Hamish Blake: Australian Border Force intercepts toy crossbow

Hamish Blake receives warning from the Australian Border Force after his novelty ‘impulse buy’ was intercepted as a prohibited weapon

An impulse buy from Hamish Blake’s Christmas past came back to haunt him this week.

The TV host, 41, revealed on Friday he’d received a letter from the Australian Border Force regarding two products he’d ordered from the United States.

He bought the items, a pair of $56 novelty crossbows that shoot marshmallows, as a holiday present, but they didn’t make it past customs.

Hamish Blake (pictured on December 7) revealed on Friday he'd received a letter from the Australian Border Force regarding two products he'd ordered from the United States

Hamish Blake (pictured on December 7) revealed on Friday he’d received a letter from the Australian Border Force regarding two products he’d ordered from the United States

The MMX Marshmallow Crossbows, which launch marshmallows 30 feet into the air, were seized upon arrival in Australia on December 21 and ruled ‘prohibited imports’.

The novelty items were later examined at the NSW Cargo Operations and Examinations facility as they did not meet the strict guidelines for entry. 

‘Look, I appreciate what these guys do to keep our country secure, but I’m not sure Marshmallow Crossbows should face the same penalties as regular medieval crossbows… an impulse buy fail for [me],’ Hamish wrote on Instagram.

The TV host, 41, bought the items, a pair of $56 novelty crossbows that shoot marshmallows, as a holiday present, but they didn't make it past customs, according to this letter

The TV host, 41, bought the items, a pair of $56 novelty crossbows that shoot marshmallows, as a holiday present, but they didn’t make it past customs, according to this letter

Under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956, importers must be given permission before their item is shipped to New South Wales. 

First, a police certification test must be taken to give specified items the all-clear. 

The maximum penalty for importing weapons can be up to 10 years’ imprisonment. Fortunately for Hamish, this law doesn’t apply to novelty crossbows.

Hamish later laughed off the customs decision by posting a photo of the toy next to a speech bubble that said, 'Never forget me, Hame.' 'I shan't, Crossy,' the comedian replied

Hamish later laughed off the customs decision by posting a photo of the toy next to a speech bubble that said, ‘Never forget me, Hame.’ ‘I shan’t, Crossy,’ the comedian replied 

Hamish later laughed off the customs decision by posting a photo of the toy next to a speech bubble that said, ‘Never forget me, Hame.’

‘I shan’t, Crossy,’ the comedian replied. 

It comes after Hamish’s long-running podcast with his comedy partner Andy Lee claimed the top spot in Australia’s podcast rankings. 

The popular duo’s series drew 985,939 listeners and 2,152,836 downloads in the month of November.

ARN’s true crime podcast Casefile placed second in the Triton Digital Australian Podcast Ranker monthly survey, reports Mediaweek.

The MMX Marshmallow Crossbows, which launch marshmallows 30 feet into the air, were seized upon arrival in Australia on December 21 and ruled 'prohibited imports'. (Pictured: Hamish with his wife Zoë Foster Blake)

The MMX Marshmallow Crossbows, which launch marshmallows 30 feet into the air, were seized upon arrival in Australia on December 21 and ruled ‘prohibited imports’. (Pictured: Hamish with his wife Zoë Foster Blake)

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