Chinese Kids Are Obsessed with These 'Toothpick Crossbows'

By Allison Bew, June 27, 2017

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Playing with toothpicks has become a national trend in China for children, but it does not involve their teeth. 

A mini-crossbow toy that shoots toothpicks has become popular amongst young kids – but parents are worried about their safety.

While many kids are using this toy to shoot at plants, cars and fruit, parents worry that the toy could cause injury and are calling for a boycott.

Toothpick crossbow

Toothpick crossbow

Toothpick crossbow

Toothpick Crossbow

The toy has become so popular it is spreading internationally and at one point was available for sale on online Canadian store Modernzilla. 

This trend is reminiscent of the fidget spinner, a toy that is extremely popular in the United States at the moment. Many parents have also complained about the dangers of the fidget spinners, arguing that children could potentially choke on the loose pieces. Some schools have even banned them.

Fidget spinner

China's 'toothpick-bows' come in plastic, wood and metal versions, and the toothpicks can be purchased in both metal and wood, according to the BBC. They wooden ones can be purchased in bulk for as low as RMB5 a piece, while the metal versions go for around RMB10.

Toothpick crossbow

The metal picks are able to pierce through cardboard and even soda cans, and have a range of up to 15 meters. 

Cities such as Chengdu, Kunming and Harbin have already banned these dangerous toys from being sold, and other cities are working on prohibiting sales as well, according to the BBC.

[Images via China Daily, Giphy, BBC, CNN, EJInsight]

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