There’s nothing new about young boys and their war toys – weapons and violence in entertainment aimed at children has been around for decades. That said, Maisto’s Predator drone is particularly insensitive, not least because of the recent “controversies” over the number of innocent children killed in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere by drone strikes. I guess, now that UAVs are being used domestically in the States, a toy version goes some way to normalizing them in the minds of impressionable young boys (making weapons “cool” is, after all, a specialty of the large toy companies).
While the release of such a toy is another disconcerting example of both the increasing militarization of daily life and the propagandising of children, a browse through the customer reviews on Amazon provides some much needed relief and restores a little faith in humanity. Here are some great examples:
My son is very interested in joining the Imperial forces when he grows up. He says he’s not sure if he wants to help police the homeland or if he wants to invade foreign countries. So I thought a new Predator drone toy would be a nice gift for him. These drones are used both domestically and internationally, to spy on people and assassinate them at the Emperor’s discretion. He just loves flying his drone around our house, dropping Hellfire missiles on Scruffy, our dog. He kept saying that Scruffy was a terror suspect and needed to be taken out. I asked him if Scruffy should get a trial first, and he quoted Lindsay Graham, Imperial Senator: “Shut up Scruffy, you don’t get a trial!” I was so proud. I think I’ll buy him some video games that promote martial law for Christmas.
This is the best toy ever. Finally, I can pretend that I’m a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize!
It’s like I’m sitting right there in the White House with my very own kill list!
I bought this for my son and he spent countless, blissful hours simulating massacres of weddings, funerals, and other family gatherings of brown skinned foreigners! He even realized that if he circled the drone back around on the first responders, his effective kill rate soared! Neat-o!
Educationally, this toy can’t be beat – inculcating a predilection for indiscriminate, imperialist violence against non-combatants from oppressed and marginalized communities is precisely in accordance with truly “American values!”
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
This toy is absolutely terrific. Our son spends countless hours hovering around our house and firing imaginary missles at imaginary weddings, funerals, goat herds, you name it. And then, being the clever boy that he is, he waits a few minutes for the rescuers to show up and then kills them too. He took his sisters dolls and cut thier arms, legs, and heads off and sprinkles them around the strike zoan for realism. His sister isnt happy about that but we think she might be a future Al Quieda so we dont care what she thinks. Plus Obama has passed the NDAA that allows the military to detain U.S. Citizens on U.S. soil indefinatly, without trial, and waterboard them so we arent too worried about her causing trouble when she gets older.
All in all we just love it and can’t wait for the childrens waterboarding set to come out. As a matter of fact for its fist use our son can use it on his sister to see if she is in fact Al Quieda.
Highly recomend one of these for every red blooded American boy.
What’s next, depleted uranium Play-doh? Yes, let’s teach our children that endless war for the benefit of billionaire defense contractors and bankers is okay, that it’s okay to kill unarmed civilians as long as it’s in the name of “Democracy,” that murdering innocent men, women and children is okay as long as it’s the government telling you to murder them. I won’t mention 9/11 “conspiracies,” but isn’t it obvious to all by now that war is a racket? Only the mega-rich profit from war while everyone else either suffers or dies. Oh yeah, let’s arm and install those evil terrorists in Libya and Syria while we irradiate and/or sexually molest people at our airports to protect us from them. No wonder Al Qaeda has been called “Al CIA Duh.” Of course, you need a nebulous “enemy” or boogeyman to fight an unending war. Orwell’s “1984″ was not supposed to be a book of prophecy.
A toy but it’s still quite dangerous. My 7-year-old son launched this in the school playground and hit a Pakistani kid in the eye. These things just can’t help themselves.
Every American child should own one of these. It’s the perfect way for them to learn to murder unsuspecting human beings. We all know how fun it is to kill people with military drones. Maybe the Government could find a way to hide a fee in one of our bills (tax on our phones for the Obamaphone), so that every American child could own one of these. I highly recommend this toy for all psychopathic parents that want to teach their children how to murder human beings with a drone. It is never too early to start teaching them!
Drones are spectacular when you need constant surveillance over a free society. These will become even better after the disarmament of law abiding citizens. The UN loves these and they love the idea of weakening any resistance against the widely known globalist agenda.
The coolest detail about this toy are the small body fragments you can litter around your target area following a drone missile strike on a wedding party. THEN (this is where the real fun begins) you circle back in an hour and fire MORE missiles at the people rescuing survivors and mourning the dead! Sure if another country did such a thing we’d decry it as heinous terrorism, but when good Ol’ Uncle Sam’s finger is on the joystick, you can bet that we call what we hit our target, no matter what.
Seriously? This toy is inappropriate and ought to be removed from Amazon as soon as possible. If it hasn’t occurred to you, “drone” murder is still murder. As in “war crime”. As in “international tribunal”.
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Nothing teaches your kids about the fact that they may one day be the target of an extra-judicious execution by executive order via a flying death robot from the movie Terminator, then this beautiful piece of replica toy war crimes.
What better way to teach your child geography than to show them how a Predator drone can be used anywhere in the world for spreading state sponsored terrorism!