“ Hawkins Bazaar „
I never bought this the kids went shopping with their auntie and came home with it from Hawkins Bazaar. The 'Springy' (or slinky as I know them as) was five quid! The springy is a plastic tube cut into coils that is supposed to walk down the stairs and that's it. It's bright and colourful in rainbow stripes- for want of a better word. It's quite big really and surprisingly heavy, there's a lot of plastic to this toy. It's well made with no sharp edges. The idea is that you start it at the top of the stairs and watch it walk down. To set it off you pull the top coils up then sit it on the next step down, then in theory it should go top over tail onto each individual stair until it reaches the bottom. We found it didn't always do it, and stopped half way down the stairs. Over time after a lot of stretching and playing with it, the springy lost it's ability some what. I had a metal one years ago and prefer that to this plastic one, the metal one springs better and makes a more exciting noise as it goes. Unfortunately springy was tactile and got pulled out and in and pulled around a lot thus pulling it out of shape and tangling the coils up. Not an easy task trying to pull it and twist it back in to some order so I just left it the last time......... Springy hasn't stood the test of time, last time I saw it, it was a mangled mess and totally useless. 3 STARS from me I can't give it any more because it's not robust, cost 5 quid and didn't always 'walk' down stairs.
As a child I remember these being made of metal and just being plain grey, not plastic and multi-coloured like they are now. That aside, they were as much fun then as they are now. Being made of plastic as they are now, they are still as sturdy and as durable as they always have been, and I have not seen one of these new plastic versions break or snap yet. For the unfortunate few who have lived under a rock for the last however many years, these are curled plastic spring that is now multi coloured and you put it at the top of a set of stairs. You let the top of the spring fall to the next step and the momentum of it falling makes it spring down the stairs till it reaches the bottom. Now when you explain it like that it sounds so dull, but it really isn't, as anyone who has ever had one will tell you. The only disadvantages is they can get tangled up, don't know how but my kids often hand me a tangled ball of plastic and say 'Mum can you sort this out' plus going to the top of the stairs, time and time again to drop it down can get quite tedious
As you may have noticed this review is not aligned with the category of most of my reviews, but I was returning rates and saw that this is available on the DOOYOO catalogue and considering it was less than one metre from me at the time, I thought why not? Hawkins Bazaar is a shop I love taking my nephew into as he has lots of fun in there, and you can pick up cool little novelty toys for a few pounds. This rainbow springy as they call it was half price at the time, at £2.99 and was in my opinion, great value. Slinky springs are great fun for children, and it was probably the bright colours that attracted the little one to it. If we want to be technical, it doesn't form in the order of a rainbow, but that's too serious for this review! The spring measures 12cm when not extended and has the diameter of a pringles tube! I think we all know what a slinky spring does. You can play a number of games with it. One we like in particular, is setting it on the top two stairs and letting it walk its way down the stairs. It isn't too bad at this and can make it down about 8 stairs before collapsing into itself. Another thing you can do is simply swing it about and pass pulses or vibrations down it. They are all great fun little games that pass half an hour or so. Unfortunately, as with all Slinky springs there is the unenviable task of detangling. Thankfully with this one I have only had to do it twice. They all seem to do it, and you have to sit and rearrange the coils to make it sit properly again, or it won't be able to walk down the flight of stairs...disappointment all around! In Conclusion, this is a great toy if you have young children, or they can buy it with their pocket money! Unfortunately so many toys cost a clean fortune, whereas your kids can feel really grown up when they can afford it. One word of caution is supervision. I am always afraid of it flying back and hitting them, but this can be avoided (hopefully) by supervising them.
My little boy loves springy toys. So when I saw this large springy toy in Harpers Bazaar I had to get it for him. I was impressed with the fact that it was multicoloured as the bright colours are much more visually stimulating than the plain silver coloured ones. I paid around £4 for this springy toy. Which is a little more expensive than I have paid in the past. However, due to the fact that it was described as bigger I decided it was worth the extra money. However, when I got home and opened the box I was a little disappointed with both the size and quality of this toy. Firstly, In terms of size it wasn't much bigger than the average springy. It was slightly longer, but not giant size like I had assumed it might be. The coloured springs were eyecatching, but what struck me was the cheap feel of the toy. The springy did not feel very springy at all. It was quite slack and didn't retain it's shape very well. In terms of durability, it was quite poor. It tangled very easily and took ages to untangle between use. I found that my son became bored very easily and soon lost interest. The springy was not very impressive on the stairs and would just stop after about three steps. I think this is due to the fact that the springs are not strong enough. In conclusion, I would say that this toy is not worth it's price tag. I am usually well impressed with Harper's bazaar toys. But I felt this springy was way of the mark. I have bought springys in a pound shop that have been far more durable than this one. Only saving grace for this toy was the bright colours, but that is about it.
