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a few years ago i chaperoned my sons school field trip to Philadelphia. We were in a gift shop in one of the museums and they were selling these for some reason. I had remembered these as a kid. The kids on the trip had no clue what it was and were just walking past it looking at pens and other whatnot. They had a sample one to try so i grabbed it and started using it....instantly i had a circle of kid around me dumbfounded by it. They had never seen it before and needless to say they sold out that day.! I bought one of them and found that it is a great stress reliever...for adults. I work in television and sports broadcasting and used to bring it to events and leave it on the table in the broadcast center...as things got closed to air and folks were getting nervous they would all gravitate to it, pick it up and start using it. its kind of like a yo-yo of sorts, rolls across the upper and lower rails, stays stuck on by magnets....its very addicting and satisfying. Took off one star since it is not as sturdy as the originals. Just buy it, its fun.
The price was very reasonable but the construction is slightly smaller than the standard of my youth. The frame does not hold its position as well as the larger ones I’ve owned but the nostalgia alone was well worth the minimal cost.
This is a fun toy. I suspect it is made precisely the same way as this same toy was made when I was a kid.
But I also can see that a child could bend it. It is built to work with certain tolerances, but -- once it becomes bent -- it certainly wouldn't continue running smoothly. And then it would be one more broken toy.
So perhaps any fault it has as a toy is the fact that youngsters are just plain fallible. It can easily be made to stop working by the usual rough and tumble of being a kid. It arrives in good shape (blister packed) but it won't remain that way forever. Unless you have a young person who is particularly fastidious and careful.
I plan to put it on my desk at work. My co-workers should get as much a kick out of it as I do.
It is also a pleasant toy for an uncle, such as myself, to bring to family gatherings to mesmerize the kids, off and on, during an afternoon. Challenging them to work on their hand-eye coordination to make it function smoothly for them. I'd do so knowing if the toy is left in the house it would probably end up bent in short order.
My 7 year old son has spent the most time playing with this than anything else he received for Xmas. He has deconstructed and reconstructed it numerous times, turned it into a top and pushed every boundary and still keeps coming back to explore it some more. I enjoyed mine as a child and am happy it can still fascinate the internet generation. Great stocking stuffer.
My daughter came over to celebrate her 9th birthday and I had many presents for her - this being one of them. She opened a shirt, a blouse, a dress, a building block kit, a pillow, some craft supplies, a backpack, and more - and she spent the next hour playing with this spinner. Her brothers and sisters had played with them as little ones, but she was 9 years younger than her next sibling so she had never seen one before. For about $5, she got a LOT of value out of it.