.A.T.C.H. says could "be mouthed and occlude a child's airway." ("All of our toys pass all government testing-- rigorous government testing, many times, and we have a very good safety record," toy company New Adventures said in a statement.)

    Warcraft Doomhammer
    W.A.T.C.H. voices concern that despite the package warning about a choking hazard, "the manufacturer offers no warnings regarding potential impact injuries associated with foeseeable use of the heavy, rigid plastic battle hammer."

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