According to an email sent out by Maxfield & Oberton, their Buckyballs and Buckycubes “desk toy” magnet sets are being discontinued “due to baseless and relentless legal badgering by a certain four letter government agency.” Said agency is the CPSC, which sued the company in July, alleging that the small, strong magnets “contain a defect in the design, packaging, warnings, and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury to the public.” The CPSC’s statement went on:
In response to a request from CPSC staff, a number of retailers have voluntarily agreed to stop selling Buckyballs, Buckycubes, and similar products manufactured by other companies. CPSC staff called upon these retailers to cease distribution of high-powered, manipulative magnetic products after dozens of young children and teenagers swallowed multiple magnets, which connected inside their gastrointestinal tracts and caused internal injuries requiring surgery. The online marketplace eBay has also agreed to implement steps to remove listings by sellers for these items.
That is some internal Human Centipede-esque shit.
Maxfield & Oberton are purging their inventory in response. The Bucky site says, “There are still a few thousand sets of Buckyballs, Buckycubes, and Chromatics in stock and available for purchase online.” They will continue to sell their other products, which are also magnet based, but somehow less likely to ravage intestines. So grab those if you need something to do with your hands, or resort to your crotch like they did in the old days.