10 Toys So Popular They Incited Violence

Crowds rush into a Miami Wal-Mart store as the doors open at 5 a.m., to scoop up deals on Black Friday, 2005. Buying some hot toys was likely part of the excitement. Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

Have you ever looked a rabid dog in the eye? It's frighteningly similar to facing down a parent reaching for the last must-have toy of the season. The bizarre truth is that toy fever can quickly turn normally rational people into crazed versions of their usual selves. After all, who wants to be the one to tell little Susie that she's the only tiny diva on the block without the latest and greatest American Girl doll? Not me!

Fad toys are also prime fodder for kid-on-kid scuffles. These hot toys simply incite a fervor among children and grownups that can get out of control in a huge hurry. Of course, the irony of it all is that most kids (if they're anything like mine, anyway) will be entranced by said toy for a few hours or days, at best, before ditching it in favor of some cheap household item, like a cardboard box fort or a pan and a wooden spoon. So take a cue from some of the following incidents and exercise self-control in the toy aisle, OK? Black eyes don't look good on anyone, especially those of us who frequent the bus stop or carpool line.