Buckyballs banned in the U.S. Will Canada follow suit?


Buckyballs and their nearly identical competitor, Nanodots, are very popular magnetic “toys” that let you create a nearly infinite amount of 3D shapes by combining tiny magnetic spheres into different layouts. But those magnets are made from rare-earth neodymium and are incredibly strong given their diminutive size and that presents a serious danger to children.

There is a very real possibility that a child could accidentally ingest two or more of the magnets and, once in the digestive tract, they could cause serious damage to internal organs as they trap tissue between them, or become lodged permanently. Pets are also at risk.

Because of this, both Buckyballs and Nanodots have issued very clear and strongly worded warnings to adults that these construction kits not be given to children or kept anywhere children can access them.

This is good advice, but apparently it’s not good enough. USA Today reports that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed suit against the maker of Buckyballs and that retailers have responded by pulling the product from store shelves.

According to their article,

Dozens of children have ingested the tiny magnets in Buckyballs and similar products sold by competitors. At least 12 of the ingestions involved Buckyballs and many required surgeries.

Reuters is reporting that the CPSC has taken the unprecedented move of ordering the manufacturer to cease distribution of the product, something the commission hasn’t done since 2001.

In Canada, the product is sold by Chapters-Indigo and can also be purchased online.

A few years ago, I was sent a sample of Nanodots to try out and was amazed by the way the balls could be assembled. I decided, in spite of the warning, to let my then eight-year-old son to try them out under my close supervision. He adored them. It wasn’t long before he was creating some truly amazing 3D creations. But my wife and I made it clear that the product was dangerous and needed to be handled with great care.

Thankfully, nothing bad has ever happened in our home and my son has continued to show great responsibility in his handling of the product. But I have noticed that even with care, it’s easy for the little balls to escape one’s grip and end up rolling under a piece of furniture. That’s not where you want a super-strong, tiny magnet living for any length of time.

This ban hasn’t changed my decision, but it does serve as an excellent reminder to anyone who has this product or is considering buying it: please exercise extreme caution when handling them – the danger is real.

[USA Today via Gizmodo]

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140 comments

  1. Sara

    It amazes me that parents have lost their minds. What kind of parents are even buying this kind of thing for a child that is young enough to think it’s a good idea to swallow theses. Parents should take some responsibility for what *they* allow their children do.

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    • Karen

      I bought these for my teenage daughter and she has a lot of fun with them. and I agree with Sarha what parent in their right mind would buy this for a younger child they need to have thier head examind

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    • Paul

      Sara is quite right that parents should take responsibility for potentially harmful product, labeled as a toy or not.

      It astonishes me though that the US sees banning products like this as more important than heavy restrictions on access to guns…perhaps guns are not as dangerous.

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      • Gus

        That is a very naive statement – if guns were not made so readily available to those “dangerous” people then possibily there would be a few less incidents such as we have just seen.

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      • hugh

        I guess they should make cars less readily available too then. When is society going to just take responsibility for their own children, use of “dangerous” products. It is not the gun itself that is dangerous, as more people are killed by cars, trains, etc than the people using the guns.
        Stoves, BBQ, cars, trains, knives, cellphones, should I keep going? They are all “dangerous” if used by an irresponsible individual no matter the age, sex, creed.
        People need to start taking ownership, be accountable, be responsible for what they use, and how they choose to use it.

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      • Sonic

        If you deny people the right to buy guns it is terrany.
        At one time hords of people with guns would confront the government, this is called liberty. The government feared the people. For the government was to work for the people.
        When people are afraid to confront the government, and the government has control over you it is called terrany.
        I suggest you look up the word called FREEDOM, understand and live by it. For as things progress as they are, you and lots of others will not have it for much longer, if there is any left.

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      • Roger

        Idiots, this is about magnetic ballbearings NOT guns. why don’t you at least attemp to stick to the subject. This has absolutely nothing whats so ever to do with firearms. GROW UP.

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      • bob van riezen

        Gus get real I am sick of everyone having to be deprived because of the stupidity of the few. This is the result of the legal profession and their law suits ruled on by judges who are lawyers and politicians who are mainly lawyers. If there were no guns surely you are not stupid enough to believe there would be no murders.

