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Aqua Dots: another toy recall

November 8, 2007 @ 9:21am

My kids are like most kids. They see a commercial on TV for toy race tracks or Moon Sand or Aqua Dots and they want those things.

Well, Moon Sand turned out to be pretty cool, but we made the mistake of buying Aqua Dots and they sucked.

They were kind of a pain to work with. You load these little pea-sized balls into a little pen and squirt them one at a time out of the pen's tip into a grid of holes. Once you have all the colored balls in place, you spray them with a mist of water and they are supposed to stick together. After they dry, you can pull of this cool little design you made -- even layering them to make 3D works of dot art.

They just didn't work that well for us. We tried. They frustrated our kids too.

Today I heard that Aqua Dots are the latest toy to be recalled. From the radio reports I heard driving home this morning, it seems when they get wet they turn into a chemical similar to the date rape drug HGH and that two kids have been hospitalized in the U.S. from Aqua Dot poisoning. The radio reports warned that Aqua Dots are also known as Aquadots, Aqua Beads and Bindeez.

I just read a post on Blogging Stocks about them which says:

Yes, you read that right, it has been announced that millions of toy products in North America and Australia have been taken off the shelves after it was discovered that they contained chemicals that, when digested, convert into the date rape drug gamma hydroxy butyrate (street name of GHB). The toys in question are toy beads that go by the name Aqua Dots, and are considered a highly popular holiday item which is distributed by Toronto-based Spin Master Toys. For Australian consumers, the toy sells under the name of Bindeez.

Just how popular is this toy line? This year in Australia it was named toy of the year. Just how dangerous is the ingestion of the drug? If swallowed, one of these beads can induce unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death.

Just one bead? How scary! I'm glad all of our Aqua Dots got thrown out weeks ago.

I was going to link to the Moon Sand site, but it turns out that Moon Sand is made by Spin Master too and Spin Master's site is not responding today. No surprise.

Update: I just tried Spin Master's website again and it loaded with a giant link to the official Aqua Dots Recall site called

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