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I have decided to review all the Oidz magnets in one go, as well as the generic ones because real Oidz magnets are quite difficult to find now. If you decide on the originals, I recently purchased a three pack with Oidz, Asteroidz, and Planetoidz new from Ebay at £6.49 delivered - which I feel is an absolute bargain. This is the only place in the UK I could find new ones for sale. Amazon has a used set of Oidz only which will cost you £12 by the time you add in postage. There are however several generic alternatives - which are very reasonably priced starting at £1.33 per set.
All of these magnets share several features in common. The Oidz were originally sold as magnetic hematite. This is not entirely true. Hematite is very , very weakly magnetic under normal circumstances. Apparently it does become fully magnetic at a temperature of 1,000 K which is roughly 726.85 Celsius but I don't think any of us will be playing with these at those temperatures. Instead these are made of synthetic hematite, which is highly magnetized in normal living temperatures. This stuff is properly named as a ceramic barium strontium ferrite magnet with magnetplumbite structures. That is just far too much for me to say or type, I'll just call them magnets.
The main differences between the different Oidz and the copy cat versions are the sizes and shapes, as well as the strength of the magnets. The original Oidz are more powerful. The main attraction of these toys is the noise. You throw them in the air, holding the magnets slightly apart as you throw. The magnetic forces of attraction and repulsion push and pull the magnets apart very rapidly in the air, making a buzz or rattling sound. It took the children a few tries, but within a couple of minutes, both children had it down pat throwing and buzzing away. The torpedo shapes are far and away the best for this, but the Planetoidz also make a fair amount of noise and have a distinctly higher pitch. The Asteroidz are the least effective, and make very little noise.
The original Oidz are the most well known, and the ones commonly copied. These are simply two torpedo shaped magnets 4.5 cm in length. There are several generic versions of this magnet, sold as singing magnets, rattle snake magnets or power buzz magnets. I paid £ 1.59 for a set of Singing Rattle Snake Magnets 6CM from Amazon. I believe these may have been made larger due to the danger of swallowiing magnets, but I still would not feel safe leaving these around an infant. I honestly do not know if a child could swallow them or not, but I'd rather err on the side of caution.
The Asteroidz are an odd shape one is very close to rectangular and the other a more unusual 5 sided polygon. They are roughly 1 3/4" long and 1 1/4 - 1 1/2" wide.
The Planetoidz are perfect spheres, 1" across.
If you simply want to make the noise, I'd go with the cheapest copies. These will work just as well to toss in the air and make noise with, and the whole idea does teach some science, showing how magnets attract and repulse each other - not unlike people ;-) . These also have better instructions.
The full set though does offer the ability to introduce some more science into play time. Why do different shapes make different sounds? Why do the ones with flat surfaces not work as well? The spheres are great fun to drive about with a magnetic wand. ( If you don't have one they are a bit dear but well worth it £14.99 from Amazon but you can make do with an Asteroidz ). The original Oidz, of any shape are also powerful enough to stick together through your hand or a table. You can pick up one with a closed fist ( provided the other magnet is held inside). My sons love to race the spheres across a table holding an Asteroidz under the table and using it to pull the Planetoidz about. You can also move silverware about, calling all the utensils to you at dessert time so no one else can have any pudding. You can use a fork to lift a chain of paper clips by holding and Asteroidz under the table. You can use Asteroidz to drive wooden trains around a track or tape a small magnet on the back of a Hot wheels car and race them across the floor. The possibilities are absolutely endless. In addition to all of these things - my sons use these with magnets from several other sets, steelies etc.. to build all sorts of things - space ships, guns, sculptures etc.... Ring magnets make great wheels and an original Oidz or Planetoidz with wheels added can race about the table top through magnetic repulsion as well.
The original Oidz magnets each come with one extra per box as well. The Asteroidz came with an small plastic figure, and the other two boxes came with what looks like a plastic poker chip, but obviously has metal inside so you can attach it to magnets. The original Oidz also come with a wee booklet, telling us that these magnets come from the planet Oid, but the evil Oid has tried to steal them resulting in many being sent to earth. You can collect 7 plastic figures randomly placed in Asteroidz boxes. Personally I would have preferred a wee booklet with tricks you can do with these, like the ones I have described, or at the very least a good set of instructions. I am really glad I bought the cheap ones first, because at least these clearly explained how to make the noise. You simply lay one magnet in the crook between thumb and hand, holding it down. Place the other magnet a few cm away and press down with thumb, keeping the two separated until you throw them. You must throw gently, away from hard surfaces and breakable items. It doesn't take long to get the idea.
