November 21, 2007
Alert #08-519

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Snow and Sand Castle Kits

Units: About 800

Manufacturer: Paricon Inc., of South Paris, Maine

Hazard: The largest plastic castle block maker in the kit could crack at the handle during use, creating sharp edges that can pose a laceration hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall castle kit consists of three red plastic block makers. Only the largest block maker in the set is included in the recall. The largest block maker measures about 19 inches in length and 5 inches in width. Smaller block maker blocks and castle kits with the letter "A" on the inside of the large block maker are not included in this recall.

Sold by: L.L. Bean retail stores nationwide, catalogs and internet from September 2007 through October 2007 for about $30.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the large blocks and immediately take these recalled toys away from children. Letters will be sent to each customer with a replacement large castle block maker and a return mailer enclosed. In addition the notice will be posted in L.L. Bean retail stores and on its web site, and customers can return the kit to any retail store for a replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Paricon at (800) 873-8452 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit L.L. Bean's Web site at


Picture of Recalled Snow and Sand Castle Kit