“ Manufacturer: Hawkins Bazaar „
Wooly Willy and his Hairy Head
Twenty something years ago (ahem) when I was a mere nipper I remember a toy such as this which kept me amused on a long journey from Yorkshire to Devon. I haven't seen them for years but having come across a Hawkins Bazaar in Bristol whilst on hols I spied my old friend Wooly Willy - he's hardly changed!
The general concept of the toy is a picture behind some free floating iron filings. These are guarded by a sturdy plastic cover through which you can use the red plastic magnetic wand to drag the filings into amusing hair styles for your friend Willy.
Hours of fun!
Sadly, my two 10 and 8 year olds looked at it rather askance for a couple of moments and moved on - clearly unaware in this computer age of the magic of this toy! I couldn,t resist the nostalgia, however, and purchased old Wooly on the spot. Late in the day whilst waiting for a meal I produced Wooly from my bag and a hilarious twenty minutes ensued with each of the family out doing each other's artistic prowess.
Ok, so this isn't endless hours of amusement and there is a limit to its opportunities, but it will nevertheless provide some entertainment and also, of course, provides the science experiment we all enjoyed at school without the hour's detention spent cleaning iron filings from magnets.
The plastic wand lives in a plastic tube below the picture which needs to be opened with scissors. This must be done very carefully so as to allow the wand to be returned to its packet after play. If not, the wand would be very easy to mislay.
Overall, a fun, attractive, sturdy pocket-money toy -£2.99- which makes a pleasant change.