The toy is a “fun game of luck” according to its Hong Kong makers but sales have been halted after parents felt Cut The Wire went too far.
In the game, players compete to see who will cut the right wire to defuse the device and “save the day”.
The toy is one of many espionage toys from Yulu, who also released a Russian Roulette-style game which sees players press a plastic watermelon to their heads, hoping that it won’t break and soak them with water.
After outrage from parents, sales of the bomb disposal toy have been halted at Walmart and Target, and the toy has been pulled from Amazon in the US.
On Twitter, one parent said: “How about ‘Duck and Cover: The Biological Attack Version’ next?”
Along side an image of the toy, another said: “So this was a real toy?! A game in which the child has to cut the wire on a bomb?! #evenmy8yearoldknowsthatsodd”.
According to the New York Times, Yulu said it had halted manufacturing the item in October, and its president Joachem van Rijn added: “We’re very sorry for any concern the game may have caused and, therefore, we are no longer shipping new product in the market in North America.”
The toy didn’t just cause controversy with parents while on sale in the US – a Sheriff’s deputy in Florida resigned after he sent the game through internal mail to a colleague which resulted in the evacuation of a building.