Product Type: Creation Group Novelty Toy
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Oi, Who Nicked My Oidz?!
Member Name: HotBabes
Advantages: Fun and cheap.
Disadvantages: Do not drop!
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 don’t 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 you’ll 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
Summary: A fun gadget for people of all ages.
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