Product Type: Mookie Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... likely to squash it flat but it will cope with minor heavy-handedness. To play with the Boom Bats with two people you both take a bat... more
Boom, Boom, Crack
Mookie Boom Bats
Member Name: chrisandmark
Mookie Boom Bats
Advantages: Fun for a short time
Disadvantages: Break very easily
We have a little shop in Birmingham which sells a wide range of small Mookie outdoor toys at very reasonable prices, so whenever I take four year old Hollie shopping with me we pop in here and I let her choose a toy to take home. It was around two months ago that she picked up these Boom Bats, my heart sunk as we've had these before and they're always so rubbish that they end up being thrown away after a couple of weeks use - and this set was no exception!
Boom Bats are a very simple idea; two bats which have thin plastic pulled taut across them, when you hit the ball you are treated to an echoey 'boom' sound. In this set you will receive two bats and two balls, which is ideal really as it means two children can play independently of one another in the garden if they're bickering or not really getting on well enough to play together.
At first glance the bats seem to be of good quality; they're chunky with smooth edges and seams, the plastic is fairly rigid when you press your finger into it and looks like it's attached to the actual bat well enough. The balls are small hollow plastic balls, not dissimilar to table tennis balls, which are designed for optimum 'booming' when hit by the bat. They're stronger than table tennis balls and don't dent inwards with finger pressure, obviously considering this set only cost a few pennies over £2 you can't expect huge durability so if you stand on one of the balls you're likely to squash it flat but it will cope with minor heavy-handedness.
To play with the Boom Bats with two people you both take a bat and take it in turns batting the ball to one another, the harder you hit the ball the louder the 'boom' will be - one tip is not to try hitting the balls too hard though as the taut plastic isn't as strong as it looks and several times over the years we've broken the bats through overenthusiastic hitting! Or I should say MARK has broken the bats in his attempts to beat the kids at the game!
When new the bats are printed with a graffiti-style design (please note: our set is a different colour to the one pictured above, having two yellow bats and one each blue and green balls), this print started rubbing off within minutes of the set being played with and had all but disappeared after a week. This ended up being a moot point however as a couple of days later the plastic on one of the bats started to split and this quickly escalated into an actual rip on the taut surface, rendering that bat unusable. The other one was marginally more hardy and lasted a further five days before one of the balls punched a hole right through the bat - and then there were none!
All of the Boom Bat sets we've had over the years have ended up like this. It's a shame as they're good fun to play with, Hollie preferred playing on her own with one bat but we had a few games together and the 'boom' sound is always good for a laugh. It's also a good excuse to do some exercise without realising you're doing it - a few minutes running backwards and forwards for the balls is a half decent workout for anyone, and even better that it encourages the kids to get off their bums and start dashing around in the fresh air!
Summary: Fun to begin with but not very durable
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