My children absolutely love the original Oidz. They love the lovely glassy texture. They have found so many fun things to do with them, and they make a brilliant addition to our magnets box. I would normally rate down for lack of instructions, but we've had so much fun I really can not. These get a full 5 stars from both children and from myself.
As to the generic versions - they are very good for for the price, they are still a lot of fun. These are the largest at 6 cm long and if you only want to try the noise out, they are the best buy. They can become addictive and make a great stress reliever. I think they deserve 5 stars as well, and I am quite happy that I bought them, even though I have since bought the original version. They make brilliant additions to our magnet collection and can be used in several other projects as well. These of course are also the easiest to find.
I do recommend these as both fun and educational, and I can see even adults having fun with these. They are brilliant for home education, or just teaching your children about magnets at home - but they do have a few safety considerations as well.
#1. These could pose a very serious to young children. I am not 100% certain what size object a baby can swallow, but I am certain a young child could swallow the Planetoidz, Asteroidz and most likely the torpedo shaped original Oidz. I am not at all certain about the larger generic versions, but please remember it is possible to break these into smaller bits, I would not allow infants or toddlers access to these unsupervised. This presents the obvious danger of choking. The most serious issue however is if the child swallows two - or one magnet and one bit of metal. The two pieces could then pull together, trapping intestine in between leading to things like intestinal blockage and gangrene . This can be deadly. These MUST be kept out of reach of small children.
#2. These are very powerful magnets. they can damage televisions, computers, mobile phones etc... keep them well away from any electronics - and anyone with a pacemaker.
#3 These may not be a real metal, but they are heavy and feel very much like metal. And we are telling to children to throw them in the house. A bit of common sense is called for here. Don't hand these to a small child right next to your fish tank, shelf full of ornaments etc... I recommend starting out with these on a large bed. Demonstrate that they most be thrown carefully straight up ( not towards siblings, parents or pets) and slightly away from the thrower - they are sore if they land on your head.
#4 We have not broken any of these, but I understand it is possible. Again throwing gently should prevent this in most cases, but these should also not be thrown over concrete or near hearth tiles or other very hard surfaces.
Update : My son lost one of these in the garden and I ended up buying another set, as I did want at least two of the round shaped ones. Of course as soon as bought the new ones the missing one was found, but I do think it says something of how much we value the toy, that I would rush out to buy another. I was afraid we might not be able to find another set later. And even though the missing magnet was found, I'm still happy to have the extra set. The children really do get a lot of use from these, and they are well worth what I paid.
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My boyfriend is very hard to buy gifts for - he tends to buy movies and games for himself if he wants them, doesn't really wear aftershave much, and has little use for pointless things. However, he is something of a science geek, so generally something that appeals to this side of him is a good idea, and bizarrely, it's usually the little 'stocking filler' type of gifts he enjoys the most, such as these Oidz, which he was given at Christmas and which cost £2.
Essentially, Oidz are extremely powerful hematite magnets. As an example of how powerful they are, they will stick together through the palm of my hand. They are gleaming black metallic in colour, about 6cm long, with smooth curves. They're surprisingly weighty, and they feel good just to hold and fiddle with in your hand.
They are however a lot of fun to play with. If you hold one in your hand, and drop the other down towards it, they come together with a strange sort of humming buzzing sound! If you toss them from your palms into the air they make a rattling sound, rather like a rattlesnake. Be sure to catch them though, the packaging warns that they are fragile, although this set has had a few small tumbles with no detrimental effect.
Of course, as with other magnets they'll stick to plenty of things - fridges, radiators, and plenty of metal objects around the home. And of course, they stick to each other very strongly - and can also repel each other. It's a lot of fun putting these inches apart and seeing how far apart they need to be before there is no attraction or repulsion, and you can use one of these to push the other around. You can even put one on a table, and use your hand under the table holding the other magnet to push and pull it about.
These things are addictive though. Once you pick them up, be prepared to be fiddling with them for hours, even as you go about your daily business. One or the other of us is often playing with these on the sofa, fiddling around with them at our desks, and I've even caught Phill playing with them in the bath on one occasion. Being so small, they can easily fit into a pocket, so they are very portable.
As with all magnets you do need to be careful not to have them too near to electrical equipment, or items such as pacemakers, and that is even more the case with these being so strong - in fact, if you look at the product page on amazon, you'll see an unfortunate lady who has lost a laptop to these! And, being fairly small, I'd say these are unsuitable for very young children - the manufacturers recommended age is 8, which I would say is about right.
For £2, these have provided hours of amusement, and still get picked up at least every other day and fiddled with. They are so simple, but so entertaining, and strangely satisfying to play with. I really can't fault them at all, so they get the full five stars from me!
