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I loved these plastic jointed snakes when I was little, thinking kids these days are too sophisticated for that sort of thing I was surprised when my son came home with one after a shopping trip with his auntie. I didn't know they still made them. Even more surprising was the price- only around 60p from Hawkins Bazaar.
He's red coloured plastic, has a large red head with eyes and a tail. His body has sticker spots on each of it's sections. Although his face lacks friendly decoration I still think he's cute. I suppose he's about a foot long from head to tail. He has six over an inch long jointed body sections held together with plastic pins. It's not the best quality plastic or joints but it's okay for it's purpose. The whole thing is very light in weight. The snake is suitable for children aged 3+ due to small parts. The best thing about these is the fact that they don't need batteries.
Easy to use you just hold the snake by the tail and move your wrist. The jointed sections make him move from side to side in a slithery motion. The snake sways and sort of curls about like he's looking around, it almost feels like he's moving by himself. My son had fun with this and found it novel to watch him move about, it's quite therapeutic for us adults too.
Like all these type of toys the novelty wears off quickly, there isn't much play to be done with them. Snakie outlived his usage, I mean he didn't break during use and still isn't broken (wherever he is now!).
These are great cheap toys to buy the kids to keep them happy when you're out and about.
I'm giving the snake 5 Stars because of the price
I have had so much fun looking through the pages of toys on here, oohhhing and aaahhhing over all the toys that either bring back memories or thinking 'Got that, got that, got that!'
I had one of these snakes as a kid and loved it to bit, it was red like the picture here, with the orange and black circles. I was astounded by how this snake moved and although I am not sure it is 100% accurate for a snake, it gave me hours of fun as a child, trying to see if I could hold it by the tail and get it to not move at all!!
My brother had a green snake and we used to undo the sections of each snake and mix up the green and red parts to make a multi-coloured snake that was twice as long. The way these move still amuse me and they do make great stocking fillers from Christmas or little presents for birthdays. I would still be happy to have one of these from Santa now!
Last month my daughter went to a boy-friend's fifth birthday party and came home with a green Tobar snake. I hate snakes , I find them completely freaky and my daughter thinks its rather hilarious to try and scare me with "Slimy" which is what she called it. Luckily this snake toy is sufficiently non-realistic to not freak me, however I have a ban on the rubbery more life-like variety as it I were to be cleaning under the bed and spotted this I would seriously have a heart attack!
"Slimy" (I did explain that snakes are not actually slimy, not that I have ever touched one to find out!) is made out of bright green plastic jointed linked parts with six middle sections, a tail and a head. He is about 30cm long and his body is about 1.5cm thick and I believe also comes in red and yellow - I guess we got the grass snake version!
The snake is decorated with a circular sticker on each body joint and also has eyes on the head piece. Apart from this it is a very basic toy.
If you hold the tail of the snake and shake it from side to side it "slithers" like a snake like motion moving from its interlocking joints. The joints only move sideways so if you hold the snake as if it were slithering along the ground it stays outright.
So far Mr Slimy has remained in one piece, I did wonder whether the joints would snap off with all the ferocious play but it it seems to be more durable than it looks. The plastic is quick dense, so I presumed quite brittle which is why I thought one of the joints might break but although the joints occasionally come apart non of the plastic snaps off so it is possible to put Slimy back together again.
I can remember Tobar snakes from when I was a child and they seem to remain a goody bag classic. They cost around 60p - £1 each but I am sure it is possible to buy them in bulk for less. They are not really suitable for children under three, however for kids parties around 5-8, especially I guess for boys these I am sure would prove rather popular.
This snake proves short-term enjoyment, which for the price is good value and is a good little novelty toy. Despite the fat I hate snakes I am still going to give it 5/5.
--Trobar Jointed Snake==
We recently had a party for our little boy who turned 5! It seemed like an easy thing to do and I was more than happy to invite the whole of his class which consisted of around 30 children with a good mix of boys and girls. Booking the hall was easy and making the cake and all the food but the hardest part was getting all the 30+ party bags with the right sort of toys in the bags and it not costing an arm and a leg.
I had been hunting round for items that were suitable for both boys and girls and something that was priced at a reasonable price when buying over 30 of them and this is when I came across these Trobar Jointed Snakes. I was browsing in a local cheap gift shop and they had bags of 10 for £3 which I thought really pretty reasonable considering they are a fairly good item and ticked the box that both the girls and boys would be happy to have them.
The snakes themselves came in a few different colours which again was a nice aspect so that the kids didn't get exactly the same colour and toy especially since there are a couple of twins in Jack's class. The snakes measure around 15 cm in length and filled up the party bag a fair bit and this was another nice thing as I didn't want to have to purchase too many different items.
The snakes are made entirely of plastic and have several stickers along the body. Some of these stickers were peeling off slightly which I thought indicated that they were perhaps old stock but when I was bagging up each party bag I was able to press on the stickers and this seemed to reapply them adequately enough.
