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Whenever the kids go out with my husbands auntie they always come back with things that I wouldn't buy. One 'must have' they bought home was this Moody Face. Costing only a couple of quid from Hawkins Bazaar and packaged in a plastic cube he doesn't seem a bad price.
Made by Tobar Moody is what looks like a small balloon filled with flour sporting drawn on eyes, smiley mouth and woolly hair. Not very big and for this review I've just looked on their website to get his exact size which says is '10 and a half cm'. He's suitable for children aged 5 plus and I can see why- you wouldn't want a toddler biting into it as he's likely to burst. He comes in few colours but ours was blue.
He doesn't do much, it's just something tactile that you can fiddle with, pinch and prod. He's squidgy and can be squeezed and pulled about. His mouth can be manipulated into different shapes (well sort of) so I suppose hence the name 'moody'. Once shaped he will stay in that position and that's about all, the kids found him fun but he didn't hold their attention for long. He did feel nice when squeezed and I suppose abit of a stress reliever although he's not advertised as such.
Unfortunately Moody burst not long after we had him, a few months maybe- I don't know if the rubber eroded or if the kids were just too rough. When it happened the flour inside was actually mouldy- poor Moody perhaps he'd got wet sometime. The kids had a crack at making another Moody out of a party balloon and flour with some success.
4 stars because he's cheap and cheerful ( I'm not knocking off stars for the mould because that may have been a one off)
These Moody Faces are can be moulded into all sorts of different shapes but unlike a foam stress ball, they will retain this shape and stay in the position you leave them in. They are basically small balloons filled with flour with a smiley face printed on the front and colourful woollen hair. They can be squashed and stretched and pulled and poked and are quite durable (more so than an ordinary balloon would be). For example, mine has survived being thrown against the wall and floor and dropped from a height to satisfy various curiosities too see what shape it would get squished into upon landing. The face can be pinched in the middle to create a nose and on the sides to make ears or you can squash the whole thing completely flat. You get the idea!
My Moody Face is blue but I have also seen red, yellow, green and orange ones available in gift shops and also on the internet. They are also available with a variety of different coloured hair so there are plenty of options to choose from. The one I have has multicoloured hair which I think makes it look much more interesting than the varieties that just have one hair colour. They are ever so slightly smaller than a tennis ball and will fit nicely in your hand. All Moody Faces are packaged in small clear plastic boxes and cost around the £2 mark.
As with any balloon, these don't like coming into contact with sharp objects as this can burst it and the flour will leak out everywhere. So if you have a dog or cat, you should keep it well out of their way as they would very easily puncture the face with teeth or claws. However I like the fact that there is flour inside and nothing more sinister as apart from the mess, this will not create any health scare issues or stain your carpet and is child friendly.
I am not sure how effective these would be when used as a stress ball as the Moody Face does not spring back to its original position after squeezing. You would have to change your hand position and squeeze it in a different way to get the full effect which is probably not as effective as using a normal ball, I'm not sure... In my opinion, the ideal use for them is as novelty gifts for adults or party bag toys for children as they are only cheap but offer some good simple entertainment so for that purpose I will rate it 5 stars but if you are looking for a stress ball, this may not be what you are after.
I'm one of those people who likes to fiddle with things and constantly has to do something with my hands. If I don't have some kind of toy to play with or a doodle pad then I end up picking at my skin instead which is not healthy. The Tobar stress balls are exactly the type of thing I like to have on my desk to play with when I am bored or distracted or even in conversation with someone.
These cute little stress balls were bought from one of the poundshops in Glasgow ages ago although they are also available on Amazon for £2 each at the moment. Each head is around the size of a tennis ball and covered in thick rubber with rubber hair sprouting from its head. They are available in assorted colours and with assorted facial features.
The balls are filled with flour instead of gel which most stress toys have inside them meaning they are harder and less squishy but also has the benefit of making them feel far less likely to burst and the contents being non toxic if they are ever destroyed. They are mouldable rather than squeezy and it is great fun stretching them out of shape and making the facial features distort. Once they have been stretched and manipulated they will stay in that shape. Because they can be moulded to have a flat bottom then they will happily sit on a shelf without rolling off.
Another use for them is before a blood test then keep squeezing them to get the blood flowing in your arm, it really works!
The Tobar stress balls are a fun little toy which will help keep you sane and because of their low price and wide appeal would make a good stocking filler or secret santa gift.
Rubbery flour-filled faces which can be squeezed to make different shapes Excellent occupation for idle hands Available in Various colours available Individually boxed Approximate Size: 6cm