China's latest must-have toy is no child's play

This mini crossbow, loaded with a toothpick, is the current craze in China. Such mini-handheld crossbows, which can fire needles and nails, are the latest must-have toy there, but anxious parents want them banned before a young child gets blinded or
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This mini crossbow, loaded with a toothpick, is the current craze in China.

Such mini-handheld crossbows, which can fire needles and nails, are the latest must-have toy there, but anxious parents want them banned before a young child gets blinded or worse.

Sold online and in shops for as little as seven yuan (S$1.40), so-called toothpick crossbows were originally designed to shoot out just that - toothpicks.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2017, with the headline 'China's latest must-have toy is no child's play'. Print Edition | Subscribe