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November 11 2010

Buffy Season 8 lunchboxes and pint glasses announced for next May. They'll go well with the coffee mugs.

I think we've now found the funniest way to spoil the Twilight reveal for new readers. Shame they couldn't find better images for the shot glasses, if the final product is really going to be just the cover in a rectangle. Snipping out the backgrounds in some cases would've really helped.

[ edited by nonbeliever93 on 2010-11-11 09:23 ]
I got one of these Buffy coffee mugs, and it turned out to not be dishwasher or microwave safe, presumably because of the art but I don't really know why. Would be a drag if the pint glasses had the same limitations.

And, as the mugs are made in China, I would think twice before consuming a hot beverage in them anyway. Too much bad news about toxic components used in Chinese manufacturing. So I use my Buffy coffee mug, which is nice to look at, to hold pens.

A lunch box is probably safe to use as long as you make sure to wrap up your food before putting it inside.

Drinking glass? If it's made in China, I'd be cautious about drinking from it.

That's not to say if it's made elsewhere, it's necessarily safe. We are always taking our chances that manufacturers have integrity.
Drinking glass? If it's made in China, I'd be cautious about drinking from it.

The art is presumably on the outside and unlike a mug, glass (hilariously enough) isn't glazed so i'd suppose it's OK so long as you don't lick the art (or touch it or let anything that touches it - including washing up water - touch anything else. In fact, best not look at it too closely either). Also, if you're drinking hot drinks from a pint glass you have issues with the mind in your head being wrong ;).

That said, i've never checked to see where my mugs are manufactured and yet remain entirely unaffecL:IUTLYGKJho;ijo'pted [/fallacious reasoning].
Funny enough I'd like the lunch boxes but would never use them for food. My Angel mugs are always being put in microwaves and dishwashers and they're fine.

And saje you are hilarious :)
What's really strange is not having to comb through the solicitations for information about a new S8 issue. It'll finally be over by then! Crazy!
What no 'space frakking' glass? I mean surely that would be more representative of what was one of the most notorious events in this comic. *g*
Those glasses must go well with the sparkling holy water they sold in the spring
I think I rather own the Bettie Page glasses. They'd be great to use at a drinking party.
I wonder if IDW has the right to make Spike mugs. That I would buy.
My head probably is wrong. Fortunately my body is too, so it's a perfect fit.
I worry about the mug made in China thing too. We aren't supposed to drink out of them because of lead, but it's nearly impossible to find mugs that aren't made in China.
Heh, and it's not like they put a list of ingredients on the bottoms of mugs for what they've been made out of (liquor usually has that issue too. Everything else that gets consumed, from food to medicine, has to inform the customer of the contents on the package, but for some reason the booze industry is exempt, very few manufacturers voluntarily put ingredients on the bottle).

The mug thing is like this--since most are made out of lead (especially those from China)--use it until you can see the grey underneath whatever color the mug has been coated in(usually white), underneath the ceramic. The stirring with a spoon--or the placing of used cutlery/silverware into the used mug in the sink while all are waiting to be washed--gradually chips away at the coating until you can see the lead underneath. Then it's time to retire the mug and get a new one, sorta like how you need to replace your toothbrush.

You'd think they'd just stop using lead and lead paint in the production of all children's toys at this point, but every year they still get a bunch of returns from the countries they ship 'em to. Obviously the potential profit gains of making this stuff on the cheap is worth the risk of getting caught and receiving bad press (nevermind giving a shit about the health of their customers). The mug thing hasn't quite caught on as big as the kids' toys worry yet.

Claims like "I've been using chipped/scraped mugs my whole life and I'm still here" aren't a convincing argument against caution in this case (not directed at Saje, realize he was at least partly taking the piss). We have no clue how much of an effect lead leaching into our drinks will have over our entire lifetime, so why not make the bit of effort to replace a mug, right ? They're cheap.
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The lunchboxes are nice (especially the second one), but the shot glasses look like someone really phoned it in. I could make my own for cheaper through Cafe Press if I wanted a simple copy/paste job like those.
Oh...pretty! I want.
Do you think the comic books fit inside the lunchbox?
I want those glasses!
Do you think the comic books fit inside the lunchbox?

Sure. You own a shredder right ?

We have no clue how much of an effect lead leaching into our drinks will have over our entire lifetime, so why not make the bit of effort to replace a mug, right ? They're cheap.

Well (piss taking aside ;), we have a pretty good idea in fact. There's a reason we don't make tooth-picks out of lead which is to say, it bends too easily, doesn't hold a point and is comparatively expensive. OK, OK, it's also toxic. Sheesh, you didn't need to twist my arm like that, I would've got to it eventually.

(FWIW BTW, I just checked every mug in my cupboards - because life isn't quite short enough - and not a single one says where it was made on it. I could assume they're all from China and need replacing - mostly they're fairly cheap so it's a reasonable bet - but that could get expensive pretty quickly. Also, i'm quite fond of the Kit-Kat one)
MUGS ARE MADE OUT OF LEAD!?! Like my pencil!? Well, okay, sorry. There was no need for that, but I've never actually spent time checking where my mugs are from. Hmmm, this thread has raised many questions for me. Thank you all for saving my health!
Not like your pencil in as much as the mugs actually *do* have lead in them ;).

So to clarify, the rule is: you can stick a pencil (not made for food) in your mouth as much as you like (disclaimer: they may still not be dishwasher safe, I haven't checked this) but you have to be a bit circumspect about mugs (which are made for food). What a crazy, mixed up world in which we live in...
Well, I'm anti-Angel these days, so no shot glasses for me. After reading the comment in this thread, I'm too afraid to even look at the lunchboxes (which actually aren't too bad).

