National | Parents wary of toy makers bearing unwelcome gifts
by Candi Cushman
Posted 12/23/00, 12:00 am
With his classic crew cut and starched army fatigues, GI Joe looks hopelessly vanilla next to his half-human competitors on the action-figure aisle. For example, Wolverine from the movie X-Men sports "slashing action" metal claws. Nearby, a character from the Action-Man cartoon boasts an "exploding" head. Then there's Lara Croft, the new heroine from the video game Tomb Raiders: Her weapons are more, well, voluptuous.