New toy lets children pretend to be TSA agents

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 15:22

NEW YORK - June 15, 2011 - If you want to prepare your children for their next TSA checkpoint, Wild Planet has just the thing. The company’s Spy Gear series includes the Security Scanner, a handheld metal detector that’s not for finding loose change on the beach, but instead for finding hidden weapons in your pants.

The Security Scanner acts just like a real security wand, beeping when it moves over metal. Of course, it’s not nearly as sensitive (though a dial lets you adjust the sensitivity), but it’s surprisingly functional. The Scanner found belt buckles, glasses, loose change, and even metal implants with ease.

The box really says it all. A happy child holding his shirt open for a security officer with one hand, raising his hand in a high-five with the other. It’s like a Hot Wheels commercial directed by Josef Stalin.

Wild Planet’s Spy Gear line isn’t all unsettling security role-playing toys. They actually have some pretty fun gadgets, like the Spy Video TRAKR, a remote-control car with a digital camera built into the car itself and a screen and speaker built into the controller. Not only does it let you see where your car is going, but you can record videos and take photos through the car.