All I want for Christmas is the real McCoy

All I want for Christmas is the real McCoy

SINGAPORE - The two bright yellow and oversized plastic toy guns are almost indistinguishable, even on close inspection.

Both shoot out foam darts at high speed and are emblazoned with the same "model" number.

Even their boxes carry a strikingly similar concept - an image of a teenage boy posing with the toy gun.

But there was a key difference - the two toys were at opposite ends of the price scale.

The Raging Fire toy gun was going for $12.90, while the Nerf Barricade, made by American toy giant Hasbro, went for almost three times the price, at $34.90.

Both were being sold side by side at the five FairPrice Xtra hypermarkets across the island.

Other knock-offs being sold at the same stores include King brand toys - a line of miniature construction vehicles such as cranes and dump trucks.

The black triangular King logo is reminiscent of the more expensive Caterpillar brand toys they were being sold next to.

The "clones", however, were taken off the shelves on Dec 7, following media queries on possible trademark infringements.

FairPrice managing director for purchasing, merchandising and international trading Tng Ah Yiam said they were "temporarily recalled" while the store determines if trademark laws have indeed been infringed.

Mr Tng said that the toys in question were sourced "from the open market through various suppliers",

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