Product Type: Tobar Outdoor Toy
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Tobar Touchable Bubbles
Member Name: azana
Tobar Touchable Bubbles
Date: 01/04/11, updated on 01/04/11 (117 review reads)
Advantages: seem a good idea
Disadvantages: blowing something with what appears to be glue in everywhere - spot the problem?
You'll quite often find Tobar items in the gift shops at the end of a visit somewhere, they produce a range of novelty items, and normally a good bet for Party bags or just a bit of pocket money fun. When my kids spied these after a very pleasant family day at Wisely Gardens- "ooh bubbles - look you can actually TOUCH them!", even though the little wand in its packaging looked very small, and they cost around £2.25 (quite a lot for bubbles I felt), I was happy to buy them hoping they would provide a bit of fun. As it turned out I probably should have bought them something which was less likely to make mess.
Like most bubbles, this small wand - I'd say you get about 100ml - has a wand in the top. It's tiny and so produces teeny bubbles, but works quite well, even the 4 year old can produce quite an impressive amount of conventional looking bubbles with this. When you blow the bubbles, they look like any old bubbles but after a few seconds if you listen carefully they make a slight noise, like a mini pop. This is them "setting" - I don't know as there were no ingredients I could see on the packaging, but I think that they have some sort of PVA glue in them, they certainly smell very "gluey". The liquid in the tube is clear but quite viscous and very sticky. In terms of being "touchable", once the bubbles have solidified you can, indeed touch them, to a degree. If you are very very careful you can hold one in your hand, and even join a few together. If you press too hard however they deflate and leave a clear slightly tacky mess on your finger. If you leave one on a surface it can, potentially, last for a few hours before leaving a sticky mess.
This is where this item actually fails - much as, in theory these bubbles like others should be blown outside where they can make little mess. The problem is that if you do this you will probably find your bubbles are either blown away or stick to the ground. If you do let the kids use them eg in the kitchen they can play with them slightly more but, in my experience, they will end up with tiny bits of bubbles which collapse into glue in their hair or on their clothes. I think having their mother hovering over them trying to stop them causing too much devastation probably limits the fun that the kids can have with this, the novelty, such as it is wears off very very quickly and though these are played with from time to time they haven't really been a winner. There's some degree of fun to be had from blowing the bubbles and seeing them fly above neighbour's houses to hang around for a longer time than the norm but it is, in all honesty, a bit limited. These bubbles just aren't as novel as you would think.
Over time the lid on the bubbles has become very sticky and on one of these (I had two sets one in purple, one in orange), is pretty well welded to the top. I can't imagine you would actually use the pen like attachment to attach the bubbles to anything so it's a bit pointless. On the plus side I have found that the sticky mixture does come out of hair and can be washed off hands, and I don't think any clothes have actually been ruined but whether this is due to the mixture being washable or me being a bit paranoid about how the bubbles are used I couldn't say. The mixture does go a surprisingly long way, given that the bubbles produced are very small but also probably as, even being the kind of mum not averse to mess being made in the name of fun, I don't ever feel I can let the kids go crazy with these.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this item as, on the scale of bubbles it's actually quite expensive given that normal bubbles are probably more fun. They are a good idea that doesn't quite work and I won't be buying them again.
Summary: not as much fun as you would think
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