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      • hugh

        What product is not dangerous??
        Marbles dangerous?, metal toy cars?
        Give me a break!
        Common sense should prevail here. Regardless of what warning labels say, common sense here…small kids equal the parent making a responsible/accountable decision for their kids as to protect them from harm.

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      • Jenn

        This comment applies to the Buckyballs as well,…. it’s not the ‘toy’ that is the problem it is the parents that buy they for their small childern and then let them go and play and don’t watch them!

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      • hugh

        Well said!!!
        For all those who do not understand what Holliee is trying to say….people be accountable and responsible for your actions and make logical, common sense decisions for those(kids) who cannot.

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      • Brandon

        If a dangerous person were intent on injuring or killing, regardless of the availability of guns, they are capable of doing so.

        A person can be dangerous with their bare hands, vehicles, household chemicals, garden tools, heck, even saran wrap.

        You don’t need a gun to be dangerous. People who fear firearms, do so because they don’t know anything about them, their intended ‘proper’ use, or the ability to perform safely with them.

        for example, a car is a very effective tool for all of our lives. however, if someone decided to drive one along a beach, and run over everyone suntanning, who’s fault is that? the car manufacturers? the government?? perhaps they should be responsible for everything we do right??

        Come on people, take some ownership in these babysitter countries we all live in.

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      • Robin FG

        My take on the gun control is that guns are OK. It’s the ammunition that’s the problem.
        Make ammunition available only through a government-run monopoly, so that anyone who buys it MUST register a lot of information to that monopoly, and you’ll see gun-related “episodes” (a tame word for maining and death) diminish exponentially. End of rant!

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      • H-Mann

        Where have you been? Not just anyone can buy ammunition these days, at least not in Ontario. I don’t know about other provinces but you need an outdoors card and at least a PAL to buy ammunition. You would also need an FAC to buy a hunting rifle or shotgun. A driver’s licence or a passport just won’t do it. This registers just how much and how often ammunition is purchased. Hell, a kid under the age of 16 can’t even buy paint balls or those soft guns that shoot those little plastic bb’s.

        Anyway, the story here is about these little magneic balls that a lot of people have bought and given to their children or used for themselves. Time and time again we hear in the news about products being recalled or banned for some reason or another. In this instance however a lot of people have already pointed out that a lot of parents are stupid because they buy toys or things that are not age appopriate for their small children.

        Whatever happened to common sense?

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      • Randy

        You just had to take a swipe at gun rights, didn’t you? Are you aware that the 2nd Amendment is one of articles of the Bill of Rights? Guns are just as much a freedom as freedom of speech, religion and for the people to be secure in their possessions. That’s why the cops cannot enter your howe without a warrante. Since you want to restrict one right, what other basic rights do you wish to abridge or remove? Freedom of speech, freedom of religion? Are you one of those people who thinks it would be ok for the cops to search you or your home since you have nothing to hide?

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      • kennybigrig

        He sounds like a prime candidate for sharia law. No thought or rights at all, just do as your told when your told and life is grand.

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      • Rob

        the right to bear arms was written in after the fact to be able to send civilians to war when too many soldiers were lost. And now instead of being seen as from another time in your History it becomes an excuse for outrageous bevaiour and sad mistakes that lives. A life is worth far more to me than a gun.

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      • Ian

        I think the right to bear arms was put in place for the citizens to protect themselves against a corrupt government that deploys the military illegally.

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      • Kryssy

        OMG, get off your ‘ It’s my RIGHT to own a gun’ spiel. You have absolutely nothing intelligent to say.

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      • OpenYourEyes

        @Kryssy

        And apparently you’re not intelligent enough to understand the problem isn’t with guns, it’s with people. You shouldn’t be prosecuting people without knowing what you’re talking about.

        The problem with firearms in the states isn’t guns themselves. They make it very easy for sociopaths to gain access to guns (and badges for that matter.) Unfortunately, identifying a sociopath can be difficult. A sociopath could kill someone with his fists too, should we take that away from everyone too? Should the deranged minority ruin it for the logical majority?

        Any idiot can be taught how to use a firearm responsibly and safely. They’re not very complex, and anyone with a shred of common sense won’t struggle with the concept.

        What most ignorant sheltered city folk don’t understand is how important firearms were, and still are to a persons well-being.

