‘Mr. Squiggles’ won’t kill your children after all


Zhu Zhu Pets

Long before they were the holiday season’s hottest craze, Zhu Zhu Pets caused a mini sensation in the Valley of the Sun, where they were test-marketed as Go Go Pets.

The cuddly robots must have passed the test with flying colors, because now they’ve joined the ranks of Tickle Me Elmo, Beanie Babies, Tamagotchi and Furby in the pantheon of must-have toys for Christmas.

Until this weekend, when a consumer group claimed that a certain Zhu Zhu Pet, one “Mr. Squiggles,” contained harmful levels of antimony, a heavy metal that can cause illness when ingested or inhaled.

Fortunately for the fragile economy, it was a false alarm: The federal government interceded Monday to save Christmas and announce that the testing method used by the independent watchdog group GoodGuide is not one that is recognized by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

What’s more, the toy does not fall under new heavy metal testing standards because it has no painted surfaces, according to the agency. The guidelines came about after a wave of recalls of toys containing dangerous levels of lead that originated out of China.

So, it turns out the only killing Mr. Squiggles will be doing is melting your widdle heart. Wes he will!

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Scott Kirchhofer
One of Nerdvana's founding bloggers, Scott Kirchhofer is a graphic artist and designer of the Nerdvana logo, as well as a gamer and comic book movie fan.

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