Dormant Brass Minions
Let me tell you a tale.
Once upon a time, a kindly inventor was suffering so much from the evil forces of Recession sweeping across the Kingdom, that he was unable to afford to even buy presents for his friends at Christmas. Driven mad by the shame and anguish, he turned to the dark side and locked himself away in his workshop for the preceding month.
There, from out of the offcut bins and scraps left over from countless projects, he created an army of Brass Minions, each programmed to wake and cause untold devastation across the land when the activation phrase* was spoken. He packaged each minion up carefully and presented one to each of his friends at Christmas, his friends unaware that the delightful little brass figure they carried home would one day lead to their destruction...
*Activation phrase not included in sale