Buckin’ Magnets, How Do They Work?
If you’re 14 or older, Buckyballs promise hours of addictive magnetic fun! If you’re 13 or under, they promise fatal intestinal blockages!
When exactly does a child become an adult? Different societies have answered this question with different milestones: when a boy slaughters his first mammoth and drinks its blood, when a girl hosts her first monthly visit from Aunt Rose, when a Vulcan survives for ten days in the desert without food or water.
Now the Consumer Product & Safety Commission has settled it once and for all: a child is an adult when they can be trusted not to accidentally swallow tiny but powerful magnets. This past spring, the CPSC told the Buckyballs people that they had to yank their compulsively play-withable little magnetic to- uh, “desk decorations” to re-label them “Keep Away From All Children”. It seems the previous label of “Ages 13+” did not comply with consumer guidelines that “such powerful magnets are not sold for children under 14”, because even 13-year-olds were liable to swallow them and suffer perforated or blocked intestines. Yep, that year from your 13th birthday to your 14th makes all the difference. “Consumers should take the Buckyballs® high powered magnets away from children under 14 immediately,” quoth the CPSC. Kids swallow the darnedest things!
The rest of us are still free to enjoy Buckyballs at their balliest. Stack them, build with them, marvel at their intense bond and infinite pliability, or just knead them like that mouse in Lenny’s pocket without the tragic results. (Kneading them inside your mouth would lead to a different kind of tragedy.) Deskizens in offices all over this land are, at this very moment, compulsively combining and recombining Buckyballs to escape the dreary lifelessness of their cubicles. Keep them out of your mouth and you should be fine. But for God’s sake, whatever you do, remember to put them away for Bring Your Daughter To Work Day.
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Warranty: 90 Day Woot Limited Warranty
Recommended Ages: 14 Years +
Product Warning: KEEP AWAY FROM ALL CHILDREN! Do not put in nose or mouth. Swallowed magnets can stick together across intestines causing serious infections and death. Seek medical attention if magnets are swallowed or inhaled. Buckyballs should be kept away from electrical or magnetic devices, including but not limited to credit cards, hard drives, or pacemakers. If a Buckyball should become damaged or cracked, discontinue use immediately.
- Tired of those boring desk toys that only do one thing?
- A whole new breed of adult toys with limitless possibilities is here
- Buckyballs can be shaped, molded, torn apart and snapped together in unlimited ways
- Buckyballs are all about fun and require little more than kneading them in your hands
- Make sculptures, puzzles, patterns, shapes, stick stuff to the fridge, or even invent a new game
- Each set contains 216 powerful Rare Earth Magnets (432 magnets total)
- Each Buckyball has two poles – one side repels, the other attracts
- Each Buckyball is approximately 0.5 cm in diameter
- Includes a BuckyBasics Quick Start Sheet to help you get started making basic shapes
- Featured in Rolling Stone, People, Maxim, Esquire Magazine… people just can’t stop talking about Buckyballs
- See Buckyballs in action! (Click Me)
- Woot! Design
- Spiral Design
- Package Contents: (2) 216-Piece Buckyballs Sets and (2) Carrying Cases
In the box:
- (2) Maxfield & Oberton 216 Piece Original Buckyballs Sets
- (2) Carrying Cases
- (2) BuckyBasics Quick Start Sheets
Recall Notice: Maxfield & Oberton voluntarily recalled Buckyballs High Powered Magnets earlier this year because their packaging was labeled "Ages 13+" and this did not meet the mandatory toy standard F963-08. The firm received only two reports of injestion and there are no known resulting injuries. For more information: Click Here.