Why let your kids play with toys that encourage their wildest flights of fancy when you can teach them the joys of standing in line and following rules? For a cool $58, you can bring your kids up to speed on airport-security regulations imposed in the fearful wake of 9/11. German company Playmobil is known for making toys and figurines that allow kids to explore real-life occupations: firefighter, policeman, cowboy, pilot. This entrant, in the words of a bemused reviewer, is "great at teaching youngsters how to behave in a police state."
Top 10 Dubious Toys
The American Girl Co. has caused an uproar with the release of its limited-edition Gwen doll, who's cute and cuddly and also happens to be homeless. TIME takes a look at some other toys that have made jaws drop