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Amazon Sells Out Predator Drone Toy After Mocking Reviews 147

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parallel_prankster writes "Amazon users are addressing the drone controversy with sarcasm. Maisto International Inc.'s model Predator drones are selling out on Inc.'s website as parody reviews highlight how the toys can help children hone killing skills, mocking a controversial U.S. practice. The toy is a replica of the RQ-1 Predator, an unmanned aircraft that the U.S. Air Force has used in combat over Afghanistan, Pakistan, Serbia, Iraq and Yemen, according to the product description on Amazon. Only one of the $49.99 military-style toy jets is available for purchase on Amazon's site, which is brimming with assessments laced with dark humor. 'You can't spell slaughter without laughter,' one pithy joker wrote."
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Amazon Sells Out Predator Drone Toy After Mocking Reviews

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  • by PPH (736903) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @01:44PM (#42929031)

    ... for a press release from the Iranian Air Force about their newest UAV development.

  • Re:Awesome (Score:5, Funny)

    by Jeremiah Cornelius (137) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @01:56PM (#42929127) Homepage Journal

    Now Johnnie and Susie have another toy to celebrate their gradual development in our new, post-Orwellian future!

    I thought that having just this one was somehow, inadequate:;-36138-Playmobil-Security-Check/product-reviews/B0002CYTL2 []

    Now? We need an EasyBake Backscatter nudity scanner, a "pat down" edition of "Operation" and a GI Joe Seal Team Six bin Laden's Lair play set.

    Duty Now For The Future!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 17, 2013 @01:56PM (#42929129)

    You've had a busy play day - You've wiretapped Mom's cell phone and e-mail without a warrant, you've indefinitely detained your little brother Timmy in the linen closet without trial, and you've confiscated all the Super-Soakers from the neighborhood children (after all, why does any kid - besides you, of course - even NEED a Super-Soaker for self-defense? A regular water pistol should be enough). What do you do for an encore?

    That's where the US Air Force Medium Altitude, Long Endurance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) RQ-1 Predator from Maisto comes in. Let's say that Dad has been labeled a terrorist in secret through your disposition matrix. Rather than just arrest him and go through the hassle of trying and convicting him in a court of law, and having to fool with all those terrorist-loving Constitutional protections, you can just use one of these flying death robots to assassinate him! Remember, due process and oversight are for sissies. Plus, you get the added bonus of taking out potential terrorists before they've even done anything - estimates have determined that you can kill up to 49 potential future terrorists of any age for every confirmed terrorist you kill, and with the innovative 'double-tap' option, you can even kill a few terrorist first responders, preventing them from committing terrorist acts like helping the wounded and rescuing survivors trapped in the rubble. Don't let Dad get away with anti-American activities! Show him who's boss, whether he's at a wedding, a funeral, or just having his morning coffee. Sow fear and carnage in your wake! Win a Nobel Peace Prize and be declared Time Magazine's Person of the Year - Twice!

    This goes well with the Maisto Extraordinary Rendition playset, by the way - which gives you all the tools you need to kidnap the family pet and take him for interrogation at a neighbor's house, where the rules of the Geneva Convention may not apply. Loads of fun!

    (Source: Amazon listing)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 17, 2013 @02:04PM (#42929199)

    Don't forget the Congressional Inaction Figures.

  • by fyngyrz (762201) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @02:27PM (#42929393) Homepage Journal

    ...they only work if you buy the lobbyist figure set.

  • Re:G.I. Joe (Score:5, Funny)

    by Runaway1956 (1322357) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @03:35PM (#42929919) Homepage Journal

    G.I. Joe never objected to any killing mission that I sent him on. Joe is a good soldier, who obeys orders, and is willing to kill ANYONE who gets in the way.

    Let that be a warning, you commie pinko AC!

  • Re:G.I. Joe (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 17, 2013 @04:47PM (#42930405)

    G.I. Joe never objected to any killing mission that I sent him on. Joe is a good soldier, who obeys orders, and is willing to kill ANYONE who gets in the way.

    Let that be a warning, you commie pinko AC!

    Back to the head museum with you, Nixon.

  • by wierd_w (1375923) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @06:41PM (#42931107)

    Larry the Lobbyist playset comes with Larry the Lobbyist action figure, a play mirror, 3 hooker action figures, sugar packets, and a briefcase filled with play money.

    Mix and Match what Larry the Lobbyist says by affixing different logos to his briefcase!

    When combined with the Politicial Inaction figures from the Congressional-Regressional playset, Endless combinations of interaction are possible!

    *Congressional Inaction figures respond differently based on the amount of play money inside the briefcase, and also according to how many hooker action figures and how many sugar packets have been spilled on the play mirror.

  • Yes we do (Score:5, Funny)

    by SuperKendall (25149) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @07:21PM (#42931267)

    Do we want to teach our children the good guys kill from far away

    If we want to raise smart kids, yes. That makes a lot more sense than going where someone can hurt you.

    and attack enemies who have no capability to do them any immediate harm? ... unless you get close, then the have guns, mines, explosives planted in roads, succeed bombers, etc.

    Do you also teach your kids its safer to cross the highway by dodging cars rather than using the pedestrian overpass?

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