Product Type: Mookie Outdoor Toy
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Mookie - Catcherball Game
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Mookie - Catcherball Game
Advantages: Loads of fun; durable
Disadvantages: Velcro will fade after time
Sometimes, the simplest things are the most effective. Take this funky little toy for example. Mookie do a good range of basic indoor and outdoor toys, but this one is ideal for either. Essentially, it consists of two bats and a ball, with velcro on the catching pads and all over the ball as well. This makes it a bit more practical and dare I say it safe for indoor use, while being able to hurl the velcro covered ball outside and stick out a hand to catch it on the pad is great fun too.
And I say the simplest things, because that's exactly what this is. There's no tricky element to it, no funky mechanism that needs careful design engineering. Just a bit of velcro and you have hours of fun. My son and I regularly play with this, albeit mainly indoors especially with the run of wet and cold weather we have had, especially at weekends.
Each of the two bats is round and slightly smaller than a dinner plate. There's a strap on the hard plastic back that is adjustable for you to put your hand through, and then you splay your fingers and thumb across the plastic, ultimately transforming your palm into a big sticky plate with which to catch the ball. The ball itself is essentially a tennis ball covered in velcro, allowing you to throw the ball between you for fun, practice or whatever you choose.
The simplicity speaks for itself, and the product also has good design quality, which you'd hope for given that there's not much that can go wrong. We've had this now for quite a while, and the velcro is still effective. I could see it becoming worn and tired after a while, although this hasn't happened to our set yet. The hard plastic of the back of the bats is actually quite durable. Our son has used these plenty of times as frisbees, with or without permission (!), and they have stood up to the projectile test admirably. No issues there.
It sits comfortably in your hand, but the weird thing is that despite the velcro on the face of the bat and the ball likely to be the most affected and weaken first, I've found that it's more the case with the strap itself, which loops through a catch and then velcros on tight. This doesn't always stay on solidly, and a few times of late I've had to stop and readjust mid game. Only a minor annoyance, but something to bear in mind I suppose.
Pricewise this won't break the bank either, as with most Mookie toys. You can get them for as low as £4 on amazon depending on supplier, and as long as you research who is selling it to you beforehand then you shouldn't have too many problems. The prices do reach up towards the £10 mark, but this is still decent value for a toy so simple and easy to use and durable in the main.
Overall then, another winner from Mookie. Not perfect as it will have a shelf life as the velcro in various places starts to fade, but for the price and the amount of fun you can get out of it, I'd say it's well worth the purchase. Recommended.
Summary: Simple and effective affordable catching toy from Mookie
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