This product is a landmark toy for all the wrong reasons. For back in 1978 the giant toy corporation Mattel brought out the ’Colonial Viper Spaceship’ to capitalize on the recent success of the TV show ‘Battlestar Galactica‘. Excitedly, its special feature was it fired tiny pellets that meant to simulate laser fire.
Well, the inevitable quickly happened when a young child choked on one of the pellets he had accidentally shot into his mouth. Mattel was subsequently successfully sued and toy manufacturers across the world were then made to put choke hazard warning signs on all their products that contained detachable small parts.