Those kind of lucncboxes, how are they usually? Flimsy? Break easily?
Dang. I just checked my mugs and the only ones that aren't showing the grey are the ones that are colored. So who knows if I just can't see it because of the color?

And they are all made in China, even the Corelle ones.
1. To be clear, pencils are made of graphite, which is a carbon compound, NOT lead.

2. This seems like the perfect opportunity to suggest that everyone consider buying artisan made local mugs at one of those craft fairs that pop up at this time of the year. We can support the arts, the local economy, and one's own health. Winner's all around!

3. That said, the perfect mug is mighty hard to find. Or no, I'm probably just too picky. (Although, I prefer the more positive spin: "discerning." ~_^) I've been looking for some more mugs for guests for a couple of years now, and something is always... not quite right: the color's wrong, the size is wrong, it's too thin or heavy, the handle doesn't work or it just doesn't have that "feel"... Er, maybe picky IS the right word. (I won't get started on finding a chair.)

4. My perfect mug (currently holding Bigelow's Constant Comment but soon to be switched to a gunpowder green tea):

1. stoneware: thick enough to hold in the heat but not burn myself
2. No overly heavy bottom
3. 4in/10.2 cm high
4. 3.25 in/8.3 cm wide at the mouth
5. a bit of a waist for my hand to wrap nicely around
6. a small, well placed loop handle for my fingers to hook through (because I never hold my mugs by the handle)
7. a nice satiny variegated blue-green glaze with abstract brown markings peeking through that I always think of a flock of feeding birds

Um, y'all really needed to know all that, right? First procrastination of the day: Completed. Back to Lovelace, Da Vinci, Faraday, and Tesla.
Where are the CafePress mugs made?
I *think* they're made on the internet.

1. To be clear, pencils are made of graphite, which is a carbon compound, NOT lead.

Kind of assumed BlueSkies was kidding about that ;).

(to be really clear BTW - like, way clearer than any Friday evening deserves ;) - graphite is actually an allotrope of carbon, like diamond or the more interesting but less girl best-friendy Buckminster Fullerene. Compounds are composed of at least two different elements. Happy Science Day ! Or weekend. Weekend is probably the one most people are happy about really. Forget I said Science Day *slinks away, embarrassed*)
I *think* they're made on the internet.


Will you be here all week?
I dunno, that might give people long enough to find me. You should still try the fish though.
"(to be really clear BTW - like, way clearer than any Friday evening deserves ;) - graphite is actually an allotrope of carbon..."

Sure, please be clear--as long as you promise you "...will say it only once." ;)

Yeah, I thought about writing "allotrope", but since this never-took-physics-because-it-conflicted-with-art-class person's eyes kinda crossed when I read over the definition/explanation of an allotrope, I figured I'd go with the possible pop culture understanding of compound (something that is made from a substance, but is somehow a little bit different from it) and do my part to contribute to the demise of specific vocabulary. ...And apparently English sentences. Better you writing it than me.

"Where are the CafePress mugs made?"

Simon, you got me curious about this, so I emailed them. Supposedly they will get back to me in 24 hrs.

[ edited by BreathesStory on 2010-11-12 21:46 ]
"Well (piss taking aside ;), we have a pretty good idea in fact."

I should've been more specific in my wording to narrow it down to "we don't know how much of an effect lead leaching from our mugs into our drinks will have", 'cause unless everyone's gonna pay to get their mugs tested, there doesn't appear to be any way to discern individual household risk (there're lead testing kits you can get at hardware stores, but from what I [very hastily] looked up the other day, they tend to be made in China as well and are known to have given false positives and false negatives).

The lead-in-drinking/tap-water problems are reported in the news often enough, I know there're facts and statistics widely available for that issue.

All right, no more dreary talk of leadful muggy doom from me this week, off to see Skyline and/or Monsters and/or the new Danny Boyle flick in a bit.
Supposedly they will get back to me in 24 hrs.

From the internet. See ? I rest my case.

Sure, please be clear--as long as you promise you "...will say it only once." ;)

That's more an alloalloatrope ;).

..."we don't know how much of an effect lead leaching from our mugs into our drinks will have", 'cause unless everyone's gonna pay to get their mugs tested, there doesn't appear to be any way to discern individual household risk...

True, we don't know the specific risks (and I bet there's an element of the media fanning the flames over what's actually only a small risk - people will be crapping themselves over little Johnny getting lead or cadmium poisoning while letting the wee fella stuff his face with saturated fats and sugar for instance. Just like we worry about terrorist attack when testing your smoke alarm weekly will probably do more to get you to 65. Basically, we suck at risk assessment).

I guess I just see it as, we know it's not good for you (by definition there's no good lead poisoning ;) so as you say Kris, it's probably worth the relatively minor inconvenience and expense to (gradually, to spread the costs) pay attention to your dishes/mugs/etc. and replace where necessary. I.e. (rightly or wrongly) if you asked people what level of lead poisoning from their dishware is acceptable to them I suspect most would say "Zero" (so we may as well treat all levels of lead poisoning the same).

(and if you feel like it let us know - spoilerlessly ;) - about the film BTW, i'm interested in all of those myself)
Oh my merciful Zeus!! This really took off while I was away! Yes the pencil thing was a joke, but I may put one in the dishwasher to find out if it's okay, just cause Saje asked. And the cafepress thing is quite curious, good point Simon(and retort to Saje!!)
Saje, I almost wanna create a Skyline Whedonesque post (it has Eric Balfour/"Jesse" in the lead).

Ah, yeah, mid-post I've decided to check for an interview or two with him. Decent chance he'll be asked about his 2-ep, series-startng Buffy appearance in at least one of the Skyline promotionals.

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