Updated: May 28, 2020
In the early nineties, toy manufacturers began selling action figures based on some decidedly un-child-friendly films like Robocop, Aliens and the Terminator, all of which were rated 15 or 18 and contained some shocking scenes of violence and gore. I wondered, at the time, whether a child buying a xenomorph action figure from Toymaster had any idea that their phallus-headed new plaything wanted to plant a chest-bursting alien foetus in their tummy.
Still, it could have been a lot worse; at least none of the accountants at Twentieth Century Fox or other film studios thought of licensing their killer cyborgs or killer aliens to anyone else, like, for example, drink and confection manufacturers. Just imagine the adverse reactions that might have resulted from ingesting any of these...