        It’s no wonder the government seems obligated to protect people like you from yourself. People like you represent the degradation humanity.

        Quit pretending you’re smart, knowledgeable, and experienced. Like so many others, you have your head in the clouds. Maybe if you came back down to earth you wouldn’t feel above everyone else.

        There’s too much self-righteous over-zealous nonsense going around. I understand fantasy is easier to deal with than reality, but that’s no excuse to shut your eyes and cover your ears. Especially if you keep flapping your mouth.

        @Jim

        A militia can be organized by and with civilians if the need arises. The need has arisen many times since we arrived in the new world. There hasn’t been anything in recent memory, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be reason to do so in the future. Studying the past is the best way to predict the future.

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      • Clo

        I love my job…it’s because of comments like these that we work even harder to change the Bills.

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      • Jim

        Have you ever read the 2nd ammendment?

        “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

        It sets a condition out, before the right.

        That is, to be part of a “well regulated militia”.

        If you are a member of the National Guard, you should have the right to own a firearm. But NOT if you are just a guy who likes guns.

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      • Ukiah

        There is no 2nd amendment in Canada. Besides, that old document written by a bunch of old, racist men 250 years ago should be updated to apply to this century. The US Constitution, what a load of “out dated” crap!

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      • Jolio

        Now that’s just blatant ignorance. The US Constitution was written by some intelligent, forward-thinking men, most of whom being against letting religion enter politics. You have added nothing here. I’m Canadian too, by the way. Get off the internet lest you give us a bad name.

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      • Ukiah

        @ Jolio

        “Forward thinking”? The US “Founding Fathers” owned slaves, how forward thinking do you judge this fact to be? And little man, you stay off the internet!

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      • bob van riezen

        Why don’ty you understand that what was acceptable and right 250 years ago is not today and what is right today will look stupid 250 years from now. You probably confuse after the fact logic with trying to predict.

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      • H-Mann

        Oh they can enter without a warrant but only if they have reasonable and probable grounds. My idiot nephew had his 16 guage confiscated by the Ottawa police a number of years ago because he was disgruntled at work and made the comment “and then they wonder why things like Columbine happen” All of this because he had a cut in his hours due to budget restraints. If I were there I’d have shaken the hands of the cops.

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      • kennybigrig

        Well Paul, there not do the math and do the comparison. I hope you do not intend on buying this product.

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    • Alice

      You said it – people need to take responsibility for ALL of their actions – unfortunately the world has gone mad and people think it’s ridiculous to be held responsible for the choices they make and the things they do.

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      • May King

        Education system is lead by web of deceit, legal and economic system is controlled by movers and shakers. Responsibility is manipulated by the cultural and religious force. Who will be in charge to instill the virtue of love, honesty, and compassion in order to maintain the true bread of humanity?

        Love is not lust. Love takes a commitment, appreciation, respect and a true care of one another (from environment to all sentient beings on earth)

        Honesty is not gullibility. Honesty takes a lot of measurement into an account of lucid knowledge, and virtual reality of psychology in human mind.

        Compassion is not sympathy, but empathy. Compassion takes a lot of self-discipline in empty the chattering mind, because you have been there and done that at the ultimate level of success, and you truly care for people who are less fortunate than you.

        Can you imagine how much kindergarten student can absorb the concept of economy as simple as time value money (TVM) from the world renown economist? Similarly, how much the general “weasel”, and “wizard” with full of greed, lust and power can learn the meaning of responsibility to humanity? Amen.

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      • H-Mann

        You’ve got that right. At least sometimes we get to hear how some judges will dismiss a law suit because they are deemed frivilous.

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    • Al Black

      Exactly. Banning these is assinine. They are not for young children. Do not give them to young children. Done.

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  2. MAMMOTH

    When I was 8 I was driving a tractor for 8 hours a day and was doing many other things more dangerous than playing with magnets. Parents try to keep kids their ‘babies’ for too long nowadays which turns them into ‘pussies’ when they get older. All part of the reason that a ‘fight’ now involves guns or knives and that kids don’t leave home until they are in their 30s.

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    • PeterC

      Totally agree. I fail to understand why any child puts anything in their mouth that is not known to be food. Isn’t this a basic survival skill? Problem is, we protect them from everything that is dangerous so they, by default, assume anything they are give is safe. “Hey kids, if you do something stupid it can hurt you” should be as fundamental to survival as learning to breathe.

