A kids’ game that asked children to defuse a plastic, pretend bomb had parents exploding with anger — and now two major retailers are pulling the controversial toy.
The game, called “Cut the Wire,” asks players to defuse a fake bomb before the timer runs out. Should a player cut the wrong wire with the toy wire cutter included in the game, the bomb sounds an alarm and lights up and vibrates to recreate an explosion simulation.
The toy bomb is shaped like sticks of dynamite and the packaging is covered in flames to signify an explosion that has already taken place.
“Cut the Wire” is recommended for children ages 6 and up.
A Walmart spokeswoman told the New York Times that the retailer had stopped selling the game and had no plans to reorder it, adding that the company appreciated “the concerns that have been raised regarding this item.” A Target spokeswoman told the Times that it had removed “Cut the Wire” from its shelves last fall.
The game is still available on Amazon, which declined to comment to The Post on the game itself, however a spokeswoman mentioned that “these products are sold by third party sellers.”
The game was manufactured by YULU, which told the Times it originally thought the game would allow children to see themselves as heroes, adding that it stopped making the game in October.
YULU president Jochem van Rijn said in a statement to the Times: “We’re very sorry for any concern the game may have caused and, therefore, we are no longer shipping new product in the market in North America.”
YULU did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on if it planned to continue selling the toy outside North America.