Product Type: TST Outdoor Toy
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Say hello to the crazy camel
TST Retro Space Hopper
Author Name: superness11
TST Retro Space Hopper
Advantages: just like the 70's ones!
Disadvantages: pain to deflate and inflate
I had a space hopper when I was a little girl, in fact quite a lot of the girls my age did! When I was at university we used to always buy each other strange gifts, each trying to outdo each other with humorous presents. I was bought the space hopper by my flatmates and we had quite a bit of fun with it! There retro styled space hoppers have been designed to look like the ones from the 1970's and come in two sizes, one for small kids and one for adults! Space hopping as an adult was not much fun as a child; it is much harder work than you think but this makes a really cool, novel gift. If you cannot work out what to get someone that is a little bit quirky, then one of these will make the perfect gift.
==Price and availability==
The cost of the 80cm space hopper is around £12.99. For this price you also get a foot pump as the hopper is sold deflated and you need to get pumping those thighs to pump it up. The pump is also retro in design and I can remember my gran having one similar at her house.
The space hopper comes in blue or orange and both feature a really silly camel face that is synonymous with the space hoppers of the 1970s. My hopper was orange which is a very retro colour. This space hopper has a diameter of 80cm and an overall circumference of 251cm. The space hopper has two little handles that have ridges on them so you can hold on easier. After all you need to lift yourself up as you bounce around. The space hopper has a really robust feel to it and is made from really thick, durable rubber. As I said above it comes deflated in the box and is sold with a cheap little foot pump. This cheap little foot pump is actually quite cool though as it has lasted a number of years and is now the back up pump for inflating the inflatable mattress. It has a yellow concertina base and a blue tube with a nozzle. The nozzle fits inside the little hole in the space hopper and you can inflate it by stamping on the foot pump. If I remember rightly, it does take quite a while to inflate but once it is done you do not really need to let it down again. Once inflated, and be careful not to over inflate you can then test it out and bounce on it!
I am 5'6" and found it the perfect height to hop around on, although it is not the most comfortable thing to sit on. Children will be fine on it though, although really small children may struggle to play on it. There is a smaller version for younger children anyway. The space hopper is really bouncy and just like the one I used to play with as a child. When I first got the space hopper I tried it out on the street but as an adult the novelty soon wears off and to be honest it hurt my knees! It ended up in the front room of the house we shared and served as a quirky decoration. Although it did used to end up being played with by drunken students! After leaving university and coming home after sharing the house, we split all the belonging and parted ways. I think the space hopper was claimed by one of my housemates and I didn't see it again, although I still that the pump that came with it. This is an amusing gift and I would imagine that children will enjoy it a lot more than adults but it is still a fun gift nonetheless and guaranteed to get people talking! It is a good quality product and definitely worth the money.
Summary: A fun gift