Product Type: Tobar Novelty Toy
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There's a Snake in my Stocking!
Tobar Jointed Snake
Member Name: jo1976
Tobar Jointed Snake
Date: 04/12/11, updated on 30/08/13 (68 review reads)
Advantages: Inexpensive, fun novelty gift, realistic movements
Disadvantages: Not very durable, choking hazard for younger children
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.
Summary: Fun little stocking filler