The Colorforms game piece pictured here tested “safe by all modern standards” – meaning that it did not test positive for a level of Lead above the 90 ppm threshold set by the CPSIA for the presence of Lead in modern consumer goods manufactured for use by children today. HOWEVER… the reader who sent this to me sent me the board only (with the one coated cardboard game piece pictured here), NOT the vinyl / plastic / rubberized pieces that come with most Colorforms sets.
This made me curious….
As a result my curiosity was piqued and I checked out eBay and purchased a NEW-in-box (never used) vintage Colorforms toy set (also, coincidentally from 1981) and tested both the background board AND the rubberized “sticker” components for Lead and the results of that testing were quite alarming. Stand by for those test results (to be posted and linked here shortly) and in the meantime, here are the test results for the game piece pictured.
1981 Colorform Tummy Ache Game Piece – Hamburger
XRF Test results
Front of piece:
- Lead (Pb): 11 +/- 3 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 166 +/- 10 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 25 +/- 9 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 343 +/- 27 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 1,644 +/- 247 ppm
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