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      • Rob

        You fail to understand? children put everything in their mouths before they can even walk. parents teach and stop the accidents happening. I find your statement bizarre in the light of talking about children, toddler and babies curious to explore their world.

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      • Leah

        I don’t think he was talking about babies or toddlers, Rob.

        I think he was referring to children over the age of 7, who can generally walk, talk, understand instructions and warnings from parents.

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      • Amanda

        Rob, that is the point, babies will put anything in their mouth, its the PARENTS responsibity to supervise this. But no, these parents who buy and allow their young children to play with the product are not the ones getting punished its the company who now has to pull a product off of its shelf because of the idiots who don’t want to parent and pass the buck of responsibility.

        The parents who had this happen to their children should be getting followed up with by Childrens Aid, but no, they are getting a pat on the head “there there, its not your fault, its the bad company that made something that could harm someone, how should they expect you to read the “Not a Toy” and expect you to know that you should give it to a child who puts things in their mouth” So lets punish the company, and possibly cost jobs and the company going under.

        God help the children of these morons, if they are to stupid to realize this isn’t for a toddler then I half expect to hear some very nasty storys about the same child injesting a ton of other things they shouldn’t.

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      • old coot

        You want to know what will happen to the little kids? Just look at the number of pool-related drownings in Quebec just this summer ! They insist on regulation instead of forcing the parents to supervise swimming children ! There is a generation that was raised to say: “It’s not my fault” and we now see that generation as reproducting adults…..

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      • Ginie

        And yet, how many people went to watch those “Jackass” movies, thinking that those antics were “funny”?

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      • H-Mann

        You need to understand child development and child psychology. Young children, toddlers especially have an oral fixation where they will try and see what something tastes like. You might look up some of the studies of Piaget who studied child behaviour.

        You know how some people are referred to as being “anal?” it is a short form of meaning anal retentive. It means trying to be in control. This too was observed in children but it manifested itself into the vernacular for all kinds of people especially those who are in the seat of power. CEO’s, store managers, etc.

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    • kennybigrig

      Mammoth, I hope and believe you realize you just said volumes of truth in one paragraph.

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    • H-Mann

      You drove a tractor at 8? good for you but my sis has you beat as she was driving one at 5. She was first born out of us 5 kids, I’m the youngest, 49 today. (geez where have the years gone?)
      It’s too bad that the kids that are being raised today don’t have the same core values and work ethic we did growing up. Everything these days is handed to them. This includes A lot of other generations or those raised in big cities who never had to get their water from a well, gather wood from the bush to heat their home, raise livestock for meat or plant a garden and harvest the crop for their vegetables. Most people probably wouldn’t know the business end of an axe these days. Hell we didn’t even have indoor plumbing until 1972 in my family.

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  3. A.R.E.M.

    Will definitely have to buy some of these buckeyballs seeing that they might become a banned item. Then I’ll smuggle them across the border and sell them for an enormous profit to desperate parents who allow their children to play with real guns. Soon, the Americans will wage a war against buckeyball cartels, like the one I’ll set up. They’ll have to retrain sniffer dogs to carry metal plates on their noses, attracting the magnets to the metal, etc. etc and so forth.
    Better that parents stop their kids from ingesting too much fattening fast foods rather than worrying about magnetic toys that require imagination and actual hands on play.
    I remember owning a small pirate derringer back in the early 60’s,(styled like a flintlock)that used caps and shot a hollow plastic bullet about 15 feet (3 metres). They were rightly banned because you could shot out someones eye; a real danger. But swallowing a magnet? Just don’t give them to an infant. Simple solution.

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  4. Sarah

    I have to say, I’m not surprised! When a seven year old at my school brought these in and started sharing them, she was very popular.

    The swallow hazard isn’t just for toddlers though. The kids immediately started using the magnets to pretend that they had “tongue rings” and lip piercings.

    Sad that a fun toy gets banned though – but they are a bit of a nightmare at school.

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    • Al Black

      Still boils down to parental responsibility. I wouln’t let my kid play with a box of razors (and would not see daylight for sometime if he thought about bringing them to school), but that doen’t mean the useful little things should be banned. I hope this lawsuit goes nowhere.

