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Would you play with Armed Forces toys?

Armed forces dolls

British military bosses hope you'll be playing with toy soldiers soon, as they're about to start selling a range of army toys.

Nine different armed forces dolls are to hit the shops on Friday - three each from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

So will you be playing with them?

Is it cool to have toys based on real soldiers, or are war toys not your thing?

And will they make you think a bit more about the real-life soldiers fighting around the world?

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"I just don't think their modern enough. I think they will fade away just like Action Man."

Joshua, 11, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"No, I wouldn't play with Army toys because it doesn't show young children the consequences of war."

Millie, 14, Kent, England

"I think that these toys are excellent and that they SHOULD be sold because they let you use your imagination!!!"

Kurt, 10, London, England

"I don't think it is a good idea because kids will just think they are cool and do stupid stuff."

Shammy, 12, Halifax, England

"These look brilliant. I think it is a good idea. I think I'll be getting one or two of these."

Huw, 11, Wales

"These army dolls are just like Indiana Jones dolls and Lego figures. There are dolls based on war movies and my brother loves them so much!"

Sarah, 11, New Zealand

"If all the money from the toys was given to help injured soldiers when they get home to the UK, then I would buy them."

Leon, 12, County Durham, England

"It is a bad idea that will make people violent."

Rory, 10, Cambridge, England

"I would play with them because I like armies and I have just done a project on World War II."

Conor, 11, Ayrshire, Scotland

"I'm a pacifist I would NOT play with them. It's horrible."

Tasha, 12, UK

"Yes, I do like to play with real looking soldiers, and I'm looking forward to when the officer dolls come out. And yes they do make me think of real life soldiers fighting around the world."

Nicholas, 11, London, England

"I think this is a great idea. It will teach young children about our Armed Forces and let them see what it is like in the forces."

Rhian, 10, Coventry, England

"I would play with them however I think that it is up to the parents to decide whether they are suitable for their kids. I think they introduce kids to the real world."

Dominic, 11, London, England

"I think it is a revolting idea. War is not a game, war is a terrible thing."

Alice, 12, Essex, England

"NO WAY, it gives bad ideas to children and I hate violent games."

Sitara, 14, Dundee, Scotland

"I think it's a bad idea. They should invent toys for girls AND boys."

Natalie, 10, Nottinghamshire, England

"I would play with them. I want to be a soldier and I am a tomboy. My Mum used to play with Action Man and wanted to be in the Army too."

Maggie, 10, Ipswich, England

"I think it's a bad idea, why should kids play with things which are just a disruptive part of life. We shouldn't be promoting it."

Freya, 11, London, England

"No way! They may be fun to play with but they involve the aspect of war, and no games should involve that."

Jessica, 10, Hampshire, England

"I would not play with this toy because I think this is boring and I am a girl."

Bethany, 9, Yorkshire, England

"I wouldn't play with them because they are the army figures and it would look weird if i play with them."

Jamilea, 14, Birmingham, England

"I think war is wrong and children should not be encouraged that it is right."

Pheebs, 13, Kent, England

"I think that children already play a lot of war games, and the military shouldn't be encouraging. War is a terrible thing and you should not play games about it."

Venetia, 11, Dorset, England

"I think that the Army toys are just a promotional con to get more people involved in the Armed Forces. They also encourage violent behaviour."

Candy, 13, London, England

"Yes, these toys look great but what worries me is that boys will play Army as a role-playing game. Those games might begin well, however, they would evolve into much more serious games and children may PHYSICALLY hurt, kick, punch etc. while they are playing these games."

Eve, 10, Chester, England

"I have a bad feeling about this. It might provoke violence between children and make war seem like a good thing. I don't like the idea."

Jude, 12, UK

"I think it is bad to encourage violence. I am not into those kind of things but I would encourage parents to tell their children and help them understand the consequences of joining the Army if they are influenced by the dolls."

Aisling, 12, Ireland

"They should not ever make soldiers into toys for children to play with. It is ok to play with superheroes or some other dolls but not something as serious as soldiers. It is so scary that little kids play fighting games."

Sophia, 12, Cambridge, England

"I will not be playing with them but they seem like a good idea for boys to play with."

Katy, 10, Cheshire, England

"Why do people think that the dolls are promoting war and giving young kids bad ideas? They're just harmless toys for goodness sake!"

Lolly, 13, Manchester, England

"I wont be playing with them mainly because I've grown out of dolls, but I think that they will be great for younger kids. I don't think it's bad that they're to do with war - they're completely harmless and just meant for kids to have fun with."

Ellie, 12, Leicester, England

"My Dad is in the Army and I am very proud to play with soldiers like him. We see them every day on the news so why can't we play with them?"