The snakes are great fun as you can hold onto the tale end of the snake and give it a little wiggle and the snake, which appears quite rigid, will move in a snake like fashion because of the several joints made into the plastic and give it a real like look. The head of the snake is also jointed so will move left to right with a little bit more movement from you and again add to the realistic nature of the toy.
The toy went down a storm and all the children seemed really pleased with this one little aspect of the party bags and the parents were quite impressed as this was not something that had been in any other party bags at any party we had been to (and we have been to a lot). This si a little cheap toy that I remember having when I was younger and although they break pretty easily if not treated right, they are great fun to have a little play with and try and scare people with!
I think for the cheap price it has got to be a top score of 5 out of 5 stars. Its a classic toy which is great fun for little ones and I can't really fault it!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
With Christmas creeping ever closer, now's the time to be gathering cheap little novelty items together for the all-important Christmas Stocking. My boys seem to have as much, if not more, enjoyment from exploring the contents of their Christmas stockings as they do from their far more expensive 'main' presents! This cheap little novelty snake from Tobar is certainly worth considering for younger children from around three up to six years of age.
My boys have owned a number of these small plastic 'snakes' over the years, mostly as courtesy of various party bags. They were actually among the contents of the party bags from my four year old's birthday party earlier this year and proved to be a popular choice. (Some of the more confident children were even seen to be examining the contents of the bags and swapping them for ones with these snakes in them!)
The snake itself is a very simple little toy, consisting of several different interlocking plastic links which form the body of the snake. When held at the bottom end, the snake weaves around by itself in a movement which very cleverly mimicks that of a real snake. In terms of realism, this isn't going to have anybody running for help but the way in which the head of the snake weaves and wriggles backwards and forwards is surprisingly realistic, as the snake appears to be trying to bite the holder's hand! My oldest son used to enjoy tormenting his younger brother with his snake as he was a rather sensitive little toddler and found this snake a little scary!
At the bottom end of the age range, I would recommend taking notice of the manufacturer's recommendations of three plus. Whilst younger children may well find this funny and entertaining (albeit for a short while) this really does pose a choking hazard. The seperate plastic links come apart incredibly easily and are just the right size for a toddler or infant's mouth! When my youngest was newly mobile, he seemed to have a sixth sense for anything that he wasn't supposed to have and would make a beeline for this snake if left within his reach. Even as a young baby, he was able to break up the pieces of the snake quite easily, which had to be rescued from his grasp before any damage was done.
This clearly is not a toy made to last as it is not particularly robust or durable. If broken, it is possible to re-attach the links though so it may last a few months, depending on how often it is played with. Realistically, that may not be that frequently as this is a basic novelty toy that offers limited ongoing play value. My boys have discovered new ways of extending the fun though and found that two or more snakes can be attached together (minus the head and tails) to create an extremely long snake of monster proportions! This super-huge snake can be a little prone to falling apart, depending on just how many snakes have been attached, but it does keep them amused for longer!
Available from Hawkin's Bazaar, instore and online, for just 65p each, these snakes are an ideal price and size to slip inside a stocking or party bag. They may not last for too long but are sure to raise a few smiles and a bit of interest on the day. These are an inexpensive little novelty item that youngsters seem to love so come recommended by me, in spite of their limited lifespan.
Ah, the 'ole jointed plastic snake, what a blast from the past! These things have been around for many decades now, and when I came across one in the bargain section of a supermarket toy aisle I just couldnt resist buying it. As the name would imply, the jointed snake consists of a series of segments (eight in total, including the head and tail-end pieces) which are adjoined to one another bu means of little moulded plastic hinges, producing an effect whereby the snake appears to wriggle and writhe of its own accord when held by the tail through a neat little trick of kinetics.
The snake really does give the impression of having a life of its own, and is good at tricking the eye, in a similar manner to how holding a pencil and waving it up and down creates the illusion that the pencil is in fact bending when in reality it is still completely rigid. Interestingly, neuroscientists have identified within the human brain an ocular/neural shortcut whereby snakes in particular send humans into flight or fight mode (an interesting evolutionary overhang from the days when snakes were a significant threat to our ancestors) and this toy makes good advantage of this ancient evolutionary trait. It is coloured a bright, warning red, with orange yellow and black circles on its body, and the stremlined head looks menacing too, with little piecing blue eyes on either side.
Manipuating the jointed snake is pleasing in a tactile sense, both for adults and for children, and it can also be employed in practical jokes with ease, and is bound to send relatives into flurries of panic when they discover it creeping out from under a sofa cushion. Best of all though, the jointed snake harks back to earlier times, of simplistic wind-up/kinetic motion-driven toys free of irritating buzzes and bleeps and vulgar flashing lights. Its unlikely to break too, unless repeatedly stod on, and it can be picked up for a quid or 2 at the most, (usually considerably less) and is a charming and ingeniusly designed little toy.
Hold the snake by the tail, and the jointed sections make the head and body sway realistically.