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  5. ERCH

    Parents need to THINK about what they buy for their kids. And supervise them, regardless.
    Even older (grade school age) kids will experiment with ‘things’, either because they just want to or even on a dare.
    I’m not saying ban everything, just to use some discretion and intelligence!

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  6. Garfield

    Supervision, older children, teenagers all sound good but eventually these items move to the secondary market e.g. yard sales, lost and then how are they controlled. These are dangerous items and the consequences can be very hazardous. Novelties where off quickly.

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  7. Matt

    We had a 14 year-old child swallow two buckyballs. Apparently he thought it would be a good idea to use them as a faux tongue ring. It wasn’t, and we eneded up waiting in emergency for several hours.

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    • Jay

      So whats your point? Clearly your child isn’t too bright and it’s children like yours that cause these bans.

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      • Matt

        Lol, another person on the internet who can’t read. First, did I say it was my child? Nope. It was a foster child, who probably isn’t too bright. Second, did I say that the product should be banned? Again, nope. I simply relayed a story that was pertinent to the article.

        Anyways, I’m sure there is someone, somewhere, who cares what jerks like you have to say. Unfortunately, you’re not going to find that person here.

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      • Jay

        Matt, your in supervision of the child so it’s your child foster or biological. Didn’t think I needed to get so literal. Stop being such a defensive ass and own up for your irresponsibility. Also, I never said you endorsed the ban, I just said YOUR child is just another statistic that helps back the governments reason for banning such a product.

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      • kennybigrig

        I will not say I am defending Matt but, I will say I defend his reference to reading skills. Matt also did not say the foster child was his. I will assume the child wasn’t because Matt says, “It was a foster child, who probably isn’t too bright.” It sounds like he has no relationship with this child other than possibly at arms length. Also, as a foster parent myself I hope Matt is not a foster parent with that blanket statement.

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      • Jay

        Kenny, you must have missed the part about Matt waiting in the emergency room “and we eneded up waiting in emergency for several hours” It sounds like he DOES have a relationship with the child otherwise why would he be waiting with them in the hospital. Learn some reading skills, yourself. Mine are pretty good.

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      • H-Mann

        You mean to say that you never did ANYTHING stupid as a kid? C’mon, seriously? You must have had a dull life. and to answer your question before you ask it, yes, I did some things that looking back I say to myself “what the F was I thinking?” I had more guts than brains back then. I’m lucky to be alive with some of the things I did. And that includes being lucky that my parents didn’t find out. Kid’s don’t always think of the consequences, they don’t ask “why?” they tend to think more along the lines of “why not?” or “what could possibly go wrong?”

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    • jim

      We are allowed to sell Kinder Eggs in Canada but they are illegal. I played with marbles when i was a kid and didn’t even think of putting them in my mouth. What about small coins, legos and the list goes on. Everyone wants to make sure our chidren are safe but it’s almost like we try to put a cocoon around them to keep them safe. How about a little supervision to see how they handle things.

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  8. vincent fortier

    easy access to guns….goverment allows and control the sale of cigarettes,liquor and beer…not to mention casinos…the goverment lost it’s battle against drugs..the wallstreet bandits are walking free but yet there is an agency that regulates little magnet balls….wake up people

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  9. Advantus

    Sad…very sad. Just like if you have a certain chocolate egg with a toy in it crossing the US border from Canada you will have it confiscated due to the fact that too many US kids were choking on them. Ummm hello? There is a toy in it….

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  10. Freedom

    What is funny with this is that the USA is all about freedom to speak what I want and to carry a gun of any type that I think is OK. But when it cames to a toy they will outright ban it just because a few kids thought it was fun to sollow a few of them. Then if the US government took the same logic to guns should they also not ban them to protect the people. food for thought.

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    • kennybigrig

      With that kind of food we would all starve to death. The right to bear arms is quite complex and at the crux of it is the right to defend yourself from governments, abroad and at “home”. Put that into context of how much “banning” their government can do. Wonder how you could defend yourself with a handful of buckyballs.

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  11. Mr. David Moore

    My daughter once got a penny stuck up her nose and they don’t come with warnings. Maybe why they’re getting rid of them?

