Product Type: Disney Outdoor Toy
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Disney Cars 9" Ball
Member Name: jo1976
Disney Cars 9" Ball
Date: 10/08/11, updated on 05/09/13 (111 review reads)
Advantages: Robust, inexpensive, lightweight
Disadvantages: Design may not appeal to older children
With three boys in our household, it's probably no surprise that we have a huge number of different balls, of varying sizes and designs, in our possession. This particular play ball, a Disney 'Cars' branded one, was the choice of my, then, three year old son last Summer. I suspect my son was attracted to this ball because of its distinctive red colouring and the bright image of the lead character, Lightening McQueen, which adorns the front of the ball. Although the original Disney Pixar Cars film came out back in 2006, the recent release of the sequel 'Cars 2' will no doubt ensure that this toy and other related merchandise continue to be a popular choice for little ones.
This particular design seems to be quite readily available, both on the High Street and online. We picked ours up from Wilkinson where they are still available now, along with other Disney branded designs including Toy Story 3, for £2.48. This seems to me to be a fairly average and fairly reasonable selling price, given the film branding and the overall good quality of the ball itself.
The ball comes ready inflated and is actually a pretty bouncy ball, although it performs best on a hard surface rather than a lawn. It is a reasonable size for most games and is small and lightweight enough for it to be popped in the boot or footwell of even the smallest car, making it ideal for day trips or even carrying across to the park for a decent kick about. The ball itself is considerably softer and lighter than a 'proper' football, making this a preferred choice for some of our ball games, as it doesn't tend to cause quite so many tears when one of my kids inevitably gets caught in the line of fire, particularly when Daddy is in control of the ball!
My kids are not renowned for their gentleness, particularly when it comes to outdoor toys, and this ball has been used for all sorts of outdoor ball games, usually football and simple catching games. So far, the ball has proven to be pretty robust, albeit looking slightly grubby and with lots of scratches to what was once a very shiny plastic exterior. It has been left outside in all weathers, however, and has remained in perfectly playable condition. Crucially, the ball has not shown any signs of deflating or significant damage, proving to be fairly robust and suitable for the kind of rough play that you'd expect any decent ball to be able to withstand. My sons have a habit of kicking this over into our next door neighbour's garden, where this ball has been mauled several times by next door's dog, and survived to be played with again (admittedly, we are talking about a yappy terrier, rather than an aggressive rottweiler here!)
In terms of age recommendations, I would say this would make an inexpensive little gift for children from around two up to six years of age. My oldest son, at eight years old, finds the design a little too babyish although he is not averse to playing with this when all of his 'proper' balls have found their way over the fence!
In all, this is a robust, inexpensive and fun little toy, likely to offer a lot of play value for any young Cars fan.
Summary: A robust, inexpensive and fun little ball