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I got the barbie phlat ball from a friend for my girls birthday a few months ago.
It says age 3 + on the box, its a phlat ball junior.
The balls are availble in different colours and cost from £3.99 to £7.99 from amazon uk.
The barbie phlat ball is in barbie pink. The phlat ball is flat and when thrown like a frisbee it expands into a ball. My girl is amazed by the phlat ball and had lots of fun throwing it back and forth.
The ball is made from foam type material but is not great as only had it a few months and starting to fall to bits now.
However it has been played with non stop and we took it on holiday with us too. The ball was also dropped in the pool on holiday so this may have damaged the foam.
I recommend the ball for some quick fun but it wont last long so i will rate the ball 2 stars because of the fact it falls to bits and is not hard wearing witch is disappointing for a garden toy.
It was my daughter's seventh birthday about a month ago and I thought it would be good to get her some garden toys. Out shopping I spotted a phlat ball which looked rather exciting. Better still this one was a Barbie one and it was pink - what more could my lovely daughter want? It also looks quite attractive in its packaging as it looks like a pretty pink flower. It also comes with a few ideas of ball games that you can play with this ball which I thought was a useful extra.
The idea of the phlat ball is really clever. You flatten it into the shape of a Frisbee which you then throw but by the time it arrives at its destination it has transformed into a ball. That is apparently due to a time delay mechanism that is hidden away inside the ball. As you push it down you can also see a spring inside which I suspect is part of the mechanism. My daughter was highly delighted and for about a week or so she and her sister really enjoyed throwing the phlat ball to each other and around the garden - before it went horribly wrong!
Up until that point they had had no trouble in flattening the ball into a Frisbee shape. It was easy and even my youngest could do so without having to apply too much strength. However, one day they picked it up to play with and try as they might, they could no longer flatten the ball into its Frisbee shape. My daughter even tried sitting on it but it still would not work. This was very disappointing as they had really loved this ball. I can't quite work out what might have happened but it does look as though the mechanism is probably broken inside.
As I had still kept the packaging, I did check to see whether there might be any hint as to what we could do to save our ball. It does warn on the labelling that wet, dusty or sandy conditions might affect the ball and it had been left outside overnight - well it is a garden toy isn't it? I did give it a while to see whether if it had got wet it would perform any better when it dried out but it was no good. We don't seem to be able to do anything that will repair the ball so sadly I think that it will have to be consigned to the bin. Also I am wary of buying another one in case the same thing happens even though my daughter loved it and would dearly love to still be able to play with it. It's not a cheap toy either, costing £7.99 from Amazon (July 2010) so I think on reflection, we will not be getting another one which is a shame because, as I said at the beginning, the idea of it is very good.
As I have just checked the price on Amazon, I have just read that the same thing happened to someone else who bought one after a couple of weeks. I just wish that I had read that before I bought this one!
Unfortunately, we can't recommend this ball at all and I'm afraid it is going in the bin - right now!
Following advice from some fellow dooyooers I have contacted Re;creation but as I no longer have my receipt they won't change it. Unfortunately, as I was not expecting problems as the ball worked for a short while I did not think to keep it. It is unfortunate that when I still have the obviously faulty ball they won't consider rectifying the situation.