Oh, what utter fools we’ve been. While everyone was expecting the robot invasion to come from the skies, wiping us out in sleets of laser beams (or maybe just nets) , in actual fact they’re planning on taking us one piece at a time. A Japanese 3-year-old has lost the tip of a finger in the deadly transforming limbs of a TV tie-in toy robot; apparently he’s one of several young people affected by the finger-feasting monster.
The robot in question is one of Bandai’s Engine Sentai Go-onger toys, based on the TV show of the same name, and which have already proved highly popular in Japan. Over 170,000 of the robots – which retail at around $70 – were sold between September last year and this month.
Fourteen cases of children catching their fingers in the robots limbs – which can be twisted to transform it into an armoured vehicle, as shown in the video below – have been reported. Bandai have apparently received 85 complaints from parents regarding the toy.