Recall News

AP News
Posted: Dec 17, 2012 5:21 PM

The following recall has been announced:


DETAILS: Water Balz (round-shape), Growing Skulls (skull-shape), H2O Orbs "Despicable Me" (round-shape) and Fabulous Flowers (flower-shape). These are marble-sized toys that absorb water and grow up to 400 times their original size. They were sold in packages of six in green, yellow, red, blue and black. The toy's packaging includes the word "Dunecraft" and the name of the toy and the model number. They are manufactured in China and the U.S., and imported by Dunecraft Inc. of Cleveland.

Water Balz and Growing Skulls were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Five Below, Hobby Lobby, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Microcenter, Urban Outfitters Direct, Wegmans and other stores nationwide, and online at,,, and other websites from September 2010 through November 2012. The H2O Orbs "Despicable Me" were sold exclusively at Universal Studios stores during June 2012. Fabulous Flowers were sold exclusively at Milaeger's in Racine, Wis., from June 2012 through November 2012.

WHY: When the toy is ingested, it expands inside the body and causes a blockage in the small intestine, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting and dehydration, and can be life-threatening. The toys, which don't show up on an x-ray, require surgery to be removed from the body.

INCIDENTS: The firm received one report of an 8-month-old girl from Humble, Texas, who had to have a Water Balz surgically removed after ingesting it and suffering an intestinal obstruction in August 2011.

HOW MANY: About 94,700 in the U.S. and 600 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Contact: Dunecraft Inc., at 800-306-4168, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, or visit the company website at .