I got hit with my second recall notice ever this week. The first one was a Thomas recall in October. This time it's Cranium Cadoo with lead painted dice. Lead painted dice; talk about cheaping out. Exposure should be limited as nobody ever plays this game. Boardgamegeek has a discussion thread for really bad games called "If You Can't Say Something Nice...." For Cadoo we've got:
The playdough is almost entirely non-toxic.
The 'spell backwards' task makes everyone realize that they should've studied more in school to be able to spell words frontways.
I get a little bitter over this one because I had to buy a case to try it out.... and I still have a case. Cranium used to be a huge seller in game stores until they started dumping their product in the mass market, including selling them at near cost at Starbucks (the CEO's of both companies are climbing buddies). Hasbro is attempting to buy them for $77 million which will mostly go to paying off their enormous debts and acquiring their only good game, the base Cranium. This will likely mean I will be able to buy Cranium through distributors in less than case quantities but twice the price. That's how it works with Hasborg, I mean Hasbro.
Oh, did anyone read the Jammin Jenna story? Ty Inc., the maker of Beanie Babies, decided to fight the recall of their lead laced Jammin Jenna doll (I still think Jenna Jameson). They think their lead levels are just fine, since they're less than federal standards but exceed Illinois lead standards. Man, talk about putting a gun to your own head. Lets have a states rights discussion while the kids poison themselves. I'll be watching to see the backlash build for this one.