Chris Rousseau, of Highland Park, N.J. recently listed a Transformer robot toy from his childhood on eBay. To his surprise, he was soon notified that his auction of the Megatron generation 1 figure from 1984 had been taken down.
A message from eBay informed him of the reason. "The Megatron figure you listed transforms into a realistic-looking firearm and needs to have orange markings permanently attached by the manufacturer to the barrel in order to be sold on our site," it read.
Since 1988, U.S. law has required that toy and replica firearms have an orange plug inserted in the barrel, in hopes of preventing potentially deadly confusion with real firearms.