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  12. s lynch

    Yup! Need my handgun for varmints up the branch.

    Sure. But don’t threaten the profits of the powerful magnet
    lobby, and the National Nanodot Association.

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  13. Wolf

    How about a license to purchase and use hammer? I know many people who hurt themselves with a hammer.

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  14. J

    There were a few comments about firearms. Legal firearm ownership isn’t dangerous 95% of the time. Illegal ownership of firearms is. I’ll tell you how people acquire illegal firearms. What you see in a firearms store is the front business. What you’re missing is the backdoor side of the business. This is where corruption is. Why steal a firearm with high risk, when you can get it straight from the factory in bulk without serial numbers? All you have to do is make a cash deal for bulk and you get an unregistered case of firearms at 75% off because you paid cash. The employees at that level are middle management. They simply say those guns were never made to begin with. They must be Chinese knock offs. With no serial numbers you get 1 kill and 1 scrap piece of metal that’s completely untraceable, which is exactly the way the big criminals have always done it. Like the CIA. When you generate cash for a product that doesn’t exist, you launder it in a clean business like construction. That’s what large scale crime syndicates do. That’s where illegal firearms come from in North America. Then they funnel those guns down to a group of no name nobody’s with no power and make a profit. See, crime does pay. The U.S. sells more firearms to people of every nation on the planet. France is second, and China is third. That’s how the world works. The word government is derived from organized crime, or many large businesses. The real players in that game, can’t be caught, because they know how to stay clean and still profit, since they are the ones who make the rules. Just 95% of you, don’t know it. Hope that’s an education.

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    • May King

      Bravo. Sincerely thanks for the clarity of “weasel” and “wizard” who is filled with greed, lust, trick and power. We can keep saying that is the way of the world, and that is how money goes around. A few wise authors decide to write fantasy science fiction, and children folklore in order to implicitly entertain children and cultivate/sharpen people’s mind. Hopefully, people will recognize the moral issues. Unfortunately, people still revolve in survival in a chaos that is created by movers, shakers, and web of deceit.

      Audience blames on parents. I blame on higher education leader figures who let money to control the way of how to produce the true leaders in the next generation. They keep cutting short on the crucial training time, learning time to manufacture tons of dishonest, coward, but very brilliant undergraduates who will eventually become CEO, Ministers, community leaders…This is what I call a web of deceit. Again, we keep saying that is the ay of the world. Amen.

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  15. rinny

    american children aren’t too bright or their parents just don’t watch them enough. Last year Kindereggs, now Buckyballs .. pretty soon the americans will have to ban pretty well anything smaller than a golf ball just so some kid doesn’t stick it in his mouth.

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  16. bigguy

    Owning a firearm as a right…ludicrous. Most of the planet seems to get by without having owning a device specifically used for killing as a “right”.

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  17. Kiya

    The world is getting dumber by the decade. There are thousands of examples, like that lady who sued McDonalds because her coffee was hot. Well DUH!
    This product says not for kids, so it’s the parent’s fault for ignoring that. Own to your own faults and quit pointing fingers.

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  18. tom

    we played with marbles, tik tak toe, mechano sets never had a problem. did get into a bottle of aspirins though. Good old forest gump. stupid is as stupid does. Don’t put anything in a body opening, simple, if you can’t teach your kids that, maybe you should not be breeding.

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  19. CityGuy

    So what is a “kid” ??? Just going to say, the posters here should differentiate between “kids” that are, say less than 5 years old and “kids” that are older. Only toddlers (the youger group) put things in their mouths so definitely, no parent should be giving them this product. Older kids? Sure, they should know better. And stop making this about guns, it isn’t!

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  20. Brian Landon

    As usual the nanny state steps in because the idiotic bureaucrats and idiotic parents who CANNOT look after themselves——-what they eat, think, do, or say——— are the little children themeselves. Yep,that’s what some of these parents are——–little babies who never learned to READ or were too afraid of the big bad instructions on the box.

    its no wonder we have kids today who can’t even handle a job, let alone their own personal affairs.They have parents like these!! Babies having babies!

