Product Type: Mookie Outdoor Toy
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Fancy a bit of a fling?
Member Name: Bellroyd
Advantages: Great fun
Disadvantages: Can cause damage - get the kids to practise in a field somewhere
A couple of years ago, I acquired the business end of a Diabolo in a box of bric a brac but the sticks and string bit was missing and although I tried to fashion another one, it wasn't really working, so it went into the garage and was forgotten about.
When we were visiting my father in law recently, I saw one of these in a department store toy section (where I had been dragged by my wife looking for a pressie for our grandson) for a fiver so decided to try it out. Before the weekend was through, I could hardly get my hands on my newly acquired Diabolo as it proved very popular with my nieces and nephews.
Since bringing it home with me and whilst the weather has been nice, I have been getting some practice in in the garden and although I have not yet mastered any fancy tricks, I can get it going fairly fast and send it fairly high up into the air. I can now catch it and keep it spinning around 8 times out of 10. On one occasion I had to get the ladder out to retrieve it from the roof - half an hour later, from the neighbour's garden. However, it's one of those skills that does improve with practice and even though I'm a bit old for this kind of thing, there is no age-related barrier to having fun, as far as I am aware.
I managed to embarrass my wife yesterday by practising to music in the garden. I put on that track called Dumbo which is the one they always use at the circus and disappeared into my circus alter ego for ten minutes. It's OK - the neighbours know I'm a bit wacky and they take little notice now. My wife can't do it at all (ha!) - if she wants to join in and play circus, she'd do a scary and impressive job as The Bearded Lady. (OMG - I'll be in serious trouble if she reads this!)
For those who are unfamiliar with a Diabolo, it comprises a rubber unit with central axis as shown, together with two sticks and a 'string'. By manipulating the sticks and string you can fling your Diabolo right up into the air at a surprisingly fast speed and to quite a height. The skill is in the timing and learning the best point at which to catch and release the diabolo.
The Mookie toy company produces a range of toys from days gone by and the Diabolo is one of those crazes that goes in and out of fashion from time to time. It's good innocent cheap fun for the kids. Judging by the squabbles amongst my nephews and nieces, it's best to buy two or there will be ructions!
The toy itself is quite sturdy and should help to occupy the kids in the holidays. Keep them away from the greenhouse and any nearby cars. One of these falling from the sky onto your pride and joy would make for a fair old dent.
Summary: Cheap to buy and kids love it