In their simplest form, 'Oidz' are a pair of very powerful magnets. Costing £5.95 from Amazon, they are shaped like a stretched rugby ball and have a shiny metal finish.
What makes Oidz interesting, is their unusual properties. For example, if you hold them between your thumb and fore-finger, and throw them up in the air, they will spin round whist making a loud and unusual whirring noise. This may sound a bit dull - but it's actually quite addictive! There are other activities which you can do with the Oidz, all of which are listed in the instructions.
The product is apparently made from a naturally occurring metal called hematite, and the highly polished chrome-like surface certainly looks quite cool. However, it's this surface which is the Oidz main weakness. One day, I picked up the Oidz and looked down at my hand to find them covered in a strange black powder. On closer inspection, the surface of the Oidz had started to wear off, and the interior had begun to come through. This is a shame, because the product was quite good up until that point.
Even with their flaws, for the price, Oidz make a good novelty gift, and will provide at least a couple of weeks of use before their surface will begin to wear thin. Ok, they are just magnets, which is why i'm only awarding them three stars... but they do look pretty cool.
I do recommend this product for novelty value alone - but obviously, being magnetic, you should keep Oidz away from computer equipment - otherwise you may find yourself with a damaged hard drive. Another thing to remember is not to drop them - as they can snap in half.
Well I asked for this product to be added as I think Oidz are fun, not just for youngsters but for all those grown ups who like gadgets that basically they don't need! According to many reports I've read, these were supposed to be the new craze. There are popular but I dont think you could call it a craze.
I hear you ask what the hell are Oidz?
In simple terms they are two magnets, but magnets like no other! From the picture you can see their shape and they are about 5-6 cm in length and are quite weighty. They are made from a naturally occurring metal called hematite, are highly polished and highly magnetised.
They are so highly magnetised that if you put one on the back of your hand and the other on the palm they will pull together right through your hand (or through a table!)
Not only can you try tricks with these a couple of which I will mention below, but they also make a noise! I cannot describe this sound as its unique and can't find anything close enough to describe it against. According to the Oidz website they make a Ttzzzang noise and for anyone who has a set, or has seen them, you will appreciate they have a unique sound all of their own.
If you hold them about a centimetre apart in the palm of your hand, then gently throw them into the air not only will they pull and join together they also make a sort of 'clacking' sound.
Another thing to try is to and balance one on its end whilst trying to keep it upright with the other, in a sort of 'T' shape.
If you place them on a table about 4 inches apart and them let them go, they will pull together and again make a Ttzzzang noise.
Try and keep them apart! Its not that easy!!
Oidz have been out about a year or so now and although they are not recommended for children under 3 'due to small parts' (the Oidz being the only parts) I personally think that they're probably better suited from age 8 and upwards.
They will also suit the techo gadget person, someone that likes 'Big Boys Toys' or the person whose has everything but wants something different to the usual socks and undies for Xmas.!! I also think that they would be ideal as 'stress relief' in that busy office though the noise they make may wind other people up. The possibilities are endless really.
We find that just by picking them up, you absent-mindedly start throwing them or turning them round in your fingers. There are endless possibilities of new things to try and they are kind of relaxing to play with.
They are very durable but will break if you drop them on a hard surface, which is understandable. We have a concrete kitchen floor covered by carpet tiles and they have survived being dropped on there. You should clean them every so often with a soft dry cloth, to shine them up and keep the full magnetism.
On a more serious note, because they are magnets, they do come with a warning to keep at least 50cm away from electrical equipment and objects that may be sensitive to magnets like PC's, TV's, etc. PLEASE take note that these can also interfere with a pacemaker so if anyone in your family has one, please be careful around them. Also keep Oidz away from that magnetic strip on your credit cards!!
The official Oidz site is Oidz.co.uk (no www) and you can purchase a set from there, though many toy and gadget shops stock them now. They seem to retail at anywhere from £9 - £10.00, plus postage if you buy online. Amazon currently have them for £7.99.
The set I bought was a stocking filler for my son last Christmas and they were definitely worth the money. They are the sort of thing youll pick up and put down all year always trying to find new tricks and always wanting to make that Ttzzzang! noise.
So If you do buy them for a stocking filler or just for fun please let me know what you think of them and thanks for reading.
© HotBabes 2006
Noisy, weird and completely addictive, it's hard to put these things down, and even harder to describe them. A strangely attractive new phenomenon - their amazing magnetic powers will have you truly mesmerised. Try pulling the oidz apart, gently chucking em up in the air, and... Tzzzang!!! - they sound like theyre from outer space! Oidz are strange, mesmerising and futuristic. Once you start playing with them you wont want to stop - theyll keep you busy for hours. Each box contains a pair of Oidz.