The government's been taken over by a bunch of pantywaists from Gucci Gulch who lobby to slash funding for eveything but their own wallet-lining pork. Corporate fat cats are selling the country out, making toys from who-knows-what in order to squeeze one more penny out of you. Meanwhile, the sensationalist news media wants to keep us all cowering in the corner--with the TV on, of course--afraid of a plastic Dora doll.
If you're fed up and want to take back control of your own toy-buying life from the lead scaremongers, the patriotic Americans at Innov-X Systems have just what you need: a badass handheld X-Ray Flourescence detector that can suss out the heavy metal composition of whatever you point it at in less than 15 seconds.
XRF is the most effective, non-invasive, non-destructive technology for detecting lead, cadmium, and over 23 other potentially toxic or environmentally unsafe metals. And Innov-X is the leader in handheld XRF solutions that use non-isotopic X-ray tubes, which eliminates cumbersome licensing and travel restrictions.
The Innov-X XRF Classic and the Import Guard offer a full range of detection capability, while the Lead Guard offers a focused, lower-cost lead-only solution. The Lead Guard can be recalibrated to detect other elements for a reasonable fee above the price difference. [Which tells me that it's largely a question of software, so why not hack the Lead Guard to detect everything yourself by programming in the spectrum settings for all the other compounds and elements?]
Most all models include a free, Palm Pilot-looking data management attachment at no additional cost. They appear to run on Windows CE. There is no mention of Mac compatibility.
The Import Guard is $30,000, and the Lead Guard is some unpublished amount less than that. I expect you could make that back ten times over if you wander the parking lot of Toys R Us this holiday season and offer to XRF peoples' shopping bags.