The Jumbo Rainbow Springy from Hawkins Bazaar isn't the largest springy I've ever owned but it isn't bad. I've owned loads of springys as I use them for work in my rewards bag. The Jumbo Rainbow Springy is made from plastic, as I said earlier, it is not the biggest of springys but it's bigger or maybe I should say longer than your average springy so the name isn't completely misleading. It's made of brightly coloured plastic, bands of colour feature down the springy. Most of the children I have worked with have enjoyed the Jumbo Rainbow Springy and will ask for it regularly. Visually it is very pleasing as it trips down the stairs, if you can get is to work on your stairs that is, it won't work on mine as my stairs are too steep. It's also a lot of fun to place an end on either hand and lifting each hand in turn sending the main body of the coils from hand to hand, the faster you move your hand the more the variation in colour is displayed in full force. The other way that the Jumbo Rainbow Springy gives you a display different from your traditional slinky is if you stretch is out with one person holding either end and one person waggles it from side to side, sending a wave down the springy. The downsides of the Jumbo Rainbow Springy are that it is very easily tangled up by an enthusiastic user and not so easy to untangle. Because it is made of thin plastic it is quite easy to bend making the visual aspects of the springy interrupted and not so pleasant. The other thing is that whereas a traditional slinky will trip itself downstairs with ease due to the end bouncing off the rest and weighing it all down to the next step, the Jumbo Rainbow Springy doesn't have the weight but a bit of cello tape, keeping a few coils together at both ends, and some plastercine or blu tac solve this problem, giving it the weight to tip itself over on each step. For £3.99 it isn't as solid or effective as a traditional metal slinky but with a few alterations it can be. Visually is it a lot more appealing for most children than a traditional slinky. I personally like to have one of each in my bag at all times. Cost per use: probably 2p, but that's with being untangled quite a few times.
At the top of my son's birthday list this year was a Jumbo Rainbow Springy. He had spotted them on a recent trip to Hawkins Bazaar, particularly drawn to its colourful appearance and its oversized shape. We have already discarded many Springies over the years as they had become stretched and tangled and so I had no reason to believe that this one would be any different. After trying unsuccessfully to dissuade him from wanting one, I returned to the shop the next day and reluctantly purchased one for £3.99. I did find this springy quite hard to wrap because of its cylindrical shape and its hollowness, but with the help of a lot of tape, I managed it in the end! My son was delighted with his new toy and he has barely put it down since - and his birthday was three months ago! The Springy stands at 10.5cm high and is 10.5cm in diameter, so it really is a lot larger than your average springy (I'm sure that these were called Slinkies when I was a girl?). It is made of hard, yet flexible plastic and it feels quite sturdy. It can easily be washed with warm soapy water if it becomes soiled. It is attractively coloured in a rainbow of pastel and bright shades and when it is not being played with, it looks appealing and attractive on a bedroom shelf. Best of all, no batteries are required! The springy can be stretched to a maximum of a massive six metres and it always springs right back in to place! No matter how much stretching and pulling this springy is put through, it continuously returns to its original shape and I really do find this very impressive. On several occasions the springy has become badly tangled and this is inevitable with such a toy. Whereas in the past I have simply given up and thrown them away, with this larger model I have found it really easy to untangle it, even when it looks beyond repair, and again it has always returned to its neat coiled shape. With regards to travelling down stairs as all decent springies should do, we had a minor problem. We live in an old house where the stairs have very high risers, so it encountered an issue, but at my Mother's house - where the staircase would actually pass current building regulations - it travels perfectly from the top right to the bottom without a hitch. I have to say that I am deeply impressed with this springy. I purchased it with the thought in the back of my mind that it would either have to be thrown away in a few weeks because it was out of shape, or it would be banished to the bottom of the toy box along with all of the other novelty toys, but neither of these scenarios have happened. The springy is always visible in the house, and all of us find ourselves playing and fiddling with it - most of the time completely absent minded! Whether it's slinking it from one hand to the other, or running it down one arm to another, there is always something to do with it and alongside the satisfying sound that it makes, it becomes quite addictive! With Christmas fast approaching, I would highly recommend this as an ideal stocking filler. It is suitable for all ages (would probably even make a good pressie for Secret Santa!) although I probably wouldn't recommend this for under threes because of the sharp ends. I can guarantee that anyone who sees this will be playing with it far into the new year!