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11 Surprising Facts About 'Small Soldiers,' The Movie That Put The "Action" In Action Figures

There were some truly strange movies to be found in the "Children's" section of your local Blockbuster in the '90s, but Small Soldiers was definitely unique.The action film about a batch of killer toys was marketed as family-friendly, but many parents were surprised by the movie's more violent scenes. The reason for that mixed message is one of our 11 surprising facts about the movie.1. It wasn't meant to be a children's movieDante on the set of the movie.CineplexThe film's director, Joe Dante, had already pushed the envelope for dark, family-friendly comedies with Gremlins. But he had

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15 Toys From Your Childhood That Used Batteries Like They Were Going Out Of Style

Parents these days complain that their kids are glued to smart phones and tablets, but at least those are rechargeable.When we were kids, toy makers expected you to add a huge pack of AAs to your weekly grocery list just to keep the toys in your household running. While lots of toys still use batteries, they didn't eat them up like these 15 toys from our childhood.1. TalkboyHughes EntertainmentThese were a must-have after being featured in Home Alone 2, but they didn't run on your imagination. It took four AAs to power up this handheld recorder, so it

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18 Toys That Seemed Like Freakin' Magic When We Were Kids

There's a famous quote that says "magic's just science that we don't understand yet" and all of these toys are proof of that. As kids these things all seemed like they had to be powered by magic, even though it was mostly just science. Man, I wish life were still that simple. Here are 18 toys that totally blew our minds back then.1. Liquid TimereBayIt was basically just a fancy hourglass, but it was way more fun than just watching a sand one. Tell me that you wouldn't spend just hours watching this if you had the chance.2.

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10 Toys From Our Childhood We're Still Trying To Figure Out

Our generations had the best toys growing up, and I won't entertain any other opinions. Sure, we may not have had drones (or whatever the hell youths are playing with these days), but we had some amazing toys. Some of them were SO cool, we didn't even know how they worked (and frankly, still don't). 1. Water SnakesMashableOkay, in fairness, it's not the how that makes these ones confusing...it's the why. WHY did we have so much fun playing with bags filled with water? I want to know the science behind this, and I will not continue anything else

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12 Kids Toys That Definitely Were Not Safe To Play With

Millions of toys are recalled every year that we're not even aware of. The only ones that really matter are the ones that had some kind of hype associated with it. For example, do you remember the CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit based off the hit crime scene investigation show? It was one of the coolest things to hit the market a decade ago and every child wanted it, but the fingerprint powder was found to contain asbestos! Washington PostThis is how these toy companies crush our souls, when they bring out an awesome product but they don't make it safe

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10 Toys From Our Childhood That Are Way Creepier Than We Remember

Sid’s toys from Toy Story were the classic example of things children should never own. Cornel 1801Whether you asked for or were gifted any creepy toys, these dolls or games have always remained in your childhood memories. Here's a list of 10 of the creepiest toys ever made that will make you wonder why some of them are still in circulation.1. Jolly ChimpThere's nothing that's music to your ears more than this "jolly" chimpanzee. A chimp playing cymbals is creepy enough, so why do they add that he "glares, showing his teeth and chattering." This toy sets your