Toy stores face massive bill

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Toy stores across Australia are facing lawsuits and compensation claims worth potentially tens of millions of dollars after thousands of children across the nation woke excitedly this morning only to be traumatised after opening their presents.

Litigation law firm Sue Freeley and Associates said a class action was likely to be mounted after children unwrapping their gifts found a substitute toy for the popular Smurf figurine they were expecting.

“Justice needs to be done for the thousands of young children right across the nation who have been disappointed and potentially emotionally damaged by what they saw when they unwrapped their presents on this Christmas morning,” principal of the firm Sue Freeley said.

“We have already been fielding calls from thousands of irate parents who paid for a genuine Smurf but got a shoddy Smirk instead (main picture).

“It appears there was a shortage of genuine Smurf figurines leading up to Christmas so toy retailers instead imported the second-rate copycat toy known as a Smirk.

“These cheap knock-offs are sourced from a dodgy toy manufacturing and wholesaling operation based in Hawaii.

“It uses sharp marketing techniques to convince buyers they are being sold the real thing.

“At first glance buyers think ‘How good is a Smurf?’ but after just a short while customers soon find out they’ve been dudded.

“Most significant of all is the fact the toy’s apparently highly flammable and should not go near naked flames or else anything could happen,” she said.