Product Type: Mookie Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... as well. It came packaged and ready built, it also come with instructions which explained different tricks and how to preform them. T... more
A"devil" of a trick!
Member Name: kaitlinsmummy
Advantages: A nice looking toy, and quite sturdy too.
Disadvantages: Not the easiest to learn how to do.
The newest addition to our ever growing family is Andrew, my younger sisters soon to be husband, due to him being a work colleague for a couple of years before hand, the transition to friend through to family has been a bit slow for me, though with him taking matters into his own hands and officially becoming "uncle" to my children, and you know what uncle's do.....yep, present time!
He was (at that point anyway!) a bit clueless on kids, not having any in his immediate family himself, so after a bit of guidance from my sister, decided that he would buy my children their first official present as an uncle, hence this review!
The product in question is - "Mookie Diablo".
Now I had heard of these before, but had never actually had a go with one, and due t it being quite unusual my soon to be in law was quietly confident that no-one else would have got her one (I know he loved my son's present, drinking glasses!), and he wanted his present to stick out!
In the set you get the Diablo sticks, which are simply that, two sticks made from a smooth plastic, in our case a lovely deep blue colour, which are attached together with string.
Then there is the Diablo itself, as you can see from the picture to me it looks like an oversized cotton spool, with a deep ridge in the centre to balance on the string, and the outer parts flared outwards, symmetrical on both sides, giving the player a much better chance at balance.
To use you start with the Diablo balanced over the centre part of the string, with the sticks held together, this stops it from falling off before you start (well that is the idea anyway!), then the idea is to start gently lifting one stick higher than the other, then the other way round, with the idea being that at some point you will be going fast enough to perform tricks, flipping the Diablo up and off the string then catching it again....we, struggled getting the Diablo moving and kept on the string!
My friend (who is a festival nut!) has offered to give my daughter and me lessons on it, but have as yet taken him up on his offer, I am afraid my daughter ha a very short attention span so has given up on this already, though my son has decided he might quite like to learn!
To keep it is best to store away in the dry, as the plastic of the Diablo would soon discolour and become brittle, with the string and handles being more suited to being hung up somewhere, not rammed under a bed like my daughter did, it took me ½ an hour to undo the knots that had appeared in the string!
Price wise this is available via www.amazon.co.uk for around the £6.00 mark, though the one we own was considerable more, purchased from a "bazaar" shop (the name at present eludes me, Hawkins maybe?!), costing around the £10.00 mark.
As a product this is well made, and reasonable durable and sturdy, the Diablo in particular, not breaking once when repeatedly dropped onto the garden path when Kaitlin was practising, though the sticks and string are much more delicate, the problem is of course whether or not you have the ability to make these work, myself and my daughter have never been able to do it, though my son and husband have had varying degrees of success, so if determined to do so, this would be an ideal toy for a child.
Thanks for reading x
Summary: Mookie diablo.