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  21. kennybigrig

    OMG Kryssy it is entrenched in the U S constitution so I guess their founders had nothing to say. You miss the whole point. It is the taking away of your rights. Guns are the most vocal and obvious but it is all rights that are threatened. Even the God given right, the right to choose. The right to choose buckyballs. The right to store poisons liquids in milk containers. There will always be some people that choose stupid. Following your logic reductio ad absurtum take away all rights and freedoms. Leave every choice in the hands of a few that way they can make stupid choices for everyone. That being said you wouldn’t have the right to say the stupid comment you did. But I and people with guns and buckyballs will defend to the death your right to say it.

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    • Moi!

      Here! Here! (as said with staunch approval in a courtroom).. (and not in the States!)..

      Great point(s)..

      You’ze gots buckyballs!

      CANADA ENCOURAGES BUCKYBALLS!!!

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  22. Manija

    I just would like to know what is the difference in percentage of children accidents now and ,let say,40 years ago? When we had all those “bad” toys, no helmets, no swimming regulations, toys with led paint and etc,etc…?

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  23. CeCe

    People should have to take a test before they have children, anything less than 90% on the test should lead to automatic sterilzation.

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  24. Moi!

    Piss-off and be a parent – keep an eye on your totts, teach them BASIC LOGIC and hope for the best – BUT STAY OUT OF MY LIFE!

    These are nothing but an awesome physics enlightenment and interest-inhancement tool – getting more ‘kids’ – ones with brains in their heads that they are going to actually use properly – interested in things like science, physics, or just for artists and commoners to enjoy the plethora of cool things these gadgets offer!

    Don’t remove things based on the lowest common denominator, weakest-link of the human species’ lack of cranial and cognative abilities, gosh that will both illiminate or minimize the natural order of ‘survival of the fittest or somewhat intelligent’ as well as leave those who are actually intelligent to survive past 3 years old with no interesting and thought-provoking’ toys, for crying out loud..

    Bring them on… Remember CLACKERS? Well, those actually DID pose a ‘potential’ hazard, as for their design and ability to explode – but this stuf?? Come on.. Get real. They should be mandatory in every office and household for the very reasons above.

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    • Moi!

      Banned in the United States due to a nation’s inability to think logically & with any remote indication of the slightest thread of common sense – ENCOURAGED in Canada – to further help differentiate the two countries!!!

      Each individual ball should have a Canadian Flag printed on it – and handed out to every Canadian citizen – including the newborns!!!

      (Similar tactic our Canadian VOLUNTEER TECHNICIANS used when after various Hurricanes destroyed parts of the States, these Folks head down there to assist in the rebuilding of their infrastructure, – them Americans then complaining about it, so the Canadians SPECIFICALLY USED a Canadian superior product invention called the “Robertson” square-headed screw – of which the Americans refuse to acknowledge because it ain’t American – and left them with repairs that were complete, just that they had no screwdrivers to use once the Canadian Techs headed back home!

      That’ll learn ’em (who ever ’em are!)..

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  25. hugh

    As usual, let’s leave it up to the government to tell us what we can do, not do, buy, not buy…
    Seems no one tries preventation, rather than solutions..oops meant government laws.
    This should not be about the government as these topics always seem to be based on when something bad happens and good ol uncle sam is banning something. When has a ban ever worked? What will the ban do when another kid swallows then dies from this item. The government will arrest the parents, lock them up, fine them something riduculous to help pay off the debt. Then what? The child is still dead, the parents are now labelled as criminals, and life goes on….
    Ridiculous!! We need to take accountability for ourselves instead of relying as usual on the government to baby sit us

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  26. deltadawn

    oh,oh almost all of you can’t spell. and did I ever have some good LOL”s, nice way to end this very long week. Thanks to you all.

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  27. Justin

    It is mainly an office toy, meant to cure people from boredom. Little kids shouldn’t be playing with these. Period.

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  28. Kris

    REALLY!?!? These toys are no different than Thomas the tank engine train set which are primarily magnetic and Magnetix the toy is all magnets. Tons of toys have magnets in them and theyre all dangerous if you dont teach your child how to play with them properly. My son has had magnets his whole life and not once has he put any in his mouth because i taught him not too. I know the consequences of swallowing magnets. ITS COMMON SENSE! Magents attract eachother swallow 2 and yes they will stick together in your body. As a parent you should be aware of what your child is capable of playing with, as you are the ones teaching them these skills. Even my dog knows not to eat them because i taught him not to. Common sense is seriously lacking in todays world, very sad that kids lose out on toys because other dont know how to raise their children properly

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  29. Todd Andrews

    Lots of ideas on both sides. Seems to me that some people with beliefs want you to have the same beliefs no matter what. That middle eastern religion seems to fit their bill…until it negatively affects their way of life.

