Not all toys are created equal ...
Rubber duckies, remote-controlled helicopters and plastic crossbows are among toys seized and withdrawn from sale in NSW for posing a fatal danger to children this Christmas.
Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts is urging parents to show common sense when buying toys and Christmas lights this festive season to ensure children are not choked, strangled or electrocuted.
He said his department's Christmas safety blitz had uncovered 146 non-compliant toys and 17 electrical products that had been removed from sale.
Investigators visited 1133 retail outlets in 257 towns and cities across the state to identify and remove dangerous toys.
Displaying a stack of unsafe Christmas toys, lights and plastic trees at parliament house on Thursday, Mr Roberts urged parents and grandparents to be careful when buying presents for their children.
"We're dealing with children's lives here," he said.
A number of Christmas products, including light displays, were recalled from the market on Thursday because of a risk of electrocution or electric shock.
Mr Roberts said some retailers were repeat offenders in selling dodgy toys and they were educated and fined if they failed to comply.
Fair Trading Assistant Commissioner Rob Vellar said two suppliers were convicted this week for repeat offences of supplying dangerous toys - one being fined $4500 and another $7000.
He said his department would be focusing on toy suppliers in 2013.
Chris Barnes of the consumer watchdog CHOICE said imported plastic toys often consisted of small parts that easily detached and became a choking hazard for curious children.
He said plastic bows, crossbows and guns also posed hazards because suction cups on projectiles easily came off, making them dangerous, particularly to children's eyes.
Among dodgy toys targeted are remote-controlled helicopters that come with illegal European plugs that can cause fires or severe electric shocks and tiny rubber ducks with squeakers that can detach and choke children.