The last we heard was that Mr. Conte had figured out a way to fix the solid. Probably just stick a stone in the hinge hole. It must have not worked because the stores that sent them back have not recieved replacements as of yet.
The octopus is now at the outlets so they must have given up. Also we were told that it was not a good seller.
As with all imformation coming from EL this may not be reliable.
Neiman Marcus has a good return policy. Up to a year. Good reason to buy from the store.
We kept our octopus.
Ann & Ken