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  30. The Master Sphincter

    You people should get your proverbiable “d*#k” out of your buddies “A*s”, wake up and smell the urin in the air. We are dealing with people here they have there owen will and there owen thoughts, if they feel like listening to anybody they will, if they do not they will not. We as a species are bred to, pull triggers, eat “sh*t” we are not suppose to, why because we can. We have been taught millions of things through out the millenium of time, and we still are learning. We will never stop, learning, and how do we learn by our mistakes, unless we make the mistakes we don not know if it is incorrect. Some lessons are harder to learn than others, why because we are all differnt.

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  31. Michael

    If they made a gun that could shoot these things and then marketed them as ammo, they would probably be allowed in the US again.

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  32. kennybigrig

    Absolutely deltadawn, right there with your quotation mark for an apostrophe…another lol” for you. Quite right Jay I did miss that. And like I said with that attitude maybe they should be banned from fostering…but keep the b.b.s (buckyballs). ;-)

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  33. Rob

    Damit!
    I’ve swallowed some of them and now I’m stuck to the fridge.
    I don’t feel so well.

    Email provided by iphone

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  34. JEV

    How did the subject change from bucky balls to fire arms? The subject at hand is bucky balls. Anything we use at any time can be dangeous, it all depends on how it is used. Life can be dangerous so lets ban life, GIVE ME A BREAK.

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  35. jay

    it doesn’t matter what you believe, there is always someone who takes the other side of the argument! Guns vs. no Guns, dangerous toys vs. parent responsibility, there is a God vs. there is no God… it’s just verbal (or typed in a blog) tennis!!

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  36. Rob

    To think that they are now being banned in the states because a kid may swallow 2 or more and they could pinch tissue causing problems possibly needing surgery.
    Yet they aren’t cracking down on the levels of sodium/preservatives in all the junk food and processed food, especially that is served in lunch programs.
    magnets engages the mind…crap food kills it.

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  37. Jesse

    What a joke. I bought these for my brother last Christmas and he’s a full grown adult. We were very aware that these are not children’s toys and are never to be left within reach of a child. Are they going to start banning hearing aid batteries or various other magnets? Ive seen kids swallow magnetized kinex pieces and require surgery. Are they going to ban those too? People need to use their brains. DON’T let kids play with magnets until they are old enough to get they are not to be put in the mouth and keep them up and cleared away so their siblings can’t get them. I have three kids from 7 months to six years and i don’t even let paper lay around because the baby may try to eat it and choke on it. The whole idea of banning them is ridiculous.

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  38. Chris H

    I have read all of the above posts and there are two things I’d like to point out.
    1. Take responsibility for your life and the lives of your children, don’t expect someone else to manage all the risk.
    2. Stay in school. I can’t for a moment grasp why there are so many people with such poor grammar and spelling that feel the need to comment.

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  39. Swt Azn Qt

    You don’t say…even teeenagers are sustainable for it to become a danger to them…as I’ve heard that a girl in the US…had accidently swallowed them and needed to get surgery as soon as possible in order to get them out…due to the magnetic forces had started piercing through the lining of her intestines…all because she wanted a “fake-look” of a tongue piercing!!! An obvious, dangerous & terrible decision!!! I’d say BAN them!!! You just may never know who may bring them into your home to those who are risk…which is pretty much everyone…considering any ethnicity, gender, race, age, mental stability, etc.

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  40. john

    Dad: “The economy sucks, our cash is running out, we need money…son, swallow a few of these so we can sue and keep the house…”

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  41. Jeno

    It’s about Buckyballs and Buckycubes. Not about guns or freedom of speech or religion. People are taking this in all directions. Stay on topic instead of ranting and raving about everything else.

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  42. Swt Azn Qt

    *in becoming

    *teenagers

    *accidentally

    *at risk

    Sorry for the typos…stupid computer is lagging…argh…=/

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