I have absolutely loads of these Tobar Orbit Balls thanks to a very kind neighbour who gave me a box full of them recently as they had proved completely useless as toys for his pair of huge St Bernards. Now, I don't like to say 'I told you so' to anyone but in this instance I will make an exception as I actually did tell him several times before he bought them that his dogs would either swallow them whole or chew them into tiny bits within seconds.
Anyway, it was a good thing for me that he didn't listen as I am now the proud owner of no less than 15 of these balls which my granddaughters' (and cats!) are very pleased about!
As you can see from the photo above, an Orbit Ball is not made of one large piece of rubber but several interlinked 'ropes' which are all brightly coloured in almost neon colours, the balls do look great and personally I find their appearance much more interesting that a standard bouncy ball.
They are designed to bounce and they complete this task admirably, if not with a little twist. The thing is that if one of these balls hits the floor at an angle then there is no way of knowing which way it's going to bounce due to the interlocking design. This could make the toy a little dangerous in my opinion if hurled in a particularly heavy handed way and while the balls aren't really substantial enough to go through a window, they could easily cause a black eye on a child.
I know from past experience that these balls are durable and should last forever providing you look after them, I have given my cats a couple to play with as they like to hook their claws into the ball and toss it around - although they do look rather surprised when it bounces off in a seemingly random direction!
These Orbit Balls have a fairly good bounce, from an average height drop I'd say it will bounce upwards around 2ft - this doesn't sound a lot to you or I, but to a young child this would seem very high indeed!
You can buy Tobar Orbit Balls for around £1.99 in various toy shops and newsagents, there are cheaper alternatives in Poundland and other such places but the quality really isn't there and they do tend to fall apart after a while. If you want an Orbit Ball then I seriously recommend you pay the extra and buy this Tobar branded ball - only not for St Bernards, obviously!
Rubbery multi-coloured interwoven links make up a large 'ball' which is bouncy and easy to catch, as well as being fun to fiddle with.