Jack, 7, Essex, England

"Well, I'm a girl but my little brother likes the dolls. My Mum says they're bad for children minds because when they get older they're more likely to be violent."

Abigail, 13, Liverpool, England

"I think it's a good way of showing that the Armed Forces isn't just killing. It may also make some children more aware what our Armed Forces are actually doing."

Tom, 13, Hampshire, England

"I don't think that they good for all children because some might have lost their relatives in a war. I personally think that they are boring."

Jane, 12, London, England

"They look a bit weird if you ask me!!"

Ella, 11, Surrey, England

"I will be playing with them because they look like real people and like good fun toys."

Ayman, 10, London, England

"I will not be playing with the Armed Forces toys because it might make little children think wars are entertaining."

Scarlett, 10, Cambridgeshire, England

"I wouldn't be playing with them because I'm 12 and I don't like them."

Paige, 12, County Durham, England

"I think it is completely morally wrong to start selling these dolls. What they are doing is brainwashing young children into thinking that war is all fun and games. Also, just like young girls want to grow up to be like Barbie, young boys will want to grow up to be in the Armed Forces, and I think that is exactly what is intended by these toys."

Harriet, 14, Isle of Wight, England

"In my opinion the Armed Force toys are not my sort of thing as they are just made of plastic."

Bee, 11, London, England

"I wouldn't play with them at all."

Hinna, 12, Surrey, England

"NO WAY, those toys try to make kids want to join the Army!"

Hager, 10, England

"I don't think it's a good thing to start selling war toys. What's the point in trying to say 'Oh, war's lots of fun, we hope you start playing at being soldiers'?"

Anett, 11, London, England

"I don't think it is a good idea because instead of fighting with the toys they will fight each other and get hurt."

Ilham, 10, London

"They look at bit like Action Man but they look really fun to play with I would buy one."

Amy, 13, Peterborough

"I would not play with them myself. But I know that my brothers would love to play with them. And what is so wrong with them? Its better than boys playing with fake guns!!!"

Ellen, 14, Trefin Wales

"I think it's a good way to introduce children to the 'real world'. It's up to the parents to say "It's not just a game". "

Stefan, 13, Kempston

"It's just another way for people to make money without realising the impact on young children"

Georgia, 14, Newport

"I don't think they should be selling these toys, its bad enough people being killed in the war, let alone kids pretending to kill. I don't think its right. I know they are fighting for our country but I still don't like it."

Emma, 12, Northampton

"If I was a boy then I would probably play with them."

Anisah, 10, Edinburgh

" I have seen the adverts for these toys and I have to admit they're impressive. My brothers want all of them so far, but I am not so keen on them as I am a girl!"

Alice, 11, England

"I think its wrong to play with Armed Forces toys because war isn't a game and encourages children to fight."

Alice, 11, Southend

"I don't think they should be selling these toys, its bad enough people being killed in the war, let alone kids pretending to kill. I don't think its right. I know there fighting for our country but i still don't like it."

Emma, 12, Northampton

"Yes I would because they look really good and I like the Army."

Connor, 10, Kingskerswell, England

"Finally, just what I want to play with."

Jack, 12, Motherwell

"No, I certainly wouldn't! Its does encourage young kids of all ages, and I'm very shocked that shops are selling them!"

Laura, 11, Northants

"Yes I will love to play with Armed Forces toys they look brill!"

Ben, 13, West Houghton

"War toys aren't really my thing."

Charlotte, 14, Melton

"I will definitely play with these because we can use our imagination while playing with these instead of being stuck inside playing video games on a nice sunny day"

Luke, 12, Yeovil

"No. For one I'm a GIRL and two, well, they set a bad example to kids who think it's just a game."

Amy, 12, Bournemouth

"I think that the toy soldiers will be good fun to play with."

Will, 11, Lewknor

"No, because I have grown out of toys. And second I'm a girl, which would make a difference. But I don't play with Barbies, or Bratz so if I was a boy I wouldn't play with army dolls."

Emi, 12, Prague, Czech Republic

"I wouldn't play with them because I think they would be boring."

Maria, 9, Glasgow, UK

"I don't think it is right to encourage children to play with army toys as they may think it's just a game but it is extremely serious. I won't be playing with them."

Jasmine, 13, UK

"I don't think they are appropriate as some children have lost relatives in wars. They are bad enough so why play games about them? I think they are a bad influence on kids - these dolls only show half of the reality of war."

Emily, 11, UK

"Brilliant, can't wait to get my hands on them."

Emily, 9, Kent, England

"I think it's completely wrong, it's a way of making war look like a good thing to young children. I don't think we should be promoting war."

Amanda, London, England