Tuesday, December 06, 2005


Christmas tree

A bunch of things have happened in the past couple of weeks. For one, the bridge was made a little bit longer and not touched for a while. It was just too impressive of a display on the desk behind me. Pictures really don't do it justice, and my wife really liked it when she finally saw it in person.

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She didn't like it when I told her I had torn it apart :).

I just wanted to try something with the panels that I have, since I hardly use them. I quickly realized as I was building that I didn't nearly have enough panels to do what I wanted to do so as a result my tall building became rather stumpy:

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I'd like to order more square panels to make it taller, but considering how little I use panels I'm hestitant to spend additional money on them. Maybe after I get my birthday money tomorrow I'll reconsider :).

Also: Last week I received three samples of the Tin Zippered storage box that FatBrainToys is giving away with certain Geomag sets. These are nice boxes and make for a decent building base. However, the zipper means that it won't hold a ton of Geomag on top of it. While it isn't big enough to hold a good portion of my panels collection (what I was hoping these might do), it is a perfect little tin to carry around a box of Geomags with while you travel. Not sure how much it would hold, but if you don't use panels you can put a couple hundred bars in there with balls easily enough.

And finally, Christmas is coming up so I figured I had to make a little Christmas tree. It's too bad I don't have that many green bars, and that the building is still standing (meaning that most of my blue metallic bars are tied up), or I'd make a larger tree.

But I like the result:

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Hope you do too. Happy holidays everyone!

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I got my first magnetic toy as a gift for christmas (magnetix-20) and I can't get enough. I have sence bought online a 42 set of Geomag and a 102 set of Supermag cuz they were cheap and I wanted to compare them. I wish I had seen your blog sooner. Great info and Great photos. I have a ton of questions to ask you and some interesting sites to share with you. Please e-mail me. Thanks!
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Wim, your constructions have inspired me. Your Tower Bridge is excellent. I had some Geomag, but have now got addicted and I'm acquiring lots of Unimag - well I have 500 rods now.

Have you built anything else new so far this year?

best wishes,

Hazel (Yorkshire, England)

Magnet toys are amazingly fun to play with kids ... and alone :-)

Note a *very* important thing: AVOID Magnetix: a little boy is dead because he swallowed 2 magnets that felt apart from the Magnetix.

See: http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/11120/

Someone forwarded me the news the day after i bought a kit of Magnetix and the little magnets kept coming out of the ends of the building pieces, making those pieces unusable.
I called Magnetix and they said the problem is fixed.
I don't believe it.

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Wow. I'm seriously impressed. I got a single set of magnetix for Christmas, and have since expanded the collection to somewhere around 300 bars. Until today I had no idea there were other, better, brands. Well, not quite. I got a Supermag Ferrari and really was not impressed with the small size and specialized pieces. I was wondering how the length of Geomag bars compares to my current collection of Magnetix. I would love to have a collection that I could use to build things that don't collapse under their own weight so much. And if I could use them relatively interchangably with my current collection, I'd be one happy guy indeed. If you're interested, and feel like it, you can email me. My address is on my website. Thanks in advance for your help, and also for the inspiration.
Great models! Do you still play with Geomag? I just got my first set from a great online site called http://www.magneticworld.com I used this coupon code for free shipping on a $50 order: BLASTSHIP50 I hope this helps!
December 14, 2006

Hey Wim - Beautiful pictures you posted last year!

All you folks interested in building things with MAGNETS here are some cool sites to check out too:

http://magnetscankill.blogspot.com (lots of videos!)

http://magnetscankill.spaces.live.com (about the Magnetix and Polly Pocket magnetic toy recalls and lots of other facts about magnets)

http://www.youtube.com/group/NIBmagnets (A collection of videos ranging from sweet to sicko, choppy to professional quality, all about magnets and magnetic toys)

I agree with Marc above...the safety problems MAY NOT YET BE FIXED with Magnetix and the MEGA Brands toys I call "SPAWN OF MAGNETIX" (i.e. spin-offs like Magnawheels, Magnabug, Magna Man, Magnimals, Magna Monster, etc.). I hope we don't hear troubling reports after XMas 2006....

Between Magnetix and Polly Pocket sets one child died (November, 2005) and more than 2 dozen others have had to have intestinal surgery in 2005 and 2006 due to tiny NIB magnets they swallowed that came out of these toys. The kids ranged in age from almost 1 to 11. Frightening what kids will actually put in their mouth thinking it is candy, or just out of curiosity!

I do want to say that Geomag and Supermag truly seem to be a cut above, with a higher quality design and construction. I have heard no reports of them coming apart, although a couple of developmentally delayed or autistic children have eaten ENTIRE Geomag links, which are definitely of a swallowable size. So if you are thinking about buying Geomag or Supermags and constructing some amazing objects as shown in these awesome pictures -- still keep them away from very young children or children who mouth objects. Safety first!

Sincerely, A Mom
cute Xmas tree. Happy belated holidays
Hello there.
From your home country a message.
Do you still play with your Magnetics?
And do you still read and answer your your blog reactions?


Nice blog. I just bought the 120 set of geomag bars and panels. I also picked up a 150 set of magnetix and a 30 set of magnetix curves. so 300 pieces total. I wanted the Geomag for it's quality and strength. I bought the magnetix because, being significantly weaker, i think it will test my building skills with more chance of it all crashing. The sets are quite expensive in Australia. Brad... brad@exemail.com.au
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